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Seeking Family of Samuel and Emily Gauci

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Amanda, Report 23 Jan 2013 18:05

You were all up far too late for me last night!

I think possibly we need to check the Scottish Births for Emily or Patricia?
I also can't find either of them in the Death Index so maybe they were still alive in 2006 or went to Scotland at some point after 1965.

It always amazes me how someone suddenly changes their christian name so late in life.

I couldn't see anything on the Newspapers online, but I am also looking for a man under the same circumstances about 10 years earlier than this one, we solved that because he registered one of his children in his original name, but they are very hard to prove, you just have to try all angles and hope for a lucky break.

Whatever happens Emily P needs to be ruled in or out somehow.

Kind regards


Kense Report 23 Jan 2013 14:17

Just to fill a couple of gaps:
1947 & 1948 Emily & Samuel are at 46 Swedenborg Street. (Anthony Gauci is also there in 1947).

The Ancestry OCR transcriptions are not always accurate and even if they are in the index, you have to look at the images to make sure that the address is correct.


brummiejan Report 23 Jan 2013 14:04

Nice find Kense!
Just going back to those Gauci/Cameron births, I think the son is on Now, what anybody would do with this info is tricky to say! Have also looked for Samuel and Emily/Patricia. but there are a few so very hard to pin down. Certainly can't find deaths or re-marriages for either of them.


Kense Report 23 Jan 2013 12:35

It looks like she used the name Patricia.

From the 1945 & 6 Electoral Rolls Samuel, Emily & Joseph Gauci are at 3 Ludens Place Stepney. In 1949-1958 Samuel and Patricia are at 10 Bicknell House, Berner Street..

In 1961 & 2 Emily P and Samuel are at 11 Drewett House, Christian Street.


Petef Report 23 Jan 2013 12:25



JannieAnnie Report 23 Jan 2013 00:35


I think you could be right - she was probably illegitimate, and Patrick Cameron was made up. I've noticed that there are a number of Friggieri and Gauci appearing in Cardiff - there are also some Friggieri in Stepney/Hackney - who appear in trees on here.

Looked for deaths too - for Samuel and Emily Gauci - not found anything yet

Also wondering if Hugh Cameron was in Stepney looking for Emily to get the divorce sorted out - so he would be able to say he knew where she lived.

Following the bigamy trail might turn something up too.



brummiejan Report 23 Jan 2013 00:04

Thanks for the summary JannieAnnie - just what was needed!

The only thing I might add - if for now we go with the theory that these 2 Emily's are the same woman - is that i would be more inclined to assume her age is correct in both instances (they match perfectly), that she was illegitimate, and that Patrick Cameron is made up to support the name she is using as being her maiden name.

Re. the Faggieri witnesses, there are a lot of Gauci's in Cariff too. I would be quite interested to know more about Silvano/Samuel from the marriage cert.

Mind you, whatever happens, we are no closer to finding out where Emily was born are we!

I wonder if there are any newspaper reports re. the bigamy issue?



JannieAnnie Report 22 Jan 2013 23:54

I am just thinking here, trying to tie things together or pull them apart.

Emily Woods married in April 1940 in Willesden to Hugh Cameron - who was from Glasgow - how old was he when they married? What was he doing in Willesden/London - on leave? In October 1940 your father was born (sorry - bit quick) maybe Emily lied about:

1) her age - was she really 21? If not, maybe she felt she needed NOT to have a father shown on her marriage certificate - because wouldn't she have needed permission to marry if she was under (or just a couple of months under) 21? Or potentially to be left on her own - unmarried with a child and

2) If under 21 and not being truthful - gave no father's name rather than give a truthful answer and perhaps be caught out

Marion you also said that Emily left your father in 1941 and "he was brought to Scotland to be raised by his grandmother" - was it that she left her husband and son - or just her son, your father - if so do you know who brought him to Scotland? Just thinking - if she was young, under 21, pregnant, married, left with a small baby on her own,perhaps she decided that she wanted to start again. Or alternatively October 1940 to June 1941 was the Blitz - maybe she took her son to Scotland?

In 1943, Emily P marries Samuel (Salvatino) Gauci - giving her age as 24, which is feasible and her father as deceased - which he could have been by then, even as a war casualty. Using Cameron as she was probably known by that name and just giving his first name Patrick.

I think I am convinced that Emily Woods who married Hugh Cameron is the same as Emily P Cameron who married Gauci!


brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 23:10

Amanda- went through that image carefully street by street and found them!

For anybody else, in 1945 there are a Samuel Gauci, Emily P. Gauci and Joseph Gauci living at 3 Ludens place Stepney. On the same page is Swedenborg Square (formerly Princes Square), presumably in similar location to Swedenborg St.

Thanks very much Amanda, what a brilliant find! So he was using Samuel as a first name, how interesting is that.

What does everyone else think - mainly Marion obviously!



brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 22:23

Thanks to you folks for coming to my rescue! I have been trying not to lose sight of Emily Woods amidst all this speculation.
Amanda, I have replied to your message. Thanks for sending image of 1945 census, but for the life of me I cannot see the couple you mention!
You say 'I think it would be an amazing coincidence if the Samuel mentioned on the Divorce isn't the same man' - but not sure why?


Kense Report 22 Jan 2013 21:59

There should be at least two witnesses but I have seen one where there were ten. I presume it is personal preference and a desire not to upset some family members.


JannieAnnie Report 22 Jan 2013 20:35

Just been checking on Google, the surnames Figgieri and Gauci seem to be connected to Malta.

I know that the search is for Emily Woods but if there is a family connection between Gauci and Figgieri, and someone is tracing their ancestry then there might be a way of getting back to Emily that way - all bits in a puzzle, which might eliminate Emily P completely or make a stronger connection.

Just a question - under what circumstances might there be 3 witnesses to a marriage? 2 from his side - 1 from hers perhaps? Does W MacDougall connect to an Emily somewhere?



Amanda, Report 22 Jan 2013 19:52

Hi Marion,

We can't have Jan in a dilemma on her own so I thought I'd join in!

I think it would be an amazing coincidence if the Samuel mentioned on the Divorce isn't the same man, he is listed in 1945 with Emily P.

It partly depends on how much you are willing to spend on this, what about applying for your Grandad's WW2 records, if he divorced in 1947 his file might contain some information about his next of kin?

Kind regards


brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 17:59

Well, through a bit of guesswork I might have figured out who P. and CH Friggieri are!

I think this couple are on the electoral register for Stepney 1945:

Marriages Dec 1940 (>99%)
Friggieri Publis Hazid Cardiff 11a 1131
Hazid Charlotte H Friggieri Cardiff 11a 1131

But the more I look at it the more doubtful I feel to be honest.

Marion, forgive me if you have already posted this, but do you know where your grandfather was living when he 'knew where Emily was'?



JannieAnnie Report 22 Jan 2013 17:18

Hi, I have been following this thread with interest. Wondering if anyone has followed up the Friggieri connection - there are not many of them - but I cannot see much of a connection except a death (not in Stepney) of a Paul JP Friggieri.

Just thinking - unusual name, might lead somewhere


brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 16:44

Shirley has kindly done a lookup - not the same address sadly but frustratingly close!. I am starting to have a crisis here and they aren't even my family!!

'Name: Francis Lucy Woods
Year: 1935
County or Borough: Willesden
Ward or Division/Constituency: Willesden East

28 St Marys Road with a William Edward Woodss

still there in 1936/7

Name: Francis Lucy Woods
Year: 1938
County or Borough: Willesden
Ward or Division/Constituency: West Division
Street Address: 28 Nursery Cottage
Reference Number: MR/PER/C/0670

wrong address transcribed its still 28 St Marys Road and with Mr William Edward Woods and MR William Edward Woods jun'


brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 16:40

Done! I have checked out the couple who show up but they cannot be Emily's parents, not least of all because she was unaware who her father was. And they married 1912.
If they are at exactly the same address they might be related though.
Let's see what happens, I am sure someone will be kind enough to check.


Marion Report 22 Jan 2013 16:32

Hi Jan,

It's difficult to say if the signatures are the same as I think the writing on both certs looks like the registrar completed it all, i.e. the signatures look the same as the rest of the hand writing!

The "E" on both signatures is similar, if you have anyone who can help by searching the electoral register that would be great?




brummiejan Report 22 Jan 2013 15:57

Hi Marion.

Not sure if I'm being a help or a hindrance!

It occurred to me I should have asked the most obvious thing - der! - have you compared signatures for the two Emily's?

Regarding electoral registers - there are London ones on Ancestry. For example when searching specifying Gauci and Swedenborg Street, Stepney an Emily Gauci shows for 1948 but I can't see details as I do not have high enough membership.
Likewise two Woods show for St Marys Road Willesden 1936/7 though not an Emily.. EDIT another grey moment - she wasn't old enough to vote then was she!!

If you think the signatures might be the same person, as I started all this, I shall put out a separate plea for someone to have a look at the electoral register and guide them here.



Marion Report 22 Jan 2013 14:18

Hi Jan,

The occupation on the 1st cert is general stores shop assistant.
There are 3 witnesses on the Gauci cert, none of them Cameron. the names are CH Friggieri, P Friggieri and W MacDougall. On the 2nd cert they both had the same address at the time of marriage, 5 Swedenborg Street, Stepney.

The address for Emily Woods on the 1st cert is 41 St Marys Road Willesden NW 10.

I actually live in Scotland, is there any other way to see the electoral register other than in person?

Thanks for you help Jan