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The Tacchi Family
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The Tacchi Family

Antonio Tacchi was born in 1784 at Bellagio on Lake Como, Lombardy in northern Italy. He was probably one of the many Italians who migrated to England in the early 1800s. Antonio settled in Bedford...

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May 18, 2022
William Blower, Surgeon
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William Blower, Surgeon

William Blower was born in 1802 at Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire, and was the son of Mary (1772-1835) and Samuel Blower (1777-1844).Samuel ran his own business as a lace dealer. From a young age William enjoyed...

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February 01, 2022
The Clarabut Family
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The Clarabut Family

Richard Clarabut and his brother, Alfred Bouchier Clarabut were two of the eight children of John Stone Clarabut and Mary Blaxland (née Love). John and Mary were both born at Sandwich, Kent  and were married...

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November 10, 2021
The Chapman and Gillions Family
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The Chapman and Gillions Family

John James Chapman was born on the 10th January 1790 at Hungerford, Berkshire. He was the son of Captain Thomas Chapman and Mary (née Lowndes). Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries John James Chapman’s ancestors...

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August 04, 2021
Anne Insull Tilby
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Anne Insull Tilby

Anne Insull Tilby (née Malden) was born into one of the most well-known families in Bedford. Her cousins were Charles Wells, the brewer, and George Wells who served five times as the Mayor of Bedford....

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February 11, 2021
Higgins and Sons -  Hoteliers and Brewers
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Higgins and Sons – Hoteliers and Brewers

Charles Higgins (1789-1862) and his wife Mary (née Branson) (1791-1862) were born in Northamptonshire. In 1817 Charles was the landlord of the 17th century Hind Inn in Sheep Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. In 1823, Charles and...

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January 27, 2021