Tracking down Sidmouth's Colwill family

PUBLISHED: 15:02 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 11:45 17 June 2010

TWO Sidmouth women have offered help to a man from Gloucester who is trying to track down his wife s family.

TWO Sidmouth women have offered help to a man from Gloucester who is trying to track down his wife's family.

Michael Oates of Frampton Cotterell, South Gloucester, has been searching for the home of his wife's family, the Colwills, who lived at Jubilee Terrace in the l890s onwards.

Now Sidmothian Pauline Chick, 81, and Joy Seward, Sidmouth in Bloom president, have offered him help.

Pauline, of Temple Gardens, said: "I lived at Jubilee Terrace from the age of 12 or 13 until I got married in 1944.

"My parents were Samuel and Florence West and Colwills had a greengrocers' shop where the Mustard Seed now is."

She said she knew the family had a nursery on land behind Green Gables along All Saints Road, almost opposite the terrace of 10 houses in the same road known as Jubilee Terrace.

Mrs Chick said a Charlie Colwill, brother of the family in All Saints Road, was the town's fire chief and lived in a flat at the top of High Street.

Meanwhile Joy Seward, of Knowle Drive, has found a family connection to the Colwills and a postcard of Jubilee Terrace in her collection.

"Our aunt, who started the Kingswood Hotel, was Madeline Colwill before she married my husband Colin's uncle and became Madeline Seward," she said.

Joy is doing some family history investigation of her own, researching the name Brice for someone in British Colombia Canada.

Elizabeth Lazarus was born in Bampton and married Thomas Brice.

"Elizabeth was sister to Colin's grandfather and we have found he was a witness at her great grandmother's wedding," she said.

"It is such a small world because I know her great grandmother and great grandfather lived in Exmouth and I have a direct line for her as far back at 1774."

Joy is now looking for any relatives descended from Elizabeth and Thomas, some of whom moved to Wales, while another branch of the family moved to Canada.

If anyone can help Joy she can be contacted on (01395) 579965.

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