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Family History

Gillingham Local History Society regret that it cannot undertake family history research.  However, we are happy to hear about your enquiries just in case we can point you in the right direction.

We are happy to post your enquiries on this page.  Please email us at davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk Should you accompany your enquiry with a photo then please furnish as much detail as possible.  Each enquiry should be headed in the following format - MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryName  ...........................note that Name = the main family name you are interested in.

We will not divulge your email address, address or phone numbers to any respondents but will simply forward replies to you.

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September 2016
From Alan Jackson of Harpenden

Alan is researching his great-grandfather Richard Sanders RUTHERFORD who  had six children, one of whom was his grandfather Howard Rutherford.

He was always told that Richard Sanders Rutherford 'bred horses for the Army'. His son, Howard, grew up in Gillingham, but moved to Palmers Green in North London (after a turbulent time in WWI looking after horses in Gallipoli and in Basra before becoming a member of the Indian Army). He went into banking in the City.

He knows there is truth in the story that Richard Sanders Rutherford bred horses for the army as he has a silver tea service presented to R S Rutherford by Captain M.S. Adye and Captain A.J. Fyfe in October 1912 in appreciation of his work.

Is there anybody who might be aware of any documentation on the Rutherfords of Gillingham or of the Army's horse breeding activities there in the early part of the last century?

 

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryRUTHERFORD/Jackson2016

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May 2016

From Jude Maskew of Mount Claremount, Western Australia


I would like any information about my 3 times Great Grandfather, Samuel MARTIN born 1786, and his family, prior to leaving Gillingham.

He has 3 sons when leaving from Gillingham on board the Rockingham for the Swan River Colony Western Australia in 1829:
•       Robert born abt 1821 Gillingham
•       Simon born abt 1824 Gurneys Bank, Norwich, Norfolk, England
•       Henry born 17 Jan 1825 Gillingham, my great great grandfather

There is a family story that he may have been a widower with 3 young sons when he left Gillingham and then married a Rebecca Brown prior to sailing. Unfortunately Rebecca died shortly after arriving in the Colony, leaving Samuel a widower to raise 3 young sons in very primitive conditions.

Simon and Henry took up farming in the colony and Robert died in a river bank collapse in South Australia.


Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryMARTINsamuel2016

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August 2015

From Susan Organ of Adelaide

I am researching William Charlton baptised 5 July 1807 at Penselwood.

His parents were John Charlton and Frances nee Wills.

William Charlton married Lydia Tutton in Ditcheat in 1828 and some of their children were baptised in Gillingham.

They are Frances Fanny Charlton baptised 11 Feb 1833, Frances Charlton baptised 16 Jul 1843 and Priscilla Charlton baptised 16 Jul 1843.


I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has a connection to this family.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory - CHARLTON 2015

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July 2015

From Colin Hayter of Fawley

I am descended from James HAYTER who married Catherine LEAR at Gillingham in 1784.  They had three children as far as I can tell, William, James (who is my ancestral line) and Dinah who died as a child. 
    There are listed in the Gillingham burials as James (74) and Catherine (73) HAYTER in 1831 and 1832 repectively which indicates that James was born in 1757 and Catherine in 1759.  Catherine LEAR I have traced to the neighbouring parish of Silton where there is a baptism of Catherine in 1759, however this Catherine appears to have died in infancy as another baptism of Catherine is shown in 1761.  If Catherine's age at death is incorrect as it would appear, so might James! 
    There is no James HAYTER in Gillingham or neighbouring parishes that I have discovered being born in 1757 save the James HAYTER baptised in Gillingham in 1761, the son of William HAYTER and Jane PITMAN.


    Unfortunately, HAYTER is a very common surname in the area at this time, but I wonder if there is anyone who has either come across a James HAYTER baptised 1757 in the Gillingham area or has some family tie-in with either of the James HAYTER's and may be able to confirm one way or another.

 Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory HAYTER 2015

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March 2015

From Rachel Loosemore of Brisbane, Australia.

 Rachel is descended from Sylvester LUSH who was born in Gillingham and baptised there on 20 March 1772. His parents were John LUSH and Patience HISCOCK, also residents of Gillingham, as were at least two generations of the Lush family preceding them... including Sylvester's grandparents Sylvester Lush and Phoebe Young, and great-grandfather Arnold Lush.

Sylvester and wife Ann Hewlett's daughter Elizabeth Lush was born in Gillingham and baptised there on 13 September 1795. She only knew her father for a few short years before he was arrested for sheep stealing in 1802 and sentenced to death, which was commuted to a life sentence and transportation to Australia. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the "Calcutta" in 1804, one of Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins' ships, and was one of the first group of settlers in Hobart.

Sylvester married 12-year-old Ann BURROWS (the daughter of a First Fleet and a Second Fleet convict) in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1812 and he worked as a farmer, but continued with his sheep stealing pastime and spent more time in jail. He died in Hobart in 1839.

Rachel would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to share notes on Sylvester, his family, or the Lush family of Gillingham in general.


Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory LUSH 2015

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December 2014

From Robert Le Andrews NSW Australia

Robert is descended from John CAINES, plasterer who married Frances PERCY in Gillingham on 29 July 1839 and would like to hear from anyone who think they are related to either family.

John was born 1815 to William and Mary CAINES of Sherborne, Dorset.
Frances was born 1817 in Sturminster Newton to Edward and Elizabeth PERCY
John and Frances emigrated to Australia in April 1849.


Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory CAINES 2014

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September 2014

From Peter Bourton of St Albans.

I am researching the ancestry of my forebears, who lived in Bourton, Dorset, and were surnamed Bourton [sic].
Thus far, I've got back as far as William Bourton, who married Hannah Lambert, both of Bourton on 12 April 1784.
It is also possible that William Bourton (or Burton) was in the same line of descent. He married Ann, who was buried on 21 April 1750, and was himself buried on 23 January 1762.

I'd welcome the opportunity to share notes with anyone who has researched any people with the surname Bourton stemming from Bourton, Gillingham or Silton.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory BOURTON 2014

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August 2014

From Philip Hunt of Bendigo, Victoria

My 3G Grandfather is David Hunt, baptised in Silton, Gillingham,  on October 7th 1800 to James and Elizabeth Hunt. 

David married (Elizabeth) Jane Jupe in Gillingham, by licence, on August 2nd 1827  and was recorded as being from Lyncombe & Widcombe. They had six children to my knowledge.  

Their eldest son James Jupe Hunt I was born on May 30th 1828 and he married Kitty Hiden at Bath on August 4th 1852. 

It is James Jupe Hunt I, who is my 2G Grandfather, who emigrated to Australia on December 23rd 1852, on the same boat 'Peru',as his brother William Henry Hunt who had, himself, married Selina Ann Dainton on the day before James Jupe's marriage.

The Jupe middle name, given to the eldest son, was carried on as far as my father Geoffrey James Jupe Hunt, born 2 January 1918, died 26 February 1989.

Having now given a bit of background, so that possible cousins can share appropriately, might I ask please if anyone has any more details on James and Elizabeth Hunt and their ancestors.  Apart from their names I have no other definite information, e.g. their dates of birth, their date of marriage, their parents etc.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory HUNT-James/Elizabeth 2014

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July 2014


From Bill & Jenny Hunt of Nalang, Australia

Bill (William) HUNT is descended from William HUNT & Elizabeth TOOGOOD (married 1829) who emigrated to Australia in 1848.
William is believed to be the son of James Hunt and Jane WHITE who were married at Kington Magna on 30 May 1803.

William & Elizabeth had five children, one of whom is named Frank Ladson.  Ladson is the surname of a Ann Ladson who married Matthew Hunt 1794 but cannot find any positive connection.

Bill would be pleased to hear from anyone who is linked to his family.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory HUNT-James 2014

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July 2014


From Sue Harling of Sussex

I know the  Axtence family came from Gillingham.

My grandfather worked as a fireman on boats in the docks in East London. My father also worked in the docks. My great grandfather was a labourer who came to London and married here, I believe he had a brother who came with him.

This is what I have so far:-

James Axtence born 1805 married to Mary Davidge born 1801 married 1827* then to Eliza

Son was William Axtence born 1835* he was married to another Mary*

Son was Frank Axtence born 1866* married to Sarah Jane Phillips born 1867 moved to London.

Son was Frank William Extence born 1891 married Alice Burton 1894

Son was William James Frank Extence 1928 (my father) born in West Ham.

I have not yet found who James's parents were as his birth record just says Mary Axtence.
 
It would be great to see that in fact this family did come from Gillingham but it still intrigues me that dad had always maintained we were descendants of the Spanish.

I have a picture of William and he doesn't look particularly poor in fact he looks quite well dressed.

This mystery is really getting to me and I would really like to find out who they were and how Gillingham played its part.
*Gillingham records


Sue would be delighted to learn of any information about this family or to get in touch with anyone researching AXTENCE or EXTENCE families from Gillingham or anyone thought to be connected to them.


Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk  quoting
MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistory AXTENCE-EXTENCE 2014

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June 2014

From Jeanne Pendergast, Massachusetts, USA 


Jeanne is searching for her MEAD ancestors from Gillingham. George MEAD, born 1818 and his brother James MEAD, born 1821, left England around 1845 to work in Ferryland, Newfoundland.  Their parents were Charles and Ann MEAD.


Jeanne would be delighted to learn of any information about this family or to get in touch with anyone researching MEADS from Gillingham.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryMEAD_George2014

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August 2013

from Al Naomi, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Re DIRDO and EWENS families from Gillingham, Dorset

I am interested in the marriage of Christopher Dirdo (B. 1580) and Frances Ewens (B1585) and later his marriage to Dorothy Polton.  It seems that Dirdo divorced Ewens to marry Polton. My family is descended from the Ewens and the fact that the son apparently changed his name from Dirdo to Ewens is of interest.  Any information on this would be appreciated.


Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryDIRDO_EWENS2013

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December 2012

from Rod Read, Mandurah, Western Australia.

Re READ family from Gillingham Dorset.
I am researching my Ancestors and would appreciate any information regarding John READ and wife Elizabeth (STONE) as well as their Son, George and Elizabeth (COWARD).


George and Elizabeth came to Australia on the ship “Rockingham” in 1830, their Son Mark READ is my GGGrand father.
I would love to hear from anyone who may be able to fill in some gaps, family historic names also are “COWARD” “WOODFORD” (woodbridge area)
      

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryREAD_George2012

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November 2012

from June Wilson in Peterborough.

I'm descended from Edward CARD baptised 1728 at Motcombe. His son  Edward was baptised 1752 in Gillingham, Dorset.

I would be pleased to hear from anyone studying the CARD family history.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCARD2012

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August 2012

from Sharon Cancilla (USA)

I am researching John BUTLER b 1806 Gillingham and Sarah LAMBERT b 1799 in Marnhull married 7 Aug 1828, Gillingham.  1851 census had them living at 69 Madjeston.  It is possible that John was married to Sarah BOTT. ( a  John Butler was married to Sarah Bott who was buried in the parish of Chickerell,  4 Jan 1876 at the age of 71 and living in Weymouth.) 

Are the two Sarahs the same person  or has the wrong marriage been found. Can anyone help with that?

Their son Abraham Scott BUTLER who also went by John b 1826 Warwick Birmingham married Ann Spilsbury b 1829 Wimborne.  The 1861 census has Abraham and Ann and 3 children Sarah Hartell BUTLER b 1854, Emily Ann BUTLER b 1855 and Edwin C BUTLER b 1860.  They were living in Stone, Christ Church Staffordshire.

My grgr Grandmother was Emily Ann Butler WRIGHT.  She married, Thomas MASSEY (1), Joseph WRIGHT (2) and William COATES (3) 
Joseph WRIGHT died in 1889, they had 4 children.  My grandmother was Eleanor Louisa WRIGHT b 1884.  After her father’s death she lived with her Aunt Sarah and Uncle John ALLEN in Snitterton.
Her grandparents lived there as well.  Abraham was a stain glass painter and painted church banners.

I am unable to  locate John BUTLER’s parents. 


I would love to hear from anyone who is researching the above BUTLERS or has any information about them

Can anyone  help?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting

MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryBUTLER2012

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July 2012

From Sue in USA

                  I'm searching family history of John Samuel GILLINGHAM, born in Argentina, because his father was a ship builder in England and travelled abroad.  He was my grandfather, married to Laura MASSON, from France, not much known about her either. There are not many GILLINGHAMs in the US, so my search takes me to his family in England.

Any information you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryGILLINGHAM2012

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June 2012

from Jarad Martin

Jarad MARTIN is a living descendant of Samuel MARTIN, who was born in either the 1780's or 90's, in Gillingham Dorset.

He has a comprehensive family tree of the MARTINs arriving in Western Australia in 1830 through Samuel and his wife Rebecca Brown, but is unable to trace the family back any further in English times.

He is hoping to find information of the family in English times pre and post settling to W.A, and also wanting to find family still in England?

Can anyone  help?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryMARTINsamuel2012

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May 2012

from Margaret Fry

I am trying to find out more information about my Grandfather, Percy John Chaplin, who was born in Mere 1880 and who died Queen Street Gillingham 1909.

He was a Stone Mason I would like to know where he was buried and any other infomation about his short life.

I know he had siblings Ella,Mable and Clara.

Can anyone help?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCHAPLIN2012

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May 2012

from Kitty Petersmeyer.


I am trying to research the COX and BURT Families

John COX married Frances BURT  10 Jun 1821 in Gillingham, Dorset, England

John COX born circa 1795-he may have had a mill near Birmingham

Frances BURT born circa 1800-she may have had a store in Kingston after John died.

John COX and Frances BURT had 4 sons:  possibly all raised at Poynington? Mills  they were all millers
    James (possibly had a mill near Gillingham named Waterloo mill
    Robert
    John B. 3 Jan 1824
    Hugh

Thank you.

Can anyone help?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCOX_BURT2012

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April 2012
from
Tracey D'Angelo, Chevy Chase MD USA

I am trying to find out information about the family of William GREEN, born in Gillingham, Dorset in 1830.  According to his baptism records (from Gillingham) and death certificate (from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts), his parents were James GREEN and Edith JAMES.  I would be grateful for any information anyone has about the ancestors or descendants of this family.  William GREEN is my Great, Great grandfather.

Footnote from David Lloyd - James Green and Edith James were married at Gillingham Parish Church 1 May 1825



Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryGREEN_JAMES2012


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February 2012
from Annette Boettcher, Queensland, Australia

This enquiry is really a response to the SCAMMELL/LLOYD enquiry by Dan Burke in 2008.  However, as Annette wishes to find information about William Edward SCAMMELL this is being treated as a new item.

"Walter and Eliza SCAMMELL were my great grandparents.  Their daughter, Elizabeth Adelaide SCAMMELL was my dear grandma.  We are planning a family reunion in Mackay in June and so we are on the hunt for missing relatives.  I'm particularly looking for details of Gran's brother, William Edward SCAMMELL.  I do have him as married to an Emily Haltermore."

Note from David Lloyd: Since Annette's email she has been put in touch with Dan & Janelle Burke of Brisbane and I have found some new relatives! 
William Edward SCAMMELL, born 1888 in Gillingham, was orphaned at a young age and spent time at Muller's Orphan Houses, Ashley Down, Bristol.  I have a LLOYD wedding photograph of 1906 where the chief bridesmaid has now been proved to be Elizabeth Adelaide SCAMMELL and her brother has also been identified in the wedding group.  He is believed to have married Emily Haltermore in 1908.  There the trail goes cold. 
Elizabeth married George ROY and the family emigrated to Mackay in 1914.
It is thought that Elizabeth and William kept in touch.




Photo 1- Is this William in later life?   Photo 2 - William in 1909 at his sister's wedding. Photo 3 - Descendants of William?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySCAMMELL2012
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February 2012
From Mick Bridle

I am researching the Bridle family history. I am looking for William Bridle, born 1816 and married to Mary. I have a list of his descendants that have lived in Gillingham & Motcombe but I am keen to find out his ancestors. 

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryBRIDLE2012

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November 2011
From Doug Martin

I believe my 10th gt gf Robert Martin was born Gillingham 15??
His son Richard born 1590 and then there was a William and several Johns until my 3rd Gt Gf Silas b 1879
married a lady from Wincanton.
 
His grandson Alfred although born Stoneystoke married a lady from London which meant my father was also born in London 
and married my mother from Essex and I was born in Suffolk.

 
I mention all this to you so you see my  roots are Gillingham  and I would like to learn more about the Martin lot from your
neck of the woods.
 Here are the details -
With the help of my local Family History Society & the SDFHS I understand my 3rd Great Grandfather Silas Martin was baptised Gillingham 14.9.1789 (date in records show this as 14.9.1780 but believed to be an error as appears in the middle of records for 1789).
His siblings: Charlotte, Alice, Stephen, Anne, Edward, Michael, Henry & James.  Silas married Dinah King from Wincanton.
His father John Martin b 1762 (siblings: William & Thomas) married Grace Hatch, Gillingham 15.6.1783.

To discover my ancestry before the dates mentioned I have consulted family trees on the Ancestry website.  I have tried to check the details as far as possible but welcome any Martin family researchers to verify or add to the following:
My 5th Gt.Gf John Martin b.1783 (siblings Ann, Ann 2, William, Joan or Jean, Mary, James & Edward) married Allice Butt, Gillingham 12.1.1761.
My 6th Gt.Gf john Martin b1704 (siblings Jane, Elizabeth, Jane 2, Margaret, Mary, Francia) married Ann Lane, Gillingham 27.12.1730
My 7th Gt.Gf William Martin b1658 (siblings: Ann & Thomas) married Jane Humphrey, Gillingham 20.6.1689
My 8th Gt.Gf John Martin b1636 (siblings George, Joanna, Johannus, Margaret, Richard & Susannah) married ???
My 9th GtGf Richard Martin b 1590 (siblings John & unknown sister) married???
My 10th GtGf Robert Martin b 1565??  Married???
Also I would be obliged if anyone can go back further than Robert.  Many thanks in advance for your help.


Can anyone help Doug?

Any replies should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryMARTIN_doug2011

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September 2011

From Barbara Broadway

Our family name is Broadway and we can trace a William Broadway back to 1655 in Motcombe. Also in Gillingham we have a Henry Broadway who built the first Methodist Chapel (now three houses) and he also has a memorial tablet on the wall in the new Methodist Chapel,
 
My husband Bill Broadway before his death 9 years ago did a one name study of the Broadway name and we discovered the first Broadways came from Postlip Hall, Winchcombe ,Glos.  The story being that a Giles Broadway came to Gillinghan on instructions from King James to oversee the deforesting of the area. He also carried on with the growing of tobacco which he had also had started at Postlip,  I have recently been to Postlip Hall where three generations of Broadways lived, Giles having to sell the Hall to pay his creditors but no information as to where he went or when he died.
 
I wonder if anyone can confirm any of this or someone who would be willing to research for me which I am quite willing to pay for.
Most of the family story is on the website www.dorsetbay.plus.com written by Stephen & Helen Jones, from the information they took from my husbands records, and which they subsequently passed  over, on my behalf, to the Sherborne Research Centre of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society -  where it should be available for researchers to view.



Any replies should be emailed to
davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryBROADWAY2011

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June 2011

From Del Adam

I am trying to locate the direct descendants of WILLIAM BULLEN and CAROLINE BULLEN of Lodbourn, Gillingham as I have something of sentimental value to return to the family.

They had a son, HENRY GEORGE BULLEN who was recorded as an unmarried 25 year old carpenter/cabinet maker, living with his parents, on the 1911 census.

In 1925, he was married but I don’t know his wife’s name or whether they had children. He had a sister (name unknown) who married a MR C. LANE and they had a son called MR F. LANE who was born prior to 1925. I have been unable to trace the Bullen and Lane families past this date.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryBULLEN_LANE2011

 
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January 2011

from Ted Sharpe who is researching the Stokes family
Tracing Stokes family in Newfoundland.  Name often misspelled as Stokes, Stocks, Stockes .
 
I found this entry when looking for possible father of my relative Francis Stokes born 1811.  a Charles Stocks was married in Newfoundland.  Wondering if the name was Stokes back then or if you would be able to point me inthe right direction to find out more about this person.
 
Entry in St. Paul's Anglican Church registry harbour GRAce Newfoundland  Marriage
 
11-Jan-1801; Charles STOCKS of the parish of Gillingham in the county of Dorset in Great Britain and Mary PEARCE of this harbour
 
 
I can find no other record of this couple .  thank you T. Sharpe

Can anyone help?


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySTOCKS2011


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January 2011

From Sue Eldridge

Can you help? I have been trying to trace this person for ages but haven't found any reference to him - it would be great if I could discover the link between Samuel and John
 
My ancestors are the STACEY family of Dorset (Sherbourne) and Somerset. I am trying to discover information about John Stacey who was born in 1794 around Milborne Port. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1812, fought in the battle of Waterloo and was discharged on medical grounds in 1838 - I cannot find any information about him after this date. I am keen to discover whether he was related to our Great great Grandfather, Samuel Stacey, who was born in 1827 and served as a soldier in South Africa and India - we have his medal. He retired to Milborne Port. His daughter Susan, who was born in Madras, lived in Bradford Abbas in 1861 and was a servant to the Rev. Powys of Sherbourne. She moved with the family to Shirley Derbyshire where she met my Great Grandfather.
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Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySTACEY2011

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January 2011

From Steven Hunt in Kent
 
My 3G Grandfather was Matthew HUNT who married Ann LADSON 1794 in Wolvercote, his son David HUNT married Eliza CARD 1829 in Gillingham. Their children were Sarah, Mary, Edward, Ann, Alfred, William and Henry (my G Grandfather).
 
I am hoping to discover any information about my 'cousins' the family of my 2GGrandfather's brother William HUNT who married Ellen VINCENT in 1868 in Gillingham and had 13 children; Annie, Bessie, Louisa, David, Sarah, Alfred, Harry, Charles, George, Beatrice, Lilly, Lucy and Florrie, all born at Ham Common between 1870 and 1893. In the 1911 census William and his son George both worked on the railway and lived at Spion Cottage, Ham with Lillie and Flossie. Surely some of William's descendants must be around Gillingham today. In fact on the Curious Fox Website in 2004 there was an enquiry for relatives of the family, but by the time I had discovered the most useful site, the person who made the enquiry seemed to have disappeared. 
 
As the oldest living family member I am trying to piece together a comprehensive family history for the 30 or more children and grandchildren. Please, 'cousins' contact me if you wish, before all passes into oblivion. Thanks


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryHUNT2011

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December 2010

from John Scammell

I am seeking information about Francis SCAMMELL born 1816 in Gillingham.  His wife was Ann SCAMMELL nee GALBRAITH from Orton. 
They got married in Australia. Any information would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySCAMMELLfrancis2010
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September 2010


from Pat Campbell, New Zealand

I am interested in the PHRIPP surname, especially William PHRIPP, born 1794 Gillingham, who had children to Mary COOK, but they never married.  She was employed by him.  Some of the COOK family retained the PHRIPP name, either in their Christian names or added to the COOK surname.
 
I am also interested in their son Stephen Henry COOK who moved to Putney Wandsworth, and opened a shop there, possibly in the 1880's.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryPHRIPP2010
 
 
 
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September 2010

From Brenda Chaplin of Frome

Brenda Chaplin and her  cousins  are on the trail of their family history and in particular the places where their grandparents lived. George and Ida LODGE lived at Bloomers Farm (Lawn), Gillingham - (their grandmother was so put out by the name she insisted it be called Forest Farm)


  Whilst they  think they left the Farm about 1927, they don’t know when they went there. Was it when  grandfather returned fron the war or  after that.  They  think that they then went to Colesbrook somewhere and  afterwards to West Bourton into a council house. 

Does anyone remember George and Ida LODGE and their house moves?

Does anyone remember the LODGE children - Irene Jane LODGE (born 18 November 1911), Elizabeth Phoebe LODGE (born 13 February 1913), Margaret Ida LODGE (born 17 April 1920).

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryLODGE2010
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September 2010

From David Dallman

David Dallman  is seeking further information about the MEAD family of Gillingham
James Mead (1719 -1787)
Martin Mead (1774 – 1859) (died Sturminster Newton)
Can anyone help?


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryMEAD2010

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September 2010

From Jack Huff
 
I am looking for information on and descendants of a George CHAPPLE and his wife Mary RANDAL that married in Penselwood, but lived in Gillingham between 1760-1820.  They had a son Joseph who lived to adulthood and a son George.  We are sure they had other children besides these, but don't know who they are.
 We are also looking for information on John OBORN and his wife Ann DAVIDGE who lived in Gillingham between 1750-1820.  The OBORN family were also somehow related to the OBORN family of Wincanton. 

UPDATE JULY 2014
John Fisher from New Zealand writes
 "I am in the other Oborn family from Wincanton and we have not found
any connection to Ann Davidge and her husband John Oborn.
If there is any connection found then I am sure that Gill Cook in Australia and myself
in NZ would love to have it too."

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCHAPPLE_OBORN2010


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September 2010

From Glynice Smith of New Barnet

I visited the Museum for the first time on Monday, 6th September and discovered a photograph taken in front of a Supermarine Seafire at Henstridge Royal Naval Air Station HMS Dipper.  According to the writing underneath one of the men is a "Alan FRY".  I have checked with my Aunt, and my Uncle was definitely in the Air Cadets when he lived in Gillingham with my grandparents (Francis) Charles and Maud FRY
 
Charles was a tailor and could be seen in the window of Shephards, the tailors.  My grandparents lived at "Penlee", Bay Road, Bay. I understand from talking to local residents that my step grandmother Nora had lived at the right end house before she moved to Sturminster Newton.  Also, the row of houses had been owned by Shephards.
 
My grandfather (b. 06/09/1890  Poole m.19/03/1916 Poole d.  25/09/1957 Gillingham  ) 
was a mystery to me and I do not even know what he looked like.  I would appreciate anything you can tell me about Shephards and whether there is anything written about them or photos of their staff. Any clues would be wonderful.

Any replies to this should be emailed to
davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryFRY2010
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August 2010


From Peter Hull of New Zealand.

Peter would be interested to hear from any relatives he has in the Gillingham area. His  grandfather,  Francis Albert Hull, was in the navy most of his life and emigrated to N.Z. around 1945. He was born 1883,  His parents were James  and Sarah. He had brothers William, Henry and George.

 One of Francis' brothers, William John Hull born 1880, had 2 sons - Arthur  and George .

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryHULL2010


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July 2010

From Arlene

Searching for any information on the Phillip A. TUCKER family who appear in the 1901 Manston Dorset Census but originate from Gillingham. Phillip was 40 in the census and his wife Sarah was 39. Three of their children listed were born in Gillingham: Arthur H., Harold and Sarah. In particular, I'm interested in finding Sarah TUCKER's maiden name. Thank you for any help you can give.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryTUCKER2010

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June 2010


From Iris Hartmann of Erfurt, Germany


I am searching for my cousin, Derek TERRY, living in Gillingham. He must be about 65 years old and has three daughters. His mother was Laura TERRY and they used to live in Wimborne, Dorset, when he was born. His father, my uncle, was Horst ROCHA from Frankfurt, Germany.

 
If there were any opportunity to find him, I would be very glad.

I contact you from Germany and have already tried a lot, but I was not successful.

 


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryTERRY2010

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April 2010

From Patricia Cassells

I am currently researching my family history and would welcome any information  about John KENDALL who was a jeweller and watchmaker  at the end of the 19th century -early 20th. His father Richard is recorded as a general dealer  in1871 census.
John KENDALL was born in Wells Somerset in1862. He was married  to Emily BURDEN and his parents were Richard and Susan KENDALL and they had a general store in Gillingham. John  was a jeweller  and watchmaker  for the turn of the century and the next 2  decades.
 
If you can point me in the right direction - photos etc I would be very appreciative.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryKENDALL2010

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April 2010


From Sandra Harrison

I am interested in finding out anything about John and Lucy LODDER (maiden name GRAY) who married in Aug. 1818.  I know they were born about 1791 and that they had a son John who went to London and become a policeman. They also had a daughter Amelia and I am especially interested in her, John senior and Lucy.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryLODDER2010



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April 2010


From Sue Bishop 
     
I was very interested to see the painting by Constable of Perns/Parhams Mill as I have traced members of my family back to that mill.
The first actual confirmation I have of that being their abode is a baptism record 13.7.1828 giving  Father George COX miller Perns Mill.
I was disappointed to discover that the mill painted by Constable burned down in 1825, to be replaced by 'a bright brick modern improved patent monster.'
Later I find the family's address given as Silton Mill, at least 1851-1900.

 Could anyone tell me:

- I know they were at Perns Mill on 16.9.1832 (baptism). In 1841 they are in Bourton North enumeration district. In 1851 they are at Silton Mill. Is Silton Mill a new name for Perns mill, or is it a different place?
- Does anyone know who was the miller at Perns Mill when Constable visited (1823)?
- Is Waterloo Mill, Silton, another mill close by? I have connections there too (1851). I know this sold at auction last year.

 Any info on Perns/Parhams Mill, Silton Mill, Waterloo Mill and mills in Bourton gratefully received.
Also I'd be pleased to hear from anyone researching the families of George COX, miller b.1806 Bourton and his wife Martha BURT b. Gillingham 1804.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCOX2010
 

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March 2010


From Jill Boatswain, New Zealand

I am researching the Gillingham name.  My Great Great Grandma was Ann Elisa Gillingham.  I am also researching the Boatswain name which came from Dorset.
ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREAT


Ann Elisa GILLINGHAM appears on all birth records I have checked for my grandpa's family, (11 children) although they have BOATSWAIN as their surname only her name is on all of them.  I have traced through the census' on the internet, and found them in census records I can ascertain she was born 1848.  It has been very frustrating search but I have her husbands name as Thomas BOATSWAIN and my granddad is 1 of 11, not 1 of 4 as I was told, so it is very mysterious. My research says Eliza was born in Portesham or Portisham in 1848, also confirmed on census records.

  I got this information from the Gillingham Family Project website.  http://gillinghamfamilyproject.wikidot.com/
I  have not been able to trace marriage details, but assume they were married in the 19th century.   When I looked on the internet for marriage records, it stated that the records I wanted were destroyed when Dorset was bombed in the war.  But I still Look.  
   I am in New Zealand.
  I was led to believe that there were only three children, my grandpa and his sisters who came to NZ, but now find  there are 7  others that were never mentioned.  I realize how long it takes to sort, having to know the county and the parish is a big job, since they are not all in the same parish.  Out here in NZ all registers are centralized .  
What happened to the rest of the family in England after 1912?   I can name all the children dobs, as I have traced all of them through Census records.  Is she on your tree?   Do you know what happened to her children?
 I have a large paper family tree which is from England, my line is completely missing, above my Grandpa so I search, I have always wondered why Grand dad left Dorset and came all this way round the world to settle in NZ, leaving his parents and all those brothers and sisters in England, I was only ever told he came here to farm, as he could not be a farm owner in England.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryGILLINGHAM/BOATSWAIN2010



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January 2010

from Stan Greene


I am searching for the "GREENE family" history. Some of my past family may be buried in a cemetery near your church. Would this be true? 

 
  The name GREENE has been changed several times. At one time it was spelled Grene...the name I am looking for is Richard Grene "of Stanford Ryvera" born about 1527 and died about may 03, 1608 in Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, county Dorset, England. He married Joan Converse.

They are, according to information I have, are buried in the family cemetery of Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church Cemetery. Other info is of 1545 Richard Grene, appears in the Rolls of the Exchequer. The GREENE family was a branch of the " de la DOUCHE " family and at one time were the largest land owners of England. Gibbon, the historian, said that they had the most royal blood and the most strain of blood in all Europe.
 Any info you have or point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryGREENE2010

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November 2009

From Jean  Allen

  I am researching my great grandmother's family of BUTLERs, who lived in Gillingham.  She was Sarah Ann daughter of Frederick b 1835 and either Sarah ? or Hannah EDWARDS b 1836, and who later married Charles MAGGS in London.  Her brothers and sisters were: Fred b 1859 Yeovil, John b 1860 and Emma Jane b 1865.  She and Sarah Ann were both baptised in 1865 - could they be twins?? Frederick died in 1913 in London, and says he was a master blacksmith. 

His parents were John Butler b 1806 in Gillingham, d 8.9.1859 and Sarah LAMBERT b 1799 Marnhull and married 7.8.1828 in Gillingham and had Elizabeth b 1830 who married into the READ family, Edwin b 1831 who married Anne WAKE in Yeovil in 1856 and John b 1860 who as far as I know was unmarried.  The family had a smallholding at Madjeston. 

 I am unable to find BUTLERs in Gillingham before John Butler and therefore suspect they arrived in Gillingham from elsewhere - but where?

 I would be delighted to hear from anybody else researching BUTLERs or who can tell me anything about them or the families they married into.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk   quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryBUTLER2009




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July 2009

From June Newman, Buckinghamshire


My Grandmother's Family descend from Ann SPEARING born about 1713 to

David and Mary SPEARING of Gillingham. Ann married John MEADE of West

Knoyle at Gillingham on 5th January 1730.

 

Any information on the SPEARING family in this period would be much appreciated.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySPEARING2009

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June 2009

From Melinda Lightsey-Ford


I am looking for information on Mary HISKINS born, 27 December 1793, died 14 January 1876 in Pauling, Mississippi, United States.

 

She married Andrew J READ, born 5 January 1791, died 29 March 1875, in Spaulding, Mississippi, United States.

Baptised on 1 February 1791 in Gillingham, Dorset, England.

 

He was a metal smith, and made coins, I believe.

 

Looking for information on his parents, also Andrew J Read, wife was Unity.

 

They moved to the United States and settled in the Mississippi area.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryHISKINS2009


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May 2009

From Sharon McLean

Seeking family histories, pictures and information regarding Joseph CAVE and Dinah HILLIAR – both descendants and ancestors.  Thank you.

 

I have researched the family and have the names of children and births.

Seeking deeper information of lives and stories if available.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryCAVE2009


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February 2009

From Julie Palethorpe  in Cloncurry North West Queensland Australia.

I am doing some Family History Research on behalf of Mrs. Valerie O'Hara (nee English), who also lives here in Cloncurry Qld Aust.
Her Great Grandfather was a Christopher ENGLISH b. 1854 in Folke, his parents were a John ENGLISH b. 1811 in Caundle Bishop Dorset and a Maryann or Mary Ann TOOGOOD of Gillingham Dorset. Mary Ann TOOGOOD  was born on the 15.11.1815 in Gillingham to a Henry TOOGOOD and Ann.
John ENGLISH died in 1863 and is buried in the Folke Cemetery and Maryann ENGLISH then married James CROCKER b. 1811 in Corfe Castle.
I have found a death for Henry buried in the St.Lawrence Church Cemetery Folke. But have been unable to find where Henry TOOGOOD was born and to whom, and who was the his wife Ann listed on Maryann's Baptism. I would be ever so grateful, for any information or leads to my be able to help me. I look forward to any information.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryTOOGOOD2009

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June 2008

From Sylvia Jopson

Currently researching the STACEY Families, of  Gillingham, Motcombe, Shaftesbury and Stour Provost, who were Yeoman in the Manor of Gillingham, spanning from 1600 -1925.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who could supply more information relating to these families and their descendants. Especially interested in learning which Farms and Lands they owned or tenanted, and the way in which the Manor and Forest was administrated.
Also looking for a connection (if any) between the John STACEY (wife Allise) of Stour Provost  Will made 1670's, his children John, Robert, William, and William STACEY of Motcombe born  approx 1640.
 
Any help or ideas would be much appreciated.


Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySTACEY2008

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May 2008

from Michele Lancaster of Berkshire

I am descended from the HOSKINS family who lived in Gillingham during the late 1700s to early 1800s.  I have traced my particular family to James HOSKINS, who married Martha MULLENS in 1780.  James was born in around 1755, possibly in Silton.

I would be interested to hear from anyone else who is a descendent of this family.

Mark Foot writes September 2014 - My grandmother was Ethel May HOSKINS. The branch of the family moved from Castle Cary to Street in Somerset.  If this is of any interest then please feel free to ask any questions.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryHOSKINS2008

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May 2008

from David Clifton

I am researching my maternal grandfather and his family.  He was Charles Samuel GRAY who was born on 2 October 1900 in Gillingham.  he left the area around 1922, became a sailmaker and joined the Royal Navy.  I understand his father was Charles Edwin GRAY born about 1870 and believed to have married Kate KING born Shaftesbury 1876.  At the time of Charles Samuel's birth his father is noted as an Insurance Agent.  The previous generation was possibly William and Elizabeth GRAY born around the 1830s.

I have addresses of Bay Lane, Gas House Lane, Turners Lane, Stock and Milton.  Some I have found others not.

Any information regarding the above would be greatly appreciated.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryGRAY2008

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March 2008

from Dan Burke, Brisbane

I am seeking information about Walter SCAMMELL born 1856 died 7 June 1891 in Gillingham.  His wife was Eliza SCAMMELL nee LLOYD.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistorySCAMMELL2008

Update: Dan has received a response with the Lloyd connection but would be pleased to hear from any local members of the SCAMMELL family

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February 2008

From Joy Farms, nee Jefford, formerly of Gillingham, now living in Durham City.
 
I'm researching the family history of my father, who died on 3rd March 1951 when I was only 7 years old, and who is buried in Gillingham Cemetery.  His name was Robert Henry JEFFORD, known as BOB, and he worked at Hayden's Grocers in The Square.  During WW2 he served in the Home Guard, possibly as a Sergeant.  He had a son, Patrick Bryan (my half-brother, 12 years older than me) who attended Gillingham Grammar School before joining the Army at the age of 16.  Bryan died in 1996 in Australia.  I believe he and my Dad may have lived at Penselwood before coming to Gillingham.  I've never known how he met my mother (who died in 2004) whose maiden name was Joyce Mary Webb, known as Joy.
I would love to hear from anyone who may remember Bob Jefford; in particular anyone who may know what brought him to Gillingham and where he was before that.

Any replies to this should be emailed to davidlloyd@gillinghammuseum.co.uk quoting MuseumWebsiteFamilyHistoryJEFFORD2008

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