Author Archives: brucefuimus

About brucefuimus

Retired IT professional; family historian and mathematician by training.

Kaufmann Joseph – Turtles All The Way Down

I had started to investigate Captain Ezra Manning, a First World War officer and cousin of my great-great grandmother, starting with some notes from his relative that included the suspicion that Ezra’s marriage was not approved of in the family … Continue reading

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William Cooper, the father of John Cooper (abt 1818-1905) – who is he?

John Cooper, my 3-great-grandfather was born about 1818 (Crewe Green, Cheshire) and died 1905 (Haslington, Cheshire). I cannot find a baptism for him, so who are John’s parents? From John’s marriage certificate, we know that his father’s name is William … Continue reading

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Finding Mary

It’s not often I get that emotional about my family history – but I did today. My great grandparents, George Bruce and Mary Ellen (née Bates) had two sons (grand-pa Jack and great-uncle Bob) and three daughters. Sadly, the three … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Old New Year’s Day

As I’m sure many of you realise, the start of the New Year in England was usually taken as 25 March (“Lady Day”), until Great Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, when the official date was moved to 1 … Continue reading

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Not the way it’s supposed to be

I was moved by a recent post from the Legal Genealogist, Judy G Russell, about the loss of children in her extended family. I knew that my great-great grandparents, James and Emma Purcell, had suffered a shattering blow and when … Continue reading

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Thomas Cadman – that wasn’t supposed to happen!

For some years, my Cadman line was stuck on my 3-greats grandfather, Thomas Cadman (abt 1804 – 1845). He died in a farming accident while still in his 40s – a tragedy for his family, which seems to have been … Continue reading

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A Cruel & Unusual Punishment?

Just writing up the military career of Private 292, Joseph Bateman, of 6th Dragoon Guards (born 6 May 1808, Haslington), a cousin of my three-greats grandfather James Newton. He appeared for the first time in the Regimental Defaulters Book on … Continue reading

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The unknown children of Samuel Cooper and Hannah Steele of Barthomley

Samuel Cooper of Alsager, Cheshire, married Hannah Steele of Alsager on 19 November 1761 at St. Bertoline’s, Barthomley, Cheshire. The two of them would become not just my 6-greats grandparents, but also the ancestors of just about every Cooper in … Continue reading

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Searching for Thomas Taylor of Penwortham – the one who he is

I wanted to find the parents of my great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Taylor, who married Ellen Whittle on 22 December 1823 at Penwortham, Lancashire. Finally, I have decided who those parents are.

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Searching for Thomas Taylor of Penwortham – the one who he isn’t

According to the censuses, my great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Taylor (married Ellen Whittle 22 December 1823 at Penwortham, Lancashire) was born somewhere between 1797 and 1799 at Hutton in the parish of Penwortham. When I look for his baptism, there are … Continue reading

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