Saturday February 12, 2011

Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Helping people locate friends or family they’ve lost contact with.

ALVERSTOKE: Having a collection of paperwork which includes wills, leases etc on families that lived in the area of Alverstoke, Gosport, we wonder if there are any members of the families still living in the area and if they are doing research on their family tree.

If it would be of any interest to them, having done some research myself, we have made a connection to Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, who was Lord Chancellor to Charles’s reign. The paperwork we have dates from 1719 to 1791.

Edward was grandfather to two queens, Mary and Anne.

Names and places mentioned are:

David Hyde Eas, William Mathis, Hyde Mathis, Forton Mills, Fortune Mills, Cold Harbour, Dancer’s Estate (if correct spelling).

We have paperwork being transferred, land etc for the forthcoming marriage of William Mathis to Hannah Brice, February 8, 1848.

We also have a marriage licence of Richard Forster Carter and Grace Harriett Roffey, Parish of Rowner in the County of Southampton, and a list of other family members.

The Mathis and Hyde families married and generations later we have found out that Mary Mathis married her second husband and had a child, April 7, 1779, called James Hackman.

He became well-known for committing the murder of Martha Ray who at the time was the Earl of Sandwich’s mistress. He was in the army but came out and when he did this he went into the priesthood to stay in England, but she rejected him and he shot her at Covent Garden’s opera house.

If this is of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and kindness.

Sarah Walden

45, Laleham Road, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent CT9 3QB

(01843) 298457

JONES: We are trying to locate anyone who remembers a cafe in St Mary’s Road / Fratton Road in around 1954.

My mother, who lived and worked there, put me up for adoption and sadly died before I could find out anything about my father.

My mother’s name was Elsie and she had an older son who is about three years older than myself.

I would be very grateful for any information that may help.

K Chaplin, 07786 862198.

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