March saw a big breakthrough in one of my family history conundrums. My great x 4 grandfather Samuel Roper married Maria Linstead in North Lopham in 1803. Disappointingly, I have been unable to find Samuel’s origin but I have finally found Maria Linstead revealing another genealogical co-incidence. I couldn’t find Maria because she had re-married, re-located & was living in Debenham in Suffolk. And the man she re-married was Samuel Last who was another of my relatives (albeit remote; a 3rd cousin six times removed). Maria’s place and date of birth was present in the 1851 census so I was able to trace her birth & several generations of ancestors. This new data is not yet on this website but will be uploaded shortly.
Which brings me to Edward Philip Basil Linstead, sixth cousin twice removed & found as a result of this new information. Edward Linstead was an author of at least 4 books, some of which can still be purchased today. A closer relative William Charles Miles was also an author & journalist according to the 1891 & 1901 census. I am happy to join them as a newly published author, having written my first book which was published this week. Beau Garnie & The Invisimin Mine is a book for 7 – 11 year olds and is available on Amazon Kindle and through www.lulu.com