Helping hands helping one another with our family history & genealogy research.
Having done my mum's side which comes from north France
I have turned to my dad's side which has stayed with in 20 miles for the last 300 years!
I find it hard getting through the parish records so this then is my brickwall;-
my 3xg grandfather William Woollard (W,W jnr) born 1818 in Henley married Lydia Allard
in Barham church in 1838 then moved to Ipswich....no problems
It's W,W snr who father W,W jnr 1818 lived in Henley May have come from Somersham
but I can not find any birth, marriage place or dates just that he married a Mary.
If any one goes down to the Suffolk archive it would be nice to meet up as I could do with a bit of direction ...many thanks...gerald woollard
William Woollard 50 Ag lab
Mary Woollard 50
William Woollard 20 Ag lab
Lydia Woollard 20
John Woollard 1
All born Suffolk
William Woollard aged 77 was buried at Henley on 4 March 1864, and Mary aged 77 on 11 Jan 1865. So with a bit of luck you should be able to get birthplaces from the 1851/61 censuses.
In 1861 aged 75 and 72 their birthplaces are given as Somersham and Henley, and the same in 1851 with ages 65 and 62
Neither Somersham baptisms nor Henley marriages have been extracted onto the IGI or BVRI. These are the parish registers I would look at in the Records Office
PS Having done your mum's side do we assume that you tracked down your grandfather Paul Maurice Villain?
Hi ya David 11000 (it should be 007)!
how nice of your reply!
How silly of me to assume that if Henlys baptisms where extracted the marriages must be ,it seems so obvious now. I shall go down to the Suffolk archives and read the micro file them selves, how do you find out what town's and villages are extracted ?, as for my grandfathr on my mum's side Paul Maurice Villian yes that brickwall has been knock down, I had to hire at a small cost Philippe Chapelin (www.gefrance.com) who deals in lost french connections. As you can see from the attach file he saw from the birth cert' of Paul that he's father was a "civil engineer" who sometimes take out inventions so Philippe looked through Google books of inventions for Sixtre and up popped an address in Lille and a search through Lille's birth records got Sixtre father of paul, and my mum . Don't you just hate it when someone makes a simple job of what for years seem's impossible!!!!
I'll catch ya later......gerald woollard...
my latest update.
my 2xgreat grandfather william woollard's father was another william woollard mother givern was mary.
now there is a william woollard born 1783 in akenham that fits the bill but that means his mum (ann sillet) from barking (next to akenhan) being born 1769 would have been just 14 years old when having her son william. which could explain why his birth was not registered. do you think i am right to follow this line of thinking. .........gerald.....
Fourteen seems very young, and illegitimacy didn't usually stop a child being baptised (birth registration didn't start until 1837)