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Here are the messages we have received so far (starting with the most recent).... the first of which (see bottom of page) has resulted in a direct contact between two people researching the same family line!!! And on 29 April we received an email from Faye Hewitt in reply to Alastair Hunt's message below.
My great great great grandparents Dorothy Lacey and Samuel Allen married in Rearsby on August 5 1809. Neither of them could write, and so Dorothy’s name was sometimes written Lacy.
Dorothy Lacey had an illegitimate daughter, Sarah, born in Hungarton in 1808. The only record I have found calls her Sarah Eglesfield Lacey.
I have found it impossible to trace mother or daughter, or the other name Sarah was given which is Eglesfield, often spelled in many other ways too: Eaglesfield, Egglesfield etc.
If any of these names mean anything to anyone in Rearsby, I would be most grateful to hear from them.
Email message received 29 September 2011. Send replies to: email@example.com
I am trying to find some information about Rearsby ancestors, who it seems from my research have lived and worked in Rearsby as far back as the early 16th century and it seems they/some moved into Leicester around the late 1800s early 1900s....and maybe there are still some Chamberlain's living in this beautiful Leicester village?
Edward Chamberlain lived in a 'private house' on Melton Road born in 1854 he was a Groom and possibly a Blacksmith ( he was later on, but not sure about in Rearsby) Edward left the village in 1880 when he married and his father Robert Chamberlain bap in Rearsby in 1823, Head Labourer and Local Methodist Preacher in the 1861 census. I would be very interested to know if there is any mention of Robert as a Methodist Preacher or any other information would be most welcome
Email message received 14 March 2011. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a descendant of John Thompson and Barbera Pym. John Thompson lists his birthplace as Raisby which appears as Rearsby in some cenus info. Their children were born in Rearsby also. John, born 1741, can't be traced back any farther yet. I was hoping you might know any more info on the Thompsons of Rearsby. I can send you my Thompson family file from John onward if you like and see if we have anyone in common.
A fellow Thompson researcher and perhaps shirt tail cousin, Karen Mahoney
Email message received 29 April 2007. Send replies to email@example.com
great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth North, "took" the village school at Gaddesby
when she was widowed and left with six children to rear. She was an indomitable
lady, and walked to the school across the fields from the Croxton Lane, Queniborough,
where she had a small farm. Many are the family stories about her! Her husband,
Ton North from Gaddesby, died in 1886, so she must have been at the school some
time after that date. I would dearly love to know if anything at all exists of
her time in Gaddesby. Secondly, my own father, Tom Foster was the village policeman
in Rearsby in the 1930's! He was a very keen cricketer. Similarly, does anything
at all exist of his time there? I would be most appreciative of any contacts at
Email message received 10 February 2007. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rearsby in Kwazulu!
George, Fabulous to hear from you, and glad you had a good overseas trip. It was
a pity that I missed Rita Meade, but John (Lambert) was most helpful. Please send
me his personal e-mail address, so that I can thank him for the two books on Rearsby
that he sent to me. We own a beautiful old farmhouse on a 50ha farm in Kwazulu,
Natal, South Africa, called Old Rearsby Farm. I have done much investigating into
the history of the original owner, and discovered that he came out to Africa from
Rearsby in 1906. He was Samuel Henry Radcliffe Noble (born 1873), built our farmhouse,
and was rector of the local Mooi River parish until 1920, when he retired.
|Jane Castree (nee Warden)|
My great-grandfather was Walter Ernest Warden, baker and miller at Rearsby Mill and who was famous for the 'Rearsby Wholemeal' loaf sold to Geareys of Ratby in the early 1950's which is now I believe called the Rearsby loaf. My father, Ernest Frederick Warden was taught by his grandfather to become a master baker and confectioner. He and my mother, Mary, lived at the Mill at the end of WW2 for a couple of years until his grandfather's retirement. My sister and I were born in Leicester but moved to Stockport, Cheshire in September 1963. My father's sister, Joan, still resides in Birstall along with her family in the same area.
Jane Castree (nee Warden)
Email message received 1 September 2005. Send replies to email@example.com
I am intending to visit Rearsby in the near future as I have now traced my Thompson family roots as far as I can without visiting the Leicester RO. I would however be grateful for any further knowledge of the family. This is what I know so far.
My father was Norman Thompson the second son and third child of Thomas Thompson born in Rearsby in 1868. All my father's life was spent in Stockport in Cheshire where his parents moved in 1903 (?). His older sister and brother were born in Scalford where my granddad was a shoemaker for a short time before working the rest of his life on GCR/LMS; hence the move to Cheadle.
There is a mystery surrounding the earlier ancestry as pages were ripped from the family bible resuming only with my father's generation. My great-grandad was Jabez Thompson who was a farmer in the village working for Squire Pochin at Manor Farm. He appears to have had 2 families. The first was a son and daughter born in 1855 and 1859 to his first wife Ellen (Helen) Chamberlain (Chamberlayne). They married in 1854 when both were underage. After Grace's birth in 1859 I can find no reference to Ellen at all. Grace was living with her Thompson grandparents on the 1871 census, and Jabez had remarried my great grandmother, Elizabeth in 1866 saying he was a widower. In 1871 my grandfather was just 2 and living in the village with his parents, elder sister and younger brother.
In the Rearsby Village History I note a mention of my GG Uncle Watts Thompson who was older than Jabez by a couple of years and witnessed both his marriages. The name Watts is one which was passed down through the family as my GGgrandmother's maiden name was Watts. She was married to my GG grandfather on 14th May 1832. Both of her sons had sons called John Watts and I believe that the one born to my Ggrandad was still living and working in the village up to at least 1910 when his father died.
I know that Grace my G.aunt born in 1859 went on to marry Benjamin Ensor and they had a son Thomas who was 19 in 1901. There has been a family acrimony/mystery surrounding the settling of my Ggrandad's will from 1910, and it is only since the death of all four of his grandchildren by Thomas that my cousin and I have tried to piece together the bits that were reported to us or we have from the family bible. I would be grateful for knowledge of the family from 1910 in Rearsby and if anyone can through light on our mystery/scandal please get in contact.
Sue Johnson 01785 760362
Email message received 30 March 2005. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Bernadette Smith (nee Sheehan) from Melton Mowbray||
I spent my
formative years in Rearsby, living on Brookside from 1964 to 1977. You may find
my observations on the village pertinent or irrelevant but maybe interesting.
I had a very happy childhood in Rearsby and I hope the children living there now are as happy as we were even if they don't have the freedom we had to roam the surrounding countryside from dawn to dusk. Anyone remember Olive Hewes? And Mrs. North?
Bernadette Smith (nee Sheehan)
Email message received 19 March 2005. Send replies to Bogsysmudge@AOL.com
Hello to you, I have just found your website which is set out very clearly and nice and bright. Can you help me with where I can find any history of Rearsby as my ancestors came from there during the 19c. The family name was BLACK ! Is there perhaps a nearby FHS ? Kind regards, Jane Tegg North Lincolnshire
Email message received 9 January 2004. Send replies to email@example.com
am from the Yukon, Canada and trying to track down any remaining Marriott
relatives who might still be living in/near Rearsby. Some time near 1850 my gtgtgrandmother
whose name was Jane married one Isaac Marriott of Frisby on the
Wreake. In looking at some sites and records it appears that he may have married
a Jane Marriott born in Rearsby(There are 3 Janes listed on the records
as having been brides at the time that he married and only Jane Marriott appears
to have any family in Rearsby) According to the 1881 census there were several
Marriotts still living in Rearsby at that time. If anyone in the villiage knows
of any of the Marriotts or could point me in the right direction, I would be truly
grateful. It's a long way between Rearsby and the north of Canada, so any help
Email message received 10 June 2003. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is
Alastair Hunt. I used to live in Melton Mowbray and I went the upper school
with a girl called Faye Hewitt. I decided that I wanted to be a film director
so I followed my dream and moved to America were I have been very succesfull in
college wich is good for me because I did horrible in school I have lived in Palm
Beach Florida for 2 years now but I quite often think about Faye and the fun we
had I hope that when you see this message maybe you will know some one who knows
this old friend of mine. We went to the upper school from 96 to 98 Iam 20 now.I
would love to here from Faye, I now go to college in Connecticut I look forward
to your reply thank you.
This message was posted on the Noticeboard on 11 March 2003. Send replies to email@example.com or via Noticeboard under 'Rearsby Connections'
Good news for Alastair - on 29 April we received an email from Faye. Alastair, she has a message for you, so if you could contact the website again (we no longer have your email address) we'll forward it on to you with her email address.
I really enjoyed your site and was pleased to see a photo of the railway gate house,my 3xgreat grandparents and family were gatekeepers here on the 1861 census and stayed here until the death of the father Thomas Collins in the late 1800's.Both Thomas and his wife Mary are burried in the Rearsby church yard,I found their headstone some time ago.I am particualrly interested in the gatehouse and if there any photos or information on my family.If you can help in any way I would be very greatful to hear from you.
Email message received 6 January 2003. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing from British Columbia, Canada, with the hope that you can put me in touch with the Rearsby Historical Society. I have a copy of its wonderful book, Rearsby, the Story of a Village, which gives an address, 7 Gaddesby Lane. However, as the book was published in 1984, I suspect the contact address may have changed. I am anxious to speak to someone about road changes made in 1829, described on page 27. One of the men from whom property had to be purchased was John Mason, the son of my ancestor, James Mason, a farmer/maltster in Rearsby from 1800 to 1829. Although land tax records show that John was the proprietor, James was the occupier until he left the village, presumably to move to Leicester. I would greatly appreciate it if you could find someone who might be able to answer my questions. Thank you, Yours Sincerely, Carolyn Paisley
Email message received 23 September 2002. Send replies to email@example.com
|Roger Bentley|| |
would be interested to receive any information regarding the Morris family.
Email message received 7 April 2002.
|Susan Virgilio (Rearsby)||
I was just scanning your connections page and noticed that you have a few entries from Australia. Our family (with early teen kids) is Australian and we moved to Rearsby last year. I was just wondering if there might be any other Aussies living in the village.
Email message dated 29 September 2001. Send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Karen Ingleman (Australia)||
Visited Rearsby June 1999. Found headstones of GGGrandparents, William & Ann Skinner at St. Michaels - very exciting moment. Anyone have any information? Their son came to Australia 1853 during the Goldrush.
This message was posted in the Guestbook on 7 July 2001. Email address to contact Karen direct: Kingleman@dingoblue.net.au
|Rob Boswijk|| |
Nice to know that Rearsby has a Website. Yes, I am still involved with the roses game, hope you contact me on email sometime. Does anyone remember and know the whereabouts of Mrs North and Miss Hewes ? If you do, Email their addresses back - would like to get in touch. Thanks.
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|Rosemary Butler (Australia)||My
Rearsby connections are very small but my Grandparents lived at 'Ivanhoe', Rearsby
in the early 1950s. Their names were Thomas and Florence Cheesewright.
They are both buried in Twyford Cemetry. My Grandmother died in 1957. I can just
remember going to the house a couple of times. I don't think they lived there
very many years.|
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am having trouble finding out about my relations who once lived in Rearsby. My
Grandmother was born in Rearsby; her name was Lilian Vernon. Her father
was Albert Vernon and her mother was Ellen Scott. Could you please
point me in the right direction to find out more about this part of my family
tree. Any information or email addresses to help me in this quest would be gratefully
received. Many thanks |
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|David Wykes (Australia)||
I was born
3/1/43 in Syston. My parents names were Harold and Marion. We moved to Gaddesby
in 1950 when I was 7 yrs and my twin sisters Maralyn and Jane were 4 yrs old.
(message posted to Noticeboard)
My great great grandfather William Bakewell was born in Rearsby in 1833 and married a Charlotte ?? from Wymeswold. Anyone with connections to this family I would be interested in hearing from you.
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ancestors were called Platts and I have traced them back to 1720. I would
be interested to hear from anyone else researching the Platts family history.
FIRST SUCCESS STORY!!... over a year later we received this email from Jamie Ferguson
within weeks we had this update from Maureen..