Archive for September, 2006

I’ve been trying for a long time to connect my GG Grandfather William GANT born around 1801 in Blakenham, to other GANT families. Blakenham isn’t far from Barking, and I’d found Sarah born abt 1791 in Barking. On the 1851 census, I had also found a Samuel GANT in Hadleigh, born abt 1790 in Barking, and I thought it possible that Samuel and Sarah were brother and sister.

I have a theory, as yet unproved, that my William GANT b. abt 1801 in Blakenham is another sibling of Samuel and Sarah. William’s son (also William) born around 1830 in Blakenham named his first son William Samuel, and one of his daughters Sarah Ann. Both babies died in infancy, and the names weren’t used again in the family. Possibly coincidence, but it may show a link to the Samuel and Sarah from Barking.

Lots more research is needed for my family!

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