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THE TILBE & REDDING HOME PAGE

Updated February 7, 2012

JAMES R TILBE
152 HAMPTONS PARK N.W.
CALGARY, AB T3A 5A6
Canada
403 241 3414
j.tilbe@shaw.ca

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I am researching my TILBE Family ancestors and my wife's REDDING Family ancestors.
The REDDING family lived in the Somerset County for several generations prior to my wife's family emigrating to the USA and then to Canada. Sharon's Grandfather Harry Hudson Redding and his new bride Mabel DURSTON, also from a long term Somerset Family, emigrated to the USA and settled in Iowa where their only son Herbert Durston Redding was born. Ultimately they moved north to Canada settling in Southern Alberta near Turin, Alberta, Southeast of the city of Lethbridge. Many REDDING and DURSTON families still live in Somerset and many are related.
The TILBÉ family, according to family legend and some family documents, were originally Huguenots, who left France in the early 1500s, at the time of the persecution of the Huguenots, by the "State". Again, according to family legend, two brothers moved to England and settled in Kent County, not too distant from Canterbury. The author's fourth Great Grandfather, Henry TILBÉ was a Fellmonger and landowner living at Westgate, just outside the Canterbury wall. Thomas TILBÉ, one of Henry's sons was Admitted and Sworn to the Liberties and Freedom of the City (of Canterbury) on May 12, 1789 for his service to the City.
The author's Grand Parents Archie Ethelbert & Frances Mary Ann (nee WOOD) TILBE and their five Kent, England born sons emigrated to Canada in October 1913 and settled in Humber Bay, Ontario, near Toronto. They had one son born in Canada and a girl who died shortly after birth. Frances died shortly after that birth and Archie and part of his family moved west, settling in the Macleod, Alberta area, initially as farmers.


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  • THE TILBE' FAMILY TREE FROM ABT 1560 (1970 KB)
    THIS FILE SHOW THE DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE TYLBYE / TILBIE' WHO WAS BORN ABOUT 1560 AND OF THOMAS REDDING WHO WAS BORN IN 1780 IN STAWELL, SOMERSET, ENGLAND. SOME REPORTS INDICATE THAT TWO TILBE' BROTHERS EMIGRATED TO KENT ENGLAND AT THE TIME OF THE HUGUENOT PURGES IN FRANCE. THE FILE HAS THE FOLLOWING MAIN SURNAMES: ANDERSON, ARGENT, BING, BOYNTON, BOSNELL, BRADDOCK, BROWNING, CASTLE, CLAY, CULLEN, DOVE, DURSTON, FEAR, FLETCHER, GAMMON, JEARY, KIRBY, NICHOLLS, PAY, PIPE, READING/REDDING, RIGDEN, SAFFERY, SANDY, SIMMONS, SMITH, SPENCER, STRONG, TILBE'/TILBE,TOMLYN, VOWLES, WATERS, WOOD & WRAIGHT.
 

Family Photos

  • WILLIAM SPENCER & ANNE (nee HUNT) TILBE (100 KB)
    This couple are the Great Grandparents of the author of this page. The photo was taken near their home in Blean, Kent in about 1923. William's life spanned 1840 to 1924 while Anne's life spanned 1845 to 1924. They lived out the majority of their lives in Blean, Kent, England and are buried in the Church of England Parish Church Yard.They had nine children including six sons and three daughters. William Spencer TILBE was Master Wheelwright and apprenticed many of his sons in that trade. One son, Archibald Ethelbert TILBE emmigrated to Canada in 1913 while a grandson, Stanley Stuart Tilbe, emmigrated to Queensland, Australia.
  • SIDNEY GEORGE TILBE FAMILY abt 1910 (50 KB)
    This is a photo of the family of Sidney George TILBE. George was the brother of Archie E. TILBE and he and his wife lived out their lives in Kent, England. This photo was digitally reconstructed, as the actual old photo was badly torn with missing pieces. BACK - Norrie Ethelbert Sidney George & Gordon Warwick William. FRONT - Vivian Alexander (Alec), Sidney George, Ruby, Annie (nee WOOD), Stanley Stuart (on Mother's knee) & Hector Redvers.
  • REV. JOHN SMITH - PRIMITIVE METHODIST 1840 - 1915 (15 KB)
    Rev. John SMITH was the Maternal Great Grandfather of the Author and this Portrait was taken about two years before his death in 1915. Rev. SMITH was a Primitive Methodist Minister and Missionary. His Missionary work mainly occured in Aliwal North, Cape Town, South Africa. He and his second wife Fanny Elizabeth (JEARY) had seven children; two daughters and five sons. One son, Edwin William SMITH was a Weslyan Methodist Miniter & Missionary in Northern Rhodesia. Two sons Stanley Harold and Arnold Morley emmigrated to Canada. Arnold stopped first in Chicago, where he married before moving to Winnipeg. Stanley moved to Alberta where he continued the butcher trade that he learned from the JEARY Family in Martham, Norfolk, England.
  • SUSANNA MARIA (nee KERTON) DURSTON abt 1930 (42 KB)
    This is the author's wife's Paternal Greatgrandmother, Susanna Maria (nee Kerton) DURSTON and is the only know photo of her in the possession of the family in Canada. The photo is believed to have been taken in about 1930. She died in 1935, in East Brent, Somerset, England at the age of 86.
  • FANNY ELIZABETH (nee JEARY) SMITH 1852 - 1934 (17 KB)
    Fanny Elizabeth (nee JEARY) SMITH was the Maternal Great Grandmother of the Author and this Portrait was taken about 1930. She was the second wife of Rev. SMITH who was a Primitive Methodist Minister and Missionary. His Missionary work mainly occured in Aliwal North, Cape Town, South Africa. Fanny Elizabeth (JEARY) and Rev. John SMITH had seven children; two daughters and five sons. One son, Edwin William SMITH was a Weslyan Methodist Miniter & Missionary in Northern Rhodesia. Two sons Stanley Harold and Arnold Morley emmigrated to CanadaArnold stopped first in Chicago, where he married before moving to Winnipeg. Stanley moved to Alberta where he continued the butcher trade that he learned from the JEARY Family in Martham, Norfolk, England. On her grave markers in Coventry is an inscription, noting that her son Sidney Baldwin SMITH was reported missing in action in France October 18, 1916.
  • WILFRED JOSEPH DURSTON abt 1905 (148 KB)
    This the youngest brother of Mabel (nee DURSTON) REDDING the Paternal Grandmother of the author's wife.
  • ARNOLD MORLEY SMITH FAMILY IN WINNIPEG, MANITOBA (64 KB)
    This portrait was taken by Seely Photography of Winnipeg in 1915. It shows the Arnold Morley & Eva Georgia (DEUTZENBERG) SMITH and their three daughters Dorothy, "Fannie" & Lillian (Grace). Arnold is a Maternal Great Uncle of the Author of this page.
  • MINNIE (SIMMONS) STRONG & SON WALTER ABOUT 1918 (137 KB)
    This photo is of Mrs. Minnie Strong, wife of John Powers Strong and the Great Grandmother of the author's wife Sharon (nee Redding). Minnie is accompandied by her son Walter in the photo.
  • PRESTON, KENT GRAMMER SCHOOL - OCTOBER 1912 (51 KB)
    School photo in October 1912 at the Preston, Kent Grammer School. The photo includes Bill TILBE, brother of the author's father. If anyone can identify the children and teacher in this photo, please contact the author.
  • SARAH (nee BRADDOCK) JEARY WITH GRAND DAUGHTER (89 KB)
    This photo of Sarah JEARY and an unidentified Grand Daughter or Great Grand Daughter was taken about 1910. It is thought, by the author, that the girl is Kathleen Matsediso Aline (Matsi) Smith, the daughter of Julia & Rev. Edwin W. Smith
  • 1925 NORRIE ETHELBERT SIDNEY GEORGE TILBE (38 KB)
    A Portratit of Norrie E S G TILBE taken about 1925.
  • 1920 FLOYD STRONG (84 KB)
    A photo of Floyd Strong, youngest son of John Powers Strong and his wife Mary Eliza (Minnie).
  • EDWARD REDDING about 1933 (11 KB)
    This is the last known photo of Edward READING/REDDING, which was taken in about 1933. The last appeared, in records, to have changed to REDDING with his birth.
  • 1925 ANNIE & SIDNEY GEORGE TILBE (74 KB)
    A Portrait of Annie (nee WOOD) & Sidney George TILBE, taken about 1925.
  • ST. COSMUS - DAMIEN PARISH CHURCH IN BLEAN, KENT (17 KB)
    This a photo of the St Cosmus - Damien Parish Church and Grave Yard, in Blean, Kent, England where The Great Grandparents of the author are buried and where the older four brothers of the author's father were baptised.
  • FAMILY OF THOMAS & ELLEN (nee BOSNELL) FLETCHER (68 KB)
    This portrait, taken in about 1906, is of the family of Thomas & Ellen (nee BOSNELL) FLETCHER, who were both born in Lincolnshire, England. The two oldest girls were also born in England, while the rest of the children were born in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1916 01 03 RUBY ANNIE TILBE (120 KB)
    This portrait is of Ruby Annie TILBE, oldest daughter of Annie & Sidney George TILBE. It was taken on January 3, 1916 when she was seven years four months old.
  • OLIVE DAISY (STRONG) FLETCHER ABOUT 1900 (183 KB)
    This is a photo of Olive Daisy Strong which was taken just before or just after her marriage to John Henry Fletcher on November 6, 1900. She would be about 22 years old at the time.
  • THE RIGDEN STORE IN PRESTON, KENT about 1900 (10 KB)
    This store, which is in Preston, Kent, England bears the family name of the author's Great Great Grandfather and may have been connected to the family since the photo was in the Family Album collection.
  • ACTUAL ENTRIES IN THOMAS TILBÉ'S FAMILY BIBLE (17 KB)
    This photo was taken by the aurthor and his wife during their visit with Jackie and Peter Tilbe in England during September 2001. The Photo is of the actual entries into the Thomas Tilbé Sr. Family Bible. This Bible, along with numberous other old Tilbé documents, was inherited by Peter, through his Great Grandfather Sidney George Tilbe.
  • WW I MILITARY GRAVE MAKER FOR WALTER GEORGE HEAD (28 KB)
    This photo is of the Military Grave Maker, in Pas de Calaise, France, for Walter George Head, only son of Walter & Blance (nee Strong) Head. Walter George Head was a "Sapper" with the 5th Field Company, Canadian Engineers. He died in action on August 22, 1917, at the age of 19 years.
  • THE VILLIAGE BLEAN - NW OF CANTERBURY, KENT (15 KB)
    This Village was the home of the author's TILBE and WOOD families for many years, and was the birth place of the author's Grandparents.
  • EDWARD and HARRIET (nee HUDSON) REDDING abt 1880 (40 KB)
    This is a portrait of Edward READING/REDDING and his wife Harriet (nee HUDSON) taken in about 1880. They lived their lives in the Mark - Weston-super-Mare, Somerset area of England. They are the Great Grandparents of the author's wife.
  • BILL BRYANT IN FRONT OF HIS WINDSOR HOME (234 KB)
    This photo was taken in July 1963 by Bill Bryant's cousin Archie Victor Tilbe of Toronto, ON, Canada. Bill Bryant is standing in front of his Windsor Home at 45 Forest Road.
  • THOMAS TILBÉ WAS GIVEN THE KEYS TO THE CITY (57 KB)
    On May 12, 1789, Thomas TILBÉ was Admitted and Sworn to the Liberties and Freedom of the City (of Canterbury)and this is a copy of the Formal Document.
  • REV. EDWIN W. SMITH & WIFE JULIA & DAUGHTER MATSI (26 KB)
    This is portrait of Reverend Edwin William Smith, his wife Julia (nee Fitch) and their daughter Matsi (short for Kathleen Matsediso Aline). This portrait was taken in about 1910 during a period of leave from their Mission in North Rhodesia. Edwin was a Weslyan Methodist Minister and Missionary.
  • HECTOR REDEVERS TILBE - ABOUT 1930 (60 KB)
    This photo was sent to the author by a Sidney George Tilbe descendant in England. The author has learned that Hector was married twice; to Mary Anne McKune in September 28, 1925 and to Minnie Rebecca (Minnie) Short, some time later after Mary Anne died.
  • ENTRIES IN THE THOMAS TILBÉ SR. FAMILY BIBLE (246 KB)
    This is a photograph of the entries in the Thomas Tilbé Sr. Family Bible that was taken by the author during his trip to England in September 2001. The information provided a base of family information for the aurthor's Family Research. The Bible is in the ownership of Peter Tilbe.
  • SMITH FAMILY HOME AT SPRINGRIDGE ALBERTA (33 KB)
    This is the front of the small Family Farm Home of Stanley Harold SMITH and his wife Florence Matilda (nee ARGENT)located on their farm at Springridge Alberta. The main structure of the home was built from white pine logs. The author and his siblings spent many summer vacations at the farm, living in this home. Sadly the building was torn down by the new owners of the farm.
  • HEADSTONE FOR WS & ANNE TILBE & FREDERICK W TILBE (59 KB)
    This photo was taken by the Author in May 1973 at St Cosmos & Damien Parish Church in Blean Kent England. The Headstone was not present in September 2001 when the author last visited the Churchyard. The Headstone reads: 1 36 LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM SPENCER TILBE WHO DIED MARCH 11TH 1924 AGED 83 YEARS ALSO ANNE HIS WIFE WHO DIED MARCH 7TH 1924 AGED 78 YEARS (SHE WAS ACTUALLY 79YRS) ALSO FREDERICK WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED NOVEMBER 27TH 1923 AGED 57 YEARS THY WILL BE DONE
  • 1909 PHOTO OF SIDNEY GEORGE & ANNIE TILBE FAMILY (110 KB)
    This photo is of Sidney George and Annie (Wood)Tilbe and their family taken in about 1909. It was sent to the author by a Grandson of the little girl in the photo, Ruby Tilbe.
  • MARY (BOYNTON) STRONG 1824 - 1901 (161 KB)
    THIS IS A PHOTO OF MARY (BOYNTON) STRONG TAKEN ABOUT 1880. SHE IS THE GREAT GRANDMOTHER OF THE AUTHORS' WIFE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO JOHN STRONG 1823 - 1897, ABT 1844.
  • BLANCHE (STRONG) HEAD AND HER FAMILY ABOUT 1908 (167 KB)
    This is a photo of Blanche (nee Strong) Head and her family, taken in about 1908. The photo may have been tsaken by Blanche's husband William Head SR..
  • JOHN STRONG 1823 - 1897 (119 KB)
    THIS IS A PHOTO OF JOHN STRONG TAKEN ABOUT 1880. HE IS THE GREAT GRANDFATHER OF THE AUTHORS' WIFE. HE WAS MARRIED TO MARY (BOYNTON) STRONG 1824 - 1901, ABT 1844.
  • EDWARD and HARRIET (nee HUDSON) REDDING abt 1914 (41 KB)
    These are portraits of Edward READING/REDDING and of his wife Harriet (nee HUDSON) taken in about 1914. They farmed and lived their lives in the Mark - Weston-super-Mare, Somerset area of England. They are the Great Grandparents of the author's wife.
  • JOHN HENRY & OLIVE DAISY FAMILY PORTRAIT abt 1922 (32 KB)
    This is a portrait of the family of John Henry FLETCHER and his wife Olive Daisy (nee STRONG) taken in Calgary, Alberta, Canada about 1922.
  • THE JEARY FAMILY HOME CALLED "IVY HOLME" (32 KB)
    This a photo of the front right side of IVY HOLME, which was the family home of the JEARY Family in Martham, Norfolk for made years in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The author's mother along with her mother and some of her siblings lived here during W.W.I.. The author, his wife and parents visited it in 1974 but it had been sold and removed when the author and his wife Sharon returned in 1994.
  • JOHN JEARY SENIOR ABOUT 1870 (20 KB)
    A copy of this old portrait of John JEARY Sr. was acquired from Stanley JEARY in Martham, Norfolk in 1994 by the author. It is the only picture of John JEARY known to the author and is estimated to have been taken in about 1870.
  • "IVY HOLME" HOUSE SIGN AS IT APPEARED IN 1974 (20 KB)
    This photo was taken by the author in 1974 during his visit to Martham, Norfolk with his wife Sharon and parents Lillian (nee SMITH) & Ron TILBE.
  • 1901 FANNY ELIZABETH (JEARY) SMITH & GRANDSON JACK (44 KB)
    This is a portrait of Fanny Elizabeth (nee Jeary) Smith holding her Grandson John (Jack) Edward Smith, the oldest son of Stanley & Florence Smith.
  • MARY ANN (nee CROWDER) JEARY abt 1870 (35 KB)
    A copy of this old portrait of Mary Ann JEARY (nee CROWDER)was acquired from Stanley JEARY in Martham, Norfolk in 1994 by the author. It is the only picture of Mary Ann JEARY known to the author and is estimated to have been taken in about 1870.
  • "IVY HOLME" WITHOUT THE IVY AS IT APPEARED IN 1974 (19 KB)
    This photo of "Ivy Holme" was taken by the author during his first visit to Martham, Norfolk in 1974. The building was demolished sometime between 1974 and 1994 when the aurthor and his wife next returned to Martham.
  • HARRY HUDSON REDDING ABOUT 1897 (20 KB)
    This is a photo of Harry Hudson Redding the Grandfather of the Author's wife. He and his wife Mabel (nee Durston) emigrated to the USA before 1906 and then emigrated to Alberta, Canada on June 22, 1918.
  • 1906 07 05 REV. GEORGE & SUSANNAH RUDRAM's 40th (38 KB)
    This portrait was taken at the time of Susannah (nee WALKER) & Rev. George RUDRAM's 40th wedding Anniversary. It was taken in the garden of the JEARY family home in Martham, Norfolk, known as "IVY HOLME". Back Rev. George RUDRAM, Earnest RUDRAM & his wife & child, George RUDRAM Jr. & Herbert W JEARY, Middle: Susannah RUDRAM, ??, Sarah (nee BRADDOCK) JEARY, George RUDRAM Jr's wife & Georgina (nee RUDRAM) JEARY. Front: Cissy, Marion, Harold, George & Gladys JEARY (Children of Herbert & Georgina).
  • HEADSTONE ON GRAVE OF FRANCIS & STANLEY TILBE (533 KB)
    This photo is of the Headstone on the grave of Francis Hair & Stanley Stuart TILBE, in Innisfail, Queensland, Australia. The composite photos were taken by the author and his wife, during their 2004 Australian trip and after they cleaned the headstone and added fresh silk flowers.
  • BERNARD REDDING ABOUT 1905 (48 KB)
    This is a Portrait of the Great Uncle of the autor's wife, Bernard Redding, taken in about 1905. He emigrated to North America aboard the "Baltic" which arrived at Ellis Island on May 5, 1907. He ultimately settled near Turin, Alberta, Canada.
  • JEARY FAMILY WEDDING ON NOV 15, 1911 AT IVY HOLME (59 KB)
    This Wedding Portrait, was taken at the JEARY Family home known as Ivy Holme in Martham Norfolk. It is believed to be the wedding of George Herbert JEARY and Lilian BOND, which took place on November 15, 1911.
  • 1901 WEDDING PORTRAIT OF FLORENCE & STANLEY SMITH (19 KB)
    This is a wedding portrait of Florence Matilda ARGENT & Stanley Harold SMITH.
  • FANNY SMITH and SONS EDWIN, F.R. and SYDNEY 1916 (15 KB)
    This is a portrait of Fanny Elizabeth (nee JEARY) SMITH with three of her five sons, Edwin William, Frederick Robertson and Baldwin Sydney SMITH. The photo was taken in 1916 shortly before Sydney went 'Missing in action in France' October 18, 1916.
  • 1909 WEDDING OF LILY FOULSHAM & F.R. SMITH (92 KB)
    This is the portrait for the wedding of Frederick Robertson SMITH to Lilian Helena (Lily) FOULSHAM, on April 8, 1909. FR's brother Rev. Edwin William SMITH, stands on FR's right and he conducted the marriage ceremony. Edwin's wife Julia stands next to Edwin and their daughter, Matsi, is the girl center right. The bride's family is thought to be on the right of the Bride and the Groom's mother, Fanny Elizabeth (nee JEARY) SMITH is sitting, second from bottom left. Fanny's sister, Amelia WATERS, wife of Henry James WATERS, is on her right. Their mother Sarah Elizabeth (Braddock) JEARY sits on Fanny's left. Fanny's granddaughter Dorothy Matilda SMITH (daughter of FR's brother Stanley Harold SMITH)is the little girl center left.
  • ARCHIE E TILBE and 1st wife FRANCES MARY ANN 1915 (28 KB)
    This photo is of the aurthor's Paternal Grandparents, Archie E. TILBE and Frances Mary Ann (nee WOOD). It was taken in Humber Bay, Ontario, Canada in about 1915, within months of Frances Mary Ann's death.
  • 1934 WEDDING PHOTO OF LILLIAN SMITH & RONALD TILBE (44 KB)
    This is the only photo, known to exist, of Lillian Elizabeth (nee SMITH) & Ronald Thomas TILBE on their Wedding Day in Macleod, Alberta, Canada, on April 9, 1934.
  • CAROLINE ELIZABETH (HORSLEY) & EDWARD ARGENT (30 KB)
    This a composite photo of Edward ARGENT and his wife Caroline Elizabeth (nee HORSLEY). No photos exist of this couple together, therefore the author digitally combined them in chairs behind their Islington, London, England home. Caroline was inserted into the photo with Edward.
  • 1916 ARCHIE TILBE AND HIS SIX SONS (40 KB)
    This photo is of Archie E. TILBE with his six sons. BACK William, Archie E & Archie V. FRONT Frank, Ronald, Alfred & Dennis. The Photo was taken in Humber Bay, Ontario, after wife and mother Frances Mary Ann's (nee WOOD) passing. All sons were born in Kent, England, except for Frank, who was born in Humber Bay, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1902 JULIA & EDWIN SMITH WITH FRIENDS OR RELATIVES (64 KB)
    This is a photo of Julia & Edwin SMITH, sitting in the middle, with friends or possibly with Edwin's half brother John Thomas SMITH (laying) and his wife (standing). The photo appears to have been taken in Africa, based on the background and the travel history of Julia & Edwin.
  • CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 113rd BATTERY (84 KB)
    This is a portrait of the Canadian Expeditionary Force - 113 rd Battery, taken in Lethbridge, Alberta. Stanley Harold SMITH, the Grandfather of the author, went overseas with the CEF 113rd, at the start of WWI, and is in this portrait.
  • ELIZABETH (WILSON) BRADDOCK (266 KB)
    ELIZABETH BRADDOCK IS THE GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER OF THE AUTHOR. SHE DIED IN 1860 AND THIS FAMILY PORTRAIT WAS TAKEN ABOUT 1858 OR 1859.
 

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