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

SOLLEY Co-ordinator's Report April 2008

By Bob Solly

We have had a number of enquiries over the last few months, a summary is shown below. Our records help with some answers, but if anyone has any further information please let me know.

15th Oct 2007, Kev Solly

I've joined the society but not heard anything since. I am trying to trace my Solly family who originally came from Lewisham. My Great Grandad was one Edward Solly who registered my grandfather, John, dob as 27.09.1892

Family folklore is that Edward had 6 children by 1st wife then a further 6 with his second. My Grandfather also had half brothers blvd name of Harper who came from Highgate.

Do you know anyone who has a similar background?

I note that you are related to Edward Solly and then John Solly. I have a copy of the GRO births and I cannot find him. I am sure you have the certificate so maybe you can check – the GRO is not always correct.

I am sorry we don’t have any more information about your family. If you can find more about Edward and his dob we may be able to find the other relatives.

17th Feb 2008, Mark & Lorraine Hasse

Richard Kent, my cousin, passed me your interesting letter which included Henry Solly (he died before I was born) and my grandmother Laura Field.

I am the Solley co-ordinator to the Sole Society which is a genealogy society researching four distinct groups of names, which include Solly.

I suggest you look at the information there first and this could help considerably; you may like to consider joining as the CD provided gives a tremendous amount of information.

I am attaching a family record file of our own family (which includes Richard and Daisy). Let me know if you can use a GEDCOM file

Daisy Kent (nee Solly) was my father’s sister. Their parents were as you noted.

However, I do not have a clear link back to a Thomas Solly. You will see that Henry’s father was Frederick Walter Solly and his father was Frederick Solly. In turn his father was Stephen which was also the name of his father.

I have been rather stuck there, as we have a record of a number of Stephen in and around Ash, Kent (near Canterbury) where the name originated.

Perhaps you could send me more information about Thomas so I can have a look at it.

I note you are in New Zealand where there is a strong Solly representation which stems from the first Stephen Solly (b 1751). Another son William had a family which included Edward Solly. He emigrated to New Zealand and arrived in Lyttleton on 1 March 1851.

17th Feb 2008, Claire Wade

Dear Claire
I understand you are interested in the Soll(e)y name.
We have a great number of records from Parish, GRO and military as well as from our own sources of Soll(e)y names. If you let me have a few details of your family, we will try and help your further research.

To Lawrence Bridger

I understand you are interested in the Soll(e)y name. I am the co-ordinator and if you send me a few details of your interest, I will see if we can help further from our extensive records from the GRO, Parish and military sources as well as our own personal resources.

From Craig Little

I am a descendant of William Solly and Elizabeth Sharp. Their son William Solly married Sarah Ann Hopkins

Their son John Solly married Julia Warner their son Frederick Solly

Florence Solly(my grandmother). I don’t have a lot on the family so any help would be welcomed. Ican add my details if anyone needs them.


With apologies for not replying sooner, we do have William Solly and Elizabeth Sharpe on our records and his son William marrying Sarah – unfortunately we have nothing after the daughter Elizabeth, so any information to add to that already sent would be most useful. In the meantime I am attaching a descendant chart from which you will see that we have common ancestors.

22 Feb 2008, Christine Solly

Subject: Aaron Ambrose Solly

I am a direct descendent of Aaron Ambrose Solly, b. abt 1826. No one I have found to date can confirm his birth date. He migrated to Australia in about 1850/53. Do you have any info on him?? He worked with the South Australian Railways and was killed by a shunting train on 28 Jun 1818. It is thought he had a brother Robert and Reuben who also came to Australia.

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