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Category Archives: Brick Walls

Carter, Clerk, Station Agent or Master?

The Davidson branch of my tree reached a stalemate for a long time in the latter half of the 19th Century. Having discovered that the man I was looking for was born in Scotland, I wasn’t sure what I could do next or where to search next.  Recently, with help of another relative and a kindly Scottish member of Roots Chat, I succeeded in getting back to another generation of Davidson’s. James Sutherland was born in Boharm, Banffshire in 1858.  […]

What happened to Kate? – An Update

A few weeks ago I posted about a family brick wall in “What happened to Kate?“. Within the post I described the mystery surrounding her disappearance; it really was a case of ‘now you see me, now you don’t!’ Kate Bown, the daughter of Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley, married a Scottish tailor, James Davidson, on 25th October 1885 at St Matthew’s Church in Leicester. The couple had 4 children; Wallace Henry, Stuart James, Maggie and Dorothy in the […]

What happened to Kate?

One big mystery concerning The Man’s family tree is that of his great grandmother’s “disappearance”. Catherine Eliza Pagett Bown, Kate, was born in Leicester around 1861 to Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley.  Henry and Ann had at least four other children, John William (1848 -1923), Samuel Henry (1851-1889), Thomas Pagett (1853-1916), Arthur Garrad (1855-1875) and Annie (1866). She appeared to have a normal life with her family until her marriage, aged 24, to James Davidson.  They married on 25th […]

Brick Walls -> William Lewis & Ann Williams

I’ve been attempting to trace this family for a few months but I don’t seem to be getting very far. Ann Williams was born around 1828 in Preston, Herefordshire.  With such a common name I’ve been unable to locate her in 1841 and 1851.  There is a chance that she would have been a domestic servant prior to her marriage to William Lewis.  Ann died in 1890 in Bedwellty, Monmouthshire (probably Ebbw Vale). William Lewis was born around 1829 in […]