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Bester Surname Ancestry Results

Our indexes 1000-1999 include entries for the spelling 'bester'. In the period you have requested, we have the following 21 records (displaying 1 to 10): 

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Inhabitants of Caxton in Cambridgeshire (1790-1797)
The provincial sections of the Universal British Directory include lists of gentry and traders from each town and the surrounding countryside, with names of local surgeons, lawyers, postmasters, carriers, &c. (the sample scan here is from the section for Bath). The directory started publication in 1791, but was not completed for some years, and the provincial lists, sent in by local agents, can date back as early as 1790 and as late as 1797.

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Inhabitants of Caxton in Cambridgeshire
 (1790-1797)
South African Officials (1822)
The African Court Calendar and Directory for 1822, compiled under the sanction of government at Cape Town, lists government, bank and ecclesiastical officials in Cape Town, Cape District, Simon's Town, Stellenbosch, Swellendam, Caledon, Graaff-Reynet, Cradock, Beaufort, Uitenhage, Tulbagh, Clan William, Worcester, George and Albany.

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South African Officials
 (1822)
National ArchivesBritish merchant seamen (1835-1840)
At this period, the foreign trade of ships plying to and from the British isles involved about 150,000 men on 15,000 ships; and the coasting trade about a quarter as many more. A large proportion of the seamen on these ships were British subjects, and so liable to be pressed for service in the Royal Navy; but there was no general register by which to identify them, so in 1835 parliament passed a Merchant Seamen's Registration Bill. Under this act a large register of British seamen was compiled, based on ships' crew lists gathered in British and Irish ports, and passed up to the registry in London. A parliamentary committee decided that the system devised did not answer the original problem, and the original register was abandoned after less than two years: the system was then restarted in this form, with a systematic attempt to attribute the seamen's (ticket) numbers, and to record successive voyages. The register records the number assigned to each man; his name; age; birthplace; quality (S = seaman, &c.); and the name and official number of his ship, with the date of the crew list (usually at the end of a voyage). Most of the men recorded were born in the British Isles, but not all. The system was still very cumbersome, because the names were amassed merely under the first two letters of surname; an attempt was made to separate out namesakes by giving the first instance of a name (a), the second (b), and so on. During 1840 this series of ledgers was abandoned, and a new set started with names grouped together by surname. BT 112/4

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British merchant seamen
 (1835-1840)
Petitioning Creditors and Solicitors (1855)
Principal creditors petitioning to force a bankruptcy (but often close relatives of the bankrupt helping to protect his assets): and solicitors: in England and Wales

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Petitioning Creditors and Solicitors
 (1855)
Dissolutions of Partnerships (1857)
Trade partnerships dissolved, or the removal of one partner from a partnership of several traders, in England and Wales

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Dissolutions of Partnerships
 (1857)
Voters for Godmanchester (1857)
A poll for the election of two knights of the shire to represent the county of Huntingdon took place 2 April 1857: the candidates were James Rust (1192 votes), Edward Fellowes (1106) and John Moyer Heathcote (1106). This poll book lists those electors who voted, described as 'freeholders', although the county franchise included not only male freeholders of 40s a year, but also 10 copyholders and long-leaseholders, and 50 short-leaseholders and tenants. The names are arranged by parish or township, and the residence of each voter is given. Many of these freeholders did not live in the place from which they acquired the right to vote. The right-hand column indicates how they voted.

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Voters for Godmanchester
 (1857)
Insolvents in England and Wales (1858)
Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette, issued monthly, included lists of insolvencies and stages in the process whereby the insolvents petitioned for release from debtors' prison. The insolvent is generally referred to by name (surname first), address and trade. This is the index to the names of the insolvents, from the issues from January to December 1858.

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Insolvents in England and Wales
 (1858)
The London & County Banking Company Shareholders (1873)
Copy of the return by the London and County Banking Company to the Inland Revenue listing the 'persons of whom the Company or partnership consists', pursuant to 7 & 8 Vic. cap. 32: giving full name (surname first), residence and occupation.

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The London & County Banking Company  Shareholders
 (1873)
Union Bank of London Shareholders (1873)
Copy of the return by the Union Bank of London to the Inland Revenue listing the 'persons of whom the Company or partnership consists', pursuant to 7 & 8 Vic. cap. 32: giving full name (surname first), residence and occupation (often not stated).

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Union Bank of London Shareholders
 (1873)
Debtors (1886)
County Court Judgments in England and Wales. October to December 1886

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Debtors
 (1886)
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