The Sole Society, a Family History Society researching Sole, Saul, Sewell, Solley and similar names

SOLE Co-ordinator's Report - March 1996

By Maureen Storey

We have several new members researching the SOLES spelling of our name. Tim Soles of Windsor like many others has seen his name change from SOUL to SOLE and to SOLES. Tim first knew of the existence of our Society, from Margaret Morters of Australia.

Tim has a contact in Canada, Sue O. Byrne, whose uncle Gerald T. Martin Soles was born in Great Rollright, Oxfordshire in 1909. I understand that there is a Soles Family Re­union at Golden. B.C. each summer, so I am trying to get in contact with this group.

Ronald Souls of Walsall is new member whose ancestors came from Gloucestershire, and Linda Lou Camp is another new member whose great‑grandfather Ferdinand Bolivar Soles is thought to be connected to George Soule (of the Mayflower). This family photograph of her great grandparents was taken about 1900. Ferdinand was born in Indiana in 1845 and enlisted in the Civil War when he was 15. He married Alice Lorimor in 1866 and raised a family of four girls and one lad. He died in 1933.

Mrs Betty Gay (nee Soles) has given me a great deal of help in tracing members of the SOLES family who emigrated to the USA over 150 years ago. I have now traced a son of William H. Soles who emigrated from Birmingham with his brother Edward Oscar in 1842. He was found in Chicago in the 1900 census as George E. Soules, in business with William Dorgan, Artists Supplies. So the family name which started in Reading as SOUL or SOULE, became SOULES then SOLES and now in 1990 SOULES in the USA

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