Faulder Family Genealogy

15 September, 2021

Williamson: Current Research

Link between myself and the Williamsons
Link between myself and the Williamsons

Currently a number of events have brought my focus back to the Williamson Family – my maternal grandmother’s family (through my mother’s adoption).

The purpose of this post is to summarise the current areas of research and what is being done (September 2021) in order to help others and via search engines to catch the attention of people currently unknown to me who may be researching the same family.

Currently we know of the Williamsons in Cork in the first half of the 19th Century, later emerging in Worcester in England in the 1861 Census. That same census indicates that there was a branch of the family in New Jersey United States.

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7 September, 2021

The Blizard Name

My mother’s adoptive mother’s paternal grandfather (my Grandmother’s Grandfather) was William Blizard Williamson (born Cork, Ireland 1811, died Worcester, England 1878). He had two sons: William Blizard Williamson (the younger) and George Henry Williamson – my grandmother’s father.

I have written previously about them. This post ponders the origin of the Blizard name in our family tree and whether knowing that helps identify further ancestors or the geographical origin of the Williamsons. (There is a rumour that they may have originated in England and another that they originated in Londonderry.)

This post summarises what I know about the name (not much) and what I would like to know. It is a work-in-progress both in terms of research and content editing. Suggestions are very welcome!

This post also details the genealogy of Sir William Blizard (1743-1835), a surgeon and founder of the first medical school attached to a hospital, The London Hospital. It may be that William Blizard Williamson was named after this famous person, but if anyone reading this identifies a genealogical link between the two of them … .

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12 July, 2021

James Keighley’s 2nd wife Sarah

We know from census records that after Elizabeth Ramsden died on 26th April 1851 (aged 40, at home in Manningham), James Keighley remarried at least once. In the 1861 Census (7 April 1861) James is recorded as residing in the same house as in 1851 (1 Belle View, Manningham) with his wife Sarah, a 49 year old born in Farnley, Yorkshire. This would imply a year of birth of 1811/12.

A note in the Leeds Times of 25th October 1862 (page 8 column 5) states: “DEATHS … Bradford … On Monday, age 51, Sarah, wife of Mr. James Keighley, Belle Vue.” This death announcement would indicate a year of birth of about 1810/11 – reasonably consistent with the 1811/12 implied from the 1861 Census. No probate record has been found.

This note is about the steps taken to identify her given her 1861 Census entry and the above death announcement, in support of another note about James Keighley’s families. It is also written in the (not entirely forlorn) hope that other researchers will find this note and add their thoughts.

A marriage announcement in an on-line Newspaper archive identifies her as “Mrs. Sarah Knight, eldest daughter of the late Thos. Ingle”.

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1 April, 2018

William Blizard Williamson of Cork

One of my brick walls has been William Blizard Williamson and his family;

  • His wife Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) and
  • His sons William Blizard and George Henry.

George Henry was the father of Elizabeth Ann Willett who with her husband Everard William Willett adopted my mother, which makes William Blizard Williamson (senior) my Great Great Grandfather (by adoption).

This posts summarises what is and is not known about this family and what can be done to break down this brick wall! Essentially we know little about their Irish life or of their ancestors in Ireland.

(It was initially published on 24 December 2016 and updated 1 April 2018 and 3 August 2021.)

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13 December, 2016

Obituary: William Blizard Williamson (the elder) of Worcester

The following is a transcript of the obituary (and associated reports) for William Blizard Williamson (the elder) of Worcester. He was (via the adoption of my mother) my Great Great Grandfather and lived from about 1811/12 until 15 September 1878.
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25 May, 2015

The Willetts of Colchester, Essex (and Daylight Saving) 1 of 2

The change to and from British Summer Time can bring about a flurry of interest in William Willett, the original advocate in Britain of Daylight Saving. For some reason this spring Google and that ilk have pointed a larger number of people than usual towards this family blog. Some of them have familiar family stories about being related to “Daylight Saving” Willett.

In addition another comment by a relative (about William Willett senior – Daylight Saving Willett’s father – running away from his step-mother) has prompted me to re-examine “the top” of the Willett tree as I have previously understood it.

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21 December, 2010

Research Note: Google Ngrams

(This post is more in the nature of a genealogy diary entry or research note discussing a potential line of interesting research.)

Google in their attempt to “capture all information”, have been digitalising huge numbers of mainly out of copyright books (more than 5.2 million).  Now they have introduced a tool to try and analyse this corpus of data: Google NGrams.  This allows you to graph by date of publication the occurrence of a word (or even selection of words).

So for a genealogist, the logical thing to do is ego-surf – stick your own surname in the tool and see what comes out. (more…)

24 August, 2010

Faulder Cumberland Antecedents

Other posts have made reference to the half-family arising from Catherine Blaylock marrying two Robert Faulders and to the intertwining of various families mainly in North Cumberland in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

This diagram (click on it to see it full size) shows some of the links that have been established.

Faulder and associated families: marriages around the 18th and 19th Centuries

Faulder and associated families: marriages around the 18th and 19th Centuries (click for full-size image)

23 August, 2010

Willett Antecedents

The early Willetts take a bit of disentangling due to second marriages and marriages to other Willetts. (more…)

18 August, 2010

“Faulder” Arms

Filed under: - 1837,Coat of Arms,Faulder,Status: Awaiting Further Work — Tags: , , , — David @ 11:17 am

Arms granted to a Faulder

Arms granted to a Faulder

There are arms linked to a Faulder name.

However, arms are granted to an individual and his legitimate male heirs – not to a surname. Can we trace the individual to whom they were granted?

The General Armoury* describes Faulder Arms as Ar. three chaplets vert, roses gu. Crest-On a mountain a beacon inflamed all ppr. Translated this reads as Silver, three green garlands, roses red. Crest – On a mountain a beacon inflamed – normal colours. My interpretation of this is on the right. (more…)

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