I am interested equally in all the surnames mentioned on this site, but have particularly
highlighted the names below because they are the main branches that run through my tree
and at this early stage of my research are the only ones I've really been able to concentrate on at the present. If their is any that you find of interest please give me a call, I don't mind sharing any of the documentation or records that I have in my possession.
The Holmes side originated from a small village in Norfolk named Crostwick. The earliest relative that I can trace back is William Holmes born 1740. My particular family line branched off to Cambridge then to London in the 1920's. I am particullary interested in hearing from any Holmes that can trace their ancestors back to Crostwick. I also have a copy of all the censuses for this village, so if there is anyone out there with a relative born in Crostwick please give me a shout and I'll do a quick search for you - no probs.
The earliest Marker I have relates to John Marker born 1837, who according to the 1881 census was said to originate from Bridgwater in Somerset. I am currently in the process of trying to acquire his wedding certificate to try and establish my theory that he hailed instead from Devon.
John Lear was born in Taunton, Somerset in 1791 and later moved to Bridgwater. His son Thomas Morrell Lear was chief constable of Bridgwater during the latter part of the 19th century.
Out of all my family this line I've managed to trace the furthest back, although I have to admit most of it (thankfully) had already been completed by David Robinson. I have quite a number of photographs of the 'clan' which I hope at sometime to publish on this web.
It's the Eldridges that I know least about, although I'm currently waiting for a wedding certificate for George Eldridge and Charlotte Parrott of Harlington in Middlesex, which may provide me with further clues to take me back a generation.