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Edward Fitsall

11th November 2015

Martyn Batchelor:

Trying to trace my ancestor Edward Fitsall or Fitsell. He was born in the 1760s, possibly in Westfield. He was certainly married there to Hannah Plum on 12/4/1791, and I have found him living in Ore in the 1841 census (Fizel). He died in 1847. I have never been able to track down his parents. Can any one help please?

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David Thomas

10th October 2014

Jennifer Pearson:

Thank you very much, very kind of you.

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David Thomas

9th October 2014

Ruth Carter:

Hi Jennifer,

There is a Dave Thomas who lives at
Heathlands who used to be very
much involved with the cricket club?

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David Thomas

24th September 2014

Jennifer Pearson:

Could anyone tell me if David Thomas still lives at Westfield? He used to play cricket for the local team.

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Skipper Family

21st March 2014

Amanda Williams:

My great grand father was a domestic servant, coachman in Westfield place! He lived there with his wife and my grandad, in 1901. Does anyone know if it was a large house or what it was, and if so was records kept of staff, thank you.x

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Selmes Families

16th December 2013

Caroline Lancaster:

Hello Don

Thank you for getting in touch via this site and for the interesting family info.
As you'll see from my reply to Sheila's message, Henry Freeland Selmes was the son of Mercy Selmes, and she didn't marry Mr Freeland. It was common practice for mothers of illegitimate children to include the child's father's surname as a forename. Then if the couple married the mother's maiden name could be dropped. In this case they didn't marry, so strictly speaking his surname was Selmes and not Freeland. So if you are a descendant of Henry's then you are one of the Selmes family.So far all the Selmes I have found are from one big family.

I will get in touch with you via Ancestry to give a bit more info on Selmes or you can contact me via my Guild e-mail address Selmes at one-name dot org

Best wishes,

Caroline

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Selmes Families

14th December 2013

Don Bos:

Just ran into your conversation thread between Sheila Freeland and you. I am originally from state of Michigan, USA. My 2g grandfather was Horace Freeland from Seddlescombe. He was the son of Spencer Freeland (1806-1876) who was the son of Henry Freeland (1775-1815) both of Seddlescombe. My Spencer's grandmother seems to be a Selmes. In all honesty, the Freelands mentioned here have a lot of proof behind them but the Selmes I have come across are just noted in other family trees I encountered on Ancestry.com. I have also been researching my 2xg grandfather Horace Freeland's brother Spencer's descendants. He followed Horace to America. Originally, they both met up in Illinois. Horace walked the distance between NY and there. Horace married a Canadian woman and lived in Ontario for awhile but then made it to Michigan. Spencer followed them to Ontario, Canada. Other than a short foray to Michigan he married several times and mostly stayed in Canada though he did fight in our Civil War and the 1860's. Anyway, it looks like we're Selmes, too. In case you ever want to see more of these two men's descendants that I have put together I'd be glad to show them to you. I have also been accumulating but not adding to my ancestry.com tree, Bos Marquez Tree, all their modern day descendants. Not sure if you're interested in a full-extension of one North American group of descendants. Of course, I'm really hoping you can help me understand my Selmes family tree. Get the impression you are a professional. I am an amateur, I guess. Not sure how to gauge that but I have been trying to look at the bigger picture of the diaspora of descendants on a number of my ancestors. I do have a marriage certficate coming from Eng. for Henry (Selmes) Freeland (1775-1815). Been waiting a month but it ids suppose to arrive on Dec 18, 2013. Just a few days away.

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Looking for Ancestors

26th November 2013

Caroline Lancaster:

Hello Frances,

Following on from Ruth's reply, there is a baptism at Westfield for Harriet Webb daughter of John and Sarah on 4 February 1810.

Did the family move to Catsfield? There is a baptism there for a Stephen Webb, son of John and Sarah, on 5 June 1814.
No sign of a baptism for Hannah anywhere, though.

Best wishes,

Caroline

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Looking for Ancestors

25th November 2013

Ruth Carter:

Hello Frances,

Entries in parish registers:

Philly 22 May 1803
Eliza 9 June 1805
William 21 June 1807

Harriett and Hannah do not appear in the baptisms register.

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Selmes Families

23rd July 2013

Caroline Lancaster:

Hello Sheila

Try via the Guild of One Name Studies' website www.one-name.org and put Selmes in the surname search box.

Hoping to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Caroline

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