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05 March 2007
Thank you for making such a lovely lot of material freely available. I hope that the DEVONSHIREs and DENSHIREs I have found close to Billesdon will prove useful in matching into my family.
24 February 2007
This is a fantastic resource.My husbands grandparents lived in Tilton and Halstead.His grandfather was a Scattergood and they were Agricultural Labourers and we would love to know who they worked for.His grandmothers name was Burton and they kept the postoffice in the late 1800`s.
Thankyou for all your hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!
12 February 2007
Fantastic site, very interesting and informative.
Some of my ancestors, the Grangers, lived at Tilton in the 1800s. My great-grandfather Francis Granger eventually left the village and became a stable-hand at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. It was there he met my great-grandmother, and they settled in Leicester.
24 January 2007
i lived in one of the "whatborough" farm cottages for my entire early childhood,i was born in 1976 and am now 30. i went to school in knossington,just a short bus trip away. it was a beautiful place to of grown up,the woods all around and whatever the season there was never a dull moment!! i'd loved to of finally found out more about the history behind the old village of whatborough,up on the hill. it was our favourite place as kids,my brother and twin sister also loved to play up there,open to all the elements,free as.....well,as children should be. my name is emma,my mum and dad are sue and roger gill,my late nana was joan. anyone out there with any stories to share on either family or area history???
24 January 2007
A very interesting find, I was at the old primary school in the mid-late 1960's, Winifred Poole was headteacher then. I'd be very interested to hear from anyone there at around that time.
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.
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.
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