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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 Ann GEERING

24 Mar

The next of the three death certificates ordered this month is for Ann GEERING who I believe to be the sister of my 5x great-grandfather James GEERING.

Ann GEERING died in Hailsham, Sussex on the 2nd March 1864 aged 81 years. Her occupation is given as chemist, which is consistent with her census entries in 1841, 1851 and 1861. Her cause of death is given as enteritis (24 hours). Her death was registered on the 5th March 1864 by Sophia Roberts, who was present at the death.

I don’t know who Sophia Roberts is, whether she is related to the GEERING family or not, so I need to add her to my list of people in Hailsham to research.

There is a Sophia Roberts living in Hailsham in 1861, with her husband Charles and eight children. In the 1851 census Charles and Sophia Roberts are in Hailsham and his occupation is given as orange and nut dealer.

So another possible lead. Is there any significance in the name of informant on this (or James’) death certificate. Only time (and more research) will tell.

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