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Wellington, New ZealandPosted by Jo at 0:01AM on 12th April, 2011. (

To Audrey F - thanks for replying and it is a pity we don't seem to have a family connection. Good luck with your research. Thanks anyway. Jo

Wellington, New ZealandPosted by Jo at 5:48AM on 2nd April, 2011. (

Hi! My name is Jo and I am trying to trace my anscestors from Clare with the surname of AGER. My relative Albert AGER was born in Clare about 1841. His parents were Nathan AGER and Hannah (nee RANSON). Nathan was born about 1816 in Clare and Nathan's parents were John AGER and Ann (nee CLARK). John Ager also married Ursular BRETT about 1820.

If anyone else is tracing the AGER family I would love to get in touch with them. I see there is an Audrey F who might be looking at the same family line - how exciting!

Thanks Jo

Biggin Hill, EnglandPosted by Steve11438 at 6:35PM on 29th January, 2011. (

Hello, I'm trying to trace my ancestors, surname Hickford, may also be called Heckford. By linking census returns, birth certificates and other online evidence I believe I've located my ancestor Benjamin Hickford born about 1827, his father William Hickford, born about 1806, mother Mary and siblings James, Rebecca, Thomas, Pamela, George, Sarah and Mary Ann, plus one more but I can't read the census taker's writing! The 1841 Census puts them all in Chapel Road, William is described as an agricultural labourer.

Are there parish records that will allow me to go back to William's parents? From what I can see Clare in the early to mid 19th century was a hotspot for Hickfords! The village looks lovely and I'm sure I'll be making a visit soon. Many thanks, Steve

Tonbridge, EnglandPosted by pamela nevin at 6:30PM on 2nd January, 2011. (

Mahatibel Cornell nee Martin was my great great grandmother. My great grandmother was Eunice Cornell and her father was shown as John Cornell married to Mahatibel. However Eunice was in the Risbridge orphanage which could indicate that Mahatibel was perhaps not her mother but possibly the outcome of a liaison John may have had. He was a witness at the wedding of Eunice in 1892 together with his daughter Hattie. Eunice does not appear in the census's except as an orphan and later as a servant at Risbridge. The family appear to have been farm labourers and straw plaiters. Unfortunately l do not have any knowledge of Stoke St Clare and would be so very grateful for any information about Eunice.Many thanks. Pamela.

Great Malvern, UKPosted by charles23btinternetcom at 8:40AM on 2nd November, 2010. (

Hello, I am looking for a lady named Margaret who had a shop at 22 High St. Clare, 20 years ago!! Help!!
Charles Green. 01684 567803. Many thanks

Chatswood, New ZealandPosted by Irene at 9:40PM on 2nd October, 2010. (

I am researching the Hubbard name. I have a will for James Hubbard of Clare dated 1796. His occupation is Felt Monger. His wife is Ann. His son James Godfrey Hubbard is mentioned as living in Long Melford.

If anyone can help with information regarding this family please contact me by email.

Many thanks.

Barnsley, United KingdomPosted by nbcooke at 11:15AM on 29th September, 2010. (

I lived on Highfield during 1972-74 ish.

My mother was Cherry Cooke (maden Brimsden)

Barnsley, United KingdomPosted by nbcooke at 11:08AM on 29th September, 2010. (

Hello I hope you can help. My name is Nigel Cooke, and my connection with Clare is that my grand parents were Mick and Ivy Brimsden. My uncle was Alan who ran the chipp shop. I am curios if his son Little Alan took over the shop.

If anyone from the family anyone with information, wish to contact me they are more than welcome to Email on at

Thank you for yor help

Ferndale, WalesPosted by kerryrees at 10:35PM on 10th August, 2010. (

Hi Alec,
Probably connected, but not directly - though I expect some connection along one branch or another.
I think all Wallikers in the Suffolk area landed sometime in 1500s or 1600s from Switzerland, where there are Walliker placenames as well as people! Probably escaping religious persecution, though by 1700s none of my ancestors seem particularly god-fearing.
I have only managed to go back to early 1700s in a direct line, with a bit on the sides - none of which are noticeably Stoke by Clare based, but all in Bury St Ed/Hawstead/etc. area.


crawley, englandPosted by bruty at 7:20PM on 4th August, 2010. (

Have I any body related to me by the surname of BRUTY. My grandfather was born in Clare in lived in common street. His christian name was WALTER and he had a sister named BESSIE, who I visited many years ago. I would love to know if any of my second cousins were still living in clare.

Posted by Alec at 9:49PM on 31st July, 2010. (

Hi kerryrees

I'm a Walliker too.

Do you descend from the walliker's of Stoke by Clare?


Carine, AustraliaPosted by Marcia at 1:02AM on 20th June, 2010. (

I am trying to find:
Samuel JAY born around 1700.
He married in the Netherlands in 1734 and he said he was born in Clare. His bride was from Norwich so I am assuming he came from Clare Suffolk. He was a minister Church at Dordrecht until his death in 1751.
Any information on any JAY's in Clare around 1700 would be most welcome.
Western Australia

sudbury, englandPosted by g49 at 6:20PM on 9th June, 2010. (

the greengrocers on the market hill used to be the angel inn in the 17th century... where the town hall is now was the yard where they kept their carriages and horses.

Perth, AustraliaPosted by LesleyRae58 at 6:23PM on 31st May, 2010. (

Searching for: Ives of Clare. Hi I am researching my great grandmothers family, her father was George Bullingbrooke Ive, born in Clare Suffolk, he was a building contractor/carpenter.

I have photos showing the town of clare showing St Peters Church with George & I think one of his sons. He married Sarah Boyce and they lived in Blackheath Kent Lewisham where my great grandmother was born

I also have photos of graves with the following names; Mehetabel Ive d.1861, wife of the late Thomas Ive and another with Mary Ann Ive wife of the late ( Robert Mortlock Ive b.1836 d.1896.)

Pemberton, CanadaPosted by Jim at 3:51AM on 20th May, 2010. (

Rushenhistory...If you are still looking for the location of the Angel Inn or pub, you might look at the Angel in Glemsford. It's close to Clare and the building at least, is 16th century. I don't know how long it's operated as the Angel.


Pemberton, CanadaPosted by Jim at 3:36AM on 20th May, 2010. (

Does anyone know if records exist for Clare Priory School? There is an online article by Trevor Pickerin in a 2000 edition of Clare Focus Magazine about the school, but not much else to be found. The 1871 census lists the Master Joseph Gee, his family and the students. One of the students Alfred Smith, is the correct age and birth place to match an ancestor I'm looking for. I'm wondering if any records exist that would show parents. Does anyone know the criteria for admittance..was it a school for the wealthy? The parents were farmers and probably could not afford an expensive school.


Duxford, EnglandPosted by Rushenhistory at 10:48AM on 6th April, 2010. (

In 1642 William Barron left a will in which he stated he was the innkeeper of the "Angel" and that he owned a shop occupied by William Rushin, a barber.

Can anybody help with the location of the "Angel" or his shop?

Ferndale, WalesPosted by kerryrees at 6:02PM on 2nd April, 2010. (

Hi Anyone- do you know of Pentlow Hall, about 3.5 miles E of Clare apparently, bought in 1835 by R Simpson for the running of a school?
Or of Rev. James Bloomfield, who ran a school in Bury?

Ferndale, WalesPosted by kerryrees at 5:50PM on 2nd April, 2010. (

Hi Mimram/Janet,
The elusive Rinaldo... if yours was born in 1868, I believe there must have been 2 of them.
I am a Walliker, and as far as I can tell, a Sarah Walliker married William Robinson, a Glover, 17.09.1815. I have found a Rinaldo Robinson owning and occupying a house and stable at 12, Common (Callis) St., Clare, in 1866. I've also found Rinaldo Robinson at No. 13 in 1884. Also nos. 21/22 owned in 1866 by Rinaldo Robinson.
Somewhere in the newspaper archives in Bury St E, I found this; "1839 - Rinaldo Robinson won 2 prize as labourer having greatest no. of ligitimate children not on parish relieve - 5 children, awarded at S. Suffolk Agricultural Society Dinner at Clare, Nov. 20th. He has worked on same farm for 20 years". If this was Rinaldo Snr., maybe your Rinaldo was one of these 5 well-cared for children?!
Keep up the search! Kerry

Stevenage, UKPosted by mimram at 10:25AM on 30th March, 2010. (

I'm trying to research the Robinson family of Clare, particularly Rinaldo Robinson (born approx 1868), and his parents John and Sarah Robinson. I would like to find out Rinaldo's birth and death, his parents birth, death and marriage and his mother's maiden name. At present I seem to be unable to find any details and wonder if anyone can help? They lived in Clare for many years. I believe Rinaldo was either born in Pimlico, London or Clare, Suffolk, but I don't know where the marriage happened. Any details would be appreciated.

Solihull, UKPosted by jeffpmartin at 0:45AM on 29th March, 2010. (

Hi everyone.
I've just stumbled upon this forum and would like to advise you that I have Hickfords and Byfords in my tree, so if anyone would like info feel free to contact me and se if I can help.

Melbourne, AustraliaPosted by projectparis at 6:48AM on 28th March, 2010. (

Hi, I am trying to locate details regarding my grandmother Eva May Hickford how was more in the UK and migrated to Australia.

Thanks so much Anne

IPSWICH, EnglandPosted by Michael at 7:17PM on 9th February, 2010. (

Hi, I am trying to trace any details of one of my ancestors ELIZABETH RASH born in Clare on the 11th May 1790. She married my Grt Grt Grt Gandfather RICHARD ROGERS in Clare or Stoke by Clare in 1808.. Richard was imprisoned in Bury St Edmunds for 2 months in 1816 for damaging a Threshing Machine. Any details would be appreciated on the family.. thanks Mike

Beauly, ScotlandPosted by Ben Wyvis at 3:06PM on 5th February, 2010. (

For patfenno (in reply to message dated 5/11/2009)
I'm afraid Jonathan Cutts (1720-1797) is as far back as I go too ! I'm descended from Christopher and Mary's eldest son William (b.1827 in Clare - out of wedlock - two months before they married !) He's shown on the 1841 census as William Cutts but takes his mother's maiden name when he moves up to London around 1850, from then on being "William Hammond" (which is as he was baptised in March 1828.) He marries Johanna Collis (b.1821 Mitcheldever, Hampshire) in 1853 and their first child (my great grandfather) Charles Cutts Hammond was born in 1854 at Marylebone, London. Their three daughters also received the middle name "Cutts" - but younger son William Hammond (b.1863) was given the middle name "David", I believe after his grandfather David Collis.
Ben Wyvis

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bilston, ENGLANDPosted by kopperknob1 at 1:26PM on 28th January, 2010. (

I am doing my family tree and i am looking for information on the Wallage and Lewis family from Clare
My great grandfather was George Wallage born 1870 Clare
His father i think was also George born 1846 in Clare
His mother was Sarah Ann Lewis born 1845 also in Clare
Any information would be great
Thank you
Regards Jane

Cherveix Cubas, FrancePosted by AudreyF at 1:56PM on 14th January, 2010. (

I have been researching my father's family (the Agers) and traced them back through London to Ipswich and to Clare. I have found a record on line for the marriage of John Ager to Ursula Brett in 1820 in Clare parish church. I believe these are my ?x great grandparents. I cannot get to Clare myself to find anything further which might be available but wonder if there is some kind soul there who would know where to look and could take some time to look up the records for me to see what else might be learnt. I have a marriage date if anyone is willing to help, please.

Thank you in advance,


Suffolk, UKPosted by Kerry O at 3:43PM on 10th December, 2009. (

On my travels around the county I have come to Clare and it is a really nice place to be. In my job I am encouraging communities to help extend the library information available so that communities can see what there is in their own area to be able to get involved in. This project is run by volunteers, and we go about researching where we live and then freely adding an individual on to the information website run by the library service called InfoLink.
If anyone you know provides something that contributes the wellfare of your local people then they are eligible to have their entry on InfoLink. We record as much information as they would like to give us then we post it for them. They are then issued their own username and password so they can access their information and make any updates in the future.
This is about giving more people choice in the rural areas, and helping the people who do amazing things to be known about more so they can be supported and continue in what they do for the community.
If you think you would like to volunteer in this or know of someone who would benefit from getting in touch. Please get in contact with the Sudbury volunteer centre and she can give you my details.

Many thanks.

St Leonards-On-Sea, UKPosted by Alan Jeffries at 11:26AM on 7th December, 2009. (

I am helping my Father to do some research on the Webbs of Folly Farm (burned down c. 1865). He has some information which he has gathered in conjunction with one Jack Webb who lived around Clare/Thurlow but now sadly deceased. This was pre-internet.

In particular I see there are references to a William Webb, one of whose sons (Henry) went to Australia. We believe his father to be a Robert (d. 1804) originally from Poslingford but moved to Folly Farm in the late 1700's.

Please email me at

Port Kennedy, AustraliaPosted by patfenno at 6:51AM on 5th November, 2009. (

Re Ben Wyvis request 16th November 2008 for information on Cutts or Hammond family. I am descended from Robert Cutts, Christophers brother and my sister, with help from other extended members of our family has traced our line back to Jonathon Cutts (1720-1797). Do you have information further back as I dont know of any brothers or sisters for Jonathon. Which of Christopher & Mary's children are you descended from? Thankyou

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