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-Lny Coy said, I have been for many many years trying to find the Davis (Davies) family from Alverstoke.  Thomas Davis married Catherine Flemming on 12 Aug 1822 Alverstoke, Hampshire - these were Church of England records. They had two children John - christened 16 July 1826 at Alverstoke and Charlotte christened 4 November 1827.

Thomas, his wife Catherine and their two children John and Charlotte and also a nephew John Davis sailed on the ship 'Parmelia' to the Swan River Colony of Western Australia leaving England in Feb 1829 and reaching here 1st June 1829. The Parmelia was the first ship carrying the free settlers to Western Australia. Charlotte Davis was reputed to be the first white female to set foot on the shores of the Swan River Colony. We have many memorials to her here in Western Australia. Charlotte is my gt gt gt gt grandmother - I have been researching the Davis line for many years but have never had any success finding the parents and family of Thomas Davis and Catherine Flem(m)ing. Thomas Davis was the Government Blacksmith in the Swan River Colony and it is believed he might have worked in the Naval Dockyards at Portsmouth. If you can give me any assistance I would be most grateful or could perhaps point me in the direction of a researcher who would be able to assist.

It is Western Australia's 175th Anniversary of Foundation this year - I am the Convenor of the Swan River Pioneers and we are holding many celebrations to honour these pioneers who braved their lives to establish a Colony here in Western Australia. This family now has thousands of descendants here from Charlotte Davis, her brother John had no children. Nephew John Davis sadly drowned at the aged of 18 where a whaling boat on which he was crew overturned and the crew were lost.

-Hazel Rumball said I really enjoy readingall the snippets about Gosport. I am continuing to try and trace my late fathers family (Leslie Underwood Born 1912. His Parents were Walter and Violet Underwood) and now know that his parents lived in Clifton Road in 1901.your site has given me an insight into his family.

- I am still searching my family tree The Underwoods of  Alverstoke and have just found the married names of my Dads sisters. Hilda  Castleman DOB 1904 died1931had a son Frank Dob 1925 and Ada Course DOB  1900. If anyone knows about them I would love to  know. Hazel Rumball

- Freda has sent a clipping from a local newspaper about her Grandfather; ‘ENGINE DRIVER’S RETIREMENT - Passengers on a Gosport train were surprised when, without any apparent reason, the staccato raps of fog signal were heard. This was the method adopted by Mr. Frederick George Underwood to show that after 48 years with the railway service he was driving his last train and was retiring. His colleagues took leave of him later, and Driver W Linney, in their name presented him with a walking stick, together with an umbrella for Mrs. Underwood. Mr. Underwood, who has taken up residence at 53 St Ann’s Crescent, Gosport, was the pioneer driver of the Drummond steam cars on the spur line from Fratton to Southsea, and he continued on that service until August 1914, when the line was closed. In the following December he was appointed to Gosport, Fareham and Meon Valley line passenger service. He has been driver in charge for the last 91/2  years. His proud boast is that he has never had an accident, and never been late for duty.’ She said, ‘ I don’t know which paper or what year, could be around 1923, can you throw any light on this?

- Chris Martin says, I am currently researching my family history, The  names I am researching are Unsted. John Unsted Married a Hannah Edwards In  Alverstoke. If you have anyone that can be of any help please could you forward  my e-mail address. Many thanks.

- Advises, John Unsted married Hannah Edwards in the December Quarter of 1869 in the District of Alverstoke Volume 2b Page 871. You can request a copy of their marriage cert on at a cost of 7. This will give you both John and Hannah's father's names and occupation. I did a quick search on and found a John & Hannah Unsted living in Sussex in 1871. (Added 6th May 2007)

- After reading the message on your website about Unsteds in the Sussex area my family are from Hastings and I have only ever known upto my grandads generation and would love to know more. please forward my email address to anyone who is interested in this family history. Katie Unsted If you want Katie’s email address contact Me and I will send it on (20/1/08)

- I found your web site after a search for information about Camper and Nicholson. I wonder if you know any more about my great great Uncle William Camper of Camper and Nicholson fame, He died I believe in 1867 shortly after retirement from Camper and Nicholson, but this is all I know about him from my family tree. There is no mention of his being married on the family tree. I am interested to know if you have any more information about him. My interest is simply that I enjoy sailing and found the link to him from my family tree compiled by a second cousin. A.P.Camper

-Mrs Amanda Oliver, wrote to say, While looking trough old family photos of my Grandads I came across these two postcards. I have no idea who the groups are or who from the family could be in them. Surnames of our family in the area are Habens, Unsted, Knott, Pepper, Abraham, McGoff. The men in the family were in the Navy or in the building trade in the town. My Gt. Grandfathers Habens and Unsted both worked at the dockyard and for GV Northcott, at the time in Church Rd. I wondered if you had come across these postcards before or knew of similar ones which might shed light on who could be in them to narrow down potential people. Link to Photos 

Please advise whether you want your e-mail address added. If  not, I will not put it on. I will forward the information received to you.

Where no e-mail shown E-mail Me and I will pass on your message, please tell me whether you want me to pass on your e-mail address or not.

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