We all have them – here are mine:
Desperately seeking . . .
Josan: Or you may know her as Joshan, or even Joshen. I have a series of grandmothers with this name and I can’t figure out why. The research I have done into the name suggests that it isn’t a first name at all, or at least not for a girl. It seems to be a surname from the Middle East and Pakistan. If it is used as a forename, it is only for a boy. Bearing this in mind, can anyone tell me why someone chose to give it to their daughter at the end of the 16th century in Cambridgeshire?
George EVANS. George was born in Denbigh, based on census returns I would estimate around 1780. He worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He married Mary – no more info about her, but she was born about 1796 in Denbigh. George and Mary had a daughter, Margaret who was born in Denbigh in 1817. Later the family moved to Liverpool. If these names ring any bells, I’d love to hear from you.
Hephzibah! What do I know about Hephzibah? She was born about 1801 in Alford, Lincolnshire – the records don’t seem to be about to say when or to whom. At some point she married a chap called William HANDFORD – I can find no record of it. In 1829, she was living in Edinburgh – I know this because her daughter was born there – apparently no one bothered to baptise the new bundle of joy. In 1841, she was up a tree or something on census night. In 1851, she was visiting friends in Nottingham. She spent the rest of her 84 years living with her daughter Harriet in Birmingham, dying in 1885. Do you know her? Please, please, please let me know, she has become my most elusive and longest running brickwall. For more information about her family go here.