the plot thickens

I have been searching for a death certificate for Susan Bond [ne Aldridge] for a while as I know that she was alive for the census of 1891 and that her husband, George Jannion Bond Senior, remarried in January 1900, when he was apparently a widower. George died six months later and an inquest was … Read more

who knows where the time goes?

Sadly, I did not make it to the Surrey Archives so Thomas Varney’s inquest report remains unseen. I am now thinking that it may be better to have them look it out for me instead. The nominal charge they make is less than it would cost for me to go there myself. Hopefully, when I … Read more


Nothing new to add except that I now have documentary proof that the Mary Ann Bolton who was in Friern Barnet is the correct one. In her case notes, her next of kin is named as George Bolton of 44 Strathnairn Street, St James’ Road, Bermondsey. This is confirmed by Frederick Henry Bolton’s birth certificate, … Read more

mary ann bolton’s case notes

Today I collected the scans made by the LMA of the two main pages of case notes for Mary Ann Bolton while she was in the Colney Hatch Insane Asylum. These include a photograph of her taken at the time of admittance and also give various pieces of information about her, including the fact that … Read more

watermen apprentice entries

The other week I managed to get down to the Guildhall to make copies of the apprentice records for the Haleys and Warners. The scans are here although the quality of the copies is not fantastic in some cases but hopefully they can be read them well enough. Charles Lloyd Warner Charles Warner [Charles Lloyd … Read more

trying to make it clearer

I have added four ancestor outline pages for eacxh branch of the family, Within these are links to the certificate and documents relating to each person. I know it is hard to visualise the relationships so, hopefully, this will make it a bit clearer as to how each individual relates to the others within the … Read more

our dickensian ancestors

Today was a productive day spent at the LMA. I was on the trail of the Bolton Great Great Grandparents having located the various documents relating to their deaths. The coroner’s inquest into the death of John Henry Bolton was held on 22nd December 1894 at St Giles and the papers are currently housed at … Read more


I have uploaded some more certificates, includng several death certificates for James Joseph Haley, Emily Jane [Moulding] Haley, James Mirrielees Joseph Haley, George Henry Bolton, John Besch and Fanny Mary [Bryant] Besch. I have also uploaded John Henry Bolton’s birth entry in the St Andrew’s Holborn parish register and the Besch Baptisms I wrote about … Read more

finding documentation of a link

So, in London during the 19th Century there were two families called Besch who were tailors. I have held a firm belief that the two older members, John Besch [who is Lilian bond’s Grandfather] and Frederick Besch, were brothers but have been unable to find their baptism records so far although, according to the census, both were born in Westminster.