(Kent) Co-ordinator's Report -
By Bob Sheldon
We have been able to establish further connections between
members that we are fairly sure about. Sue Sutton (nee Sole) born at Margate, Kent and now
living in New Zealand, is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of James Sole born
1796 in Monkton, Kent. She is therefore confirmed as a cousin of Sarah Knight and
Sarah has also established a connection between herself and
Derek Sole, born at Rickmansworth, and now living in Risca, Gwent. They share the same
great-greatgrandfather Alfred who was born in Chislet, Kent in 1832, the son of the above
James Sole born 1796.
We have also helped new Australian member Aileen Fisher to
identify three generations of her Kent SOLE ancestors who lived in the Herne area prior to
her grandfather emigrating around mid-1800s. Unfortunately we have not yet been able to
connect her to any other of the Kent lines.
With Sarah's help, I have continued to research the Census
returns for Thanet at the PRO in London. We have now completed this task and will move on
to other areas of Kent as time permits.
I have also started a systematic search of parish records
for East Kent at the Canterbury Cathedral archives. I regret that I do not live closer to
Canterbury but I hope to pay regular visits to continue this research to supplement the
data already obtained from the IGI.
I have been in contact with Tim Soles who has now given the
Society a presence on the Internet. This is a rapidly growing new means of quick
communication world-wide and which we hope will enable the Society to reach ever more
family history researchers of the SOLEs and all variations of the name. There is already a
vast amount of genealogical correspondence on the Internet which Tim and I are searching
regularly for potential contacts.
Finally I should like to thank Society member Philip Lloyd
for sending me - in reply to my request in the March 1996 Journal - an interesting booklet
about the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, which was a branch of the Methodists
established by the Countess during the l8th century. She established chapels in many
places, one of which was in Margate, Kent. It was this congregation that appealed to one
of the SOLEs there and lead to my previous request for information.
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