Helping people locate friends and family when they have lost touch
BAYNE: George Bayne was a cooper to trade and was born in Portsea in about 1819, he died in 1876.
He did a remarkable amount of caring work among many of the poor children of Portsea.
George assisted their education and showed a genuine interest in their welfare, he also encouraged others to follow his example.
There is a memorial in Kingston Cemetery which gives details of George Bayne’s life.
A portrait of George Bayne once hung in the former Portsmouth Guildhall, presented I think, by his family, but was destroyed during the bombing in WW2.
A copy of this portrait still remains in my family as George’s neice Frances was my great grandmother.
George mentions two other portraits in his will. One is of his father (William Bayne, or Bean in some records, 1782-1858.) The other portrait is of George’s mother (Elizabeth or Betsey Southcott 1786-1865).
These parental portraits were also left to Jane Parnell and her family.
I am wondering what happened to the portraits of George’s parents.
I’d be most interested to hear from members of the Parnell family, anyone else who has memories of these portraits or knows were there are.
HIGGINS: Does anyone know what happened to or the whereabouts of David Higgins?
He, his brother Mick and Mick’s girlfriend Jill Dawes lived in Southsea around 1976 when I knew them. Please contact Nell Veldhuis at email@example.com
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NIKKI: Ex-licensee of the Guardsman 22 years ago on Fratton Road, Portsmouth and also of the Shepherds and Flock in Farnham, Surrey, would like to hear from Nikki, last known working as a stocktaker in the licenced trade living in Portsmouth.
She also used to work in admin at Portsmouth Hospitals.