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Gander Family at Bexhill

I am interested in the Gander family at Bexhill, particularly descendants of Walter Gander (1823-1865) and his wife Emma Smith. Their surviving children were Anna Maria (b 1845), George Thomas (b 1847), Louis Henry (b 1849), Peter Newman (b 1851),and Walter (b 1860). Peter Gander had a carriers business in Bexhill (at Belle Hill and later at Station Road) until early 1900. Anna Maria and Louis Henry emigrated to USA.

4 responses to “Gander Family at Bexhill”

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    Caroline, Walter GANDER was a relative of both my father AND my mother. We have information going back six generations before him. for further information, email me at: [reveal email]

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    Hello Caroline,

    I hope you get this message.
    I do not know much about the Gander family but I do know quite a bit about the Smith side of your family. If you are interested let me know and I will pass on the information that I have.



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    Hello Trevor

    Thank you for offering info about the Smith family. I am related just by marriage to the Gander family via my great uncle James Morgan who married Anna Maria Gander (born 1845 at Bexhill). They emigrated to Wisconsin, USA.

    Best wishes

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    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for your reply to my message. I will give you a little bit of background on Emma Smith and her family. Emma was born in Bexhill in 1824 the youngest daughter of Peter Smith and Rebecca Waters. Peter Smith was a Publican and ran the Bell Inn at Bexhill. Peter Smith was the Publican at the time of the Battle of Sidley Green which was a fight between smugglers and the Excise men. He was called as a witness but I am not sure if he ever had to give evidence in Court as the defendants decided to plead guilty and as a result they were transported to Australia rather than being hung. Peter Smiths family came from Herstmonceux where they were Innkeepers and tradesmen.

    If you want to know any more just let me know.



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