Dear Mr. Alan,
My name is Javier Perez Pont and I live in Barcelona, Spain.
I am writing you to ask for help on a topic. I would appreciate a lot it if you agree to answer a question I have.
Is a person who traveled in January 1914 from Germany to Britain. If his intention was to take the British nationality in this country, should have declared his intention to adopt the nationality when entering in the country? If the answer is positive, should be found in the National Archives in “Record for UK, Aliens Entry Books, 1794-1921″?. Because I found nothing on him.
Thank you for your attention,
Javier Pérez Pont
I would think that if his intention was to take British nationality, then he should have declared this on entering Britain (but he may not have said anything at that time). I would also have expected there to be some correspondence about it in the Aliens Entry Books.
You could try looking at The National Archives’ (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) research guide to Immigrants (Domestic Records Information 50). I see they have some interesting-sounding books that you can buy from them.
This is a first for me!! I have been surfing this morning and by chance came across a comment that your wife Linda is part of the Walsham le Willows Hawes family and that she has, sometime in the past, been aware of the family through Jim McNeil. Since he and I are related , (we share the same great great grandfather, Daniel Hawes) I was immediately interested. My account and that of Jim’s are largely the same but we disagree on several points that makes genealogy so fascinating. He has largely retired from active research which is a great pity while I have pushed on, taking the Hawes family in many other directions. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to exchange thoughts with both you and your wife on the subject and determine how we are related!!
Linda’s GGG-grandmother in the direct female line was Emma Pollard (c.1824-1880), who was born in Walsham le Willows. Emma married John Bennett in the nearby parish of Thelnetham in 1847 and moved there. From there, her descendants married and moved to Garboldisham in south Norfolk, back to Thelnetham, then the neighbouring parish of Hinderclay, and then Diss in south Norfolk. Linda herself was born in High Wycombe, Bucks. and is now married to me and living in Wootton outside Bedford.
Back to Emma Pollard, whose GG-grandparents were Thomas Pollard (b. c.1684) and his wife Elizabeth Kidd (1686-1727), who married in Walsham in 1712. Thomas’s mother was Jane Hawes (b. c.1657, daughter of James Hawes and his wife Elizabeth). The GGG-grandfather of Jane Hawes was John Hawes “of West Street” (1470-1528), who was married to Katherine Holmes. The line runs from John Hawes “of West Street”, through Steven Hawes, a second Steven Hawes, a third Steven Hawes, and James Hawes to Jane Hawes.
Elizabeth Kidd’s mother was Elizabeth Hawes (1656-1708), daughter of Thomas Hawes and his wife Sarah Quarry, who married in 1649 in Badwell Ash, next to Walsham. John Hawes “of West Street” was the GGGG-grandfather of Elizabeth Hawes through two lines of descent. One of these was an all-Hawes line from John Hawes “of West Street”, through John Hawes “the tailor”, John Hawes “in the Bushes”, Andrew Hawes, Thomas Hawes, and a second Thomas Hawes to Elizabeth Hawes. The other line runs from John Hawes “of West Street”, through Steven Hawes, Catherine Hawes, Thomazin Vincent, Anne Page, and the second Thomas Hawes to Elizabeth Hawes. This makes Elizabeth Kidd the fourth cousin once removed of Thomas Pollard.
Linda and I have CDs (the Walsham le Willows parish register and Walsham wills) and books (including Who Lived in Your House? by Audrey McLaughlin) that we bought from the Walsham History Group. In addition, when we were at the Norwich Heritage Centre this summer, I photocopied the Hawes family tree in the book East Anglian Pedigrees.
Linda got her tree information from a woman named Jenna Twyford-Jones, who says she got it from someone called Peter Ellis. The tree quotes Jim McNeil and East Anglian Pedigrees as the source for the early information and mainly the Walsham church records as the source for the later information. Linda and I have also read Jim McNeil’s two articles on the Walsham le Willows website.
I hope this helps you place Linda on the Hawes family tree.
I am researching an unusual family name – Muehlig – I know that my Grandfather was Georg Muehlig b. 1915 and his mother was Malie Muehlig. When Georg married in 1950 (to Mary E Kent in Surrey) there is a double entry for him as Georg Muchlig and Georg Milton. My father was born out of wedlock prior to this marriage and we believe Georg and Mary had a doughter (Susan) born in 1953 (circa) but we can find nothing out about her – how do we trace a possible living relative? Thanks,
I am trying to find where my ancestor Emma Cochrane is buried. The death was registered in Finchley London in 1961. I’ve tried various websites, including LMA, without much success. Any suggestions.