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

SOLE (Kent) Co-ordinator's Report - July 1997

By Bob Sheldon


In the previous Journal, I referred to the largest line identified so far as that of Edward Sole of St. Peters-in-Thanet (born 1718). Edward and his son Edward had been tentatively identified as the grandfather and father respectively of the Edward who was married to Mercy Chittenden in Monkton in 1792. We knew there were two Edwards who could have been the father of Mercy's husband, one who had been born in Bekesboume and one who had been born in St. Peters. As both Monkton and St. Peters are in Thanet, whereas Bekesbourne is nearer to Canterbury, I considered that the most likely father was Edward from St. Peters but subject to verification.

However, in trying to verify this by researching available Settlement and Removal records, we have found yet another Edward who was born in Herne at about the right time and who must now be considered the prime candidate.

I have therefore had to "disconnect" both of the St. Peters' Edwards from this line until further information can be found to enable a more confident extension back to be made.


The database for these counties now contains over 5000 events taken from the following sources:

All IGI 1992 records relating to Soal, Sole, Soul and variants of these names. Certain of these records have been confirmed and extended by personal research at the Canterbury Cathedral archives for parishes in east Kent. All births and marriages taken from the GRO indexes from 1837 to 1959 and deaths to 1989 which were extracted by Fred Sole, a mammoth task for which we are grateful. In a few cases I have been able to obtain full certificates from the GRO to confirm relationships. Census information for 1841 to 1891 which is complete for the main towns in Thanet, Kent and for selected districts in north Kent.

The 1881 Census index for each county.

The index of East Kent Marriage Licences issued at Canterbury from 1750 to 1837.

Additional information from members own personal researches for which our thanks are due.

There is much more data to find and analyse; by its very nature the task of finding all we seek is unlikely to be completed for many years, if at all. But I hope that most members will agree that ongoing research, which can at times be very frustrating, is the main source of enjoyment from our hobby.


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