I was born a Nicholson. Having spent a disproportionately large amount of time researching my maternal grandfather's Skingley roots, I thought it was about time I paid attention to my father's side.

The family, as far as we have been able to trace it, seems to be based entirely in London and Essex (like the majority of my ancestry). However, by way of a change, we seem to have some variations on the usual Agricultural Labourers... and a little more money than usual, although I hasten to add that none of it has reached my generation! From Thomas Nicholson's marriage in 1761, the location is Spitalfields in London; the family then seems to have residences both in London and in Buckhurst Hill (Chigwell) in Essex. The next generation takes in Greenwich, Clerkenwell and Islington; then we move on to East Ham and Canning Town.

We have been delighted to make contact with the descendants of several of my great-grandparents' children, and a few gatherings of these relatives occurred back in the early 2000s. This site is created to capture those gatherings, and to report on researches back to Thomas Nicholson (1732-1806). It's a great story of greed and intermeddling, full of Victorian tragedy, money lost, suicide and the workhouse.

If you recognise any of the names in the story in your own history - especially the appearance of the name Wilkin(s) alongside Nicholson - do please get in touch, as we'd love to hear from you.

Click here for a few guidelines before you send your enquiry, and for my contact details. 

PS: I have put together some resources and bits of my own experience relating to family history research. While these will be a bit out of date now (most of my work was done in the early 2000s), you may still find some information of interest. For this, please visit my companion site on my Skingley roots, and click on the links for Research, Milestones and Links at the top of any page.

Cassie Tillett

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