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

SOLE Co-ordinator's Report - July 2000

By Maureen Storey

In this journal we welcome one new member Diane Blake, a descendant of Stephen Sole who first surfaces in the parish registers of St John at Hackney, MDX, in 1830 with the baptism of his son John. Stephen married twice: first to Elizabeth with whom he had four children and secondly in 1844 to Mary by whom he had a further three. Diane is descended from Mary Eliza, a daughter of the second marriage. Hopefully Diane’s research will enable us to prove (or disprove) our theory that her Stephen was the son of John and Elizabeth Sole who was baptised in Enfield, MDX, in 1805.

We’ve received further information from Claire Farmer about the Canadian Soles family who trace their line back to William Soul and Margarita Wyngaard who married in Linlithgo, New York in 1761. This family has been the subject of much research, notably by Dale Hynes but also by our members James Soles and Donna Hall. Claire, James and Donna are all descendants of Albert Dubois Soles (1838-1922) who has been described variously as a woodsman, trapper, farmer and homesteader.

So far we’ve been unable to help Sue Turner who is looking for the baptism of Frances Soal who married John Hardwick at Hildersham, CAM, in 1766. Hildersham lies outside the main Sole centres in Cambridgeshire and this marriage is the only Sole reference we have in that area at that time. Sue has given us details of Frances’ children and grandchildren for our records.

We’ve also had preliminary contact with:

Claire Panter (a descendant of William Sole and Sarah Berry who married at Willingham, CAM, in 1763)

Gladys Harris (who has traced her family back to Andrew Souls, who appears with his wife Eunice and their four children in the 1851 census for Nebraska)

and Diane Sowle.

Updates on their research from Keith Noyes and Brendan Soul have confirmed connections to each of their families that were previously only conjecture. Keith is researching the Soul(e) family of Winchcombe, GLS. In the eighteenth century the Winchcombe Souls were papermakers and moved between paper mills in Winchcombe, Overbury and Abinghall making positive identification of the various family members difficult. A more detailed examination of the relevant parish records has provided information that confirms the speculative links. Brendan Soul has found in surviving family letters confirmation that the Daniel Soul who married Elizabeth Chester in Bethnal Green, MDX, and the Daniel Soul who married Mary Davis in Bethnal Green in 1787 were, respectively, the uncle and brother of his direct ancestor Eli Soul who was baptised in Stonehouse, GLS in 1766. This has enabled us to link many East London Souls with their Gloucestershire cousins.

Some of the county family history societies are publishing the first results of their extractions for the national 1800-37 burials index. Although these are not yet complete they are nonetheless valuable aids and at the recent SOG fair we obtained the Sole variants available so far for Cambridgeshire (22 entries), Gloucestershire (80 entries) and Hertfordshire (42 entries).

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