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red mail Burgess Scandal!
It took me years, but I think I recently smashed through a brick wall, and I thought I'd share it here just to see if others think it's plausible/in case it can help anyone else! My great grandfather (Robert George Burgess) died in Bicester, Oxfordshire on 7th March 1932, and I always knew that he never married my great grandmother, Ethel Mary Cox (b. 30th May 1900 in Kempston, Beds.). My grandfather was their son, William Burgess, who was born in Astwood, Bucks on 17th March 1921. They also had 3 other children. On Robert's death certificate, Ethel was the informant, but she called herself 'Mary Burgess'. They never officially married, but may have been subject to a common law marriage. Ethel married James Long a year after Robert's death, and went on to have more children. I searched high and low (literally all over the country!) for Robert's birth or baptism record, and the only one that could possibly be him - after a very long process of elimination - is Robert George Burgess, born 1874 in Chalvington, Sussex / m. Emma Bullen in Northampton in 1898! This Robert was living less than 2 miles away from Ethel and her family in the time shortly before they would have gotten together! Robert and his wife had 2 daughters (Emma and Annie), but Emma sadly died aged 13 from being kicked in the head by a horse. My theory is that Robert and Emma's grief put a huge strain on their marriage, so maybe this drove Robert to seek comfort in the arms of another woman (namely, Ethel?). I cannot find any death records for the Robert who married Emma Bullen, so I'm guessing that this is my great grandfather! The occupations and family names etc. all match up to what I know about my family, too! Robert and Emma never divorced! I worked out a timeline, and it all fits! I don't think that my grandfather ever knew about his 2 half-siblings, or his dad's secret former life! My mum has since said that this makes sense from things that were alluded to whilst she was growing up, especially as she remembers a few snippets that Ethel said! Just thought I'd post it here in case anyone is trying to track down Robert George Burgess, husband of Emma Bullen! If this is all true (I'm very convinced!), then Robert's parents would've been William Burgess (from Chalvington) and Eleanor Susannah Allen (originally from Norfolk). Robert moved to Northampton with one of his brothers, Percival John Burgess, presumably for work reasons. Hopefully this helps someone! Happy to go into more detail and share what else I know if anyone wants me to!
Posted: 2021
red mail John Richardson m Eliza Barley 1881
Any connections to the family of John Richardson (b. Maidstone, Kent ? 1853) & Eliza Barley (b. Watford, Herts 1854) would be appreciated. They married at St Paul, Bedford, 21 May 1881 and had children living in Bedfordshire for at least the next decade.
Posted: 2012, Contact email reconfirmed: 2021
Favell family - Wilden, Bedford
Any help/info gratefully accepted re the following: Francis F Favell,born abt 1878 in Wilden, Bedford, England, married Elizabeth Annie Ware, abt 1920 in Bedford, England. Annie was born abt 1879 in Headington, Oxfordshire, England. In the 1881 census Francis F Favell was residing at `4, Renhold Rd Cottages, Wilden, Bedford, England` Children of Francis F Favell and Elizabeth Annie Ware: Dorothy E Favell, born abt 1920 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England and died there abt 1967. Dorothy, married Walter Lewis Massey Cook, abt 1946 in Bedford, England. He was born abt 1912, Sunderland, Co Durham, England and died abt 1972 in Bedford, Bedfordshire. Walter`s parents were Matthew Cook and Elizabeth A Massey.
Posted: 2012, Member logged in: 2021
Matthew Cook - Sunderland/Bedford
Any help/info gratefully accepted re the following: Matthew Cook, born 31 Aug 1928, Sunderland, Co Durham, England, died abt 2002 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. Matthew believed to be related to Walter L M Cook, born abt 1912, Sunderland, Co Durham, died abt 1972, Bedford. Matthew married Daphne M Favell abt 1957 in Bedford. Daphne, born 1924 in Goldington, Bedford. Daphne joined the Bedfordshire Women's Land Army (WLA No. 115994) on 17 April 1943 and left on 16 July 1948 Children of Matthew Cook and Daphne: Elizabeth and Angela, both born Bedford
Posted: 2012, Member logged in: 2021
Samuel and Christiana DERBYSHIRE and family
Samuel DERBYSHIRE, born 1832, Spondon, Derbyshire. 1881 census address: Midland Hotel, 141 Midland Rd, Bedford. Seeking descendants of children of his second marriage (to Christiana HUDSON at Crambe, North Yorkshire, 1859): William; Joseph H.; John Samuel; Sarah Jane; Charles; Christiana; Charles Frederick; Sarah; George Edwin; May Victoria (she married Charles Edward JAMES).
Posted: 2009, Member logged in: 2021
born in Bedford. Served in army at Bombay. m ELIZA LANGLEY 1822. Bedford. 5 children b in INDIA. ROSINA, b.30 May 1836. CAROLINE, b. 19 Dec.,1837 (traced).TOPKIN ADELAIDE, b. 22 April 1841. ISABELLA ELIZA, b. 11 Feb., 1843. Any information, please.
Posted: 2007, Member logged in: 2020
red mail Are you a descendant of the Diemer family of Bedford, UK?
Are you a descendant of the Diemer family of Bedford, UK? If so, would you like to take part in a piece of historical academic research? In December 1909, Louise Marie Robarts (Later Louise Marie Stapley after she married in 1911) took a graded music examination in Bedford. Her teacher was Ethel Grace Diemer of Bedford. The recent discovery of this exam certificate in a Bedford charity shop has inspired a piece of historical research by Dr Ross Purves of UCL Institute of Education. This is investigating music exams at the time, along with the careers of private music teachers like Miss Diemer and the motivations and experiences of exam candidates like Miss Robarts. The next phase of this research project seeks to make contact with living descendants of these individuals, with the intentions of sharing what has been discovered so far and perhaps gathering further information from family recollections. If you are a descendant of either of these individuals and would like to take part in this research or just find out more, please respond to this post and Ross will get in touch to provide further information. Many thanks, Ross Purves About Dr Ross Purves Ross Purves is Associate Professor of Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education and a former music teacher and teacher trainer in Bedfordshire. He has a long-standing interest in the history of English music education and devoted much of his doctoral studies to this topic. He has also presented historical findings at UK history of education academic conferences.
Posted: 2019
red mail lomas
Can anyone help with this please James or Joseph Lomas died in Bedford in 1841 age about 43 and is buried in Bletsoe he was a draper and his abode was Manchester Does anyone know why he is in Bletsoe
Posted: 2014, Member logged in: 2019
red mail Howard Chapel
I am looking for some information on the Howard Chapel in Mill Street, can anybody help.
Posted: 2011, Contact email reconfirmed: 2019
red mail 2nd Boys Brigade and the Howard Chapel
Can anybody please tell me if the 2nd Boys Brigade was based at the Howard Congregational Chapel or the Howard Memorial Chapel in Cardington from 1950 to 1953. My grandfather (Jim Scott) ran the group and this information might help me find out which of these he and his gran (Eva) worshipped at.
Posted: 2011, Contact email reconfirmed: 2019

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