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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [LON] John William REED, barrister,solicitor Justice of High Court
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 22:24:06 +0100
References: <000801c8ea60$608ca850$03fea8c0@jim>
In-Reply-To: <000801c8ea60$608ca850$03fea8c0@jim>

Hi Jim

Would I be right in thinking that the 1885 reference to John William senior
comes from his son's marriage certificate? And would this be the marriage
in St Saviour district in Q2 1885 to Ann Louisa Pocklington? If I have got
the right family, then John William Jnr is a sign writer in 1891 and a house
painter in 1901. These would be odd occupations for the son of a
solicitor, let alone a barrister, and even might even be seen as a come down
for the son of a law writer (who was basically an early, human form of the
office photocopier, but nevertheless a "white collar" worker).

I cannot find a likely looking family in earlier censuses, nor am I quite
sure what you mean by "listed in British Chancery". Perhaps you could be a
little bit more detailed and specific about your sources and the other
information you have about this branch of your family to help us point you
in the right direction?

Best wishes


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:]
> On Behalf Of J & S Duggan
> Sent: 20 July 2008 13:02
> To:
> Subject: [LON] John William REED, barrister, solicitor Justice of High
> Court
> Dear List,
> I have hit a major roadblock and haven't had any success. Here is my
> dilemma.
> I have a John William REED, born about 1864-1866 in Lambeth or London
> area.
> His father, also John William REED, was a law writer in 1885 and later
> supposedly a barrister or solicitor and eventually was a Justice of the
> High
> Court and worked in NZ for a time. His wife, whose name I don't have,
> was a
> pianist and either worked or played at the Guild Hall School of Music.
> Through family discussions, John William REED, either senior of junior
> also
> was listed in the British Chancery and Debritt's Book.
> I'm trying to locate the father John William REED and the name of his
> wife,
> the pianist. This would be in the later half of the 19th century or
> very
> early 1900's, I would suspect.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Kind Regards,
> Jim
> Tasmania
> Jim Duggan
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