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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 19:37:12 +0000

>ROCH: The Henry Roch, schoolmaster, above, was born at Sheerness, Kent in
>1837, the son of Michael & Jane Roch who were from Pembrokeshire. Michael
>was a shipwright employed by the Royal Dockyards which was presumably why he
>was temporarily at Sheerness in 1837. I have had terrible trouble trying to
>find Michael's birth & death. According to census information he was born in
>1817/18 in Pembrokeshire, but I think this may well be 10 years out (ie born
>1807/8). I have been unable to find a likely Michael Roch in the
>St.Catherine's death indexes from 1851 onwards nor have I been able to find
>any record of a Michael Roch born 1817/18 in the 1881 census indexes, but
>there is a Michael Roch in the 1881 census for London shown as born
>Pembrokeshire and aged 73 (ie born 1807/8). Any advice or lead on Michael
>Roch would be very useful.
Shipwrights are recorded in Dockyard records at the PRO Kew. You can
download a leaflet from their site ( which shows you what
they have available. Depnding on where you are, it means a trip to Kew
or using an agent.

>Samuel Hicks WITHERS was apparently the nephew of one Maria WITHERS (born
>about 1784 in London) who was a Ward of Court and who married James Thompson
>in June 1798 at St.Pancras, for which James was imprisoned as having married
>a Ward of Court without the consent of the Court. This I obtained from an
>old book written about the PECK family (Samuel's daughter married William
>PECK of Bristol). Any information on Maria's birth or marriage would be of
>great interest or anything connected with her as a Ward of Court. Or
>anything on this WITHERS family.
>I seem to have written rather a lot for a newcomer. I hope this is OK.
>Bob Sanders
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Eve McLaughlin

Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society

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