Welcome to the Gosling & Simmonds
This website is the result of many years research by Andrew Gosling and Jennifer Kelly. This has involved long hours on the Internet, visits to public records offices getting dizzy from reading microfilms, tramping around graveyards, searching through old newspapers and driving family members mad with endless questions!
Summary of Research
The Gosling side of the family can be traced back to Thomas Gosling Snr who was born in the late 1700s although at the moment we know little about him. However, we do know that Thomas Gosling Jnr was born in Somerset and that the family stayed around that area until Sidney George Gosling moved to Walsall in the West Midlands where he worked at the Walsall Lithographic Company.
George Morgan Gosling was a prominent member of the Bristol Master Builders Association and he also spent some portion of his life in the Transvaal, South Africa where he took an active part in the construction of the railway to Kimberley.
Mabel Gosling (daughter of George Morgan Gosling) emigrated to Canada and married George Hawke Hiffernan, a Canadian serviceman who she met at the Beaufont Hospital in Bristol where she was a volunteer nurse during World War One. The photograph above is held in the South Peace Historical Society Archives, Dawson Creek, British Columbia and shows Mabel Hiffernan (nee Gosling) on the Homestead at Rolla.
The Simmonds side of the family can be traced back to Jonathan Simmonds who was born in Suffolk in 1781. The family stayed around the Suffolk area until around 1905 when Asaph Simmonds moved to Areley Kings in Worcestershire to work as a Domestic Coachman for E.A. Broome at Areley Court.
The photograph above shows Asaph Simmonds working as a Domestic Coachman at Areley Court, Areley Kings, Stourport employed by Edward A. Broome.
The following Family Tree is a simplified version showing only the direct ancestors with respect to myself, Andrew Gosling. More comprehensive Family Trees for both the Gosling and the Simmonds families are available to download in PDF format.
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