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greyghost Report 31 Mar 2019 17:58

Judith - have a look back a bit and you'll see that Elizabeth doesn't appear to be posting anymore.

When you say you're looking for information - what do you already have so we don't duplicate.

Is this Mary Ann -

England Births and Christenings
Name Mary Ann Grits
Gender Female
Christening Date 19 Apr 1819
Christening Date (Original) 19 APR 1819
Christening Place Eling, Hampshire, England
Father's Name James Grits
Mother's Name Hester Grits

They seem to be baptising children in Eling from at least 1817 - - free to search


Elizabeth Report 31 Mar 2019 18:47

Hi yes I am still posting just been porly


greyghost Report 31 Mar 2019 19:36

Sorry to hear that Elizabeth, hope you're improved. It's a couple of years since you posted on this thread so I think we thought you didn't any longer.

Over to you -


Ann Report 29 Apr 2019 20:12

ArgyllGran, Thank you so much! You were spot on with the Lyons/Lines/Lines family... I am still looking for the burial place of William and Bridget... it seems to be my biggest roadblock at this time.. I appreciate all the information you found... Alfred Lyons was my great grandfather. I keep trying... but am still having no success... Thanks again for all the information! Much appreciated! Ann


ArgyllGran Report 29 Apr 2019 21:42

You're very welcome, Ann!
It's a pity there seems to be no sign of Bridget in 1911.
The travellers are indeed hard to track.


Ann Report 10 May 2019 03:53

Hi ArgyllGran, Yes trying to find Bridget is like trying to find a needle in a haystack! LOL


Mandy Report 23 Mar 2021 19:19

Hi I wonder if you could help me find my grandmothers family.
Her name is Violet Smith.
She married Frank Gritt in July 1923 at Bishops Waltham. Her father is William Smith labourer deceased, Corhamptonmpton Downs. Violet was a hawker.
Violet died 12 Jun 1957 at Fawley aged 53.
1939 register at Fawley birth as Jun 1903.
An elderly aunt spoke of a brother David and they were both adopted or given away. Mention of family Dobey/Doby in Park Gate.
The Gritt families were hawkers, gypsies travellers. Frank married Ellen Green who was a Romany.
Any info you can help me with would be much appreciated. Franks mother was Mary Gritt nee sherrod known as Grann6 Gritt, married to William.


ArgyllGran Report 23 Mar 2021 20:35

Mandy -

Frank's ancestry is easy to find, so I'm assuming it's Violet's side of the family you're trying to trace?

Assuming she was born in Hampshire, I don't see her birth - but as said many times in this thread, travellers are very hard to find in records - often impossible.

Is Corhampton Down where her father died, or was it her address at the time of her marriage?

You say Violet and her brother David were "adopted or given away". That would likely have been an informal arrangement, probably with relatives. Certainly she kept her birth surname - assuming her father was indeed called William Smith.

But maybe Smith was her adoptive surname, and William Smith her adoptive father.
Or maybe she invented a father for the sake of respectability on the marriage cert.


Ah, I see you already have a thread of your own about this family:


ErikaH Report 24 Mar 2021 10:33

As Elizabeth hasn't posted since 2019, don't be too surprised if she doesn't respond now


Mandy Report 24 Mar 2021 18:33

Hi Elizabeth, my family, my grandfather Frank Gritt was son of William and Mary Gritt nee Sherrod known as Granny Gritt. My grandfather married Ellen Green in 1889 in Boldre then in 1923 married at Bishops Waltham my grandmother Violet Smith she was a hawker 23yrs her father William Smith labourer deceased Corhampton Downs. Violet died 1957 aged 53. Frank died 1959 aged 90. Both buried at Fawley, Hants.
The gypsy and traveller is part of the Gritt family.
My mother said her mother Violet Smith never had any family, talk from elderly aunt that she had a brother David. They were sold or adopted family in Park Gate called Dobey/Doby. How true I do not know. My mother is nearly 80 and the last of her family. I would love to be able to give her some information before it’s too late. Many thanks for any help Mandy


Mandy Report 24 Mar 2021 18:36

Yes I have lots of information on Frank Gritt and his family going back to 1700s. It is Violet Smith that is needed. I don’t think I’m ever going to find her true family or birth.


ErikaH Report 25 Mar 2021 09:51

Posting more than once won't advance your cause.


ArgyllGran Report 25 Mar 2021 10:16

Please stick to your own thread, Mandy.

It's confusing for us to have to keep looking at two threads in case we've missed something.
The same people look at all the threads, so you only need one.


ErikaH Report 25 Mar 2021 11:02

Mandy's posts on here are directed at Elizabeth, but, as she hasn't been on here for two years, and was ill in 2019, she may not see them