Yeoman Hugh Filbee was buried in St Margaret’s churchyard in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, on 14 January 1767. Here is a transcription of his will. While it sheds light on the names of his children, and suggests his wife had predeceased him, it provides few if any clues which help distinguish him from the various Hugh Filbees who had been baptized at St. Margaret’s and were living in Lewknor in the mid 18th century. Still, it’s a start
Will of Hugh Filbee of Lewknor, Oxfordshire Made 24 May 1756; proved 26 January 1767 Oxfordshire Records Center: ref 24/3/3 [To facilitate online viewing, the following transcription does not reflect the line breaks of the original document.]
“In the Name of God Amen. The Twenty Fourth day of May [word scratched out] in the Twenty Ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God (…more)
A reader’s question prompted me to revisit my problematic Filbee family, whose fondness for the given name Hugh makes researching this line difficult.
The Filbee surname is found in my maternal grandfather’s part of the family tree. Alice Filbee, and generations of Filbees before her, lived and died in Lewknor, Oxfordshire. Alice (1748–1819) was my 5th great grandmother. She married William Quartermaine in Lewknor on Christmas Eve 1768. Their grandson was Thomas Smith, whom I’ve written about here.
In researching this surname over the years, I’ve come across many variations, including: Fylbye, Filby, Filbie, Fillby, Felby, Philby, Philbey. Filbee families were scattered all around Oxfordshire in the 17th-19th centuries, but my particularly confusing branch lived in Lewknor. From the parish register transcripts, it’s clear that, at any given time, there were two or more Filbee men living in the village, but I’m most interested in those named Hugh. There (…more)
The back of this photo says “Mrs. Harry Turner.” The question is this: Is she Louisa Smith, Harry’s first wife, whom he married in 1870; or is she Roseanna McGuinness, whom he married in 1884, following Louisa’s death?
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This week’s treasure find is the birth record for Ellen Collcutt, born in Jericho, St Thomas, Oxford, Oxfordshire, on 1 October 1841.
It’s special significance for my research, is that Ellen’s mother is named. Prior to getting this certificate from the GRO, I’d had no success locating a marriage record for Ellen’s parents, so I didn’t know Emma’s maiden name. But thanks to this record, and the one for her brother James (they arrived in the mail together) I can now say she was Emma Blake.
James Collcutt and Emma Blake had four children together, included noted Victorian architect Thomas Edward Collcutt. James was the son of William Collcutt and his second wife Jane Evans. You can read more about this family here
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A reader has drawn my attention to the fact that the genealogy database section of this blog is no longer rendering the information correctly. Big sigh…..sometimes technology is NOT my friend. I suspect, although it’s mostly speculation, that the problems lies in a combination of (1) not having upgraded to the most recent versions of WordPress (what my site is built on) and TNG (my software of choice for housing my genealogy data, and (2) conflicts between WordPress, TNG, and Atahualpa (my beloved WordPress theme).
I am at the NGS conference at the moment; am getting the newest issue of my genealogy society’s quarterly bulletin ready to go to print; and have some fast approaching client deadlines. So……I haven’t the time this week to invest in getting to the root of the problem and figuring out a solution, and I do know that diving headlong into quickie updates of WordPress and (…more)
The more common the name, the more difficult the research can be, and my Smiths of Lewknor are right up there. Thomas Smith, a watercress grower, and his wife Eleanor “Ellen” Holland, raised a large family in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, in the mid 19th century. Smiths had lived in that area for decades, so Thomas’s brothers and cousins were also baptizing, and burying family members in the local church at the same time. There were also Smith families living in the nearby Postcombe, a hamlet so tiny it had no church of its own.
Here are the records of Smith baptisms and burials during the time Thomas and Ellen lived in Lewknor. I’ve taken them from the published parish registers. The next step of course is to order the FHL microfilms to view the parish registers themselves. Births and deaths after the date range here would come from records at (…more)
Sarah Collcutt of Oxford (1750-1838), the daughter of grazier John and Sarah Collcutt, was quite wealthy, although the means by which she came by that wealth remains a mystery. Having no children of her own, she left her money and personal estate to her many nieces and nephews. Her will, made in 1835, is a virtual treasure trove of genealogical information. (Sarah Collcutt Will, 1835, The National Archives Public Records Office – Catalogue Reference:Prob 11/1895)
In the name of God Amen I Sarah Collcutt of the parish of Saint Aldate in the City of Oxford Spinster considering the uncertainty of this life and the certainty of death and being at this time of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I nominate and appoint my Niece Mary Godfrey Talmage Executrix of this my will and (…more)
Thanks Randy Seaver at Genea-musings for suggesting this bit of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
I used a blog article about our family’s heroine to generate this Wordle Cloud
A reader posed this question earlier in the week. Joseph James Collcutt is not in my direct line, and although I have researched many of the collateral lines in the Collcutt family, I had not followed this particular branch forward. Still, I love a mystery! Here’s what my initial research has turned up:
Joseph James Collcutt was the son of William Collcutt and Anne Hemmins, who were married by license at the church of St Peter in the East, Oxford, on 9 July 1844. The entry in the parish register describes bachelor William as a college servant of that parish, son of William, yeoman; and spinster Anne, of St Clements parish, daughter of Thomas, yeoman. Witnesses were Catharine Collcutt, Julia Churchill Price, and John Lucas. The couple baptized daughter Emily Ann at St Peter  while living on Long Wall Street, but then settled on High Street.
William and Ann baptized (…more)
I think I read somewhere that I’m not supposed to do this; that it’s hard enough to stay on top of one blog, let alone three. But here’s my logic….
Mahoganybox.net was created as a tribute to my grandparents and as a means of sharing their family trees and my adventures in researching my British roots from the comfort of my armchair in the United States. Sometimes I talk in general terms the other side of my tree, but I prefer to keep the focus on England. Still, I’ve amassed a wealth of info on my father’s side of the family and I am dying to share it and strike up some conversations with others who might be researching some of my French-Canadian lines. So…..
I’d like to introduce ErnestNapoleon.net the blog I’ve started in tribute to my paternal grandparents: Ernest Napoleon Varrieur and Elsie Mae Ebert. My grandfather’s roots (…more)