Family History Enquiries

We are amalgamating all our family history enquiries onto this page so that they are easier to find. If you have a family history enquiry please ask via the Contact Us page and we’re happy to post them here. You will need to supply an email address with your enquiry so that people can contact you directly. Please let us know if you get any useful information!

For those researching family history this website gives information about Kingsland and links to all the searchable UK records including the parish records dating back to 1548

2/12/21 – can anyone help please?

I have been asked if I can find out something of Wallace Edgar Rees from Kingsland that died in WW2. He is said to be the first person to die in WW2. I would welcome anything that Kingsland People could offer.

Kenneth Williams

16.2.20 – can anyone help with Dawn’s enquiry please?

Not sure if you or anyone connected with Kingsland can help. During my genealogy research (father born and bred in Kimbolton) I have been informed that my great grandmother ran a cafe in Kingsland. Her name was Elizabeth Jane Gardner (Gardiner) nee Powis. I can only guess at the time frame as this is a memory from my 80 year old aunt, and this would be her grandmother.
If she can remember this as a child then it must be around late 1940’s to early 1950’s. She lived at Burwood Cottage, Craven Arms, Ludlow in 1939 and I have her possible death mid 1953.
I know it’s a long shot but due to your project recording memories of past Kingsland I thought there might be a possibility.
Of course there might be records linked to business premises rent/rates for this period anyway.

Dawn Walker  Email

16.2.20 – Can anyone help with regard to the donor of this tapestry?

Enquiry about a tapestry in Leominster Museum

I’m following up an enquiry begun by local historian and author, Norman Reeves and I some years ago. It involves the donation of a tapestry to Leominster Museum said to have been the work of Lorina Liddell (elder sister to Alice Liddell of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ fame). The donor was said to be Mrs Dora Price nee. Williams of Kingsland. I should very much like to know anything anyone can tell me anything about it or if they may know someone else who can,
Thank you very much,
Stuart Currie  email

2.1.2020 – Can you help Robin looking for his Evans ancestors? Please contact him directly if you can help


I’m trying to find out whether I have any living relatives within Kingsland still.

My paternal grandmother, Eleanor Mary Evans ( b:1895 d:1957) who I never met, was the only child ( we think) of William Thomas Evans and Mary Jane Gray. William Thomas Evans was one of 10 children born between 1851 and 1874 in Kingsland to John Evans. John Evans was born in Wormsley in 1823.

It would seem incredible if one of the other 9 siblings did not have any children.

They were:

Sarah Ann Evans b:1851
James Evans b:1871
Philip Evans b:1858
Elizabeth Evans b:1856
Harriet Evans b:1861
Eleanor Evans b:1865
Edward Evans b:1869
John Evans b:1869
Ann W Evans b:1874

If there are any Evans living currently in Kingsland if would be good to know so the family tree can be extended even further.


Robin Gallie  email:

16.9.19 Can anyone help Sara in Canada? If so, please contact her directly

Greetings from Canada.

I am searching for what happened to my Great Great Great grandparents Ann (nee JONES) & Benjamin LLOYD. They were born & married (1815) in Kingsland birthing 10 children between 1819 & 1836. Including my GrGrGrandmother Emma. Records show the family residing in Shirlheath & West Town. However the ancestor trail goes cold after 1841 where a census lists Ann as a widow.
I will be grateful for any leads via Email to
Best from Sara McEwan in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

12.7.19 Can anyone help Gordon Grubb? If so, please contact him directly

Both my Great Great Grandfather John Grubb and Great Great Great Grandfather Edward Grubb along with his sons Francis and William were all born in the Kingsland area and are possibly interred there, Can anyone pass me any information they may be aware of on any surviving persons in the Kingsland/Herefordshire areas with the Surname Grubb or of any grave markers in these areas that may still remain?  I can be contacted at  Tel 07375511585

Many thanks!

29.10 18 Can anyone help Stephen Abberley? Please contact him directly at

Hi, I believe my great grandfather was the railway crossing keeper at Brook Bridge, and lived in the cottage there.
His name was George Henry Abberley
His wife was Mary, they had several children, the eldest John Joseph was killed in the great war, and is named on the memorial in the church.
This seems to be the only evidence of an Abberley in Kingsland!
I have scoured the churchyard for George Henry or Mary Abberley, without success!
Can any historians help?
Many thanks
Stephen Abberley

30.9.18 Can anyone help Naiomi with her family tree please? Please contact her on if you can help

Just wondered if there are any Taylors in the area that have family from the area going back to the early to mid 1800s ?

My 5th Great Grandfather was a William Taylor born around 1745 (not sure where). He died 1829 Kingsland. He married a Mary Lawrence born around 1751 (not sure where) and died 1828  in Kingsland. I have their son, my 4th Great Grandfather being John Taylor born 1791 in Kingsland and he passed  in 1869 Newtown Leominster. He married twice, a Martha who died about 1830s I think, and he then remarried an Ann Palmer I believe. He had 9 children I believe between the marriages. He owned land I believe. But I thought maybe as Kingsland is such a small place, back then too, maybe someone might recognise or be able to help.

A family history enquiry – can anyone help? (NB there is another enquiry about Ethel Saxon  further down this page). Please reply directly to Andy if you can help. 19.7.16

My Great Grandfather and Grandmother (Henry and Adelaide Saxon) lived at the Rosery, Kingsland in 1917. This address appears on correspondence at the time of the death of one of their daughters, Ethel, when she was a nurse during WW1.

I was wondering whether The Rosery still exists or whether the Saxons left any impression on Kingsland.

Any help from current residents would be most appreciated.

Andy Williams

A request from Des Fletcher –  he would like to contact his cousin Bob Jenkins who wrote about Bullocks Mill in Railway Reminiscences 

Reading the info on Bullocks Mill from Bob Jenkins who is my cousin, I would like to contact him. I too spent many happy times at the crossing with Bob and his family.

Des Fletcher

A request for some Family History help from Michael Thomas. For more information on Sarah Knill please see Railway Reminiscences under Kingsland History. Please contact Michael directly if you can help!

Sara Knill who was the railway gate keeper at Waterloo Mill, and she was step mother to my aunty, Annie Bernice Knill. Her mother was Annie Matthews who was born 1890/91 in Kingsland and died very soon after having my aunty. Annie Matthews married Willian Knill in 1917 and died in 1920.

I cannot locate Annie Matthews’ mother or father in Kingsland at the present so can anyone help?

William Knill worked at Stagbatch Farm, Monkland before working for the railway and marrying Sara Preece. At some point Speakmans of Stagbatch Farm, Monkland brought up Annie Bernice Knill from very young.

My Aunty married Harold Edward Thomas a postman in Leominster in 1940 but we all called her Nancy

Thank you for any light you can throw on my search

Michael Thomas

Success! A thank you from Alison below

Alison would like to say thank you to the kind people of Kingsland who replied to the post below, through whom  she has found out lots of information about her great great grandfather, the blacksmiths and even better, discovered a relative in Kingsland who she has now been to visit! Thanks everyone!

If you can help Alison with information please contact her direct. Thanks. Webmaster

Hello, I’m just looking at your lovely website and see you mention in your Old Trades section a smithy at Cobnash – my great-great-grandfather had a blacksmiths at Cobnash (he was listed as Master Blacksmith) and at Lawton Field from late 1800s to at least 1911 (as that’s the last census I have) and I wondered if you had any info on this or where it would be
on a map? His name was George Davies.

Kind regards,
Alison Grifffiths

3.2.15 – can anyone help Bill with his enquiry? Please contact him direct if you have any information. Thank you. Webmaster

I am researching the names on a memorial in Liverpool Cathedral to 20 nurses who died during WW1. One of these is Staff Nurse Ethel Saxon, who died aged 26 years on 3rd September 1917 and her grave is in Karachi Cemetery. I have established that at the time of her death her parents, Henry and Adelaide Saxon, lived in “The Rosery”, Kingsland, Herefordshire, having previously lived in Abertillery and Abersychan. In addition to Ethel, they had at least one other child, Lucy, born in about 1896. I would be grateful for any information which you can provide about the family. I should add that the research is for a non-profit project on behalf of the High Sheriff here in Liverpool.

Many thanks, Bill Sergeant (Retired Merseyside Police Officer).  Telephone:   0151 724 3171

5.8.14 – A Family History enquiry – can anyone help Charlie trace his ancestors? Please contact him direct by mail if you can! Thanks. Webmaster

Hello.  I am mailing you more in hope than anything.  Part of my fathers family, Frederick Faulkner, his wife Sarah and seven children (circa 1912), moved to Skelmersdale, Lancashire just before WWI. The rest of the Faulkners stayed in Kingsland.  They were blacksmith/farriers by trade and the majority of the family line stayed put. They were a large family who lived and worked in Kingsland for generations. We are now trying to see if any relatives live in the area?  Me and my brother are planning a visit to see where dad’s mother’s family originated. The Faulkners of Kingsland? I hope that you can shed some light on this for me?

Many thanks

Charlie Armstrong

We have another Family History enquiry. Can anyone help? Please reply direct to Chris if you can. Many thanks. Webmaster

Dear KingslandLife

Village Talk Jackson tomb 27.2.14I am writing a book about a man called William Thomas Vincent, who was a very prominent gentleman in my area of south east London. His mother was Rebecca Jackson, born about 1810 in Kingsland who married Thomas Vincent.  Rebecca Jackson’s parents were William and Priscilla and the picture is of their grave in Kingsland. I wonder if it is still there ?

The only details I can find out about Rebecca Jackson online is that she is said to have come from a very well to do Kingsland family,  and that she had an older brother called William Parry Jackson.

In a very brief autobiography of William Thomas Vincent that I found he describes his mother’s family  as follows….

“The Jacksons were an old Herefordshire family who came across the Welsh border in Tudor times.
my grandfather William Jackson succeeded to a long and prosperous inheritance of husbandry in the parish of Kingsland.
He was reckoned a very able man in those parts and was rather proud of being acclaimed the village lawyer, in which capacity he arbitrated in many disputes.
He had a numerous family which he reared with credit.
In his old age, the patriarchal Jackson abandoned the dwindling industry of the field and retired to Leominster.
But he rests in Kingsland graveyard under a stately tomb that betokens a man of substance ..”

Any information would be much appreciated….


Chris Mansfield

Can anyone help Jan? If you can, please reply direct to the e-mail address provided below. Thanks

I am tracing my family history in Herefordshire and wish to enquire if you have any records (or knowledge) of a crossing on the line between Kingland and Leominster where a family member – James Andrews – lived at the time of the 1891 census.  The copy of the census is of poor quality and his occupation is unclear but his wife Mary is described as a railway gate keeper.  In a later census he is described as a railway pensioner.  The address is shown as Railway House Kingsland.

All I know at present is that James Andrews was a railway pensioner and had retired by the 1911 census (he died in 1913 age late 70s). His wife at the time – I believe he had been married before – was Mary, possibly nee Preece.  In the 1891 census his birthplace is shown as Orcop; he was 55, Mary 65 and there was an 8 year old granddaughter Mary Elizabeth, born Kingsland, living with them. There was a marriage between a James Andrews and a Mary Preece registered in Leominster in 1877. The father of James was William Andrews and the family lived in Much Birch early 1800s.

I would be very grateful for any help or advice anyone can give. Thank you.

Jan Stadler
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Dear Kingsland Life

My Great Great Grandfather (Thomas Crump) emigrated to Australia with his family in 1850. His father (John and, after his death in 1855, wife Elizabeth) were publicans of the Lion (aka Red Lion) Inn, Kingsland for many years.  I have traced this inn in Kingsland from 1835 when the publican was John Crump, through various innkeepers (Elizabeth Crump 1856, John Bray 1868, William Reece 1876, James Reece 1890 and Elizabeth Evans 1913)  but can find no information about what happened to it.  Hopefully one of your readers may be able to shed some light on it for me. I can be contacted by email at or by ordinary mail at Gary Ladiges, 62 Lincoln Rd, Croydon, Vic, 3136, Australia.

For those of your readers who may be interested in Thomas Crump’s story he was born in Kingsland about 1819 to John Crump (of Brampton Bryan) and Elizabeth (nee Wollaston), the daughter of an innkeeper from Leintwardine. His story can be read here but  the 1841 census shows Thomas and his brother John living with the local blacksmith Thomas Caldicourt and his wife Sarah.  Also as part of the household were Thomas Caldicourt’s widowed daughter Sarah Harper and her daughter Eliza. On 23 Jan 1842 Thomas married Sarah Harper (13 years his senior) and they set about raising their family.

On the 21 May 1850 Thomas and Sarah and their 4 surviving children (Edwin (my Great Grandfather), Angelina, Isaac and Amelia) and step daughter Eliza Crump (Harper) set sail for Port Phillip (Melbourne) aboard the Bernicia.

Whilst Thomas’s story ended in Australia it started in the Red Lion in Kingsland.  Any information about the Red Lion or anything else in the attached article your readers may have would be much appreciated.

Warmest regards from Aus

Gary Ladiges