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223 entries.
Judy Jerkins from Australia wrote on 21 Jun 2022 at 09:22
I wonder if anyone will be interested... I hope so, but I am doubtful that anyone ever thought there might be anything more to the story of Sophia Vincent, the woman who was married off to William Jervis Ricketts, a certified Mad Man.

Sophia was the daughter of Mary Clarges and George Norborne Vincent.

Mary Clarges was the daughter of Sir Thomas Clarges, and it's worth a read up on him in the history books, especially if youre wondering where the surname Monck came from.

George Norborne Vincent, Sophia's father, was the First Gentleman Usher to Queen Charlotte, the wife of the Mad King, George III. (the man who tasted her food).

Both of Sophia's grandfathers were also well connected - although Philip Vincent died 4 years previously, he was named as the father of George Norborne Vincent b 1751. Oddly, Norborne Berkeley, a reputed womanizer paid his fees to Eton. Philip had been a Captain in the Royal Navy and is also mentioned in the history books.

I am happy to share what I have on Sophia and George Vincent to anyone who asks. I am yet to discover any interested descendant, which I think is a real shame.

kind regards to whoever reads this.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Judy,

This is very interesting information indeed. Thank you for sharing it.

I have his name as William Ricketts Jervis. Is this an error?

Please feel free to email me - - as I would love to hear more about your discoveries.

Kind regards,
Gill from Sydney wrote on 8 Jun 2022 at 06:12
MIGUEL ANGEL SOL is my 12 x great-grandfather. Born in Puerto Rico c1500 have you have any idea how he ended up in England? It's been one of our biggest family riddles since we added him to our tree.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Gill,

At the moment I am unable to answer your query. He was born around the time of Christopher Columbus's exploration of the "New World" so all sorts of things were going on at the time. Perhaps this article on Wikipedia would be useful?

Melissa Atwood from Meadow Vista wrote on 22 May 2022 at 19:38
Roberta Ralph Eedes was my Grandfather. Lovely photos! Melissa Atwood daughter of Suzi Eedes daughter of Annie Pickering & Robert Ralph Eedes
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Melissa,

Many thanks for your message.

To say I'm confused is an understatement! According to the 1939 Register, Annie Eede married a Motnik. Did she then go on to marry a Pickering?

Again, according to the 1939 Register, Suzi Eedes was born 11 Jan 1939. Her birth registration gives her mother's maiden name as McKillop.

On 9 Feb 1963 Suzi A. Eedes married John L. Attwood in San Francisco, California. I guess this is where you're from?

If you could help fill in the missing pieces of this puzzle I would be most grateful.

By the way, I have now taken the family back to John Eedes (1775-1847) who married Mary Ann Westmacott (1779-1817). These would be your 3x great grandparents!

Jennifer Coles from WIMBORNE wrote on 19 May 2022 at 13:26
Hi, I have just started investigating my family tree and I have discovered my 3Great-grandfather paternally was Thomas Goldney (1759-1856) who died at Clifton House, Clifton, Bristol. I note that you have his parents correct, but I may have found some additional info. If you would like me to share what I have found through Census records, etc for further back on that side, just email me.
Kind Regards, Jennifer Coles
Admin Reply by: Phil
Thanks Jennifer,
Email on it's way ...
Carly Seedall from Munich, Germany (from Portland, OR, USA) wrote on 4 May 2022 at 09:06
Dear Phil,
Thank you for this amazingly detailed family tree. It is such a wonderful gift to future generations hoping to discover more about their ancestry.

I am wondering if I can speak to Rose Reilly about her work on the Ferrari family in Albareto, Parma, Italy. My great great grandfather, Giovanni Ferrari, was likely born to Elisabetta Figoni and Giovanni Ferrari (he and his brother, Antonio, later immigrated to California).

I am wondering where Rose found her information so I can do some digging myself, hopefully to find Giovanni's date of birth. If my suspicion is correct, I am very happy to add the US lineage to this tree 🙂

Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Carly,

Thank you for your kind comments.

I had a computer drive crash some time ago and lost a lot of emails and data. Consequently I don't have Rose's contact details at the moment.

From the information about Giovanni on Ancestry:

Birth 1 Jul 1862 Albareto, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Marriage 5 May 1888 Albareto, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 18 Jul 1947 Albareto, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Father Giovanni Federico Ferrari (1832-1897)
Mother Elisabetta Figoni (1835-1917)
Spouse Lucidina Bonici (1864-1948)

Do you think this is correct?

As for the US lineage, I am always happy to add information to the tree and welcome any information you a prepared to share. Feel free to email me:

Kind regards,
David John Causton from Lodon wrote on 17 Apr 2022 at 22:31
Alfred wiperrman my grandfather
Sons Alf , Ted, Arthur, Bill killed on motor bike Charlie died at 2years
Girls Lil, Rose, Ivy, violet, Joyce.
One child died at birth
Rose my mother
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi David,

Many thanks for your input.

I have Alfred, Arthur John, Charles Edward, Lily Louisa, Rose Ellen, William Frederick, Doris Ivy, Violet Louisa, and Joyce Betty.

Is that correct?

John Farmer from Bradley Stoke wrote on 12 Apr 2022 at 20:22
In searching for my ancestors, in this particular instance the Vivian family I have come across your website. Please may I congratulate you on this.
It was interesting to see that the previous entry in your guest book was from Theresa Vincent. My mother's maiden name is Vincent and a direct descendant from the Vivians.
Thanks and take care
Admin Reply by: Phil
Thanks John,

"Life is like a box of chocolates .... "

Theresa Vincent from Gloucestershire wrote on 9 Apr 2022 at 12:05
Hello, William Vincent 158159, Lydia Williams and Albert Sidney Vincent are my great, great grandfather and great grandfather etc. I have photos of William as a shepherd and also of Albert if you would like them. We therefore must be related if we go back far enough! I’ve been doing the family tree for years, but like how you’ve set yours up. Thanks for sharing.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Theresa,

Thank you for your message and your kind comments.

To see photos of William and Albert would be very nice indeed. There's nothing like a few images to brighten up a page or two.

How far back have you taken the Vincent family? Have you gone any further than George Vincent and Frances Strickland (both born in the 1780s)?

Feel free to email me -

Best wishes,
David Kendall from Uppsala, Sweden wrote on 4 Mar 2022 at 13:01
I see that my grandfather Harry Kendall is mentioned on your website (1855-1895). I have quite a bit of information about him if it is of interest. He died in 1895 in Bisley (Surrey) while taking part in a shooting competition (volunteer soldier). My father was born in 1890 (died 1970) and I was born in 1945. I have some transcripts of newspapers articles about Harry's death among other things.
Kind regards
David Kendall,
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi David,

Many thanks for your message.

I am always grateful for any updates to people mentioned in The Williams Family Tree. By all means email me any interesting snippets you care to share.

Veronica from Liverpool wrote on 26 Feb 2022 at 17:22
Hi, I think May Isaacson (ID I80987) was a daughter of my great grandfather Sam. Would love to know if you have any other information about Sam as I've been researching him for a while and struggling to find out much about where he came from and who his family were!
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Veronica,

I haven't researched May and/or her family as they are only distantly related. However, it would appear that Sam Isaacson was born 25 Feb 1884 in Latvia. His death was registered in Apr 1969, Liverpool. He married Alta Dogem (born about 1885 Dvinsk, Daugavpils, Latvia) sometime before 1905. Her surname has been recorded in various forms (Daggil, Dargel, Dargil, Doghim etc.) so I don't know which is correct.

It would appear that May Isaacson was the first born of 10 children. I would be very interested to know which of them was your grandparent. In order of appearance they were May, Morris, Harry, Edith, Bertha, Sidney, Cecil, Israel, Horace, and Minnie.

If you would like to continue this discussion, please email me:

Kindest regards,


P.S. There was a Lewis as well.
David G. Jones from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia wrote on 26 Jan 2022 at 03:46
Hi there, the Edward H Thrum(ID 198734) in your tree just happens to be my 2nd great grandfather on my grand mothers side of the family. I hope that the information I forwarded to you is of some help.
Kind regards
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi David,

Thanks for your message, but I don't seem to have had any information from you. I apologise if I missed it and it ended up in my Spam or Trash folder.

Perhaps you could be kind enough to send it again?


Julia Walker from Granby wrote on 26 Dec 2021 at 19:33
Hi there!

I am connected to the Coley family and would love to see where we fit in in your family tree! My 3rd great grandfather was Bellfield Coley born in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.

Hope to hear from you very soon

Kind regards

Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Julia,

Belfield Coley is related to my wife's aunt. Her mother was Caroline Annie Wileman-Coley. Caroline[s grandmother, Ann Coley, was Belfield's half-sister.

As far as I was aware Belfield had no offspring so I am very interested to know more about your side of the family.

I would be grateful if you could get in touch via my email address:

Kind regards,
Naomi wrote on 8 Dec 2021 at 08:40
Hello again!
I did not know how to reply to your reply to original post I made yesterday.

That sounds a terribly complicated relationship! Yes it appears George Harris and Emily Burfitt are my great great Grandparents. My sister has been working on our family tree for a while now, as new information into our family has come to light. We have never known our greater family on this side of the tree until very recently. ( I only ever knew one set of grandparents) We still have a lot to find out.

Thanks for your reply.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Naomi,

An email is on it's way to you ...

Naomi wrote on 7 Dec 2021 at 20:56

I googled lost relatives of mine and came onto your website where you have an extensive Rattenbury family tree, (Alice and Edward would be my great grandparents) how are they connected to your family?
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hello Naomi.

Alice Rattenbury was my half-great aunt's husband's half-brother's wife's half-aunt's husband's half-2nd cousin!

So, were your great, great grandparents George Harris and Emily Burfitt?

Kind regards,

Roy bartley from London wrote on 26 Nov 2021 at 14:59
I have an old photo and info re Frederick Daniel Bartley 1880, would you like a copy? If so how can I upload it?
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hello Roy,

I am always grateful for any old (or new) photographs as they enhance the website and add interest.

There is an option to upload photos and/or documents on each individual page.

If you go to you will see a little camera icon under Frederick's name together with the text "Submit Photo / Document". Click on this, enter your name, email address and description of the item, then browse for the file on your computer then click on "Submit Attachment".

Alternatively, email it to me.

Tilly from Matamata wrote on 18 Nov 2021 at 10:33
Hi Phil

You have part of my family through marriage listed within your family tree, how are you related? You have Max as one of the children to Marion and George, we have no record of this person. Both Marion and George are now deceased. What is your source for Max , is it definitely correct?

Thanks so much
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Tilly,

The relationship is through Jane Susannah Cox Pugh (1840-1918) who married thrice.

As for Max, I need to look into it as there are some inconsistencies with my data that came from a source in New Zealand and that I have not been able to fully verify as yet.

I would appreciate any help you can offer.

Kind egards,
Nicola Payne from Derby wrote on 16 Nov 2021 at 21:48
Hi Phil,
You have Thomas Hawkes in your family history on here. He was my Great Grandfather. How is he related to you. Obviously we must be distant related too.
Would be wonderful if you could reply back to me with information. I have been studying my family history for 20 yrs on and off.
Kind Regards
Nicola Caroline Payne Nee Ward.
from Derby
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Nicola,

There is an email on the way to you.


Elizabeth Brown from Worthing wrote on 14 Nov 2021 at 23:18
My parents Serge & Ann seem to be on your family tree but this is a mistake as we are not related. Please remove them. Thanks.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Will do.
andrew rostron from Frodsham wrote on 13 Nov 2021 at 10:15
re Farrar
Thanks Phil
My mother was Christine Mary Farrar b 1924 d 2018
Sister Dorothy Margaret Farrar b 1921 d 2003
Brother John Peter Farrar b1926 d 2001
Farther Alfred Henry Farrar b 1883 d 1952
Mother Annie Lister b1885 d 1954
Alfreds parents
Alfred Farrar b 1843 d 1903
Anne Elizabeth Child b 1841
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Andrew,

Many thanks for the information.

For some reason I did not have Alfred Henry Farrar in my database, but I do have his siblings and parents etc.

The connection to the Williams family is rather remote and convoluted and centres around one Jane Susannah Cox Pugh who married thrice. Interestingly, her first marriage was to a Bryan Lister but as yet I have not found a connection to Annie Lister.


Clare from Abergavenny wrote on 12 Nov 2021 at 17:59
Hi. Emma Jane Tranter who married Albert Rennie died on 6 March 1908. She was a patient in the asylum. She and Albert had 4 children but he went on to have another child with Elizabeth Morgan.
Admin Reply by: Phil
Hi Clare,

Many thanks for the update.

I've found 5 children:
Lily Jane (1895)
Elsie Grace (1896)
Hilda Gwendoline (1899)
Albert Henry (1901-1902)
William Samuel (1903-1903)

The other lad was Albert Rennie Morgan born 1909 and Elizabeth's maiden name would be Powell. Am I correct?