The Paper Trail…… Some Stories & Letters from the New World


Thomas Best – who emigrated to New York

We have been able to find or be given copies of articles and documents relating to emigrants from the Parish from the centuries past – their ‘Paper Trail’.
This Paper Trail helps to illustrate and illuminate the lives and times of those who left the Parish.
We depend much on goodwill and the principle of sharing – and thus the record can grow and so too the invisible threads which connect us. What follows are some examples which help to connect a face and a story from about 150 years ago. That these things exist, have survived and been collected is quite remarkable. That they have been cherished and considered as worth looking after says much about the human condition. There are some examples below, three video links – and then links to Emigrant Stories.
Thomas Best & Annie Bonning – Marriage Certificate.
Schenectady, New York, 9th July 1900.
Witnesses – William Fry & Annie Mounter.
All originally from the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi

We depend much on goodwill and the principle of sharing – and thus the record can grow and so too the invisible threads which connect us. What follows are some examples which help to connect a face and a story from about 150 years ago. That these things exist, have survived and been collected is quite remarkable. That they have been cherished and considered as worth looking after says much about the human condition. There are some examples below, three video links – and then links to Emigrant Stories.

Christmas Day 1842 Nelson New Zealand

The Best brothers in New Zealand

Hard Times in Nelson 1844

Charles Best

The Insights below are links to information gained through researches, arranged by country / destinations.
We are always looking for more to add to this collection. Please be in touch if you are able to feed into our work.

Assisted & Bounty Immigrants to Australia

Insights from Australia

Ben Talbot & Delilah Reed – descendants’ account

The Lady Amherst 1849 Passenger Lists to Australia

The Utopia 1862 – account of the 1862 passage from England to Australia, written on its 50th anniversary.

Insights from New Zealand

The Appleby Bests

Insights from the United States

The Bradford Family Story

James Glover 1823-1903 – life story

James Nevill 1836-1916 – life story

Insights from Canada