Re: Gosnell Line - London and Shropshire (England) - John Gosnell & Co.
Thanks for getting in touch :-) A couple of questions spring immediately to mind : 1. Can you confirm that the Annie M. Hellaby, a 'visitor' during the 1881 census, was an elder sister - or some other relation ? Do you know what the M stood for ? 2. Mary's mother being a Robertson is very interesting: Alfred was involved in a company called "Beare, Gosnell & Co.". I have picked up a couple of their bottles on eBay over the years: http://ouroboros.dnsalias.net/gosnell.org.uk/JohnGosnell/Have/BeareGosnell.Bottle.2.0.jpghttp://ouroboros.dnsalias.net/gosnell.org.uk/JohnGosnell/Have/BeareGosnell.Bottle.2.0.jpg http://ouroboros.dnsalias.net/gosnell.org.uk/JohnGosnell/Have/BeareGosnell.Bottle.0.jpghttp://ouroboros.dnsalias.net/gosnell.org.uk/JohnGosnell/Have/BeareGosnell.Bottle.0.jpg BG&Co seem to have been a wholesale Tea and Coffee dealer and to have involved Alfred with a number of partners over the years, including Charles Alfred Fry - BG&Co later became "Fry, Gosnell & Co." and a John Menzies Robertson. The Gosnells were a successful merchant family at the time, being behind "John Gosnell & Co" a large Perfumer of the period. I've traced Charles Alfred Fry to the family behind Fry's chocolate,another successful Victorian merchant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry_familyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry_family CAF's father was Richard Fry, partner in the firm and his grandfather was the famous J[oseph] S[torrs] Fry, I was wondering if, perhaps, you knew of any connection between your Robertsons and the famous jam manufacturer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertsonshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertsons and whether you could confirm my conjecture that Mary's mother and Alfred's business partner were related - maybe brother and sister or father and daughter ? It would be a nice coincidence if offshoots of these three families were all in business together. That's all for now. Thanks again for replying to my post - looking forward to hearing from you, Jules Gosnell
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