THE GOSNALL FAMILY OF GRAYS THURROCK, ESSEX, ENGLAND UKUpdated November 27, 2012
|Albert William Gosnall|
19, Addiscombe Road,
Nr. Bristol,Somerset BS23 4LT
+44 - 01934-642740
|"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 B.C.-43 B.C.|
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
George Bernard Shaw - 1856-1950
Welcome to our Family Home Page there are links to sites of organisations of which I am a member that have helped me in my research, which may provide you with more information that could be of assistance to you. Other links take you to sites concerning my home town of Grays Thurrock, Essex, England UK.
If you can help me with my on-going quest I shall be pleased to hear from you. If you think I can assist you in anyway I will endeavour too, within the limitations of my knowledge and ability.
These are the principal family surnames involved in my research: GOSNALL, BUTTELL, CARTER, DINES, GILMOUR, GRANTHAM, HEMPSTEAD, KNIGHT, NEWTON, MERCER, MOTYER, OSBORN, PACKHAM, TUTTON, WILSON, WINSOR and WINTER along with many more who have married into the families.
Geographically my roots are in the town of Grays Thurrock, Essex to which my fathers GOSNALL family brought him as a young boy c1885.
My paternal great grandparents are from North Essex, and were born I believe in Colchester and Lawford. My g.g. grandfather John Gosnall, a carpenter, was possibly married in Colchesterbut may have been born across the border in Suffolk. My great grandparents and their son had moved into the Dockland area of London's East End by 30 March 1851 and were found at 6, Princes Street, Tower Hamlets, St.George East, Middlesex in the census that year.
The mother of my father and her SWEENY family came from Limerick, Ireland around the time of the potato famines of the 1840's and also settled in the East End of London.
In checking the 1851, 1861,1871,1881,1891 and 1901 UK Census at Ancestry.com I have discovered that my Grand-father and Great-grandfather were married twice. Grandfather William had three possible four children by his first wife.
My second Grand-mother Margaret had other children that died in infancy, so I have learnt that they had a very hard life.
My mothers BUTTELL family moved into Grays from South Ockendon, Essex. From the detailed information in the 1851 census it is possible that John Buttle my g.g. grandfather is the brother of Joseph Buttle whose father James b.1782 at Stifford the next village dwelling with him at South Ockendon. James' parents Nathaniel and Elizabeth Buttell (Bowtell) arrived in Stifford around 1762 shortly after their marriage I believe at Ashdon, Essex in Spring of 1762.
Mother's maternal CARTER family came to Grays from Canvey Island, Essex further down the banks of the River Thames.
My wife's NEWTON family originate from Swinderby, Lincolnshire. Her great-grandfather Charles NEWTON married to Mary/Damaris Curtis. Their son's, moved South to London at some point in the mid 1800's. In 1881 they were running a drapery business in the Westminster area.
The Family Tree of Charles NEWTON, can we believe, be traced back to branches that include Sir Isaac NEWTON 1642-1727.
Our family is continually changing and growing our eldest Grand-daughter Laura married Adam in 2010 and they have a very livly baby daughter Lucy Kay who is now just over a year old.
Grand-daughter Kirsty married in this summer 2012. Her sisters Gemma and Haley with Haleys two girls Madison and Cara were bridesmaids. Our daughters Deborah Packham, Dawn Osborn and Rachel Winsor were also present and many others.