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Family History

Greetings from New Zealand. I am researching my family tree, and I am seeking any family of Mrs Annie Norton, formerly Noone, nee Davenport who was living in St Leonards on Sea in 1928.
Thank you.

17 responses to “Family History”

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    David Crittenden: Try the County Records Office at The Maltings in Lewes.

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    For Family history research I am interested in Adelaide WRAIGHT could be nee CHAMBERS born 1833 in Peasmarsh – she was alive for 1901 census living Chelsea and listed as Retired Cook. Contact with either WRAIGHT or CHAMBERS families of great interest. Thank you. Maureen in Qld Aus.

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    I have established that my great grandfather, Richard Whiteor Whyte was married to Ann Maria Cobbett in the December quarter of1874 , I would now like to obtain a copy of their marriage certificate. Any information would be greatly appreciated … Tony Piles

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    You need the National Records Office. Try this website:


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    Lucknow Place is now a car park in Fishmarket Road. The cottages were either lost during the war or were knocked down. Clifton Place probably suffered the same fate!

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    My name is David Wright and I have lived at 11 Landgate since 1998. I wold be fascinated if you could give me some history of your Father. Did he own or rent the house? My email address is [reveal email] Best regards David

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    Hello Paul, I cannot think how I missed your mail. It would be kind of you if let me know more of the immediate family. I have a death certificate for Fred and would be happy to copy it for you.

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    Many Thanks Kevin for the Information. My Cousin said he was Special Forces and was coming back after a recrudescence mission. It could be true.

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    I never doubt family lore as having some semblance to the truth. I would have thought that he was part of an RAF Squadron ground crew based in France and caught up in the evacuation from Dunkirk. Without a Squadron number, it’s difficult to see him as a member of an aircraft crew, but if you have further details, that may help you fit him in to your family memory.

    The Abukir seems a very small ship to expend 4 torpedoes on, just the one was enough to sink her almost instantly.

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    Many Thanks Kevin will try and find out the RAF Squadron No and get back to you. thanks again

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    Hi Dave,

    Of course I would be interested in any help you can give.



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    My email address is [reveal email]
    If you forward me an email address I can send the bits n pieces as attachments and hopefullyly there is something of use to you.


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    Hi Syd,

    This is my great grandmother’s sister who was killed at the Tollgate. I was told this story when I was a child and shown the newspaper so I would never forget. You know my sister Julia. I would like to correspond with you. I had a wonderful family.

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    Hello Julia Martin is my great grand
    Mother Harold Austin Julia’s son
    Is my granddad if you want to get
    I touch I would love to correspond
    With you

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    My late Father was born and raised in RYE and now as an old man (77) and living in the USA I would love to find out as much as I can about the family. I do remember an uncle (Frank) and I believe there was another brother who also lived in Rye . Other then that I believe my Father once told me many years ago that his Father who died many years before I was born was once the Major?
    I would love to hear from any relatives if there are any still around and also find more about my families history. I also believe there was another brother who was killed in WW1 (Percy). That’s all I know.
    Thank you to anyone who can help me in my quest
    [reveal email]
    Stephen john Sherwood
    Michigan USA

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    Hello Stephen,

    SHERWOOD William Percy Private 228027, 2/1st Battalion, London Regiment (The Royal Fusiliers). 58th London Division. Killed in action at Bullecourt 3 May 1917. Aged 17. Son of Councillor & Mrs C. Sherwood of Ferry Road, Rye. Born in Rye and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. His name was continued in the family, See https://ryesown.co.uk/down-rye-way-percy-sherwood/#more-4301 and you might find more in your specific family thread here https://www.ryesussex.co.uk/message-board/450/family-history-of-sherwood/ which has already been started so may be more appropriate to continue on there. Happy New Year and I’m sure your relatives will be pleased to make contact!

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    Many, many thanks for your message. At this moment I am in slight shock, but smiling from ear to ear.

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