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Building a community around the GEERINGs of Hailsham

26 Mar

I am building up a supporting cast of individuals who were in some way connected to my GEERING ancestors. Some may actually be related in one way or another, but it by no means obvious at first glance.

The list seems to grow with every new piece of evidence that comes to light. Some are more closely connected than others, most will only need brief investigation to identify the relationship, but other will need some deeper research.

The list of individuals has come from many sources:

Thomas Geering (the author of the book Our Sussex Parish) is almost certainly related to my GEERING family, but no link has emerged yet and he doesn’t mention a link in his book.

Francis Howlett (resident of Hailsham) after whom one of my GEERING relations appears to have been named.

William Allen (mentioned in the will of Richard GEERING) was apparently an occupier of land or buildings owned by Richard GEERING.

Ann Shelley (witness to the will of Richard GEERING) could be a friend, relation or neighbour, or of course a complete stranger.

John Sinnock (witness to the will of Richard GEERING) may be a friend or relation, but could also also be a solicitor, as there was a firm of solicitors in Hailsham by that name.

I Evans (witness to the will of Richard GEERING) could be a friend, relation or neighbour. No idea what the letter I stands for?

Samuel Sinnock (witness to the will of Mary GEERING) may be a friend or relation, but could also also be a solicitor, as there was a firm of solicitors in Hailsham by that name.

Sophia Sinnock (witness to the will of Mary GEERING) may be a friend or relation, but could also be related to the firm of solicitors in Hailsham by that name.

James Martin (registered the death of James GEERING) who was the man who was present at the death of James GEERING?

Sophia Roberts (registered the death of Ann GEERING) who was the woman who was present at the death of Ann GEERING?

It looks like I have plenty of work to get on with. I am sure there must be one or two relations amongst that lot, but either way the process of investigating them will no doubt reveal more about the lives of my ancestors.

Francis HOWLETT and Francis Howlett GEERING, were they related?

22 Mar

Last week I wrote a post about another piece of the GEERING jigsaw slotting into place. This concerned Francis Howlett GEERING, a grandson of my 5x great-grandfather James GEERING of Hailsham, Sussex.

This evidence seemed to suggest that James’ wife was Ann HOWLETT, although I did suggest that this might just be a coincidence, but worth looking into further.

Last night I discovered another piece of evidence which caused me to question the link. Looking at Our Sussex Parish by Thomas Geering I discovered that there was a Francis HOWLETT living in Hailsham.

Francis Howlett, comedian, schoolmaster, postmaster, tax-collector, vestry clerk, printer, travelling librarian, musician, and general referee, became a trusted and honoured man in our parish, and living to be over eighty, departed leaving no enemy behind him.

This of course raises concerns about whether Ann’s maiden name was HOWLETT. It seems almost inconceivable that Francis Howlett GEERING wasn’t named after this well-known and respected local figure.

The obvious question is why?

I am hoping it is because there is a family connection (through James’ wife Ann) but that might not be the case. Ann and Francis HOWLETT are probably from the same generation, so if they are related they may be siblings.

Now I am not sure if I need to take that piece of the jigsaw out, or whether I can actually fit in another piece. One thing is certain, this research project is certainly expanding way beyond my direct ancestors and is starting to gather connections across a wider range of individuals. It is transitioning from family history to community history.

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