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

SAUL Co-ordinator's Report August 2013

by John Slaughter


In this report I am pleased to welcome two new members, Stephanie Saul and Stephen Page.


Stephanie is the latest of her family to become a member of the Society following on from her father, Ernest Gordon Saul, and her brother Jeremy. Stephanie's father, known as Gordon, originally joined in 1999 and provided considerable details of his research. His Saul line goes back through the town of Olbury, Worcestershire to Horley in Oxfordshire and forms part of the largest tree that we have for the Midland Sauls, chart GRR. I sent details of the information we had on our chart to Stephanie who very kindly provided updated information, enabling the number of individuals contained on the chart to now reach around 550.


I gave details of my correspondence with Stephen Page in my report in the April 2013 journal. Stephen also connects to chart GRR. Stephen recently visited St Ethelreds Church, Horley and discovered in the churchyard a gravestone to the memory of James and Elizabeth Saull. It reads:


In memory of James Saull. He died September 9th 1822 aged 75. Also of Elizabeth, the wife of James Saull. She died April 27th 1808 aged (illegible).


James Saull is not a direct ancestor of Stephen but a brother of his ancestor Peter Pratt Saul, so close. James and Elizabeth, as far as we know, had just one child, a daughter Sarah baptised in Horley in 1776. Stephen made a video of his visit and which he has uploaded to his YouTube page.


Enquires continue to be infrequent. Amy Doyle made contact after finding details of her great grandfather's military records on our website. Her grandfather, Francis Saul, had served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. His attestation papers show that he was born in Dublin and at the time of his enlistment on 1st September 1914 had a wife and one child. He was awarded 25s 5d for aggravated defective vision on 8th October 1919 and died at the Allen Rye Hospital, Dublin on 29th June 1922. I was able to advise Amy that the original records are held at The National Archives and may contain additional information.



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