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AMPHLETT: Amphlett family, I have a William born 1781 Claines, Worcestershire. All the family came from that area right down to my g/grandmother Emily. I have found the photo of  this lovely house, and have wondered for some time where it was and if any of the Amphletts were in service there and to whom it belonged.  Joan Showell

ANTHONY/ANTHONIES: family being researched. Recently found the family of Samuel Anthonies together with others - but son Thomas, John and William all born Claines from 1811 to 1816 - anything you may offer would be great - records go back to 1500's in Astley with familiar names i.e Southall, Bowen, Lilley,Nott, Pickernell, Starry, Bosworth, Hundley - too many to list - anyone with anything that may help can I encourage you to contact. M.Howes

ASTON: See Lessimore

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BALLER:  Benjamin Baller  married  Elizabeth Campbell in Claines on the 8th of Febuary 1813. (my 4X great grandparents).  Benjamin was a glover. That is all the information that I have found out I hope you can help me as I live in Australia and travel is a little hard. Marea McNab. Australia

BALLER: My name interest is Benjamin Baller of Claines, he was also my 4th or 5th paternal Grandfather, I have quite a bit of info if anyone wants it, would love to hear from anyone connected. Brenda Baller

BARLOW: Children of Thomas Barlow/Ann Thomas Barlow bap 13 Mar 1842 Claines, John Barlow 24 Nov 1844 Claines 4 more bap in Martin Hussingtree. Hazel McMullin

BARNETT: See Harrison

BAYLISS: James Bayliss married Martha Quinton in Claines on 3rd March 1845 (my great-great-grandparents). James was a hairdresser of Back Walks Tything, as was his father John. Martha was the daughter of Charles Quinton, a musician. Martha's address is given as Barbourne Terrace on the marriage certificate. Any further information on these two families would be very much appreciated, thank you. Annie Morris, Sydney, Australia

BERRY: See Kettle

BEST: See Massey

BISHOP, Maria Jane b.Sep 1840 Claines, parents Thomas BISHOP b.abt 1809 Mathon and Jane WHEELER b.abt 1813 Norton/Powick. Siblings: Louisa 1835, Mary Ann 1836, William 1837, John 1839, James 1842, Samuel 1844, George 1846, Henry 1848, Charles 1850, Alice 1852, Francis 1854. Husband: Henry KINGETT, b Dec.1836 Worcester St.Martin.from 1720-1860, Heather Hine

BLAKEBROUGH, Abraham Blakebrough married Mary Lane at Claines Worcester on the 09 June 1794, if anyone can provide further information I would be most grateful. Gerry Blakebrough

BOSLEY: Robert and Anne Bosley Lived at 11 St Georges Square Claines. The 1881 census shows that he was a retired perfumer and that he and Anne had just 6 of their children still living with them. Robert died in 1889 but Anne was still there in 1891 with 1 daughter and 2 grand children. In 1901 there was a different daughter and a grand daughter. Anne died in 1903. If there is anyone who can give me any information on the area or on the family , I would be so grateful. Kerry Bevan

BOWEN: Bowen, Brace (Blacksmiths) or Cale Family: Sylvia Howell

BOX, William, married an Elizabeth CARTER at Claines on 17th May 1790, any info on the marriage or there families please .Zillah Williams, Canberra, Australia

BOUCHER: Any information on Philip Boucher who married Caroline (Catherine?) Gaskins in Claines on December 5th, 1840.  They are my g.g. grandparents. I think Caroline/Catherine's parents were John Gaskins and her mother was Ann and she was christened on 22nd February 1821 at St. Martin’s, Worcs. Many thanks! Dianne Boucher

BOURNE: I am researching my Grandmothers family. They came from around the Hanbury area of Worcestershire. Her Mother was Amy Louisa Lusher nee Bourne . She was born in Claines in 1857. Her parents, Thomas Bourne born 1821 in Claines and Ann Hayes born in Grimley in 1822. Thomas and Ann had two other children Anne Elizabeth Bourne and Alfred Bourne both also born in Claines. Alfred was disabled.  Thomas and Ann had a farm in Claines at Corn Meadow in 1881 before that in 1851 and 1861 Thomas was a market gardener.Does anyone have any connection with the Bournes of Claines or any information of the farm or area of Claines? Yvonne Rainford nee Pole

BRACE: Bowen, Brace (Blacksmiths) or Cale Family: Sylvia Howell

BRAMPTON: Charles Henry Brampton my 4 x great-grandfather was christened in your church on 3 July 1794.  His parents were Samuel and Ann Brampton and Charles ended up in London where he died in 1850.I would be interested to hear of any other Bramptons in the area. Thank you and best regards, Christine Ives.

BRADLEY; See Higgins.

BUBB, see Rowe

BURROW(s) Family 1800 - 1870. Edward Burrow (1802 - ?) was a Glover and had at least two children,  Annie Elizabeth (1839 - ?) and Joseph (c.1843 - ?). Edward's wife was named Ann (maiden name unknown). Annie Elizabeth Burrow (of Chesnut Walk, Worcester) married William Wyatt (of Stratford-upon-Avon)  on Christmas Day of 1864.  The marriage took place in the St. John  the Baptist Church, Claines. Particularly interested in any Burrow ancestors. John Hughes, Ottawa, Canada

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CALDER: I a trying to find out about my Calder family that clearly lived in claines.... I think my great Grandad lived there Mr James Calder  with his wife Maria Calder he was 32 she was 28. Toladine Farm? They had a son Henry Calder my Grandfather. Lesley Dear nee Calder

CALE: Bowen, Brace (Blacksmiths) or Cale Family: Sylvia Howell

CAMPBELL: See Baller

CANEY,  family came from Maidstone Kent - Edwin Caney a coach painter was born in Maidstone but moved to Claines and married Mary Dryell(sometimes Droyale) at Claines, July 19th 1840 – by the curate J.H. Wilding.  They had four children and lived at Williams Buildings, Tything of Whistones, Claines.  First son also Edwin Caney, a solicitor's clerk, married  Rachel Stanley from Chipping Campden and returned to live in Claines at No 5 Alma Terrace and later in St George's Lane.  They had seven children. Edwin died about 1880 and Rachel remarried a James Richards,  house painter, and they lived in Fern Cottage, South Claines. Marion Caney and Thomas Percy Hobday, a bricklayer,  were married at Claines on December 26th 1894, by Rev. Alfred S. Porter.  The family then moved to Birmingham. Janice Williams, Bedfordshire.

CARTER, Elizabeth, married William Box at Claines on 17th May 1790, any info on the marriage or their families please. Zillah Williams, Canberra, Australia

CARVER, Canon Clifford, Vicar of Claines, 1957-1963. His sister June (my mother) ,used to live at the Vicarage before she was married and both my sister and I were christened there(all by my uncle). I was wondering if anyone remembered my uncle( he died in April 1990 a week after marrying my husband and I). Anna Hyndman

CHANCE: Thomas Chance, born Powick 1793, son Thomas Chance born Claines 1831, married Mary Bevan from Kilpeck. Although their daughter, my great great grandmother Elizabeth, went to live in Burton on Trent with her husband, Henry Lovatt, she had eight brothers and sisters some of whom must have stayed in the district. F.Carson

COLLEY. Richard, b. 1720, married Elizabeth Insull in Droitwich in 1744. Son married Martha Cole in 1775 in Crowle. Son James married Mary Sangalls in Chaddesley Corbett in 1810. James d. Claines. Edward, b. Claines married Sarah Hodges in 1842 in Worcester. Their son John led a short but interesting life as a wire walker (Read the full story). As a new father, he, his wife and baby daughter were servants in the house of Blondin at the time of the 1871 census. Edward and his son John are both buried at Claines, as is Edward's wife, their daughter Sarah  (14) and Mabel Annie, a granddaughter who died as an infant and Catherine Mary, a grand daughter of James who died in 1880 in her mid twenties. John's brother Francis was involved in restoration work on the church and the family has in its possession of a copy of a letter of recommendation from the then vicar Alfred Porter. Contact Fran Crisp.  Also see Hodges

COLLEY, Richard and Mary Ann Tandy (my great great grandparents ) were married in St John the Baptist on 21 September 1835. Mary Ann Tandy was born in Salwarpe but information on Richard is sketchy. Any further info I could use would be a help.  Janice Evans

COOPER: George Cooper married Alice Randle in St Johns, Claines on 18 April 1824. Would be grateful to hear from anyone with further information on George and his ancestors. Alan Sharples

CORBETT– John Corbett was born to Samuel, a shoemaker, and Margaret (nee Collins) in either 1823 or 25 in Claines. He had a brother Samuel who married Emma Tyler and lived at several addresses in Silver Street, Worcester, though this could just have been re-numbering. The younger Samuel was firstly a postman and then a greengrocer, before returning to being a postman after 1881. There was a sister Elizabeth who married James Chambers and had one son James W.  After the death of her husband In Liberties, Margaret married a Richard Roberts, coachman, and they lived in Back Lane Claines. John Corbett  became a servant to the Hussars at Hampton Court and like his step father became a coachman,  he married an Emily Wilson, daughter of Samuel Wilson, Butler, in London in 1850 and spent the rest of their lives there, living with them in 1851 was John’s half sister Sophia. I would love information on Samuel the elder who was born in Worcester,  and the families of Samuel and Emma many children . Ginger Corbett

COX. Thomas and Margaret, Son Thomas Cox b. 1812 Claines, married Mary READ. Son John COX b. 1840 Claines, married Harriet DAY. Son Arthur COX b. 1877, Claines, married Mary WEBB. David Hammond

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DAWSON:  Grandparents (Ann Elizabeth DAWSON married Alfred Hurdley in 1884); (Hannah DAWSON married 1885 to William Greenway) Ann Sherman, Weymouth, Dorset

DAY, see Cox

DRINKWATER, of Tinkers Cross Cottages and the Vicarage Gardeners Cottage  Claines 1870-1950’s (Thomas. Elizabeth, Ernest, James, William, Albert, John, George) George Drinkwater

DRINKWATER: My 3xgreat grandmother was Elizabeth Drinkwater b. 7 October 1781, Eckington. She married William Fox 18 November 1805 in Claines. I believe her parents were Anthony Drinkwater and Ann George and Anthony's Mother was Mary Drinkwater. Does anyone know of these people or have them in their Family Tree?I would be delighted to hear from anyone with any information. Christine Roshanzamir

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ELT, Sarah Elt, 5.10.1803, married John Kingett 3.11.1782, any further information welcome. Heather Hine

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FEARNALL, HENRY  was born/ christened in Martin Hussingtree, near FEARNALL HEATH. His Father was JOHN FEARNALL & his, GEORGE FEARNALL from ?Maston/Marston? Worcestor. Does anyone have any information on my family?. Also, I wonder about the co-incidence of my name & the village name; did we take our name from the village, or was the village named after us?? Any information would  be very welcome. Kate Fearnall,  New South Wales, Australia

FOWNES RIGDEN: Edward (1873 - 1947) lived at Rose Place from about 1903/4 until around 1919/20 when he bought Whittington Hall He was a direct descendant of John Fownes who founded the Fownes Glove business in the l8th century. Edward was the son of Lucy Jane Fownes and William Gardiner Rigden. He was a director of the firm, and together with other members of his family worked at the Worcester factory until his retirement shortly after the 2nd World War. From 1919 he was managing director of Fownes Worcester.He married Marian Antrobus, of the well known Birmingham jewellery business in 1899. They had five daughters, Daphne Fownes Rigden, born 1900 Gwendoline F R born 1903, Viva born F R 1908 Olive born F R 1912 Heather born F R 1915 They are survived by Ted's grandchildren, several of whom still live not far from Worcester. Contact Jennifer Harrison

Fox; See Drinkwater

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GASKINS: See Boucher

GILES: On 16 December 1855 my great great grandfather HENRY GILES married EMILY CHOATE in Claines Church.   I would love to hear from anyone who can give me any information on either Henry (whose mother Jane WOOD and father HENRY GILES was born in Claines) or Emily (whose father George came from Essex). I visited your beautiful church today on the way home from Kingsland.   Thank you for taking such good care of it – it’s a credit to your community. Vivien Russell (nee Giles)

GLASS, see Penney

GREEN: Thomas born in 1863 in Ombersley and then living in Whistone in 1881 with his parents Thomas and Matilda and sister Minnie. Later went on to marry Margaret Yapp from St Clements in 1883 and then emmigrated to Canada where they brought up their family for approx 10yrs before returning to Bethnal Green, London at the turn of the century. Richard Crawley

GREENWAY:(Hannah Dawson married 1885 to William GREENWAY), Ann Sherman, Weymouth, Dorset

GARDNER: Am looking for information for John & Mary Gardner, John was born in Lambeth at 19 ½ yrs joined the 90th of Foot.  Was discharged in 1852 being unfit for duty. Moved to Worcester, joined the Worcester Militia and was still a sargeant in 1871, living in St.Georges Square.  Mary came from Ireland where I think they married. They had several children John, Elizabeth, Albert and Fanny. Albert & Fanny still lived at home in 1871. John died in 1878 and was buried at St. Georges, but I have lost track of Mary from that time. Any help would be appreciated.  John Gardner. please email 

GITTUS: I am interested in the Gittus family. I have a Ann Gittus maried to William HILL 19 Dec 1853 in Claines. Who were their parents? Hope some kind person may be able to help me!! Regards, Jennifer Mahoney, Rockingham,Western Australia

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HARRIS: John Harris b.1805 - d 1871. Tailor & Hosier. Lived at 25 Britannia Square with wife Martha Reeves (b.1809 - d.1884). Father of Hannah Harris who married John Watton.

Martha Reeves (b.1809 - d.1884). - wife of John Harris. Listed in 1881 as Living in Britannia Square with 2 servants. Listed in Littlebury's Directory & Gazetteer of Worcester & District, 1879 p95 as a private resident.

Lydia Elizabeth Watton (b.1857 in Fernhill Heath) Child of John Watton and Hannah Harris. Married Alfred Yarnall in Kidderminster, 1876. Peter Nicholls, Derbyshire.

HARRIS: Samuel(my great grand father) married Elizabeth Lloyd at Claines church on 24 Jan 1854 and was then serving as the information officer for the Worcester Militia. He was previously in the Herefordshire 36th foot for over 20 years and finished his time in the Worcester Militia so as to be eligible for his pension. He was born in Kidderminster in 1815 and died I believe in Claines in 1872. His wife carried on living in Claines until her death in 1905. Was she one of the widows in the Whinfield photographs recently published?. Brian Harris

HARRISON: My great great grandfather Henry Edwin Harrison 1802 married Ann Barnett 1811 in Claines 14th Dec 1826. They are shown in the 1841 census living in Moor Street Claines with children John 1828, Mary Ann 1830, Emily Ann 1833 and Henry Edwin 1836 my great grandfather. Both their occupations were printers .Henry Edwin Harrison 1802 was born in Ireland where his father John was serving as a soldier. David Bignell

HIBBITT: Charles married Mary Ann Pitcher,  7 December 1862 at Claines. Both living at Moor Street. Daughter Fanny E Hibbit, b.1864. Any further information welcome. Annie Barnes (nee Hibbitt), Devon.

HIGGINS: James, b.1826 having become a gardener in Claines Parish. I am curious as to  where did his garden grow? Married Ann BRADLEY at Claines 1849. In the 1851 Census he and Ann and baby Charles living at 20 Barbourne Terraces, 1861, Raglan Terrace, 1881 14 Street D Claines, before moving to 7 Melbourne St. Claines North as a retired gardener. Julie McNeill, Australia

HILL: researching the HILL family, who lived at Hill House/Egg Lane/Linacres from at least 1856 until 1891. Father George Hill (1827) Agricultural Labourer. Mother Letitia (1827 Nee Harrison) Family George (c 1853) Samuel (c 1854) Sarah Ann (9/4/1856) and Hannah (23/10/1861). The two boys moved away from Claines I believe. Sarah left after her mother's death ? working for James Meredith Butcher in Worcs in 1871, later married to Walter William Jenkins and living in Handsworth (My Great Grandmother). Hannah seems to have stayed in Claines. In 1881 and 1891 her occupation is given as School Teacher. ?Married William Griffiths Market Gardener in 1897 and moved to Corn Meadow Lane. Joy Freemantle

HILL: See Gittus

HILL: I'm looking for my great great grandfather's family. He was Benjamin Hill, Coach Wheeler, (born c.1820), married to Ann (born Malvern c.1818), I know they were living in Worcester got for the 1851 Census, then Birmingham for 1861 and 1871.  Cannot find the birth record of one of their sons - James (Albert?).  Can only find christening record stating christened Claines 19 January 1847 (from the LDS site).  There must be information out there somewhere.....any little information someone might have would really be appreciaed!  Thank you!  Paula

HOBDAY, see Caney

HODGES, Children of Edward Hodges abt 1787 Martley and Mary nee Hartland abt 1791 Broadwas:

1. John Hodges b 1814 Doddenham  buried Claines 13 Sep 1874 m Susannah Maycroft, b 1822 Deckenham ch Dinah Hodges bap Claines 18 Dec 1846, Esther Hodges bap 21 Jan 1849 1849 Claines.

2. Susanna 1817 - 1817 Whitbourne.

3. William 1818-1818 Whitbourne

4.Mary  Hodges b  1820 Whitbouren m William Smith bap 10 Feb 1821 Claines son of James/Elizabeth Smith ch Emily Smith bap 25 Sep 1842 Claines, Mary Smith, Edward Smith bap 17 Nov 1844 Claines, Ellen Smith bapt 10 Jan 1847 Claines.

5. Sarah Hodges m Edward Colley bap 18 Nov 1821 Claines s James/Mary Colley ch George Colley see item on John Colley by Fran Crisp

6. Edward Hodges born 1825 Whitbourne

7. Eleanor Hodges bap 16 Mar 1828 Claines m George Marshall born 1825 Ombersley, son of Thomas Marshall and Sarah nee Moule, m 27 Dec 1848 St Andrew Worcester ch Edward b 7 Jan 1850 bapt Claines 9 Jan 1850 Claines 10 ch the first of which of which Edward Marshall bap 9 Jan 1850 Claines the rest born in Ombersley

8. Thomas abt 1830

9. Susan bapt 4 May 1834 m George Tetstill 22 Jun 1856 Claines daughter Mary Tetstill bapt 22 May 1859

Ch of John Hodges and Susanna Bradley Mary Harriet Hodges bap 28 Sep 1834, Maria buried aged 8 mnths 29 Aug 1837 . Hazel McMullin

HOUGHTON. Descendants or Ancestors of Ernest Houghton, d.1958 Claines.

Malcom Poole, Wolverhampton.

HURDLEY: Grandparents (Ann Elizabeth Dawson married Alfred HURDLEY in 1884);  Ann Sherman, Weymouth, Dorset

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INSUL: See Meeks

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JENKINS, from 1720-1860, Heather Hine

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KETTLE: James Kettle (my 3xg.grandfather) bap.claines 11.4.1832 parents William and Elizabeth who married Claines 29.8.1858 Harriet Berry. I’m interested in the Kettles of Claines/Warndon. Berrys and Miltons who live in Claines/Warndon areas of Worcester. Dave Key

KINGETT, John, 3.11.1782, married Sarah Elt, 5.10.1803, at Claines, any further info welcome. Heather Hine

KINGETT, John, christened 1.11.1810 Claines, married Elizabeth Tolly Ivens 5.6.1831. Further info welcome. Heather Hine

KNIGHT: Knight/Langstone families around Claines, Hallow, Grimley, Hanbury and other nearby areas. Charles Knight married Ann Langstone 1850 in the Parish Church, Bromsgrove. Several of their children were born in or near Bevere Green, Claines and married into families in the local area (Price, Freeman, Hughes, Chance, Taylor and others). . I am researching from Queensland, Australia and wish to find a Worcester family member doing the history. Graham Bradshaw.

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LANGFORD: Can anyone help me with information please with Jane ?. She was born in Claines in 1807. She married (or at least took the name of) Robert Langford who was born in Worcester in 1806. They had a son called Frederick Langford born in Worcester in 1833. Any info much appreciated. Contact:

LANGSTONE: see Knight

LESSIMORE/LISSIMAN: Edward Lissiman (b. 1787) married Hannah Wilkes (b. 1785) in 1810. They had 5 children all of whom were christened at Claines: Charlotte1819; Mary 1823; Jane 1824; Samuel 1826; Thomas 1828. (Family name changed to Lissimore mid century). Hannah died in 1835, whilst living at the Moores and was buried at Claines. Edward died 1842. Charlotte married Jospeh Aston (1840); Samuel married Sarah Powell, (1853 ). Edwin Lessimar married Melinda Milton at Claines in 1844. Edwin and Melinda had a son Edward Lessimar who was christened at Claines.  Edwin was probably a son of Edward. Edwin died in 1845. Elizabeth Liscamore married John Hughes at Claines 10 Oct 1803. Edward Lessimore buried at Claines 04 Dec 1842 aged 66. Edwin Lessimore buried at Claines 28 Sep 1845 aged 33.  Elizabeth Lissimore buried on 12 Sep 1824 aged 16. Abode Tything, – buried at  Claines . Mary Lissimore aged 12 weeks of Tything was buried 05 Oct 1823 at Claines. Contact Lissamore

LIGHTBAND: Lightband. In particularly Richard Lightband (died 1845 registered at Droitwich) who married Hannah ? They leased a cottage at Vernal (Fernhill) Heath, Claines. Their children were: John ch. 1763 Claines- 1842 Droitwich 1876;Thomas Lightband ch. 17.06.1777 Claines;William Lightband ch. 09.06.1765 Claines; Sarah Lightband ch. 21.05.1780 Claines; Susanna Lightband ch. 09.08.1772 Claines; Richard Claines; Elizabeth ch. 27.11.1774 Claines.Contact Annie Shacklock

LISSEMAN; William(later Lissemore) married Ellen Hyde in Powick, 04 Jul 1836. William and Ellen had a son Frederick born in Cheltenham, 1850. Frederick was the father of Charles Lissemore who died 1919 (CWGC). Contact Lissamore

LLOYD: John. I am interested in the Lloyd family in particular John Lloyd, bapt 2 Dec 1804. He married Mary Ann Edwards, of Claines, in the village on 10 August 1830. I look forward to hearing from any one with information or an interest in the family. Contact: Kevin Noble

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MARSHALL, see Hodges

MASSEY: My 3rd Great Grandfather married in Claines church 3/11/1821.  He was John Massey (C1791-1860) & she was Catherine Best (C1801-1879).  The record shows that they were both living in Claines at the time of their wedding.  Their witnesses were Charles & Maria Best.  I would like to find out where they lived & anything about them.  Were their families from Claines?  I believe they moved to Ombersley some time after their marriage. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone with information.

Alan Potter

MEADE, Helena was of 'this Parish' - see Robinson

MEEKS: Richard Meeks married Ann Insul 7/4/1812 in Claines. Son William emigrated to Australia with family 1853. Seeking any information. Linda Gray,Victoria, Australia.

MILLAGE: I am looking for info on William Millage who was said to be Clerk of St Martins Church in the 1850's.He was born 1821 in Claines His  father was William Millage a tailor and Draper. Jennifer Robinson

MILMAN: My Father, Harry John Milman, who was born in October 1919 went to Claines School and also sang in the choir.  My parents were married in the church and I was christened there.  My Father's parents lived in Whinfield Road and I can remember the Sansome boys, Harry and Stan, visiting them. Wendy Morris

MILTON: see Lessimore and Kettle

MOSELEY: James Moseley and Susannah Yarnall were married in Claines May 30 1841. Both were resident in Claines at the time of marriage. James was born c. 1820-22, Susannah about 1818. The father of James was also James and Susannah's father was William. Dominic Kennedy, London

MOULE, see Hodges and Rutter

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NASH: Marriage 1820 and many Baptisms, Burials etc through to 1850 (John NASH born c 1798, a Bootmaker, married Sarah Williams, born c 1802, 5th June 1820 at Claines both resident in The Tything). (Elizabeth NASH  Bapt 1821  Buried 1837, Claines) (John NASH died 1837 Buried, Claines) Also Working on a transcript of Claines Marriage index and Claines Parish Records 1780-1820, link to be advised. Helen Verall (Nash), Lower Hutt, New Zealand

NOKE: I have managed to find the link to my Great Grandfather a John Noke who was born in 1839. In the 1881 Census he was given as  living at 18, Crown Lane, Claines, along with his wife Ann and children Charlotte, Ketura (Appears to have married in June 1893), Laura, George Albert and Edwin. I have traced George Albert to Birmingham at the time of the 1901 Census, but wonder if their is any knowledge of this family name within the  parish. I understand that Claines Parish is rather different these days to then. Any help would be appreciated.Best regards, David Noke

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Owen: See Turner

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PENNETHORNE: I am researching my family tree and believe that my relatives the Pennethornes used to run a boarding school in Claines.  Does anyone have any information on the at all? The name of the school, pictures, what Sarah and Elizabeth were like (if possible!!)  any local history etc etc. I believe that Elizabeth died at the young age of around 30 years old and Sarah died at the age of around 90 years on the I.O.W unmarried. Any help would be gratefully received, Stephanie Hobbs

PENNEY, Eliza - born about 1812 in Claines married James Glass born about 1812 in St Andrews, Worcester, a shoe mender. They married at Claines 1 August 1835. I am a descendent of their son James who left Worcester and joined the Coldstream Guards.  Angie Marsh

PINCHIN, Ann Sherman, Weymouth, Dorset

POWELL: See Lessimore

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QUARRELL - see Sanderson

QUINTON: See Bayliss

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RANDLE: Philip Randle baptised Ombersley 1776 married Alice Smith born Cofton Hackett in St Johns, Claines on 8 July 1799. Would be grateful to hear from anyone with further information on Philip, Alice and their antecedents. Alan Sharples

READ, see Cox


ROBINSON  Lieut George, Royal Navy, born c.1755, married 19 May 1802, Helena Meade, at St John the Baptist Church, Claines. He died London, 25 June 1838. There were at least four children. He is a descendant of  'the Robinsons of Rokeby North Yorkshire', and  'the Arnott's of Fifeshire, Scotland'. After a very distinguished Royal Naval career, he built and retired to "Thames House", Barbourne, Worcester. D.Johnston, Australia

ROWE, Henry,  my great grandfather,  was born in Worcester and baptised at Claines on 7th  March 1855. His father, Henry Rowe, was the City Architect of Worcester and worked with Sir Gilbert Scott on the restoration of the Guildhall in the 1870's. One of Henry Rowe's brothers, William Broad Rowe, had a nursery in Claines. He had a large family, having three children by his first wife, Frances Elizabeth, nee Bubb, and eight children by his second wife Charlotte, nee Wood. He married Frances in Cheltenham in 1847 and Charlotte in Claines on 18 August 1858. William died in 1904. I am not sure where his middle name 'Broad' came from but it seems like a family name although I haven't been successful in finding anything about this. William's own father, another Henry Rowe (1787 - 1859), was also an architect in Worcester as was Alfred Barnett Rowe, a brother of my great grandfather. Alfred was baptised at Claines on 7 December 1852, the same day as Kate Sarah Rowe, the second child of William Broad Rowe. I have lots of dates of births, marriages and deaths of the Rowe family but not too much personal history so I would be grateful to hear if anyone knows anything about the family. Patrick McGrath

RUTTER: Mary Beatrice Rutter b Dec qtr 1875 daughter of James Rutter/ Mary nee Marshall m Frederic Radford Moule. Hazel McMullin

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SANDERSON – I am researching my family the Sandersons who lived at Rose Place, Claines from 1812 to the 1880's or earlier. I am also interested in tracing the Quarrell family, of whom Elizabeth Wilson Quarrell married Octavus Hales Sanderson in 1859, and the Wilson Family, of whom Frances Maria Wilson also married Octavus Hales Sanderson in 1873. There is a family scandal here, (which has only recently been uncovered,) because Elizabeth Quarrell / Sanderson did not die before the second marriage, and she and Octavus had two daughters. Read the full story. My own family is descended from the second marriage. If anyone knows anything, please contact me! Many thanks, Prue Stopford

SANSOME/SANSOM. From 1600’s to present day. Geoff Sansome, Claines, Worcester.

SANSOME, Rosamond Elizabeth (aka Rose), who emigrated to, and died in, America. She was never mentioned by the family so may have left under a cloud! Rosamond Elizabeth Sansome b. July 24th 1871 Rushwick, Worcester, baptised at St Johns Church, Worcester 27th August 1871. Attended Claines School. Emigrated possibly 1886-1895. Died in America. Daughter of Isaac John Sansome and Sarah Ann Sansome (nee Stubbs). True Sister, Jessie Hannah, born in 1880. Mother died in 1882. Father re-married in 1884 and produced Annie (1884), John Isaac (1886), May&Lily (1891), Harry (1892.) Geoff Sansome, Claines, Worcester.

SMALLMAN; I am searching for the birth date of Ann Smallman, possibly around 1763, she was married in the Parish Church of Claines by Rev Baty or Roberts Ministers on November 9th 1783 , I have nothing other than a copy of the marriage at that date, it does not give her age or of her parents. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Iris Eve (nee Ovens)

SMITH, see Hodges

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TANDY, See Colley

TETSTILL, See Hodges

THOMASSON: family had many connections with the Claines Parish...baptism, weddings and funerals in the 18th and 19th century.  One branch was the Thomas Thomasson tinplate works near Shrub Hill. Any information or anyone researching the family please contact me. Diana Thomasson


TROTT: my GGG-Grandfather William Trott a was recruited into the Army in September 1803 in Claines.  He was  ballotted into the Army under Act of Parliament and would have had to  be a parishioner to qualify.  I am interested if anyone in has any information on any Trott's living in Claines which might  help.  William was born in Somerset and after he left the Army turned  up in central Birmingham.  No-one in the family knows why he came to  be in Claines or Birmingham.My special area of research is the men of the 39th Regiment of Foot which was the recruiting line regiment for Worcester during the Napoleonic Wars. See full article.

Peter Trott

TUPSLEY: Mary Tupsley aged 25 of Claines (spinster) married William Lissiman (Yeoman and bachelor) aged 28 of Claines by Licence on 26 Jun 1746 at Worcester All Saints. Contact Lissamore

TURNER: I am trying to locate information about my great great grandfather who was called Edwin Turner. He was born in Claines around 1837 and I think may have had a brother called Henry according to 1851 census. The family moved to Stoke upon Trent and were involved in the pottery industry. Liz Gill

TURNER: Does any one have any information regarding John Turner born 1837who married Charlotte Owen born 1836 they had. 2 children - Mary Ann born1858 and Ellen born 1860 he died of typhus. In 1860 and Ellen died of scarlatina in 1864. Looking to find John's parents and what happened to Mary Ann who worked in Maidstone Lunatic Asylum. Anne E Chambers

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UNDERWOOD:  Joseph Underwood b1815; Allen Underwood b 1837 Ombersley (Married Anne from Grimley, b 1842) Carpenter until census of 1891 when he became Licensed Victualler possibly in Leigh Sinton; Burtie Underwood b1877 Claines;married Florence Ellen Thomas from Warwickshire in 1906. Sonia White

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WALKER: My great2 grandfather John Walker was born in Martley in circa1788 before moving to Claines and in the 1861Census is shown to be living with his wife Charlotte at Thornton Cottage, Droitwich Road where he remained until the 1881 census, when he was resident at Berkeley Hospital Almshouses.His son, Arthur - my great grandfather - was born in Claines in 1832 and married Maria Webb in December 1857 and at the time was living in Northwick Lane. Any additional information about the Walker family would be appreciated. Anthony Beaman

WATKINS: Rev. Edwin Arthur Watkins, born in Claines on 17th March 1827 and christened in the Church  on 4th April 1827. He became a missionary to the Cree Indians in a remote part of Canada from 1852, and I have quite a lot of information about his time there. (Read the full story) I should however love to find a picture of him if anyone has one, and/or any information about his family in Claines. Anne Dunford.

WATTON: John Watton b.1829, Feckenham - d. 7.1. 1900, Droitwich - Registrar of Births and Deaths and Relieving Officer for the Claines District of Droitwich Union. Lived in at Fernhill Heath 1855 onwards. Sandyway in 1861 and then Cypress Place in 1881. Married Hannah Harris (b.1829) on the 21 May 1854 at St Peters. They had 10 children including Lydia Elizabeth Watton (b.1857 in Fernhill Heath) who is my Gt-Gt Grandmother. Would love to see some certificates that had been signed by John Watton for the district.

Martha Watton b.1855, Claines - child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

Sarah Jane Watton b.1857, Claines - child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

Charlotte Watton - b.1859, Claines - child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

Jesse John Harris Watton - b.1861, Claines - child of John Watton and Hannah Harris. Railway Porter.

Albert James Theodore Watton b.1862, Claines - child of John Watton and Hannah Harris. Builders Labourer.

Ann Maria b.1863, Claines -child of John Watton and Hannah Harris. Book Binder.

Ernest Archibald b.1865, Claines. child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

William Harry SJ Watton b.1867, Claines. child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

Ada Louisa b.1871, Claines. child of John Watton and Hannah Harris.

Peter Nicholls, Derbyshire.

WEBB, see Cox

WELLS: Thomas Wells and Louisa Jane Tomkins, married at Claines,  21 Feb 1878, Rev William J Smallwood.   Witnesses were, Henry Tomkins and Ellen Tomkins.  Thomas signed the register, Louisa Jane made her mark. Thomas Wells born 3 Dec 1858, Jane Louisa Tomkins  born 5 Aug 1861, both in Worcester.   Jane Louisa/Louisa Jane, seemed to change her names around as it suited her.   On her marriage she stated she was 19 when in fact she was 16.   They give their address as "The Raven". At some time they moved to Birmingham, and are on the 1881 census there.   On the 23 Mar 1911 Louisa Jane died of influenza but Thomas lived until 1945, when he died from Senility at a nursing home at Shardlow in Derbyshire Barrie Wells., Redditch.

WHATMORE: William (b1830) Belbroughton and wife Sarah (b 1831) resident in No 1 Tinkers Cross Cottages, Claines 1871 with their four children, John, George, Sarah and Margaret. William was a Thatcher. Daughter Margaret born in Martin Hussingtree 1868. Her husband, Charles Humphreys (My Grandfather) born in Claines 1864. They moved to and were married in Brighton, Sussex in about 1888 before settling in Wolverhampton . In the 1881 census William and Sarah Watmore still at Tinkers Cross. Alan Sharples

WHEELER: See Bishop

WILKES: See Lessimore

WILLIAMS: Marriage 1820 and many Baptisms, Burials etc through to 1850 (John Nash born c 1798, a Bootmaker, married Sarah WILLIAMS, born c 1802, 5th June 1820 at Claines both resident in The Tything). Also Working on a transcript of Claines Marriage index and Claines Parish Records 1780-1820, link to be advised. Helen Verall (Nash), Lower Hutt, New Zealand

WILSON - see Sanderson

WOOD: I have just received a birth certificate of my Great Great Grandfather who was born in Claines on 2 July 1872. His name was Frederick Ernest Wood, his parents names were Frances Wood (formerly King) and John Wood. They lived in Northwick Place in Claines. John Wood was a potter. Does anyone have any more information on these people or direct me as to where I can find out more about them and their lives. Carol Ashworth (nee Wood), Bedford.

WOOD, see Rowe

WYATT: See Burrow

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YARNALL: Interest in family history for Yarnall particularly John and Ann Porter 1595, location Yarnall manor house.   Ellen Gregory

YARNALL: Also see Moseley

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