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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.

Death certificate of James GEERING

23 Mar

The earliest of the three death certificates I ordered this month was for James GEERING, who I believe to be my 5x great-grandfather.

James died on the 15th January 1850 in Hailsham, Sussex aged 73. His occupation was given as chemist, which agrees with the occupation given in the 1841 census. His cause of death was Chronic Bronchitis (3 years) and Influenza (3 days). His death was registered on the 19th January 1850 by James Martin of Hailsham who was present at the death.

I was hoping that the name of the informant would give me some evidence of a connection with the GEERING family in Lewes, Sussex. Unfortunately I have no James Martin in my family tree yet, but there are a couple of Martins living in Lewes with some of my relations in 1861, one of whom is identified as a grand-daughter.

The 1851 census shows 30 year old James Martin and his wife Martha living in Hailsham. He is shown as a master shoemaker and was born in Hailsham, and Martha was from Bermondsey, Surrey.

It is clear that I need to add this Martin family to my research as well now, another step towards building a community history rather than just my personal family history.

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