11 January 2010


It is some time since the family history was written and in that time more research has gone on, confirming what we knew and added to it
I am most grateful to Beverley Smith in England  who has made the main effort to confirmed all the information here from Parish Records, Birth and Death certificates, and Daniel's army records.
This part of the "Timeline' covers for Sophia, her early years up to the time we understand she went to London to work. I will add more as time allows.

 Sophia’s parents Robert Randall and Elizabeth Bates, married 21 Sept. at St Mary’s Church, Kintbury Berkshire. England.

 Georgiana, eldest daughter of Robert & Elizabeth Randall baptized 25 May at Kintbury.

 Daniel, eldest son of Robert & Elizabeth  baptized 13 March at Kintbury.

 William Randall, Robert’s father died, aged 65 years.. Burried 28th March at Kintbury.

 Sophia, second daughter of Robert & Elizabeth was born 28th March at Kintbury.

 Elizabeth Randall, Robert’s mother died 12 December at Kintbury aged 67 years.

 Elizabeth (Betsy), third daughter of Robert & Elizabeth was baptized 16 August at Kintbury.

1841 -
 The Census records taken 7th June of this year, list the family living at Inkpen Rd Kintury.

1842 -
Caroline , fourth daughter of Robert & Elizabeth was baptized 25 December.at Kintbury.

 William, 2nd son of Robert & Elizabeth was born 15 July. at Kintbury.

 John, youngest son of Robert & Elizabeth was born 1 June at Stockcross, near Newbury.

 Rosana, youngest daughter of Robert & Elizabeth was born 26 Sept at Greenham near Newbury,

Elizabeth (Betty) Bates Elizabeth's mother died 4 April at Kintbury

 Census taken on 30th March  records the family living at 3 Caroline Place Newbury.( all the family except Georgiana where at home on this night, no record has been found for her in this census)

 Sister Georgiana, aged 19 years died of Typhus Fever,12 January at Union Workhouse Newbury. Buried 16th January.
Brother Daniel, at the age of 18years enlisted in the Grenadier Guards 28th November at Newbury.

 Entry written in Sophia’s bible... 8th Sept 1860.  Psalm.xvii. 5  (Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.)

06 January 2010


Meeting for the first time at the Family Gathering held in May 2009 at Stockcross,Newbury  were two cousins*  both born in NZ 10 days apart in January of the same year , Beverley Smith  ( descendant of William Randall Skinner) and Ruth Ryan ( descendant of Caroline Alberta Skinner)
* I am not sure of the correct relationship is 2nd or 3rd cousins.

 Beverley (on the left) now  lives in England and Ruth from NZ was on an overseas trip at the time of the family reunion.
Lee first made contact with Beverley shortly after the  completing the book" Robert Randall and Descendants" . A very keen Genealogist who leaves no questions unanswered, Beverley has spent many hours not only filling in the gaps and confirming the information we had, but also taking the family tree back several more generations.

If anyone would like a print out of the cutting from the Newbury Weekly News of the Family Gathering contact Lee or leave a comment.