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

SOLES Co-ordinator's Report - July 1998

By Bill Soles


Whilst working my way through the 1891 census for Leicestershire, I discovered several SOLES families including:

In the Parish of Buckminster
Harry Soles Head aged 56 Gen labourer b. Colsterworth, Lincs
Mary A Soles Wife aged 56 b. Sewstern, Leics
John Soles Son aged 26 Head Waggoner b. North Witham

In the last day or two, I received a letter from Fred Sole with information about a George Soles from the Soldiers’ Documents at the PRO, Kew. It seems that this George was also a member of the Soles Family of Buckminster. His army papers say that George Soles joined the Royal Artillery on 7 February 1881, aged 21 years. He was then a gentleman’s servant and gave his place of birth as Sumington (?) Leics. He attested at Sheffield on 14 January 1881. He is described as:


5ft 7in








Church of England

His next of kin was originally given as his father, Henry Soles of Buckminster, Leics, but this was later changed to his wife, Mary Ann. George Soles married Mary Ann Hurlow (or Harlow) on II October 1884 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. George was discharged from the army on 13 January 1897.

In my census search I also found:

John Sole Head 50 Carpenter b.Loughborough, Leics
Sarah Sole Wife 56   b.Loughborough, Leics
Mary Elizabeth Sole Daughter 25   b.Loughborough, Leics
Harriet S Sole Daughter 19   b.Loughborough, Leics

Sole Society member Betty Gay (nee Soles) of Cincinatti OH is trying to complete her search for the descendants of William H Soles, brother of Edward Oscar Soles. These two brothers, my great uncles, emigrated in 1842 and started a SOLES clan in the USA. George Kenneth Soules (note the change from SOLES to SOULES), a descendant of William H Soles, married in 1960 at the church of St Philip Neri, Chicago at the age of 55; this was his second marriage but it is not known if he had any children. Edward B Soles, also a descendant of William H Soles, had two daughters Julianne and Sharon (b. 1937). Sharon married a man who lives in Venezuela. Betty is anxious to locate these two daughters.

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