NO.3 Case Solved
Betty Deforest writes:
"According to the IGI My 2nd great grandmother Phoebe Ann Louisa Boniface was born 1822 in Buxted to John Boniface and Sarah..? The Census give her birthplace as Ditchling. I have written countless E-mail and snail mail letters and searched many records but cannot connect Phoebe to a family.. I have found two possibilities for Phoebe but I cannot find the connecting thread. She may be the daughter of John Boniface and Sarah Taylor married 1811 at Streat Sussex. I do have names of some of their children but no Phoebe. If Phoebe's husband George Boniface, was also her cousin..Then she could be the daughter of John Boniface and Sarah..? of Ditchling. I know they had a son John If anyone has found information in their research. on a John Boniface and Sarah with a daughter Phoebe Ann Louisa..Please contact me. Thank you"
Carole Bonifas writes: GGGGgrandfather Francois BONIFAS (alive in London 1766, possibly born Haut Languedoc, France) Francois was a Huguenot, most likely a refugee from the Haut Languedoc region of France where the BONIFAS clan was, and is, numerous. I'm still looking for the actual link to 18th century France which is probably my 'most wanted'. In the UK today the only BONIFAS's I know of are all descended from my ggrandfather, Alfred. My maternal line is NICE/GRAINGER/TREBILCOCK/MOORE/AUSTIN from Essex, Devon and Huntingdon all converging on London around the 1860s. Although some of my family are occasionally (mis?)spelt BONIFACE over the years by various clerks etc, the spelling is generally pretty consistently BONIFAS since 1765, thus backing up Hugh's theory that it is a Huguenot name. No links to any BONIFACE family as yet, but you never know!
Alexander Boniface b. 1836 Lower Beeding and Emma Mercey Hently had a large family which consist of 5 daughters... A daughter Bessie b.1892 and her married sister (name unknown) had planned to immigrate to Canada. Something happened and they were separated and by mistake Bessie landed in Australia while her sister landed Canada. It would be really great to find this sister. Her name would have been one of the following but of course being married she would not have the Boniface surname and her married name is unknown. Fanny Gertrude.. b. August 27, 1879 Mary Ann........ b.November 12, 1882 Alice......... b. 1888 Lillian May..... b.1890 If any of our Canadians has these names in their Boniface Ancestry, It might give us a clue. The immigration date is unknown but would probably be around the early 1920's as Bessie was a young girl arriving in Australia A tough nut to crack, perhaps never but always looking and hoping!
Betty Deforest writes: My 'Most Wanted' Boniface is JOHN , married to Mary SINDEN. 1789 Eastbourne..There are many of us looking for John's birth and parents but so far with no success at all.. He is shown to be of the parish of Berwick on his marriage information but we cannot find anything of him before his marriage to Mary..
I have a Coronation prayer book, (coronation of King Edward VII), that was handed down to me by my great grandmother whom I knew as Annie Biggs. She was born SARAH ANN ANSFIELD in Lower Beeding in 1872. The inscription in the payer book reads "LAURA AGATHA BONIFACE, July 27th 1902, from her Godmother E. MOSS". Do you know what the connection between any of these people might have been? Also, the 1881 census shows an ALEXANDER BONIFACE lodging with the family of HENRY JAMES ANSFIELD in Lower Beeding. Henry was my great great grandfather. As you are researching the Boniface line in Lower Beeding I wonder if you can shed any light on the two Bonifaces I've found and their links with the Ansfields. Yours hopefully Barbara D.Kazwini@btinternet.com
I am seeking the following families:- GEORGE & MARTHA MILES nee BONIFACE also CLARENCE & MINNIE ELIZABETH WESTON nee BONIFACE both sisters, and my Great Aunts. Both families emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. During WWII Private J.B.PALMER A3823 (Canadian Army) Son in law of CLARENCE & MINNIE WESTON, visited relatives in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England. I have tried to trace him through the National Archives of Canada but as I am not immediate family personal information would not be released. Since the death of my Grandfather GEORGE BONIFACE (born 1858 died 1950) I have lost touch with both families and would like to make contact with descendants of either family; Also seeking descendants of the following BONIFACE family who arrived in New York aboard the "Amason" on 29th June 1857:- FRANCIS age 59, LUCY age 55, and their children CHARLOTTE age 25 with illegitimate Son MOSES age 6. GEORGE age 21 CALEB age 19. Nothing is known of their whereabouts after arrival in New York,.it is known that LUCY was a centenarian her death is recorded in an old diary as 29th July 1897. It has been related in the family that for some reason their name was changed, possibly to BROWN, and that they had settled near the United States/Canadian border. Any information or suggestions for further research would be appreciated. Regards Barbara Osborne