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 January 2005
 December 2004
14 December 2004
The NEW Powditch website www.powditch.plus.com/ went live on the internet.
08.12.2004
18.21
Julie
Perry
Hi, I really love your site. You mention me in your
newsletter but I can't remember which message board
I place my Powditch enquiry on so here I am direct.
Mary Stephens was my Gt, Gt Grandfathers sister. She
was born c1844 in East Looe, Cornwell and was the
eldest child of William Stephens and Caroline Landry.
(11 children in all). I have read your chapter on Wells
and found it fascinating. Wells Joseph, the son,
probably got the name Joseph from Mary's Grandfather,
Joseph Welch. She also had an uncle called Joseph.
She had a sister called Minnie born c1866 in Poplar
but no Gertrude, so can't explain that one. I have more
info on Mary's side of the family and their connection
with Lighthouses and Guernsey. Would you be
interested?
05.12.2004
09.51
Des
Hammill
UK
I have just looked over your site and quite frankly I am
amazed at your level of information. Where on earth
did you get it all from?
 November 2004
26.11.2004

Helen
Manton
UK
Should you know of anyone interested in Sarah
POWDITCH, born about 1809 in Wells-next-the-Sea,
and who would be interested in the ancestors of her
husband, John ALLEN, mariner, born 1798 at Wells,
and who married Sarah at All Saints South Lynn in
1833, I would be happy to contact them.
22.11.2004
23.38
Maureen
Jones
UK
I have just seen about the Powditch family on the
internet and wondered if it is the same as my Great
Grandmother Christiana Powditch born 1857 married
Henry George December 1878 in Great Yarmouth
21.11.2004
12.02
Patricia and
Peter
Powditch
Adelaide
Australia
I have been browsing your website, in particular the
wonderful Morston Powditch gathering. It was the most
amazing 3 days! Peter and I extend our sincere thanks
and gratitude for your tireless, enthusiastic, and
monetary contribution to ensure the event was such a
success.We greatfully acknowledge the time
consuming help and organizing which was so willingly
given by The Morston townfolk and 'Friends of Morston
Church' . May I please express our special thanks to
Joc & Sara Wingfield, Pam & John Peake, Diana
Scott, Bobby Smith, Ken Bartlett, to name a few.
This was an occasion which can never be repeated
and we were so fortunate to have participated.
Thankyou John and Angela.  
15.11.2004

Chris
Worpole
UK
I have only been researching my family tree for 3 weeks
and today found your website. So far I have only read
Chapter 10 of your book Robert - The Poplar. I believe
you wrote this about 15 years ago, so I don't know if the
information I can give you will be helpful.
My mother - Margaret Linda Alice Powditch was born
at 29 Rounton Road, Bromley, Poplar. Her father was
Sydney John Powditch, born at 20 Oban Street,
Bromley on 31st August 1888.
His father (my great grandfather) was Robert John
Metcalf Powditch, born at 6 Bright Street, Bromley on
5th July 1852. (Incidentally, the middle name John does
not appear on the birth certificate, but is included in his
family Bible and his marriage and death certificates.)
His father was Robert Powditch and his mother was
Jane Shawl.
Included in the family Bible are the names of William
James Metcalf Powditch (b. 25th August 1877), Ada
Jane Powditch (born 5th November 1878), George
Robert Powditch (born 22nd May 1879), Milly Kate
Powditch (born 5th August 1880), Percy Powditch
(17th July 1883) and my grandfather Sydney John
Powditch (born 31st January 1888). Also recorded are
my mother and her sister Ivy Amy Stella Powditch who
is still alive
I have details of my grandparents' births, wedding and
deaths. I also have details of Robert John Metcalf's
birth, marriage and death.
Last Friday I made the connection, through the 1881
Census, between Robert John Metcalf and Robert
and Jane Powditch born in Wells, Norfolk.
Hope this has been useful.
 October 2004
30.10.2004

Gareth
Ledua
UK
my name is Gareth joji valati Ledua, son of Carol Ledua
nee Powditch, Whose parents are George Albert
Powditch and Doreen Powditch nee Burton, I have
found your site quite interesting, but it has taken some
navigation to get the hang of things. Now i am used to it
i shall spend more time tracing back family history.
I have noticed that my mothers, therefore my details are
not included, i wondered how i might go about including
our little branch on your site. I would be most grateful if
you could email me with the relevant info on being
included. i understand that the recent marston family
reunion was a great success, I know my grandparents
enjoyed themselves. I look forward to hearing from you,
13.10.2004
Angela
Harris
I loved your website & wonder whether you have a
record of Mary Ann Powditch who was born around
1806 in Wells according to the 1881 census and was
living in King's Lynn. She was  also alive in the 1891
census. I am looking for her marriage to John Hall.
Their first child was born in 1834, so it is likely it was
before then. He was a builder and borough surveyor.
06.10.2004
Robert
Bulling
UK
I see that my namesakes (17th & 18th centuries) appear
in this research.  How did that happen?
02.10.2004
12.07
Anne
Willoughby
Australia
Many many thanks for your wonderful site and your
research, what an inspiration! I have just spent several
hours reading through much of the site and enjoying
finding out where the various Powditchs fitted in.
Because it is such an unusual name one tends not to
forget it when found.
However my greatest delight was to find your work on
the descendants of Thomas Powditch and Grace
Kitteridge in Northumberland, my ancestors. I had
looked up quite a bit about this couple but you had
more detailed information which was wonderful - and
the alternative spelling of Poundage. I am interested in
tracing my maternal descent as far as possible and at
this stage it ends with Margaret Bell who married
Thomas Powditch in 1750. Your having seen the
Durham marriage bonds and giving the details was a
great help in confirming what I had suspected.
Margaret Poundage and John Walker did have more
children than Susanna. I think I once found them in an
index to Christ Church Tynemouth Baptisms.
Margaretta bp 1880 (married Miles Jordeson 1803),
Thomas bp 1781, Maria bp 1782 (married William
Tootell Mayson 1804), John bp 1784, John bp 1785,
Alice bp 1787 (married John Mellersh 1806), and
Isabella Grace bp 1793 (married Robert Brown I think
1816). In John Walker's will there is no mention of sons
but all daughters are named though Margaretta seems
to have died by then. Isabella Grace Walker was my
gr gr gr grandmother and her names are still being
passed on. I know the Grace is coming from the
Mouse family via the Kitteridge family but still have not
worked out where the Isabella originated. I find
following female christian names quite fascinating,
sometimes they can be traced for several hundred
years.
Anyway thank you so much again, I have had a very
productive evening and a wonderful time.
 September 2004
18.09.2004
13.18
Harold
Edwards
UK
(Wells)
Hearing about the Powditch family re-union at Morston
made me think of Geoffrey Powditch. He is of my
generation and was in a lower class at Wells Primary
School in the 1940's.  Also we were in the same Cub
group. The last I heard of him was that he had "lost"
himself in Australia. I have also seen the Powditch
name coming up with the credits of an Australian TV
programme. In your research have you tracked him
down? I am interested. Also he had a younger brother.
09.09.2004
Peter
Youngman
UK
(Wells)
(sent photo to me)
Powditch, far left wearing bowler type hat, first name
not known.
 August 2004
20.08.2004
02.25
Kathleen
Noble
Tasmania
Hello, and greetings from Tasmania
I was very interested to be referred to your website
which contains the letter about your Powditch family in
Chile.
Unfortunatley I can't help you with the remaining pages
for your letter - I do hope they turn up somewhere for
you.  However, I was interested in the account of the
Mexican and South American Mining Company and the
new mine managers that came out from England.
I am wondering, if you have done any further research
about this and would have any further information that
might help me.
My ancestor, Philp Edward BARNES went out to Chile
in late 1855 to manage the affairs of the Mexican and
South American Company.  He applied to be the
British Vice-Consul at Herradura, but his application
was rejected. I have correspondence from the PRO
from the British Consul, and it mentions Mr Alison as
being the Acting Consul (1858) while the British Consul
at Coquimbo, Mr David Ross, was on leave of absence.
It appears that Mr Barnes was not liked by Mr Alison. I
assume that this Mr Alison is the same one that is
referred to in your memoirs.
I have checked in the correspondence, but there is no
mention of the name Powditch.
Anyway I was just wondering if you have any record of
my Philip Edward BARNES at all anywhere in your
research. Or do you have any knowldege of where  archive material might be in Chile - I am also looking for
Barnes marriage, will and death certificate in Chile.
Many thanks
06.08.2004
16.03
Wolfgang
Griem
Chile
hi,  I am Wolfgang Griem, geologist - teaching in the
University of Copiapo (Chile ) (Universidad de
Atacama) geology for mining engineers.
Yesterday I found your great WEB Page of the
Powditch Family. Very good - congratulations, I spend
a long time at this pages it´s very interesting.
My purpose to contact you is my interest of the time
between 1840 and 1960 in Copiapó and Atacama
Region (Chili). We have e little project (Museo Virtual
de la Region Atacama; unfortunately only in german
and spanish). We are showing the history, geology and
culture of this part of the world. Main points are the
mining history of Atacama (Chañarcillo, Tres Puntas,
Dulcinea Mines), the railway history and so on. Shure,
the family of the Powditch played a important part
of the industrial development of this region.
My question is: do you have any letters, fotos or others
informations in reference to the mining, living in this
years in Copiapó. Could we use this information -
(allways mention the origen) in our museo virtual -
translated to spanish and german ?
Here my links (Museo Virtual) to Historia de Copiapó:
Museo Virtual:
I will take a special look in future for archives and things
that I find here in Copiapó which mention your family. If
you need any information here of Copiapo, please let
me know - I will try to find it out.
Apologize my bad english (20 years after school, and
now only spanish)
And "muchos saludos" de Copiapó
Wolfgang
 July 2004
07.07.2004
09.19
Valerie
Jordeson
UK
As you see, my surname is Jordeson and I am
researching my family history.  In the course of this I
acquired some information about the Powditch family
and have a marriage cert which mentions the name
Powditch in connection with the marriage of Thomas
William Critchett and Alice Jordeson. I have only had
time for a quick look at your site, which looks
fascinating (I found it because of the mention of
Christopher Jordeson) and I am not sure if you are
aware of the above connection. Please contact me
if you think it may be of interest - also, of course, if you
have any Jordeson info to pass on!
 June 2004
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 May 2004
01.05.2004
12.02
Chris Giffard
UK
I have enjoyed reading the information on the Jones family. I believe that we are related - your grandfather (George Henry Jones) was the brother of my great grandmother (Sarah Annie Jones). My grandmother was May Jones who married George Bowen. They had 5 children - Gladys, Eric, Raymond, Gwynneth and Glenys. I am the daughter of Eric.
My son started a family tree quite recently (not much done yet) so I was quite surprised when I found
your website.
If you want any info. on that part of the family, let me know.
Chris
 April 2004
12.04.2004
15.23
Paul Barlow
(?UK)
Ive just been reading through your very interesting site and admiring the amount of effort involved! I am currently embarked on research into the Pordages (of Kent, mostly) and wondered whether youd come across any information, especially on how we may link up with the Powditch side of the clan! Im feeling my way on this project although have been helped by a couple of other buffs and of course the internet and now have some
600 names in the file.
Anyhow, rather than ramble on at length I thought Id email you to see whether it was worth examining this in
more detail.
 March 2004
20.04.2004
11.11
Helen (Eleni)
Australia
I have been looking for Peter and Janthia Powditch and stumbled across your website.
I will be making contact with them in
the next few days. I hung out with the Powditch family for 25 years until they moved from Redfern to the
North Coast of New South Wales here in Australia
 February 2004
23.2.2004
18.54
David Case
UK
I wish you a successful meeting!
A member of my family Henry Case married MARY ANN POWDITCH 1.11.1851 at Burnham Overy. She (born Wells) was dau of William Powditch, mariner - presumably the William Allen Powditch who married Sarah Ann Fairweather. The above Mary Ann died 1879 and is buried at South Burlingham.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have further info re the above CASE/POWDITCH link.
For your info, the above Mary Ann P (dau of William; she had a sister Catherine)appears on page 119 of the pedigree in Norf Geneal Vol 22. Her marriage ref 'Docking 1851' is incorrectly ascribed to another Mary on top line of page 125 of same pedigree. I wish you every success for your meeting.
20.2.2004
03.54
David Claxton
Moe,
Australia
I hope someone from Wighton helps fill the today gap on knowledge.
My G Grandfather and GG Grandfather were born in the village and would appreciate some background.
9.2.2004
15.38
John Murden
UK
I have found this an excellent site.
It gives a picture of the village (Morston).  It is so easy to go through the village and not realise the heritage there is in the houses, the quay and the church.
It is a site to return to.
I found the reference to Rupert Brooke most interesting;
I have borrowed a life of Brooke from the local library and will read it and his poems before I visit Morston again Best wishes
2.2.2004
22.12
Carol Powditch Tornero
Chile
(I refuse to reproduce here what was written in Carol's second email to me, suffice it to say that she has referred to me as being "deranged'"and that I am "obsessive after another family name")
2.2.2004
21.27
Robert and Elaine Wade
Australia
You certainly do an amazing job with your Newsletter and the website, well done. I am continually impressed with the dedication of so many different folk to this topic of genealogy - it really is very contagious!
1.2.2004
14.13
Alan Bennett
UK
my ancestors are from Bale and surrounding area. I am principally interested in Bond family and its amazing to think that your ancestors and mine were probably on speaking terms all those years ago.
My gt.gt. grandmother Unah Bond (nee. Bridges) is buried in Wiveton d.1866. It was great to find her headstone last year.
Good luck with your great site - might even find we have some relatives somewhere along the line
 January 2004
29.1.2004
18.56
Rebecca Powditch
UK
hiya hunnie, I luv ur site, its amazing to see how many Powditchs there actually is! Thanx John. keep up da
gud work
22.1.2004
17.49
Rees Powditch
UK
Your website is just great.
I would like to say thanks for the Xmas card and well done on your website
 December 2003
28.12.2003
19.53
Carol and Ron Stone
UK
Have had a look at THE website and have found it fascinating not to mention informative.
24.12.2003
05.16
Carol Powditch Tornero
Chile
(I refuse to reproduce here what was written in Carol's email to me, except to say that it was rather vituperative, and that she demanded that I cease from creating and continuing this website, and indeed from any Powditch research whatsoever)
15.12.2003
Glenda and Tony Horpinitch
Melbourne,
Australia
I have viewed the Powditch and Jouvelet sites just now.  Thanks John
 November 2003
20.11.2003
20.16
Nicola Powditch
UK
Whilst browsing the internet I came across your web site.  I think you have done a great job in researching the family tree - just wondered, how can I tell which family tree I come from as I do not know  any family history?
17.11.2003
15.36
Rob Metcalfe
Norfolk,
UK
Thank you so much for putting the FMC form on the site  -  looks splendid.
14.11.2003
19.51
Vincent Powditch
UK
I saw on the web that you don't have me or any part of my family on your page.....so any help would be magic.
 October 2003
19.10.2003
02.22
Alan Powditch
South Wales,
UK
Great website John, but you forgot my birthday.  
Any other information you need?   Thanks
Alantrekpowditch@aol.com
12.10.2003
23.06
Hugh Laracy
Auckland,
New Zealand
Admirable.  There is considerable interest in William Powditch in Australia and NZ.
(Dr. Hugh Laracy, History Dept., University of Auckland )
11.10.2003
Phil and Debra Powditch
UK
Hope things are well. I read the e-Newsletter with great interest. I would have no objection to my e-mail address being published, all for being able to contact others more easily.
phil_powditch@onetel.com
09.10.2003
George Powditch
Scotland,
UK
Thanks for doing web site it's very good.
03.10.2003
14.01
Matthew Jouvelet
Australia
Good work from all the Jouvelets.
 September 2003
28.09.2003
Neil Hampshire
UK
Thanks for the link to your web-site.  
I have taken a look and abstracted your history of Powditch in Chile.
The Brits in South America database
at
keeps a record of all postings to the Roots South American Emigration Mailing List
(Neil is the webmaster of the BISA website)
26.09.2003
10.25
Maureen Johnston
New Zealand
I have only had time to take a brief look at your website but hope to study it in detail when I have time!
14.09.2003
23.20
Ian Allen  
Gomshall, Surrey,
UK
I'm very impressed with all the work you've done.
 August 2003
27.08.2003
12.17
John and Pam Peake
Norfolk,
UK
The Powditch site has certainly become a major player:
The amount of information you have is very impressive.
18.08.2003
10.26
Colin Rees
Swansea,
UK
I looked in your website and found it most interesting.  You must have put in a great deal of research which I'm sure will be interesting for many people. Hope your efforts continue.
(N.B. Colin is the author of "Our Family of Cape Horners"; Vol 1, which refers to his family and their trade and movements between Swansea (UK) and Chile, especially during the 1800s.  
An excellent read, much recommended)
07.08.2003
07.28
Louise Hutchinson
UK
I have visited your website a while ago.  There was certainly plenty of info to look at and I thought it looked
well presented.
01.08.2003
19.52
Andrew Powditch
UK
Thanks for the news letters, they are very good.  The Powditch get together looks like a great idea, can't wait for further details.
 July 2003
12.07.2003
10.52
Joc Wingfield
Norfolk,
UK
I love your new website.
07.07.2003
02.21
Kris Wingen  

St. Paul, Minnesota,
USA
John, I enjoy and look forward to your newsletters
02.07.2003
08.25
James Cook
Kent, UK
Many thanks for all the time and effort you put into this
 June 2003
30.6.2003
12.33
Pat Powditch
Adelaide,
Australia
Had a good look tonight
24.6.2003
23.06
Katie Powditch  
Romford,  Essex,
UK
I just thought that I would send you a quick email to say how much your efforts are greatly appreciated.
15.06.2003
21.19
Michael Powditch
USA
I do think the work you have done on the Powditch website is absolutely amazing....thank you for ALL the
hard work you have put in!!
 May 2003
28.05.2003
09.33
Peter Oldham
New Zealand
What I have seen looks very interesting and I commend you on your effort.
24.5.2003
Barry Cairns
Australia

You do a wonderful job with the Powditch website and I appreciate the results
bjcairns@m150.aone.net.au
21.05.2003
18.04
Sue Poulson

Shropshire,
UK
I have looked at the site several times...but I need several weeks to read it all.  
Can't wait to read about the Chile connection.
21.05.2003
08.41
Faye Edwards
Melbourne,
Australia
What a lot of work you have put into your site
20.05.2003
Jenny Arnott
London,
UK
Been on the site but not expert enough to find my way around yet.
08.05.2003
21.47
Sylvia Powditch
 Chile
My name is Sylvia Powditch and I live in Chile and would like some information about my family.  Thank you.
01.05.2003
0041
John and Pam Peake
Norfolk,
UK
I did look at your Powditch site and was overcome with the amount of information you have put on-line.
 It is a gold mine.  Indeed it was excellent in most respects, my only comment would be about the graphics  -  living divorced from the real world communications are slow up here, including the telephone!
 April 2003
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 March 2003
27.03.2003
20.30
Liz Howard
UK
I must admit to spending quite a long time one evening looking at our particular branch of the family, and found it fascinating, especially how the christian names seem to repeat themselves throughout the generations.
12.03.2003
09.52
Alan and Judy Powditch
Australia
Had a quick look at the new Powditch website and it looks great. Will need more time to look into it in depth.
10.03.2003
13.34
Barry Cairns
Australia
Hallo there.  I found this site and address by chance.
My interest is William Powditch, one time Master of the Royal George (about 1821) and his marriage to
Ann about 1822.
I do not know when or where they were married (in Australia?, on a ship? or in England).  Possibly they went to NZ after 1826.
I want to find out about Ann and her parents and siblings, and about William after 1826.
Have you heard of Frederick Drennan, supposedly a relative or spousal relative, and who died in London
28 Jan 1837 (reported in an Australian newspaper).
Can you help?
07.03.2003
02.42
Beth Powditch
Australia
Thanks for dedication and hard work.
 I look forward to discovering the site in full
 February 2003
26.02.2003
05.42
Robert and Elaine Wade
Australia
Very impressive website. Congratulations
22.02.2003
22.41
Valerie Powditch
London,
UK
The site's very interesting.  What a lot of work you have
put into it.  
Many thanks for all the hard work you are doing.
20.02.2003
18.08
Christine Fletcher
Kent, UK
Thank you for letting us know about the Powditch site.  
I did have a look and it was good.
01.02.2003
14.29
Andres Powditch
Santiago,
Chile
All I can do is thank you for your work and keep on with it.
drpowditch@chile.com
 January 2003
28.01.2003
22.58
Pam Clatworthy
Cumbria,
UK
Great site.  I finally managed to sit down and have a
good look through tonight.  Golly, you must have worked
so hard and put in such a lot of work to present such
a professional piece of work.
28.01.2003
19.39
Rob Powditch
South Wales,
UK
I've just had a quick look at the new Powditch website and I must say I'm impressed.  I will be looking at it in more details when I have more time.  
Keep up the good work on the Powditch web site.
27.01.2003
02.01
John and Pam Peake
Norfolk,
UK
Very much like some of  the features and the layout.
Did not take too long to download.
22.01.2003
23.00
Jan Worthington
Australia
How exciting! A new web site and a new grandson -
you have been busy!
22.01.2003
20.49
Esme Rubra
UK
Congratulations on your enormous achievement in assembling it all for us.
16 January 2003.  
The Powditch website (www.powditch.plus.com) went live on the internet.