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Lavinia Ann Ching's Petition



The following is a transcription of a petition that was found in a box in a loft! It is a good example of a petition and shows the sort of information we hope to share. So go and check those old boxes in the loft!


To the Honourable the Governers of Christ Hospital London the humble petition of Lavinia ann Ching of the Parish of Vernham Dean in the County Of Southampton maketh oath and saith she is related By Consanguinity to Mrs West mother of the late Mr John West of the City Of London Gentleman manner following that is to say the above Mrs West whose maiden name was Stare has a sister named Jane Stare who married to Jasper Randall who has lawfull issue a son John Randall who By alice his wife had lawfull issue a son named John Randall who by alice his wife had lawfull issue a daughter named Elizabeth who married to Edward Palmer had lawfull issue a son named Phillip Palmer who married to Rabkah Bayley had lawful issue a daughter named Sarah Palmer who married to Stephen Biffen had lawfull issue a Daughter named ann Biffen who married to Charles Ching had lawfull a son Charles Ching who married to ann Blake first wife and after her death to Lucy Watts By whom he had lawfull issue a daughter named lavinia ann Ching who married to Charles Fisher

This petition is held in the collection of Ken Pritchard (Randall line) and is reproduced here with his kind permission.

The photo shows Charles Fisher (1820 - 1903) and his wife, Lavina Ann, nee Ching (1819 - 1891) both born and bred in Vernham Dean, Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Pam Hyett (Randall line).