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Looking for Ancestry Information


I am looking for relatives of Mr George Edward Spears or Ms Catherine Jeffery, who where married in battle church St Marys on 15 July 1874. This is for geanology purposes only as I am bulding my family tree.


3 responses to “Looking for Ancestry Information”

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    Hi Martin, I am pleased to tell you that George Edwards Spears was my Great grandfather on my fathers side. George and Catherine had several children one of whom was Edith Clara,my father’s mother. She married my grandfather, Herbert Charles Mason on 20th Dec 1903 and had 2 children, my aunt Eileen (not sure of the spelling of that) and my father Herbert George Ernest Mason. I’m not sure if I’m going down the right path here for you, so maybe it’s best if you ask me what you need to know and see if I can help. I am currently pursuing George’s father James, if you can help with that. Steve and I are hoping to visit Battle on Sunday and check out the churchyard.

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    Hello Diane
    If you are going to be hunting for graves at Battle it’s worth noting that the churchyard at Battle parish church was not generally used for burials after 1862 when the Battle Cemetery was opened. That is located in Marley Lane.
    There was a James Spears buried there on 23 July 1884. He died on 19 July and was a labourer aged 68. Buried in area ref ACM. Also a George Spears age 82, a retired PC, on 2 May 1949, burial area ref CB 35.
    There was a total of 7 people with the surname Spears buried there between 1877 and 1977,
    Kind regards
    Caroline

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    Hi Caroline,
    Thank you so much for the information on the Spears, I am confident that the James you mention is the one I am looking for. The location of the cemetery was also useful as I’m not sure as a visitor we would have found it. Thanks Again

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