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ADDED 30 JANUARY 2006

I really enjoyed your site, and thought it was a city sponsored website or something, did not know it was just a hobby. You've done an excellent job. I discovered a lot of info I was unaware of about my ancestors, and it helped tie the family to Knottingley (I was unaware from which town the Gaggs's had moved before coming to Howden and Bridgegate House). I also contacted Ron Gosney who kindly gave me the transcriptions on the monuments/stones at St. Botolph's, where many of the Gaggs's are buried, and verified my connection to Knottingley which I discovered through ancestry.com

I have a question; does Knottingley Manor still exist or was it torn down?  I believe the Gaggs's owned it for a time in the late 1700s through mid 1800s. Why did Mrs Gaggs put it up for public auction when she died, instead of leaving it to my ancestors, her cousins? I am also descended from the Carter family of the area too (Howden/Goole and your area) that owned the brewery. I am working on their genealogy and will send you a copy when I finish enough of it.

Are you aware of any other remaining vestiges of these families in the area? a charity, monument or inscription? a pub? a beer label? I wonder what their beer label looked like? Are there any photos in archives of the families? I understand the Carters are still around and own a castle somewhere in Yorkshire. How would I get in touch with them? I looked on the internet, but did not find any address for the residence, just some photos and a tour guide.

Thank you for your great website.

Taylor Kirsch
hopkinscourt (at) hotmail.com
30 January 2006


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