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For years, I had a seven-year gap in my great-grandmother's story. The good news is that I've had several genealogical break-throughs this week. The...

Crowdsourcing: Laura Jane and Florence Ethel Williams

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Update: Both Laura Jane and Florence have been found and many thanks to those who helped in this search. You can read Laura's story...
Isle of Wight from the International Space Station

Williams Families on the Isle of Wight

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In my recent post, “IOW Consolidated Card Index to Parish Registers”, I wrote about the FHL microfilms of the card catalogue that are available...
Henry Williams Most Wanted of Carrisbrooke

Henry Williams – Most Wanted

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1.  xe "England:Hampshire:IOW:Carisbrooke " f BHenry WILLIAMS was baptised on 4 Feb 1821 in Carisbrooke, IOW, the son of Benjamin WILLIAMS and Jane FELLOWS.  After...

Laura Jane Williams – Most Wanted

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1.  Laura Jane WILLIAMS was born on 19 Jan 1867 at 31 St Johns Road in Ryde, IOW to parents George WILLIAMS and Harriet STOREY.  She...

Jessie Bond the Widow

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When Jessie became a widow, she was only thirty six years old. William had left her with four small children aged ten, eight, five...

William Bond and Jessie Harriet Williams – The Married Years

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Although Jessie was only twenty one to William’s thirty six, they had no choice but to marry with the baby on the way.  But...

Jessie Harriet Williams – Early Years

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Jessie Harriet Williams was born at 26 George Street in Ryde on the Isle of Wight on 27 November 1857 to parents George and...

William Bond and Jessie Williams

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1. William BOND was born on 11 April 1843 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England and was baptised 18 April 1843 at St. Michael’s Church in...

Harriet Williams – Truth in Advertising?

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From the Isle of Wight Observer, Saturday, November 10, 1900, page 7. PROOF THAT COUNTS A STATEMENT BY A RYDE WOMAN Do you believe all you read? We...

Benjamin Williams and Jane Fellows

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1.  Benjamin WILLIAMS was baptised on 16 Aug 1788 in St. George’s Church in Arreton, IOW.  He died at the age of forty and...

George Williams and Harriet Storey – The Married Years

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On 5 March 1857, George Williams married Harriet Storey at Newchurch.   Two days later, an announcement appeared in the Isle of Wight Observer.   "’Married’ On...

George Williams – Early Years

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George Williams was born in Winchester, Hampshire and baptised on 2 April 1823 at St. Thomas Church.   He was the fourth child born to...

George Williams and Harriet Storey

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Pictured here in about 1900, George and Harriet look like they've withstood the test of time.  George sports a neatly trimmed beard and mustache...

Obituaries – Donald Williams and Jessie Williams

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Montreal Daily Star - Monday November 9th, 1914 Donald Williams, news agent, age 58, died Sunday 12 a.m. - Funeral leaves General Hospital Wednesday November...

William and Jessie in 1891

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It was never an easy life for William and Jessie Bond and their appearance in the 1891 census is no exception. After much searching, the...

Where was Jessie?

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I can't find any signs of Jessie Bond in the Montreal directories from 1894 until 1900 but I know that she married Thomas? Sullivan...

William and Jessie

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I just received the two marriage certificates for William Bond and Jessie Williams and to my great surprise, they are both for my William...

Breaking News from 1901 Montreal – I found Jessie!

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Montreal, District 175, Saint-Antoine, Sub-district A-4, Family 7, page 1  Sullivan, Thimothe, male, blanc (white), chef (head), married, born 16 Jan 1856, aged 45, born...
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