Here are some brief details of my English roots.
My GASCOYNE family I have traced back to the late 17th century to Hackney, London where they were silkweavers. Over the generations they also lived in Shoreditch, Leytonstone and Forest Gate.
My BECKWITH family is my main ‘brick wall’. I can’t get past Frederick BECKWITH who, according to census returns, was born circa 1860 in Forest Gate. His marriage certificate, dated 1881, says his father was Henry BECKWITH and his address on the certificate was a derelict building!
My WOOLF family were tinkers and tin men in the St George in the East and Mile End area of London.
The HINMAN’s were from Teigh in Rutland.
My mystery man, Richard Sheridan WARDLEY. Started out his working life as a dry goods salesman, but decided he wanted be a doctor and managed to practice for several years without qualifications before getting caught. Also had an affair with a young girl whilst practising as a doctor causing the young girl to move from Rutland to London to avoid the shame. That young girl was my 3 x Great Grandmother.