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Richard Branston 07 December 2006
Wonderful site, very informative and has obviously taken a great deal of time and effort, which is very much appreciated. I may have found my “missing” link, more investigation required!

In brief, I am trying to find the parents of John Branston (or any family members) born Market Harborough in 1803, could your “Branston’s” be the same family?

Great site and thank you.


Piri 12 November 2006

One of my ancestors was Samuel Randell, born around 1796 to Anne Ward and William Randell of Tilton-on-Hill. A wee anecdote goes that he was convicted of larceny and sent to 'the colonies', after which he was released for 'good behaviour' At some stage he sailed to New Zealand with the British. There he met one of my other ancestors, a Maori woman by the name of Tuhituhi Turia, they married and had many children.

Although this may sound like something out of Pochahontas, there is a 'funeral pages' newspaper clipping which speaks of Samuel Randell being a 'Maori Pakeha' and he did indeed marry Tuhituhi.

It is even said that, in order avoid detection by the British, he received traditional Maori tattoos called moko.

Although most of their children remained in New Zealand, one of the girld married one James Armitage and settled in Hawaii.


If by chance anyone knows anything further, I would be really grateful to hear from you.

Many thanks,
Piri


Carolyn Lofquist 25 October 2006
Hello - just found your site and find it very well presented.

My maternal Grandmother, Margaret (Maggie) Bamford, was born in Tilton Wood Cottages in 1884 and some of her siblings are mentioned on this site although there are a few Bamford names new to me which I'll have to check. I've been researching the Bamfords for 15 or so years now. There are 3 brickwalls for 3 of Maggie's siblings. We never knew her as she died 13 days after my Mother (who is now 88) was born here in Ontario.

Any Bamford descendants reading this, I'd be very happy to hear from you.

Carolyn


Peter Moore 17 October 2006
A fantastic project and a first class website.
As an added bonus it mentions my Wildbore ancestors - please make contact if you are also searching WILDBORE.


ANNE PALING 15 October 2006
Thank you for a beautifully presented site.
My family lived in Houghton on the Hill during 19th and early 20th century. As Tilton is near to Houghton my relatives married people from Tilton and many are recorded on this site. If you would like to know which one of several possibles they married I may be able to help. You have also helped me knockdown a "brick wall" which has been standing for over 30 years!!


Ray Edward Tilton 18 September 2006
My younger brother had a wonderful time there and just a couple of years ago and has raved about it ever since. He was there getting some hip surgery which went well, and his lady friend took some reslly beautyful pictures of the area.
I hope to visit there someday myself. David was the one who asked me to visit this website.
Thank you for having it.
Ray Edward Tilton


Edward Tilton 15 September 2006
As far as I can tell, all of the Tiltons left for America in the 1630's. Anything on that?




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