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

SOLE Co-ordinator's Report December 2004

(Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire)

By Bob Sheldon  

There have been no new members since my last report and current members have been generally “quiet”. 

We do appreciate hearing about your researches even if you are still having trouble getting around that brick wall that we all come up against at some time. 

Margaret Reeve is still trying to get over her brick wall which is the date and place of death of her great grandmother Emma’s first husband William Sole.  When Emma remarried George Turner in 1915 she stated on the marriage certificate that she was a widow.  However, Margaret has researched a number of Williams’ death certificates but so far nothing fits.  She has kindly donated these “wrong” certificates to the Society.

Diana Jones, seeking a lead on John born 1836 at Woodnesborough son of Edward of Herne in Kent, has also donated a “wrong” marriage certificate that she acquired for John Sole and Ann Stacey at Streatham in 1859.  This John’s father was James Sole and an ancestor of the late husband of member Anne Holland.  I believe John was born to James in Chislet in 1835 and part of the other Herne family we know of, but this is not yet confirmed.  Diana says she has one or two other leads to follow up for her John, but she is still looking for his eldest brother Amos born 1823 who also appears to have “disappeared” and who she thinks either changed his name or whose death was not registered.

Jennifer Ball, a cousin of Diana, has been bringing her Tree up to date (no brick walls reported) and has given me a copy which starts with another brother of John, Edward of Woodnesborough, who was married to Sarah (nee Clark) in Folkestone, Kent in 1876.  Edward was the great-grandfather of Jennifer, and soon after marrying Sarah, they moved to Wapping where he worked as a stevedore in the London docks.

On a sad note I have to report the sudden death in August of one of our members Bob Allmark and our condolences have been sent to his widow Beryl (nee Sole). Bob had been an active member contributing much of our knowledge of Beryl’s ancestors and cousins.  The death also occurred this year of one of her cousins Ronald Sole in Canada who was the subject of an article submitted by Bob Allmark which appeared in the Journal for August 2001.

To conclude this time I can report that the previous mention in earlier reports of my efforts to contact Donald Bell Sole, one of our founder members, in South Africa has now come to a satisfactory conclusion.  While on a round the world trip and visiting his son in New Zealand, Donald was shown my exchanges of e-mails with his grandson David, and he has sent me a message and given me his new address.  He was most unfortunate to have lost the sight of one eye due to a bite from a poisonous spider which has prevented him from driving, but otherwise he is enjoying his retirement. 

I am very pleased, and more than a little impressed by the wide stretch of the Journal’s readership, to have caught up with Donald; we all wish him and his wife and family well.  

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