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From: Noel Wright <>
Subject: Re: HALL - Dewsing/Dowsing
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 15:33:01 +0800
According to the IGI at our LDS f/h centre this am there was a Dowsing Hall
baptised at East Bilney on 16 Feb 1786. His parents are listed as John Hall
and Mary Dowsing. To begin with I thought this must be the first Dowsing
Hall and that I'd discovered how the unusual first anme came about. That
explanation may still apply, but the dates need checking.
on 6/5/05 7:20 PM, Steve Ecclestone at
> Hi Noel
> Dowsing or Dewsing HALL married Chriatian MASON at Elsing 17th October 1768
> They baptised 3 children between 1769 & 1773 at Mattishall Burgh then
> disappear from my collection until they turn up at North Tuddenham where a
> further 4 children are baptised 1780 to 1786.
> Dewson son of Dewsing married Deborah Pitts at Hingham 12th September 1797 and
> one or other of the two (probably the younger) marries Ann Pitts at East
> Dereham on 9th October 1812.
> A further Dewsing HALL is baptised to a John & Anne at North Tuddenham,
> probably another descendant, on 17th February 1812
> Let me know if you need further details and I'll send off list
> Message date : May 06 2005, 12:07 PM
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> Subject : NORFOLK-D Digest V05 #413
> Extremely interesting and helpful, thank you Steve.
> I see from the 1851 census that there were other Hall families in the
> Mitford area,including Dowsing Hall (aged 77) and George Hall (28).
> Dowsing's occupation is given as 'Owner of houses'. He had a street named
> after him. In the 1881 census my gg/pts John and Martha Hall had their
> dwelling in Dowsing Halls Street, Cranworth.
> Dowsing could have been the same generation as Edward's father John. Brother
> or cousin perhaps? It seems a pretty unusual name. Have you come across it
> in other generations of Halls?
> George may have been another favoured family name. In 2001 on a visit to
> Cranworth I found a gravestone in the churchyard that read: 'In memory of
> George Hall who died 20th Feb 1810 aged 63 years. He was 33 yrs coachman in
> T.T. GIRDON Also of NEWYEAR his wife who died July 25 1853'.
> Noel Wright