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London, EnglandPosted by sandieb at 4:46PM on 8th June, 2009. (

Rinaldo Bareham

I am currently researching my gt,gt,gt,grandfather Rinaldo (sometimes spelt Reinaldo) Bareham, who was born in Clare around 1795 and died there in 1874. I know that he was a cow/pigkeeper, was married to Ellen Webb and had at least two sons. A distant relative contacted through a genealogy site thinks he may have been involved in sabotaging farm machinery during agricultural riots and served time in prison but this is not certain.

I would be thrilled if anyone knows any more details about Rinaldo.



Hampshire, UKPosted by hmcullum at 6:20PM on 14th May, 2009. (

Jones & Williams families from Poslingford, Stansfield, Haverhill & Clare

I recently stumbled across a number of family photos including members of the Jones and Williams families. Know addresses for these families are Flax Farm, Poslingford and Brynbank (formerly Bulley Green Farm), Poslingford.

I am particularly interested in tracing descendents of William Scowsfield Jones who married Minnie Tuffin in 1917

They had the following children:

Frederick (1921), William (1921), Mary (1923), Jessie (1927), Henry (1929), Elizabeth (1931). All born in the Clare area of Suffolk

I would love to hear from anyone who knows of this family.


Ashbourne, EnglandPosted by jivexx at 9:43AM on 4th May, 2009. (

Hi msgreenfingers - re BYFORD

I saw your message re BYFORDS. Can you please contact me on


Bridgwater, United KingdomPosted by msgreenfingers at 6:27PM on 8th April, 2009. (

Hi jivexx

I have never used a message board before but stumbled on this site and read your message. I have spent 25 years and a lot of money and many sweaty hours in St Catherines fruitlessly researching or attempting to reasearch my family of Byfords. I resorted to a reasearcher in the 1990s who made some progress for me but then met a dead end. Another reaseacher finally cracked the problem in 2008 my maiden name was Byford I am actually descended from Stephen Hickford who married Emma Byford who is scended from George Byford. George (gtgtgtgt grandfather)and Ann's Eldest son George had a daughter Emma, she is my gg grandmother who married Stephen Hickford but later we suspect lived incestuesly with her brother John Byford and had possibly two further children by him. My GT grandfather George was born shortly before Stephen began a 7 year sentence for sheep stealing in Ashen in 1871. Dartmoor prison records were destroyed and I do not know what happened to Stephen when released, i can find no trace of a death or census records of him after he entered prison. At some stage between the 1871 census and 1881 Emma started to live with John Byford. Stephen and Emma had Mary/MARIA died aged 3 from Ditheria, Esther, Polly/Mary Ann, Elizabethh, George Dennis, then James/Albert could be Hickford or yford and Alice Bessie. The latter 2 could be Johns children, short of doing a DNA test on James's living descendant of 74 i can't be sure. Your GGG George had 15 children that I know of on my tree. His father was also George married to Susan Smith. I havent checked to see if the Harriet Hickford you mention is related to Stephen, given that the Byfords and Hickfords seemed to populate most of Clare at one time it is highly likely. Sorry to ramble on but this was a bit of a shock last year, one qusetion I asked myself was am I legally married? Doesen't bear thinking about, I think my father would have chuckled though at all the dark secrets!! If you think I can be of help please message me, I am sometimes slow to respond as I amtrying to make a go of ebay trading, my own website and an ebid account too as well as having a 13 year old son. I must be mad. Mandy in U.K.

Ashbourne, EnglandPosted by jivexx at 8:45PM on 28th March, 2009. (


I am researching the BYFORD - HICKFORD and SIMPSON families in and around Clare.

My GGG grand parents were George BYFORD and Anne RULTON.

My GG grand parents were George BYFORD amd Hannah SIMPSON.

My great grandparents were Ephraim BYFORD and Harriett HICKFORD.

Would love to hear from anyone doing this line.

Pam in the UK

Peterborough, United KingdomPosted by Valeve at 9:05PM on 20th March, 2009. (

Hi - I am researching my husbands family. HIs great grandfather's name was Charles Everett b about 1866. He listed his place of birth as Clare in Suffolk. On his marriage certificate (1891 in Romford) he states his father's name as being Peter Everett (deceased) occupation Butcher. I have numerous birth certificates but none of them appear to be him. Can anyone help me with this mystery? Thank you.

Headcorn, EnglandPosted by Ray at 5:42PM on 8th February, 2009. (


Am working on our family tree which has thrown up a large number of Sadlers along the Stour from about 1630 to 1790; rumour has it that there are still descendants in the area!

Willing to exchange any information with a view to filling out the early part of our tree.

Ray Sadler

United KingdomPosted by Webmaster at 4:51PM on 5th February, 2009. (

Hi all... looks like there is some great genealogy work going on here, keep it up!!! Webmaster.

Here is a message from Betty Donohoe regarding the surnames: HAMMOND & INCH:

My name is Betty Donohoe (Nee Hammond)

My G.G.Grandmother was Elizabeth Inch born 19 Jan 1817, Clare, Suffolk.
Elizabeth married William Hammond on the 8 Jan 1835, Belchamp St.Paul Essex. William was born 10 Apr 1814 in Belchamp St Paul.

Elizabeth parent's are Joseph Inch / Sarah Webb

William and Elizabeth had eight children.

Hope this is of help
Regards Betty

Melbourne, AustraliaPosted by Tasman at 10:27AM on 28th December, 2008. (

Hi, my name is Tasman and I am trying to find out more about my ancestors from Clare.

What I know already is that my ancestors James Reynolds Ray and Dorothy Ray (nee Stammers, daughter of Thomas Stammers and Dorothy Green) married in Clare in 1804. They had the following children, all born in Clare: Anne (b 1805), James (b 1806), Thomas (b 1808), Dorothy (b 1810), John (b 1811), Charles (b 1813), William (b 1814), Edward (b 1817), Samuel (b 1819) and Robert (b 1824). James Reynolds Ray was a draper and banker. I believe he was the proprietor of The Clare Bank, which had three branches, one in Clare, one in Ipswich, and another in a town unknown to me. Thomas Ray (1808-1892) married Sarah Ellingham (b1813/4), daughter of Elizabeth Ellingham, of Clare. Their eldest son, Thomas, was born in Clare in 1832 before the family moved to Higham and then Gazeley and had further children. Thomas and Sarah are my gr gr gr grandparents.

I would be grateful for any information on the Ray and Ellingham families of Clare, for any information on the Stammers and Green families possibly of Clare, and for any information on The Clare Bank.

Thanks for your consideration.

Beauly, ScotlandPosted by Ben Wyvis at 10:52AM on 16th November, 2008. (

I am directly descended from Christopher Cutts (b. 1808 Clare) who is shown in the 1841 and 1851 census's as working in the Ironmonger's shop in the High Street. I am particularly interested in his wife's family - Mary Ann Hammond (b. 1806.) I have her father as William Hammond (b. 1785) and her mother as Sarah Wix. Any information regarding the Hammond family (and earlier Cutts family members) would be greatly appreciated.

Clare, UKPosted by bumpkin at 3:36PM on 9th October, 2008. (

Message for Looby of Leighton Buzzard.

In your message posted 16th July you mention that "Henry Webb" went to Australia in 1852. What was his occupation or his family's occupation at that time? Were they farmers and if so where did they live? The reason I am asking is that my wife's ancestors emigrated in 1855..and recently their descendents have been back to Clare researching their history. They also wondered why people could have made such a life changing decision over 150 years ago! Perhaps they knew each other?

Fundenhall, EnglandPosted by BravoMike at 9:58PM on 4th October, 2008. (

Message for Susan re. Eliza Robinson.

I may have some information for you, she could be my wife's great-grandmother.

United KingdomPosted by Webmaster at 5:17PM on 2nd October, 2008. (

Here is a message from Mandy Smith sent to Clare-UK Re: HICKFORDS:

Please can you let me know if you are still looking for info on this person and family, I have only just recently found out that my maiden surname should have been Hickford and not Byford. Your Georges father was my gt gt gt grandfathers brother! If you wish you can mail me on

Weymouth, United KingdomPosted by Gerald at 3:16PM on 10th September, 2008. (

Have traced genealogy back to Rev. John Clare of Newnham, who was called to the Pastorate of South Lane Baptist Chapel, Downton, Wilts. in 1803. He died in October 1840. He married Francis Tyndale (or Tendale) who died at Southampton 29th. December 1892. They had seven children, one being Clarissa who married Joseph Smith of Bristol, of which I am decended.
Any information regarding the prehistory of the Rev. John Clare would be gratefully received.

Twickenham, EnglandPosted by Lou1 at 1:30PM on 6th August, 2008. (

I've been researching the Skilton's of Suffolk for a while now and am a little stuck. I have got as far back as Samuel Skilton born circa 1778 in Clare. Samuel is my husband's 4 times great-grandfather. I know Samuel married Susan Mason but i was wodering if anyone could tell me when Samuel was born and who is parents were? I live in London and getting to Clare is a little difficult for me. I think Samuel's father was possible Matthew Skilton and his mother Elizabeth but from there I have no idea! Any help would be much appreciated. The name also changes from Skilton to Skelton on many occasions......

Clare, UKPosted by Helen Dyson at 4:22PM on 30th July, 2008. (

I am trying to trace the Dyson family in Clare.

We have found the gravestone of Florence Dyson in Clare cemetary, though no coresponding birth or death certificates. We think she was born around 1895-1900 died 1968. She had a baby Patrick Dyson in 1916 in Lewisham then moved back to clare, and lived with Charles Knock, known as Florence or florie Knock. She also had two other children, Fred and Rosemary Knock, Rosemary's married name was / is Peackock.

If anyone can help please get back to me. Thanks!

Leighton Buzzard, ENGLANDPosted by looby at 8:11PM on 16th July, 2008. (

Many thanks for the information about William Webb. I have done some more research now and found that Elizabeth Webb's brother Henry also went out to Australia but in 1852 very brave people to go out to an unknown country. I have also got more details about Lucy Webb and her family from the info supplied. I shall carry on researching and see what else I can discover

clare, suffolkPosted by Nigel at 8:58PM on 19th June, 2008. (

Re- Susans message below. I come from a large Robinson family of clare going back to the 1600s.
If you are interested in this susan then please get in touch with me.
E mail

Lincoln, U K.Posted by susan at 4:16PM on 15th June, 2008. (

Hi there, I have family ancestors born in Clare,in 1844, they worked for the Barker family who lived at the Priory. I am trying to locate any domestic papers or diaries for the Barker family,that could relate to staff.The other family name from Clare is Robinson,Eliza Robinson was a domestic at the Priory who married the footman Joseph Edwards,then moved to London and had a grocery shop.Eliza married Joseph when 8 months pregnant,he was 19 and Eliza was 28.My ultimate aim is to confirm if Joseph was the father ?,as ther is a rumour that he was 'paid' to marry the ladyany help would be most welcome

South Perth, Western AustraliaPosted by lbprice at 11:30AM on 5th June, 2008. (

I can help Looby with a small part of the Webb family history. According to census records Elizabeth Webb daughter of William and Sarah Webb married John Price of Clare. John Price was an agricultural labourer and he and Elizabeth lived with William and Sarah Webb on Folly Farm. Their son Oliver Price was born in 1850. Sometime between the census of 1851 and 1861 John and Elizabeth moved to Barnes in London. John appears to have worked there as a gardener and labourer. Oliver's eldest son Thomas was born in Barnes and is my grandfather and his eldest son, also born in Barnes, (my father) immigrated to Western Australia in 1950. The remaining children and grandchildren of Thomas live around London, Belfast and Perth (Western Australia). By the 1901 cenus John Price was a widower and Elizabeth Price (nee Webb) must have passed away sometime between 1891 and 1901. Regards

Madison, Alabama, USAPosted by lokiweis at 8:06PM on 20th May, 2008. (

Hello looby and Ken Webb,
My great-great grandfather was the brother of Sabina - his name was Henry Thomas STIFF, son of William STIFF and Lucy WEBB. I do not have further information on the ancestors of William and Lucy, but I would be happy to share anything I have on their family. Please email me at
Paula Weis

Fyfield, United KingdomPosted by Ken Webb at 10:08PM on 8th May, 2008. (

Looby was asking about William Webb on 18/4/2008, William Webb and Sarah , his wife were I believe great,great,great grandparents of mine.
The daughter of William Webb, Lucy, whom I have yet to trace( my information is from a verbal record)Married William Stiff whose daughter Sabina Stiff married my great grandfather Nice Dyson.
Whilst my surname is Webb to the best of my knowledge my paternal tree is not linked to Clare.
I would like to know of any other information linked to the names I have given

Leighton Buzzard, ENGLANDPosted by looby at 4:06PM on 18th April, 2008. (

When researching my family tree I discovered that my great great grandfather was William Webb who lived at Folly Farm in Clare. He is buried in the church in Clare together with one of his sons. I have found descendants who moved to Great Thurlow which is where my Grandad was born is there anyone who has any further information on the Webb family from Clare.

Candelo, AustraliaPosted by Margaret Fletcher at 8:04AM on 17th April, 2008. (

My name is Margaret and I live in Australia.In September 2007 my Husband and I visited your lovely Village of Clare. In the 1891 census -which I have just found on your site-my Great Great Grandfather Edward Coe had his Printing and bookshop in Well Street although I didn't know this at the time we were there.His Wife Elizabeth and Daughter Elizabeth Rebecca were also on the Census form. I was wondering where Well St is in relation to the High St where I - at that time -thought they lived. Also could anyone be kind enough to tell me where they are buried? We wandered around the Village taking photos and video footage. Listening to the sound of the Church clock striking and wondering if it was a familiar sound to them too.

Ipswich, EnglandPosted by Valerie at 2:59PM on 14th April, 2008. (

Hello, I am looking for any records for JAMES BARDWELL. According to the census of 1901 he was a police superintendant in Clare. He was born in Wangford in 1846 and his wife Hannah died in 1895. After 1901 I have no further records for him, if he died in Clare or even if he reired there. His police record only goes up to 1887. Any help would be grately appreciated to continue our family tree.

Many Thanks Valerie

safety bay, australiaPosted by ken at 10:43AM on 3rd April, 2008. (

Hi,my name is Ken Allen and I am trying to trace my mother`s family. Her father`s name was Richard Hickford. He was born in Clare on the 25th May 1896.He married a girl named Ethel. My mother`s name was Queenie or Faye or both.She had two sisters named Olive and Eva. We dont know if those two were born in England or when they migrated to Western Australia in the early 1920`s.
Any information found will be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks Ken Allen

Braintree, EnglandPosted by Kathleen at 5:58PM on 1st April, 2008. (

We are looking into the history of my mother's biological mother's family. My mother was given up for adoption in 1922, at 2 years old. Her mother and her family came from the area of Ashen and Clare. Her mother's name was Martha Jarvis, sometimes it seems known as May and she was born in 1894. We know that her sister was called Florence Eva Jarvis and she was born in 1896. The parents names were Octavius Alexander Jarvis and Jessie MC Jarvis(nee Yeldham). There were several children in the family, most of them boys. We have accumulated information with regards to where the family was living in 1901:

1901 Clare RD, Ashen
Octavius 38 joiner b.Clare, Suffolk
Jessie MC 32 b.Stamborne, Essex
Frank 11 b.Clare
Maurice G 10 b.Clare
Martha 7 b.Clare
Florence E 5 b.Ashen
Samuel 3 b.Ashen

If anyone is aware of any information relating to this family, please could you contact us, as any additional information would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanbks, Kathleen.

United KingdomPosted by Webmaster at 5:26PM on 19th March, 2008. (

Quote Ref: COUTTS

Dear Matthew,

I have just been looking on the Clare website and found your email regarding your family history. My ancestor was also William Byford, he being my 3x great grandfather on my maternal side. I have not visited Clare, so cannot tell you if he is buried there, but was wondering what information you had on him, and how he is related to you. He was the father of Julia Byford (b1865), and she married a man called Joseph Montague.They had 2 children, one of which was Bertha Montague. She in turn married Leonard Fuller, and they had a son and a daughter, the son being my maternal grandfather, Hugh.

Anyway, let me know an info you may have, or if I can help you with anything, and our link to William. I am interested to find out!


Clare ( I was actually named after the place as my family have good memories of it!)

Orpington, EnglandPosted by Evangeline 2007 at 7:01PM on 31st January, 2008. (

Hi, I have just started tracing my family history and found that my great great grandfather Robert Last and his wife Martha lived with their family at 68 Cavendish Road, Clare, Suffolk. Three of their children, Kate H. Last, Annie B. Last and Percy R. Last were born in Clare. Percy R. Last is my great grandfather. If anybody has any knowledge of this branch of the Last family I would be delighted to hear from you. Also if you have any knowledge of my great great grandmother Martha Rose born in 1822, that would be great. Any tips on best places to visit in Clare for information would be appreciated. Many thanks Evangeline and family

Madison, Alabama, USAPosted by lokiweis at 4:19PM on 31st January, 2008. (

Florrie STIFF BARBER, whose parents were Harry STIFF and Laura Ann MAYES, was my maternal grandmother. I have traced the STIFFs back to William STIFF/STEFF who married Lucy WEBB in 1835. I am also tracing the following surnames that are related to the STIFF family in Clare: MAYES, HICKFORD, MANSFIELD, PARKER, and PHILLIPS.

I would be delighted to hear from anyone who is researching the same names and I would be glad to share information.

Kindest regards,
Paula Weis

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