Researching the BILL and WISEMAN families in the UK, Ireland and Canada Dennis Billís Family History Research Home FamilyTree Research Skeletons Resources What's New Surnames Contact About Me
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Listed below are my main areas of research, detailing where I am seeking help and where I have data that may be of help to other researchers. The BILL Family - of Belfast My WISEMAN research Ringwood Parish Registers Harbridge, Ellingham, Sopley, Ibsley, Fordingbridge & Christchurch parish registers The MORANT family papers FREE look-up French Canadian Wisemans BENNETTS and TROWBRIDGES of Tollard Royal, Wilts The WATERS family of Waldron, Sussex FOSTERs, PENNICOTTs & COOPERs TOUHEY/TOOHEYs of Feakle, County Clare CARROLLs of Birr, County Offally (King’s County) DELANEYs of Birr, County Offally (King’s County) LOVETTs - Portsmouth from 1799 but where before that? The BILL family - of Belfast When my great-grandfather James Bill joined the army in Belfast in 1868 he gave his place of birth as Shankhill, Belfast (born 1848). The army records indicate that he was a Presbyterian. I visited PRONI in Belfast in June 2004 and searched the parish records and found a baptism in St Anne's, Shankhill Road in 1849 that could have been James BILL or BELL - there appear to have been many Bills and Bells in Antrim at this time. The date and the father's name, William, fitted with what I knew and for a long time I thought that this must be the family link.  Then a couple of years ago I had a contact from Terry Morrow, a distant cousin, saying that he thought he had found James and his family in Glasgow in the 1851 census. When I had time to look I found this record very convincing. In 1851 this James was recorded as being born in Glasgow in 1848 and he was with his parents William (shoemaker) and Margaret, both born in Ireland. With them was another son, Thomas, and four lodgers, Nathaniel, David, Daniel and Alexander, all BILLs and all shoemakers born Ireland. From their ages it seems likely that they are William’s younger brothers.  In 1861 the family were still in Glasgow with four more children; Esther, William, Catherine & Margaret, but no Thomas and no BILL lodgers.  I could not find them in an subsequent census in Scitland or England and Wales and had assumed that they had returned to Ireland. However, a recent revisit to this research, thanks to a couple of house-bound wet sumer days, revealed that they were recorded in later censuses but recorded as BELL not BILL and with spurious ages, no wonder I couldn’t find them initially. This brings me back to the St Anne’s, Shankhill, record - HELP someone! back to top My WISEMAN research I began by finding that most of my WISEMAN ancestors didn't stray far from Ringwood in Hampshire, about 30 miles from where I live. I soon found a family tree online that went back to about 1540. It seemed too good to be true - and it was! When I checked the data against the parish records there were discrepencies. As the WISEMANs had been fairly static, I decided to extract all WISEMAN records from the parish registers and then see if I could construct a tree that way. I have gathered the data but it does not form a contiguous tree. There are small related groups but without connections between them. This is not helped by some gaps in the parish registers, one as much as 20 years (1680-1700). I have also collected data from the adjoining parishes (Ellingham, Ibsley, Harbridge, Sopley, Fordingbridge and Christchurch to date - see below) to see if that helps. I suspect that some of the links assumed in the online tree will never be proven to any degree of certainty. Ringwood Parish Registers I have transcribed information from the church registers of St Peter & St Paul's, Ringwood, Hampshire from michrofiche records and the transcriptions made by Dr Little in the 1960s. The data collected is as follows: WISEMAN - Births, banns, marriages & burials involving WISEMANs. WITT - Births, banns, marriages & burials involving WITTs CURL/E - Births, banns, marriages & burials involving CURL/Es All cover the period from the beginning of records (about 1580) to about 1840. Harbridge, Ellingham, Sopley, Ibsley, Fordingbridge and Christchurch Parish Registers I have also copied all WISEMAN, WITT and CURL/E records from the available  transcriptions of these registers. I have also checked the microfiche of the actual registers for Harbridge, Ellingham, Sopley and Ibsley and I am in the process of extracting information from the microfiche of Fordingbridge and Christchurch. Again this information covers the period from the beginning of records (about 1580) to about 1840. The Morant Family Papers The Morant family owned the manor of Brockenhurst, which includes Ringwood, from 1792 to about 1918 (having bought it from Lord Arundell). I have extracted information about WISEMANs, WITTs and CURL/Es from these records held in Hampshire Record Office. They mostly relate to farm and house tenancies. FREE look-up I have collected over 800 WISEMAN, WITT and CURL records in addition to those in my Family Tree plus another 160 surnames related to them by marriage - all records are pre-1840, see the Surnames page for a list. If you have an interest in any of these families in the south west area of Hampshire, email me the details and I will look them up in my data described above. Equally any information you have will be gratefully received. Included in the above are some records I have collected from east Dorset and south west Wiltshire as I have researched other family branches in those records. French Canadian Wisemans Please see the story on my Skeletons page.  I would like to hear from descendants of James (Jacques) Wiseman who married Madeleine Delisle in Quebec on 16 Sep 1783 and Phillipe Wiseman (born Quebec 1858) who perished on RMS Titanic in 1912. back to top BENNETTs and TROWBRIDGEs of Wiltshire & Dorset My great-great-great grandparents were James BENNETT and Dinah TROWBRIDGE of  Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. I have traced their families back and after only two generations they end at the same place - they were apparently cousins descended from John BENNETT (born 1723) and Sarah BENNET. I am still looking for the baptism of their daughter, my great great grandmother, Rachel BENNETT, about 1816. See my James Bennett story on the Skeletons page. I have a number of unpublished records from south west Wiltshire and east Dorset parishes - see FREE look-up above back to top WATERS of Waldron, Sussex I have done some research on-line and in East Sussex Record Office into the Waters family that were resident in Waldron and the surrounding area back to Richard and Mary WATERS about 1740, but there are no WATERS records in the Waldron registers before this. I would appreciate any information on the family whereabouts prior to this or additions and corrections to my published data. back to top FOSTERs and PENNICOTTs (and COOPERs)  My great grand-father was Amos FOSTER (b 17 Jul 1850, Whetstone, Middx), son of Mary Ann FOSTER and allegedly Charles FOSTER. He gave Charles as his father when he married Louisa PENNICOTT (father Joseph Pennicott) at St Mary's Church, Portsea, Portsmouth on 24 Sep 1871, but his birth certificate shows no father's name. I searched the 1851 census for a Mary Ann FOSTER to see if I could find a likely mother, but to no avail. After much searching (before the census data came online) I found him in the 1861 census as a boarder, age 10, with a family called COOPER (husband, wife and six children). This quickly led me to the 1851 census where he is with the same family as a 'foster child', age 8 months. It was some time afterwards that I noticed that the wife of the COOPER household was called Mary Ann !! Could this be the answer? Again after much trawling through the Portsmouth area marriage registers I found the marriage of William COOPER to Mary Ann FOSTER in Alverstoke on 14 Aug 1826 - Bingo?! Unfortunately the marriage record is of the early style that does not give the fathers' names so it is difficult to trace her parents and siblings. I have checked the Whetstone area in the 1851 census for COOPERs and FOSTERs but there is no obvious link and so I'm convinced that if she was the mother she must have had a married sister (or another non-COOPER relation) in Whetstone, otherwise why would she go there to have the baby? If you know anything about these COOPER and FOSTER families that had a link with Alverstoke (Gosport) in the 1820s I would like to hear from you. Amos and Louisa FOSTER had twelve children between 1873 and 1891. I have searched all the Portsmouth churches but cannot find a single baptism for these children, nor are they in the civil registrations. Also I have failed to find any birth record for Louisa nor can I find her parent's marriage. All help welcomed. back to top TUOHEY/TOOHEYs and GAVINs of Feakle, County Clare, Ireland  My great-grandmother was Mary TUOHEY who was born in Feakle, County Clare in 1860. Her father was Patrick TUOHEY and her mother Catherine GAVIN. They had at least five other children, Bridget (1862), Michael (1863), Catherine (1866), Patrick (1868) and Edmund (1870). There do not appear to be any other GAVINs in Feakle at this time so I would appreciate any information on Catherine's history and on Patrick's as well. Any information gratefully received. back to top CARROLLs of Birr, County Offally (King's County), Ireland My great-great-grandfather was Michael EGAN (b1812). He married an Ellen CARROLL about 1830/40ish but I can't find the marriage (it may pre-date the church registers that start about 1838). I searched the 1821 Census for Birr and found the following five Ellen CARROLLs within an acceptable age range: A - Ellen CARROLL (b 1819) of Tim (b 1771) and Catherine (b 1786) B - Ellen CARROLL (b 1818) of Daniel (b 1789) and Catherine (b 1792) C - Ellen CARROLL (b 1814) D - Ellen CARROLL (b 1812) of Michael (b 1776) and Eliza (b 1783) E - Ellen CARROLL (b 1810) of John (b 1770) and Mary (b 1786) HELP !! DELANEYs of Birr, County Offally (King’s County), Ireland My great-grandfather was Daniel DELANEY (b about 1860) who married Mary TUOHEY (see above) in Birr on 25 Oct 1884. His father was recorded as Daniel DELANEY, bellhanger.  In the 1901 and 1911 censuses Daniel and Mary are both recorded as being born in 1860, his birthplace is shown as King’s County (now County Offally). There is no baptism record for him in St Brendan’s RC Church, Birr nor is there a birth registration for him with this place and birth date. When the Roman Catholic Church Registers came online earlier this year (2016) I could find no matching record anywhere. However, there is a record for the baptism of a Daniel DELANEY with a father of the same name and mother Sarah CARROLL in St Brendan’s in 1856.  There is also a baptism for an Eliza born to the same parents (although the mother is recorded as Sally) on 18 Jan 1853, presumably the same couple.  There is no record of a marriage for this couple but the St Brendan’s registers only start in 1848 so it is probable that they were married before that.  There is no matching marriage anywhere else in Ireland. Nor is there a matching death registration for him in County Offally so he may have moved away from the area. It seems that the 1856 baptism is ‘my’ Daniel and his birth date is incorrectly recorded in the censuses although it must be pointed out that his occupation is variously recorded as bellhanger, gamekeeper and labourer, which may or may not indicate that these records refer to more than one man. Any help with this family line would be much appreciated. back to top LOVETTs- Portsmouth from 1799 but where before that? My late cousin Ted Wiseman and I have traced his maternal line of LOVETT back to 1799 when John LOVETT, the youngest son of Thomas LOVETT and Sarah CASSELL, was baptised in St Thomas's, Portsmouth on 18 Sep 1799. According to the 1841 census Thomas and wife Sarah were both born about 1761 and Thomas was born outside Hampshire. Help with locating this LOVETT family before 1799 would be most welcome. back to top
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