Help Wanted

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Leonard Bell

Help wanted from anyone who had a Leonard Bell in their family who would have been born in the 1670s or 1680s in the Headon area, and married a Rebecca Lambert in 1701.

Please contact Helen Spoons at

Richard Porter

Does anyone have a Richard Porter in their tree? Richard married Rebecca Meads in Derby in 1799 and both were described as otp although Rebecca was born in Trowell. Their first child Joseph was probably named after Rebecca’s father. Their second child, Benjamin, may possibly have been named after Richard’s father. I have been unable to find a baptism of the right date for Richard in either Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

If you can help please contact Elizabeth Prior at

Pauline Ayre

Hello, I am hoping you can help me. I am a 75 year old Grandmother in Northumberland constantly looking for information on family members. I am not wanting to intrude on anyone’s life, related or not, and have researched lots and lots of info with the help of Genealogy Sites etc. But the fact remains that as my Father was one of ten children, I could potentially have dozens of relations I don’t know who could perhaps fill in gaps in family information.

I have lived here all my life and believe my Fathers family were eventually wide spread, however, like me maybe some have stayed local.

I believe the family was fairly “colourful” so I would be ready for any snippets no matter what.

My family came from Retford and my Grandparents were there all their lives. They were William Robert Jackson 1887-1971 and Minnie (nee Booth)1891-1985. Places mentioned with regard to Grandfather are…Hougham, Lincs, Stoke South , Lincs, and East Retford. Places mentioned for Grandmother are….Hodsock, Worksop……and East Retford.
My Dad was Harold Clifford (Cliff), with siblings Lillian, Winifred, Norah, Robert, Rosalia, Peter, Hilary, Evelyn and Tony …..all Jackson , and only Tony living.

Thank you to anyone who reads this and can help, I am really grateful.

If you can help, please contact Pauline Ayre at