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William Hutchinson

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Flip Report 3 Feb 2013 14:01

There are some flaws in this research - "So, the Hutchinson tree that migrated to Africa in 1849 is complete." .....really, what happened to answering the questions posed about Eleanor & her death? What happened to the 2 children (that we know of)? Where is the proof Eleanor returned to England, and did her children come too?

Would you really credit that birth in Brighton in 1816 as the right one without further proof - he could be anyone - like Duncan himself says, there were a lot of William Hutchinson's around at the time of the 1841 census!

Incidently, Mary Ann Barns (as posted by Chris) was still around in 1901 and died in 1910:

Mary Ann Barns << of Ingleside, Milton Road, Westcliffe
Probate Date: 1 Nov 1910
Death Date: 8 Oct 1910
Death Place: Essex, England
Registry: London, England

left the tidy sum of £5485 plus pence!

Duncan, none of us have found a likely death, so exactly which death certificate have you ordered for Eleanor please?


SylviaInCanada Report 3 Feb 2013 21:44

looks like we've wasted our time

and been taken advantage of

Not impressed one little tiny bit

another name to watch out for in future?


Reggie Report 3 Feb 2013 23:02

Am I the only one who thought the following to be somewhat patronising?

"Some really good dialogue and excellent work."

We aren't students whose work has to be assessed....................


SylviaInCanada Report 3 Feb 2013 23:08


I also thought that .............. so you were not the only one!!


Duncan Report 4 Feb 2013 03:50

Couple of comments.

1.) Flip. The researcher was working on this case simultaneously. I received confirmation the next day of William`s birthplace. That`s why.

2.) Astra. After a long search, it`s not unusual to bring in a professional. However, there is always the possibility that someone else has researched all or part of the same family already. That`s the point of joining the community board??

3.) 100 years later, what is absolute? However, 1901 and 1911 Census show Aubrey in the UK. Shipping/passenger records to South Africa, do not show Aubrey or his father Gerald, or mother Mabel Mary ( nee Moore ). As said, travel to South Africa in those days was a long & arduous journey. Ironically however if he did visit South Africa, that strengthens the case, because why else would a person venture so far on or before his 18 birthday ? ( he was 18 in 1915 - the year 2 SAI was formed ).

It`s not impossible that he joined 2 SAI in Bordon or in Egypt, in a Beau Geste type enrolment without consent of his parents. Very unlikely though. 2 SAI was fully formed before leaving Cape Town. Wherever he joined up, why a South African outfit ? Recall in 1915 the manpower shortage was in full swing. Kitchener`s poster was everywhere - " your country needs you ! " etc etc. Enlisting in a British unit would have been a snap. Why the only South African brigade in the entire BEF ? Obvious question - did he have a relative there? If so, just like in Brian Lynn`s case, was his brothers name Neville, in honor of a lost relative, namely Aubrey Neville? In other words, the two sets of Hutchinson`s were related? Maybe we will never know.


SylviaInCanada Report 4 Feb 2013 04:21


It might have been better received if you had said at the very beginning that you were employing a professional researcher.

As it is, I think many of us feel used by you.

We are all just members like yourself, and we use our ability, our knowledge and our PAID memberships in other sites to help members wanting help, like yourself.

You have taken advantage of our good natures.

You will only very rarely make contact with people researching your family by posting on the Community Boards ........................ what you do get are people trying to help out of the goodness of their heart.

To find out if anyone on GR has any connection with you ................ look under Search, at Search Trees.

Just one point about WW1 ...................... many units were decimated in France, and the survivors would be combined together or amalgamated into another unit, over and over and over again.

That MIGHT be one possibility.