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

SOLE Co-ordinator's Report August 2011

by Maureen Storey  



In this journal we welcome new members Rheanna Morris-Richert and Peter Kemp. 

Rheanna is a descendant of William Sole and Margarita Wyngaard, who married in Linlithgo, New York on 2 Jun 1758: their second son Hannes Sole (b 1764) was Rheanna's 5×great grandfather. Rheanna asked if 'her' William could possibly be the William who was born in Therfield, HRT, in 1727, but we know that the Therfield William married in 1755 and that his children were baptised in Therfield between 1754 and 1777, so unfortunately, this rules him out as Rheanna's ancestor. Rheanna is continuing to search for the elusive birth of her William. 

Peter joined having found his great grandmother Elsie Daisy Sole in a wedding photo on the Society's website. The photo was taken to mark the marriage of Elsie's sister Ethel Rose Sole and Headley John (Jack) Sutton in North Walsham, NFK, in 1902. Elsie's family has been traced back to the marriage of William Sole and Hannah Staff in Tivetshall St Mary, NFK, in 1755. William was said to be 'of Dickleburgh' when he married but no trace of him has been found in that parish.  On a trip to the Gayndah/Eidsvold/Mundubbera region of Queensland with her mother, Linda Butler came across an obituary for her 2×great grandfather Edward Sole, who emigrated from Kelshall, HRT, to Australia in 1856. The obituary gave Linda a much fuller account of his travels in Australia than she previously had and has enabled her to flesh out more of his life – see her article in this journal.  Vashti Waterhouse sent us the details of a Sole Brothers circus poster that was for sale in a gallery in Sydney. These posters are much too expensive for the Sole Society to purchase – this one was valued at $1,650 – but  we keep a copy of the entry in the sale catalogue so that we at least know what the posters look like. We're very grateful to Vashti for keeping us informed when she hears about them coming up for sale.  Jim Lewis came across the Society's website by chance while researching individuals who were involved in the Cornish copper mining industry. Although not a family historian, Jim very kindly put together the information he had gathered about Joseph Sowell of Penryn, CON, in the course of his research – see his article in this journal.


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