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I am researching the history of my husband's family, ASSELL (includes SMART/STRIDE/HENLEY) and my family, WALKER (includes BEAL/JOHNSTON/BURSILL).

Both families appear to originate in England, the ASSELL family come from Kings Lynn in Norfolk and the WALKER family from Greenwich and Deptford.

One Walker branch, the Beal family go back to George Beal who was born about 1780 and was the publican of the Angel in Rainham, Essex from at least 1822 until his death in 1841. The Angel Inn still exists in Rainham although it has been modenised but the church they attended and where the family was christened, married and buried is still much as it was then. One of George Beal's many children, Emma Beal, remained unmarried and was a confectioner living in Market Place, Romford in 1881.

A branch of the ASSELL family emigrated to the U.S.A. from Kings Lynn somewhere between 1852 and 1880. A notice of the death of Phillis Maria ASSELL, nee BILLING, on 27th April 1881 in the U.S.A., was placed in the local Kings Lynn local paper, probably the easieast way of letting all her relatives know. At present I haven't done any research on the american Assell family.

I also have information on a few other Assells that I've picked up along the way. If you think they may be of use to you, or you have any information to share, please Email me.

Feel free to explore the tree and photographs via the links below.
Assell-Walker Family of England
Updated September 17, 2006

Judith Assell
jg.assell@ntlworld.com

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  • The ASSELL-WALKER family tree (278 KB)
    Latest update on the Assell/Walker ancestors. Names included are ASSELL, BEAL, BICKELL, BURGESS, BURSILL, CHAMBERS, COOPER, DAVIS, FANE, GILBEY, GORING, HENLEY, JOHNSTON, LAGUE, MOODY, POWELL, SAMPHER, SMART, SQUIRRELL, STRIDE, TOWELL, VICKERY, WALKER, WINK, WRIDE and many others.
 

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  • St James the Great (47 KB)
    St James the Great chuch, in Bethnal Green, London
  • Harry Johnston (8 KB)
    Born July 1889, Islington, London. My maternal grandfather.
  • Elizabeth Johnston (14 KB)
    Born July 1876, Islington, London. My maternal great aunt and grandad's favorite sister.
  • Nell (Sarah) Gilbey, nee Towell (14 KB)
    Born in 1884 in Bethnal Green, London. My paternal great aunt. Although registered as Sarah, she was always called Nell. She emigrated to Canada with her young family long before WWII. She came back for a visit in the early 60's, and for a second visit in 1966 but died during her this visit.
  • Florence Elizabeth Johnston, nee Bursill (11 KB)
    Born March 1893 in Highbury, London. My maternal grandmother.
  • Violet Walker nee Beal (11 KB)
    Born 1903 in Bethnal Green, East London. My maternal grandmother and very much missed.
  • Alfred George Walker (9 KB)
    Born June 1903, London Fields, East London. My paternal grandfather.
  • Peter Walker (15 KB)
    Born January 1950 in Bethnal Green. My brother, sadly he died in 1999.
  • Frederick George Alexander Johnston (13 KB)
    Born September 1931 in Islington. My maternal uncle.
  • Alfred Arthur Walker & Edith Walker, nee Johnston (13 KB)
    My parents. My father was born in 1925, North West Camberwell and died in 1995. My mother was born in 1927 in Islington and died in 1998.
 

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