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HADDON Lucy Haddon taught at a school in Bourne and her daughter Frances (Fanny) Osborn Haddon was born in the town on 15th June 1788. Lucy's grandson James Wright attended this school in the mid-late 1820s but it is not known if James' siblings, William, Charles or Lucy, attended. I am anxious to contact anyone with information about this family. Debbie Gray 
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
HADSON I am searching for anyone connected to the Hadson family who were living in the Bourne area and they just appeared in Australia during the middle of the 19th century, circa 1874.  One has already been located at Castle Bytham but I would like to track down a few more. All messages will be answered Kaye Vernon
Beacon Hill, New South Wales, Australia
HANDLEY I am seeking information about Lucy Handley, born 1851 in the Osbournby or Folkingham area, near Bourne. I believe her parents to be John and Hannah Handley. Lucy had a daughter, Gertrude (born 1873) but no father is listed on the birth certificate although the name William Parrish is mentioned. William is listed as a joiner and Lucy is a servant girl who would have been 22 years old when she had Gertrude. She married George Narracott from Nottingham in 1878. If anyone has any information on any of these please contact me. Sharon Pruhs
Skegness, Lincolnshire, England
HARE I would be interested to hear from anyone researching the Hare family who lived in the Lincolnshire/Rutland/Northampton area. I am especially interested in the family of Edward Hare who was married at Dowsby, near Bourne, in 1738. Any help appreciated and all messages answered. Valerie Nourish
Foston, Derbyshire, England
HARWOOD I am trying to trace part of my family which lived in and around Bourne, at Irnham, Bulby and Hawthorpe. My great great great grandfather was William Harwood (1813-78) who married Mary Ann Hall (1819-82) and they had four children. One of them was George Harwood who was employed as horse keeper at Bulby Hall around the 1881Census. If anybody has any information I would be pleased to hear from them. Bill Harwood
Chelsea, Victoria, Australia
My mother was Dorothy Denis Plowman and according to the 1901 census, descendants of her foster family lived at Dyke, near Bourne. Her parents were Thomas W and Susannah Haynes who lived in the village until they died in 1940 and 1941. There was a son George William (born 1885), a fostered daughter Dorothy Mary (born 1895), who is later believed to have opened a hat shop in Bourne, and a fostered son Reginald Benton (born Spalding 1920) who was illegitimate as was my mother. The fostered children had no family connection with each other and I am trying to find out why Thomas and Susannah came to foster them and would like to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this mystery. Christine Gordon
Eastleigh, Hampshire, England 



HALFORD The Halford family of Bourne were my wife's ancestors. Isaac Halford married Martha Hallam on 14th September 1761 and possibly had a later marriage to Elizabeth Maxey on 29th August 1775. Any information about these marriages or the resulting children would be gratefully received. Peter Walker
Penzance, Cornwall, England
HALFORD My g g g grandmother, Mary Halford, married Joseph Benson at Nottingham St Mary's in 1829 and died aged 27 in 1836. This gives her date of birth as 1809. I have a baptism records from St Mary's for twins, John and Maria Halford, in 1806, parents James and Ann Halford, of Fishergate. I have always assumed that this is the right baptism although the dates do not quite work out right. I have never been able to trace James and Ann Halford anywhere. There is one Ann Halford, age 60, on the 1841 census in Nottingham but this is not the same one who is the mother of the twins. I would like to find a link to my Mary Halford if possible. All information gratefully received. Carol Cooper
Sheffield, England
HAMMOND I am researching the Hammond family who resided at Ropsley, Lincolnshire, in the early 18th century and am trying to establish any links with Hammonds in the Bourne area. All information will be gratefully received. Lois Hammond
South West Rocks ,
HARPHAM  John Harpham, 20th April 1810, Lincolnshire, England - 2nd February 1898 Steuben County, Indiana, USA, married in the USA on 23rd April 1843 to Margaret Gilllander (15th May 1821 Ireland - 3rd September 1903 Steuben County). They had the following children, all born in Indiana: Elizabeth Martha Ann (1844 - 1910), Mary Jane (unknown), Joseph (1849 - 1882), John (1851 - 1914), James Joshua (1854 - 23 May 1920), Samuel (1856 - 1928), Margaret Ann (1859 - 1923) and George (1863 - 1941). Any help with identifying the geographic location of John's  birth, or information about his parents and siblings would be greatly appreciated. Joey Pedigo Oklahoma U S A
HARPHAM William Harpham (born Lincolnshire in 1805, died 1860 in the USA), married Elizabeth Parker (born Lincolnshire 1801) and they had five children, all born in Lincolnshire, Elizabeth (1831) William (1835), Joseph (1838), Mary (1840) and Charlotte (1844). The family emigrated to the USA in 1851, via Quebec, Canada. William was a brother to the John Harpham (born 1809) who is also mentioned in this list. Any help with this family would be appreciated. Joey Pedigo Oklahoma U S A
HARRISON Mary Harrison (born 1768) was the daughter of Thomas Harrison and Mary Sharman of Bourne. Siblings were Susanna (1764), William (1766), Thomas (1770), John (1774), and Ann (1781). Thomas junior was apprenticed in 1785 to Thomas Hardy, cordwainer of Bourne, and was noted in the 1814 will of his sister in law, Susanna Sharman as a shoemaker at Bourne. Mary Harrison married William Bland, blacksmith of Folkingham, at Folkingham on 25th October 1796. Looking for Harrison researchers who recognise these names. See also SHARMAN. John Bland
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
HARRISON My g-g-g-g-grandfather, William Harrison, is shown in the 1841 and 1851 censuses as living in Norbury and Roston in Derbyshire. The 1851 census gives his place of birth as Bourne, Lincolnshire, aged 82. He would have been born about 1769. If anyone has information on the Harrison name in and around Bourne around mid-1700 I would be most interested. Martin Harrison
Sydney, Australia
HARRISSON My great great grandfather Robert Steevens Harrisson, born 1795, a farmer, married Anna Maria Nicholls and was buried in 1831 at Thurlby Church. His father, also Robert, married Sarah Everson in 1793 and lived at the Abbey House in Bourne. His father also Robert, (1731-1771) lived at Tydd St Mary, near Wisbech. Any information on the family in the 18th and 19th centuries, or their descendents, would be much appreciated. Graham Bishop
Worthing, Sussex,
HATCHER I am researching the Hatcher family with estates at Careby, near Bourne. Sir John Hatcher was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1610 and his eldest son was Sir Thomas Hatcher, a Member of Parliament in Cromwell�s time (1649-1658) and a commissioner to Scotland with Sir Thomas Vane, to form a stronger union between England and Scotland. His son was William Hatcher who was born on the Careby estate in 1614, emigrated to the American colonies in 1635 and died there in 1680. I have more information on the Hatcher family in America through the next 14 generations which I would be willing to share with anyone who is interested. Sherry Hatcher Johnson
Port Orford, Oregon, USA

John Heads married Elizabeth Tory at Witham-on-the-Hill in 1769. I am trying to find out where he was born and who his parents were. Elizabeth Tory was the daughter of Thomas Tory and Mary Northern. Elizabeth was baptised on 30th May 1742 at Witham-on-the-Hill. If anyone has any information about John Heads I would be very grateful to hear from them.

Marianne Head
Breaston, Derbyshire, England
HEATON I am trying to find details of the marriage and therefore the maiden name of Mary Jane Heaton, wife of Thomas Heaton, a miller, included in the 1871 census as being born at Bourne. They were living at South Street and she was aged 32, mother of John Thomas (born 1864), Lucy (1869), Arthur Robert (1872) and Alfred William (1875). It may have been a non-conformist marriage and after Mary died in 1889, Thomas remarried Alice Crow, my great grandmother. I would like to find out who Mary was. Diane Maltby
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
HEMSELL  I am researching my family who originated from Baston but mostly resided in Eastgate, Bourne, during the 1800s. Any information about the Hemsell/Hemsel clan would be of great interest. Daryl Hemsell
Heanor, Derbyshire, England

I have an old sepia photograph of Bourne market place, circa 1871, which belonged to my great-grandmother Frances Harriet Hester who married Joseph Tye Flatters. He was associated with the shop business of Rodgers & Hester which operated from premises next to the Town Hall, and had a photography department. These premises were still there in 1897 under the name of Rodgers but the site is now occupied by the National Westminster Bank.

Dennis Guertin
Quebec, Canada.
HEWITT I am researching the Hewitt family - Hillary, born 1804 and died 11th Dec 1882 at Stamford, Lincolnshire, married Ann Baines 30th May 1830 at St. Mary's Church,  Stamford. Their children were William Cawdron, born 1832 died circa 1905 in Australia, George born 1834 died 1909, Charles born 1836 died 1912 in Australia, Henry Richard born 1838 died 1918 in Australia, Edward born 1840 died 1845, Elizabeth Mary born 1843 died circa 1918 married George Edward Boyer in 1894, Frederick born 1846, Hillary born 1848 and Arthur born 1852.  Most of the children were christened at Morton near Bourne. Sandra Fishwick
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
HICKLEY  Any information welcome about Hickley or Inkley from Bourne, Market Deeping or Spalding areas.

Gary Hewitt
Downham Market Norfolk, England

HILL I am seeking information about any Hill family living in Bourne or surrounding area in my search for information about the Hill family from Mill Cottage, Rippingale, near Bourne, notably John Thomas Palmer Hill and Annie Lizzie Hill (nee Musson). Any information or family history welcomed together with a few tips for future research. Tracey Bassett
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
HILL I am seeking information about William Hill and his wife Elizabeth who according to the 1851 census resided at 12 High Street, Pointon, near Bourne, and in 1861 at the Old Ship Inn. His occupation was draper and grocer and they were married on 10th July 1845. Also seeking information about William Hill who is listed in the 1841 census as turnkey and resident of the House of Correction at Folkingham. He was aged 25, giving him a birthdate of 1816. I am wondering if they are related. Family notes talked about a gaoler at Folkingham. Any information. would be much appreciated. Margaret Pinnell
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

My great great grandfather Thomas Hilless was born in 1838 in Bourne and when he was 18 he emigrated to Australia on board the SS Blenheim arriving in Moreton Bay, Brisbane, in 1857. I think that his parents were James and Elizabeth Hilless (n�e Bentley) who lived in Bourne from at least 1836 and they had ten children. If there are any descendants of James Hilless still living in Bourne who could provide any information, please email me.

Maureen Cleary
Sydney, Australia.
HILLESS My father, Jack Hilless, was born at Bourne in 1920. Since he and my grandmother died, I have lost contact with that branch of the family. We moved to Bexleyheath in Greater London and I am now living in Australia but would like to hear from family members. All messages gratefully received and all will be answered. Marion Hilless-McMahon
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

John Hinson married Frances Ward of Bourne in 1812. He was my great great grandfather and his son Thomas Hinson, one of seven siblings, was born in 1816 and married Olive Chapman in 1838. One of them was my grandfather, Chapman Hinson, who was born in Bourne in 1854 and married Jane Bains, a daughter of John Bains, a tailor of Bourne, about 1873. All of the Chapman-Hinson's eleven siblings were born in the town and baptised in the Methodist Chapel. Any information about the Hinsons in Bourne will be welcome.

Paul Hinson
New South Wales, Australia.
HODSON My great grandmother, Elizabeth Hodson, was born at Thurlby, near Bourne. Her parents, Hugh Hodson and Mary Hodson (nee Rook), kept the Six Bells public house in North Street, Bourne (now closed). My grandfather, Frank Louis Abbott, came to work in Bourne as a draper's assistant in Bourne circa 1910 and married Lilley Dennis who was also in the drapery trade but she died from tuberculosis after a year. Frank moved to Grantham where he met and married Rowena Thompson. Any information would be gratefully received. Isabel Lofts
Wellington, Somerset, England

We are descendants of the Holland family of Pointon and also the Nix family of  Dowsby and both families are recorded back into the 17th century. See also MASSEY

Chris Seaton
Bognor Regis, Sussex, England.
HOLMES One of my grandparents was a Holmes by birth and I have traced the family back to Witham-on-the-Hill, near Bourne, circa 1800. I would like to contact anyone connected with the family, in particular anyone descended from Francis Augustus Holmes, born circa 1807. David Rawlings Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
HOLMES I am looking for members of the Holmes family who lived in and around Witham-on-the-Hill, near Bourne, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some left to live in Spalding/Pinchbeck. All messages answered. Peter Holmes
Leeming, Perth, Western Australia
My great grandfather, Edward Jarvis, married Catherine Holmes, born in1848 and who came from Castle Bytham, near Bourne, in 1871 in the Poplar district of Middlesex, London. Her father, Francis Holmes (born 1825), who worked as a customs officer, and his wife Harriet (born 1823), both came from Lincolnshire, and they moved to London about 1849-50.
Lomond Handley
Poole, Dorset, England
HORN I am seeking information about my grandfather, William Horn, born 1872, possibly Lincolnshire. He may have been a travelling basket hawker and among my late mother's possessions were postcards of Vine Farm, Barholm and Barholm village. His fourth child, Horace, was born at Witham-on-the-Hill, near Bourne. They travelled in wagons and later caravans, staying in public house yards or on farms. I have no birth records but his eldest son, Arthur, lived at Market Deeping around the 1930s. Any information would be gratefully received. Ann Taylor
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
HUBBARD I am researching the name Hubbard from the Bourne, Haconby, Folkingham and Aslackby areas of Lincolnshire. My earliest Hubbard to date is my g-g-g-g-g great grandfather William Hubbard, born 1752, who married Ruth Cook. Any information will be most welcome. Jay Roland Falmouth, Cornwall, England
HUFFER I am seeking any Huffer or Johnson families from the Eastgate area of Bourne and am specifically researching Thomas Johnson and Elizabeth, Huffer, my great great grandparents. Elizabeth was his second wife and does not appear in any census after Thomas died in 1872 and am unable to find a mention in the deaths and marriages registers. I am also having no luck finding two of their daughters, Elizabeth Ann (born 27th December 1857), and Sarah (born 18th December 1865). Sarah was in the Bourne Union or workhouse in 1881 where she was working as a domestic servant. I would appreciate anyone looking for this family to get in touch. Maureen O'Connell
Yonkers, New York, USA
HULL I am seeking information about the Hull family from Bourne, England. Some members emigrated to Australia in 1853 aboard the ship Blundell. Among them was Jacob Hull whose parents were Jacob and Mary (n�e Cook). Any details about these people and their descendants will be welcome. Lyn Ames (n�e Hull)
New South Wales, Australia.

Joseph Hutchinson was born in Corby (now Corby Glen) in 1844 to parents Henry Hutchinson (born 1821 at Denton) and Elizabeth Hale (born 1822 at Burton Coggles). Elizabeth's parents were Thomas and Sarah Hale. Joseph had several siblings also born in Corby. They were William (1846), Sarah (1847), Mary (1848) and Betsy (1851). The family then moved to land they inherited from Mary Rouse in Burton Coggles. Several other children were born there. They were John H (1852), George (1854), Amy (1856) and Emma (1859). Several members of the Hutchinson family were still in Burton Coggles for the 1891 census including John H. Hutchinson, his wife Mary A. and their children Amy, Henrietta and Henry H., as well as John's mother Elizabeth and sister Mary and nephew Frederick J. I am a second great grand-daughter of Joseph who emigrated to Canada in 1868 and died shortly afterwards. Joseph has several hundred descendants from his children, Anne Elizabeth (Sceli) and Henry Anderson Hutchinson. Lizzie and Henry homesteaded in Saskatchewan in 1890 and 1908 respectively. I am researching descendants of the other Hutchinson family members who remained in England with whom I can correspond and share family history.

Phyllis Ray Belliveau
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
INGLE Research indicates that my ancestors originated in Bourne. Any information about this surname would be gratefully received and all messages answered. I am anxious to trace anyone who still has the name Ingle and their antecedents. Dr Fred L Ingle
Troy, North Carolina, USA
INKLEY I would be interested to hear from anyone connected to or researching the Inkley family who I have traced back to the early 1700s and living in and around the Gosberton area of South Lincolnshire. Graham Inkley Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England.
JARVIS My grandfather's name was Jarvis and records show that he was born at a house in Waterloo Square, Bourne, an address that no longer exists. My great-grandmother also died at an address in Union Road, Bourne, and that too has disappeared. Any information on this name or these places would be most welcome or on other surnames connected with my family including BACON and WILLIAMSON. Harold (Bud) Jarvis
Marietta, Ohio, USA.
JARVIS I am seeking information about Edmund Jarvis, born circa 1786. My great grandfather was Alfred Jarvis, one of his sons, and I believe that he was married to Matha Bacon, that they had 13 children and lived in West Street. I would like to establish who were Edmund's parents and where did they originate. Ray Price
Nottingham, England
JEBB I am researching the Jebb family who moved to Bourne from Grantham in the 1800s. Any information would be gratefully received and all messages answered. Ian Frary
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
KELHAM I am trying to trace details and photographs of my wife's great grandfather, Henry Kelham, who ran a tailoring business in North Street, Bourne. I have some information on this branch of the Kelham family which I am prepared to pass on to anyone interested. James F Miller
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
KETTLE I am researching my mother's family the Kettles. I have found my grandfather's National Insurance card dated 1917 with the address 28 Woodview, Bourne. When he married my grandmother, Lilian Sleight, they lived at 59 Woodview and I am trying to establish whether his parents, Joseph and Frances Kettle, lived at No 28. All information will be most welcome. Helen Howe
Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England.
KILBON I am anxious to trace ancestors of my father, Leslie Ronald Kilbon, of Bourne. His father was George Kilbon, who married Fanny Parrot, and worked for many years on the weekly street market in Bourne when it was held in what is now the town centre. Diane Kilbon
Irondale, Missouri, USA
KIRBY I am trying to trace the forebears of Sarah Jane Kirby born circa 1883, possibly at Langtoft. She married Edward Turner at Morton Baptist Chapel on 1st January 1908 and her father is given as Edward Kirby. Later, they had an uncle, Ambrose Cook Kirby, living with them. He was born circa 1855 and was the son of Mary Kirby. She was born at "Writting" (possibly Wittering, Northants) circa 1825 and married George Stubley on 22 April 1860. Unfortunately, I can find no trace of Edward Kirby other than on the above marriage entry. All assistance appreciated. Geoff Wright
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England.
LAMBERT Seeking information about the Lambert family who lived in the Dyke/Bourne/Pinchbeck areas of Lincolnshire, the oldest known member being William Lambert, born circa 1809 and whose children, Richard and Mary Ann, were born 1835 and 1838 at Pinchbeck. Richard married a Sarah Morton (born circa 1828 at Bourne) and they had six known children, all born at Dyke, Richard (1883), Mary Jane (1865), William Thomas (1874), Emma (1870), Sarah Emma (1868) and Albert Arthur (1884). They were a farm labouring family although Richard, a grandson, became a schoolmaster, moving to the Poplar/Bromley area where he married a Bertha Bickford. Any information would be most welcome, particularly how Richard managed to move from farming to academe. J Lambert
Hadleigh, Essex, England
LAMBLEY My grandmother told me as a child that her mother was one of the Lincolnshire Lambleys and I have been able to find a lot of them. Her mother, Emma Rebecca Louise Lambley, married James Hoose at Derby. She was born at Morton, near Bourne, about 1858, daughter of Frances and William Lambley, who were living at Baston in 1861-71. William was born at Thurlby (1816) and Frances was born in Kirkby Underwood (1816). William's father, also Lambley, was born at Bourne circa 1782. I would like to hear from anyone with any information about this family. Eunice Robinson
Derby, England


LANCASHIRE I have been researching my family history and have come up to 1901 when my ancestors lived at 32-4-6 High Street, Market Deeping, near Bourne. They seem to have taken over the street. They were mainly Todds with a few Smiths thrown in for good measure. If any one has any information that could help me continue from 1901, or even point me in the direction of old photographs, archives, etc. I would be most grateful. Janet Lancashire
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
LANE I am researching the Lane family from Billingborough, near Bourne, and am seeking information about their ancestry and movements. They appear to have originated elsewhere before Billingborough and I am anxious to trace where they cam from. Edie McArthur Tasmania, Australia
LAW I am currently researching my family history and seeking information about the following names and the areas that they came from. Elizabeth Law, born 1806 at Deeping St James, near Bourne, Francis Law, christened 26th July 1776 at Tinwell, near Stamford, Elizabeth Baker, christened 12th December 1773 at Deeping St James, died at Surfleet on 17th September 1838, Thomas Law, christened 23rd May 1753 at Tinwell, and married a lady called Sarah, William Baker, christened 5th January 1720 at Deeping St James, married a lady called Elizabeth, Stephen Baker, christened April 1712 at Deeping St James, Stephen Baker, christened 27th October 1682 at Deeping St James, Stephen Baker, born 1654 and died 1706 at Deeping St James and Anthony Baker, christened 11th Feb 1615 at Deeping St James. Kimberley Cordani
Perth, Western Australia.


LAYTON  I am anxious to find more about my ancestors, the :Layton family, living in Bourne during the 18th and 19th centuries. William Layton, born 29th January 1799, married Mary Ann Pearss (1800-1855) and had at least two children, John Thorpe Layton, my great grandfather, and Charlotte Layton who may have become a teacher running a private school for ladies in West Street in 1885 and did not marry. Any help would be appreciated. Gene Layton Avondale, Arizona, USA.
LENTON  My great great grandfather was Daniel Lenton "from England." He was aged about 30 in 1860 and his (2nd or 3rd) wife was remarried by 1865. I find a Daniel Lenton christened in 1832 (born in 1829). This Daniel's parents were John and Ann (Shipley) Lenton of Bourne, Lincolnshire. I would like to correspond with anyone related to the Lentons or who could help me prove that this is my Daniel.  Elaine Fillmore Lebanon, Oregon, USA.
LISTER I am researching the ancestry of the Lister family who originated in the Morton and Bourne area of Lincolnshire. George Lister (born 1816) married Eliza Meadows (born 1831) from Langtoft but further information is sought and any other details would be greatly appreciated. Robert Lister
Exeter, England.


LUESBY I am seeking information on William Luesby, born circa 1825, son of Thomas and Mary Luesby of Quadring. He appears in the 1871 census living at Billingborough where he was working as a gardener and is later believed to have emigrated to Canada. My great grandfather was John Peake Luesby and he lived with his family in West Street, Bourne. His daughter, Emily Luesby, who later married Bert Sandall, was my grandmother. Any further information about the Luesbys mentioned would be much appreciated. Ruth Ingram Aylesbury, Bucks., England.
LUNN I am researching the families of my parents, both originating in Bourne. They are Lunn, and on my mother's side, Wall, proprietors of a department store, J Wall & Sons at Numbers 34 and 36 North Street. Any information would be most welcome. Colin Lunn
Winchmore Hill, London, England
LUNN I am seeking information about the descendants of William Edward Lunn and his wife Charlotte Mary (n�e Sandall) who were married in Bourne or nearby late in 1900. In the 1901 census they are staying with Charlotte's parents, Joseph and Mary Sandall, in Bourne North Fen. William's parents were John William and Ann Lunn. Gillian Smith
Victoria, Australia
LYON  The 1851 census for Dowsby shows William Lyon living at No 9 (Main Street?) with wife Mary and family. His sons William (wife Elizabeth) and John (wife Louisa) are shown living at 23 & 23 respectively. I would be interested in hearing from  descendents of this family and  from anyone with access to later census records for Dowsby.

David Lyon 

East London, England

LYON My great grandfather was Joseph Lyon and his wife Rose Alice (n�e Bell) was born in Langtoft, near Bourne. I am not sure where Joseph was born but they are both buried at Langtoft. If anyone is researching the same family, please get in touch. April Durrant Norfolk, England
MACHAM I am interested in Hezekiah Macham, born circa 1812 at Little Rauceby, near Sleaford, husband of Sarah Kenerall, born circa 1815 at Laughton, near Bourne, and lived for some time at Fen Drove and Grosvenor Square, Billingborough. Also his daughters, Mary Ann Macham, born at Billingborough around 1841, and Rose Macham, who worked/resident at the vicarage, Billingborough, according to the 1881 census. Any information, links, etc specific or general, appreciated . Pete Whitehouse
Nottingham, England
MACHIN I am searching for anyone connected to the Machin family who were living in the Bourne area. Jonathan and Francis (Fanny) Machin lived at 107 Star Lane (now Abbey Road) at the time of the 1841 census and in Morton Fen at the time of the 1851 census. All messages will be answered. John Machin
Reading, Berkshire, England
MANN I am researching the Mann family who are listed in various archives as having died in Bourne. The Rev Richard Henry Mann (1932), a son George Robert (1954) and a daughter Frances Ethel (1969). As he was an Anglican clergyman previously resident in the Swaton and Sleaford areas, he may have been connected with the Abbey Church at Bourne. His wife�s maiden name was Mary Emma Knapp, of Swaton, but her death is registered in 1920 at Sleaford. I would be grateful for any information or suggestions for further research. Barbara Thomson
Whangarei, New Zealand
MANSFIELD I am researching the Mansfield family of Bourne who worked sometime as butchers. John (born 1847) was the son of John Mansfield and a butcher but Edward (born 1850) was a carpenter. John married Fanny Jane Pool, date unknown. Edward married Clara Pool. Both families lived in Southwark, London, in 1881. Edward moved back to Leicester and he his wife and one daughter died there. I am trying to locate the issue of John and Edward and did John remain in London? Trevor Pool
Wainstalls, West Yorkshire, England
MAPPERSON My grandfather Charles Mapperson of Castle Bytham married Mary Ann Hales of Baston at the Baptist Chapel, Bourne, in May 1853 and a week later were on ship to Victoria, Australia. Great uncle Henry Mapperson with wife Jane (n�e Dexter) emigrated earlier the same year. Any relevant information will be appreciated. Norman Mapperson
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Many generations of the Marshall family lived at Kirkby Underwood, near Bourne, and some are buried in the churchyard. My great great grandfather Edward Marshall was baptised in the village church in 1839 and married at Swinstead church in 1866 before emigrating to Canada. See the Marshall family web site at

Cindy Marshall Kennedy
P.O. Box 202, Devine, Texas 78016, USA.
MARSHALL Alfred Marshall and his wife Clara moved to Careby, near Bourne, sometime between 1898 and early 1900. Children born in Careby were Cecil Alfred, Frank Harold, Horace Percy, and Gladys Clara. An undated newpaper report of their golden wedding anniversary, possibly, October 1933, quotes "Mr and Mrs Marshall of Careby whose golden wedding celebrations were chronicled in our last issue" but I do not have the earlier issue. Also from the cutting: "One daughter, Mrs W Skeath, lives at Baston, and son Mr Horace Marshall, resides at Ryhall." Mrs Skeath may have been the daughter born in Careby or at Little Staughton, Bedfordshire, or the eldest child born in London. Alfred Marshall (grandfather) worked at Holywell Hall, near Bourne, under Colonel Birch-Reynardson and later under the Hon Mountjoy Fane, and retired about 1930. Any help with further information or connections appreciated. Joyce Roberts
High Ercall, Shropshire, England
MARVIN  I am researching John Marvin who died at Morton, near Bourne, on 17th April 1826, aged 49. His second wife was Sarah Swift who he married at Deeping St James on 10th October 1808. I believe that John was born at Morton to Emanuel and Elizabeth Marvin and baptised on 17th April 1775. He married Sarah Lamley at Morton on 17th September 1799 but I have not been able to trace any children of this marriage or the date of Sarah's death. Any help would be appreciated and if anyone has a Marvin connection then I have details of those that appear in the local parish registers including three that were transported to Australia. Barrie Addison


MASON I am researching the Mason family who farmed in the Bourne area circa 1861-1900. Henry Mason and his wife Mary farmed at Bourne Fen and his son George later ran Masons Farm, which was presumably in the same area. Any information on the Mason family and/or the farm will be gratefully received. John Ball
Belvedere, Kent, England
MASSEN I am seeking information about Joseph Massen, born at Bourne, but is listed in the 1841 census as living at Little Bytham, near Bourne, occupation agricultural labourer, aged 35. The family included his wife Ann, 35, sons John, aged 12, Robert, aged 10, William, aged 6, daughters Ellen, aged 8, and Elizabeth, aged 4. In the 1851 census they were living at Cook's Hill, Walsoken, near Wisbech, and his occupation was boot closer. In the 1861 census Joseph gave his place of birth as King's Lynn, Norfolk. In the 1871 census his address is Whitby Street, Wisbech St. Peter, and his occupation a shoemaker. Joseph and Ann had other children named Edward, Emma, Henry, Mary-Ann and Louisa. Lesley Davies Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia
MASSEY   My great-grandmother Henrietta (nee Holland) lived at Digby's Lodge in South Street, Bourne. She died in 1854 and is buried in the churchyard at Bourne. She is named as head of the household in the 1851 census and her occupation is given as "proprietor of houses". I am seeking information about the death of her husband William Massey, a schoolmaster from London who had died by 1854 but I cannot establish whether he is buried in Bourne. Can anyone help please?  Sue Humphries
(nee Massey), Canterbury, Kent.
MATE I am seeking information about Mary Ann Mate, born about 1830, at Pointon, near Bourne. She married Thomas Wilkinson on 5th Nov 1850. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Mate and Margaret Pierson of Pointon. Other children were Robert and James. See also WILKINSON Robert C. King
Carpinteria, California, USA.
MAWBY Mary Mawby married James Ley Row at Bourne, Lincolnshire. circa 1815. They had six sons, James, Francis, Edward, William, Frederick and Robert. Any further information would be gratefully received and all emails answered. Mary J Petroff
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


MAYS I am seeking information about my great grandfather, Walter Viccars Mays. I believe he had siblings named George, Tom, Emily and Cissie, although there were 15 siblings born but only eight survived. Walter emigrated to Australia at some time, and then married. Roslyn Dick
Brisbane, Australia
MAYS I am seeking information about my great-great grandfather Thomas Mays, born around 1822, and later married to a Mary Goff. They had sons by the name of George (my great grandfather), Henry, Joseph, Frederick and William. All information gratefully received and all messages will be answered. Paul Mays
Winterbourne Kingston, Dorset, England
McKENZIE I am seeking information about my g g grandmother, Ann, born circa 1805 at Baston, near Bourne, Lincolnshire. She married Thomas McKenzie from Scotland and lived at Chester and then Liverpool. I have no details of the marriage and so cannot establish her surname. My great grandmother, Ann McKenzie, their daughter, was born in 1836 so I presume they married in 1835. If anyone has access to parish records I would appreciate any help such as baptisms for Ann around 1805 and there is a probability they married in Baston. Maria Rostock
Glamorgan, South Wales


MEADOWS My gggg-grandmother, Eliza Meadows, was a servant of John Garner, baker, of North Street, Bourne, according to the 1851 census and  is listed as Eliza Fowler as she was illegitimate and her mother (Mary Ann) had married James Fowler. She reverted back to Meadows on marrying George Lister in 1856. Eliza gave birth to two illegitimate children in the workhouse, James in 1849 and Elizabeth in 1853. Eliza appears to have travelled to Bourne from Langtoft where there was a large community of Meadows during the mid-19th century. James Meadows, my ggg-grandfather left to work in the coal mines at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. His sister, Elizabeth, worked as a servant for Henry Draycott at the Old Windmill Inn, North Street, Bourne, in 1871, although listed as Elizabeth Lister as her mother had married George Lister, reverting to Meadows before marrying William Adcock in 1876 and moving to Spalding. Any connections with the Meadows family will be welcome. Phil Staveley
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
MEADOWS I am trying to find out more about the Meadows family from Dunsby, near Bourne. I have managed to go as far back as John Meadows (1817-1895) who was married first to Martha Barnsdale and then to Ann Hopkins but want to establish who his parents and siblings were. Any other information about the family would be gratefully received. Tania Finke
Windsor, Berkshire, England.
MEASURES I am trying to trace relatives of James and Emma Measures who, in 1881, lived in West Street , Bourne. He was a draper and farmer occupying 906 acres and was my great great great grandfather. I would also love to see photographs of Bourne from that time if anyone can help. In 1881, James and Emma had nine children, Mary, Annie, Helen, Emily, James, Alice, Florence, William, and Jesse. Jane Ryan
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
MEDLOCK I am interested in any information about the following. My great great grandparents came from Bourne, Joseph Medlock being born there on 24th December 1834 and later served with the army. He married Sarah Taylor who was born in 1832, also at Bourne, and they were married there on 20th July 1854 and later moved to the United States where my great grandmother, Sady Taylor Medlock, was born on 17th February 1856. Any further details about any of those named would be most welcome. Kathleen Doke
Ossining, New York, USA


MEEK I am looking for any information on Adam Meek 1640-1699. He married Mary Johnson and they had several children; Jacob (born 1688), Johnson (born 1670), Matthew (born 1662) and John (born 1687). From what I have been able to find out, Adam and Mary are buried in the churchyard at Bourne. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bill Jenkins
Pendleton, Indiana, USA
MELLSON I am researching the surname Mellson in Bourne on behalf of my wife who originates from Nottingham and would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of it or connection with it to get in touch. All responses will be gratefully answered. Colin Dutton
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
MIDDLEBROOK I am researching the family of William Middlebrook (e) born at Heckington, near Sleaford, in 1801 (my great great great-grandfather). He married Mary Watters and they lived in Donington and then Swineshead. They had six children, Mary, Samuel, Charles, Elizabeth, William and Ann. Any family links to the Middlebrooks gratefully received. Judith Tabor
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
MILLER I am searching for information about my great great grandparents who came from Bourne. My great grandfather, George Miller, was born there circa 1862 but married and moved to Ilkeston, Derbyshire, never to return. Hence my difficulty in tracing his parents and any other family from Lincolnshire. If anyone can help, please contact. Carol Standish Belgium
MILAN My family emigrated to Australia in 1952. My father, Jack Milan, was born in Bourne and lived with his family in a small whitewashed cottage in South Road which I visited often as a child but cannot remember too much about the town except that it was very rural and very pretty. My grandmother's maiden name was Mabel Jane Carter who married Percy Henry Arthur July 1906. Jack was born on the 17th August 1911 at South Rd, Bourne, and served in the Coldstream Guards in World War Two (1939-45). He had a brother, Arthur, and a sister, Ethel, both now dead. I have reached dead ends wherever I have searched for more leads and all information will be gratefully received. Shirley Chaplin
Langhorne Creek South Australia


MOXON I would like to make contact with anyone who has information about any members of the Moxon family from Witham-on--the-Hill, near Bourne, who were probably descended from Thomas (1818-1887) and Louisa (1827-1909) Moxon of Palace Farm and one of their 15 children. Richard Pope
Horsham, West Sussex, England
MUNTON According to the 1881 census, my great grandfather, Isaac Munton, was born at Holywell, near Bourne, Lincolnshire, circa 1854. He married Ann and they lived at Alfreton, Derbyshire. Isaac described himself in 1881 as a groom and domestic gardener. If anyone is researching this surname, please contact me. All communications answered. Annie Munton Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire, England.
MUNTON We have information on the Munton family dating back to circa 1788 as well as details of the Bledsoe family in the United States. All messages welcome and will be answered. We are anxious to trace further ancestors and may be able to assist others. George Munton
Cedar Falls, Utah, United States

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