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Tag Archives: Newport

The problem with Seamen….

I fear I’m not going to be able to start this story at the beginning of old George’s life because the journey of discovery started at his death. George Henry Hazell died in 1939 in Newport.  His death was registered as George H. Hazell in the 3rd quarter of 1939.  His age at the registration was given as 64 years, giving a birth year of 1875. George married Elizabeth Ann Comley in 1903 in Newport, Monmouthshire.  By 1911, the couple […]

Surname Saturday – COMLEY

Comley, a locational surname possibly deriving from the village of Comley in Shropshire, is a prominent name in The Man’s family tree. The earliest Comley I have researched is John Comley, husband of Sarah, who died in 1743 in Great Somerford, Wiltshire.  Sarah, died in Great Somerford, 14 years earlier. John and Sarah welcomed 7 children into the world namely Jeffrey, Thomas, Theophilius, Elizabeth, John, Joseph and William. **** Jeffrey Comley married Dinah Porter in the early 18th century.    They […]

The Cefn Mably Mystery

When I add a relative to my tree, I automatically attempt to collect Birth, Marriage, Death and Census info about them.  Sometimes it is unsuccessful and I hit a dead end other times the hours I put in searching for individuals is worth every minute. Recently, I added The Man’s great great grandfather’s cousin, Henry George KELLY. Henry was born in Coedkernew, Newport in 1857.  His parents were Henry KELLY and Jane Steel PARSONS.  He grew up a rather wealthy […]

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 […]