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Page 926 of Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials (Five Barrows Bath, 1877) states:
Sa. three boars' Heads or.
Laver; Vere or Verre; Robert de Ver; Lever; Robert Lever; Loveland.
We can make no claim to this coat of arms....would like to hear from a Laver who can!

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question What have we got up to now? question

As a result of over ten years work we have a number of sizeable databases,
covering the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, America and other parts of the world.

About seventy sizeable trees which are slowly begining to merge

Several regular and irregular correspondents.

Although a lot can now be done on line record offices and local studies libraries are still a major source for our information.

We are not doing "Lavers" or "Lever" unless of proven connection
The "Lever:Leaver:Labor" name does in some regions get interchanged

books What are we working on? books

All St Catherines House Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1837 to 2008

Trying to link every Birth to a Marriage and or Death

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world map
The rest of the world? world map

Where does the name come from??
The chances are there is more then one source as the oldest records
we have come from both Somerset and Essex.
There are a significant number of occurances in Romania
It is a little difficult to associate the name with mainland Europe
as the old alphabets in Germany etc. were different
it is therefore quite possible that emmigrants into the US at for example Ellis Island
would have had their names transcribed by the clerk phonetically and written in "English"
"Lauwer" could easily have been interpreted as "Laver"

tree ....Trees?.... tree

We have several large family trees at the moment.
In particular decendants of......

Joseph Laver who married Elizabeth 1790 in the Ridgwell, Steeple Bumpstead area

Henry Laver & Mary Easton mar. Othery 1764

The Queensland (Rockhampton) group are now traceable back to Meare mid 18th century

John Laver & Christiana early 18th century in Drayton area SOM. The London Goldsmiths Benjamin and Joseph are on this tree also James Hadley who died in Leeds 1908

Robert Laver & Elizabeth Worrell mar. Hathersage 1719

John Laver & Susannah Webber mar. Great Burstead 1743 (this is one of the bigger trees)

James Armitage & Jane around 1800 Darfield who had a daughter Sarah that married Robert Laver 1830

Elias Charles Laver (Lever?) mar. Francis Hill in Cardiff 1886

John Atkins Laver bor. 1813 Latchingdon this will go back several generations but there are some missing links.

Isaac Laver & Susannah Sansom mar. Kingsdon 1805

Robert Laver & Jemima Firbank mar. Great Yeldham 1767

John Laver & Joan Axe mar. South Petherton 1709

John Laver bor 1818 & Harriett in Gosport, Southampton area

John Laver bor 1785 Tillingham and Sarah. (this family ends up in Sunderland and West Ham)

Interesting Titanic connection

Marylebone, Charles George and family in late 19th Century

Charles Laver & Elizabeth Freeham mar. Muchelney 1814 have offspring in Croydon & Langport early 20th Century

If you are from the Durham/Sunderland/Newcastle area with the name Laver get in touch!
You are probably part of one of the larger trees!!

New developments

Albert Frederick who was a cockleshell hero (operation Frankton) is traceable back to Bradwell in Essex

Great Yeldham links with New Zealand and AUS with a few puzzles

Sharpham Park connections with North Cadbury very interesting

New data on the AUS Castlemaine families

An interesting Toronto link back to Glastonbury via Wookey

Making progres in the Wibsey Low Moor, Barley Hole Wentworth Chapelry
and the Handsworth area

Let us know if you want to "plant a tree"

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.........Most Wanted?......... wanted

Currently we have number of " loose ends and strays" that are being looked for.....

Benjamin Laver appears on several censuses as a butler/servant and was born in Yeldham about 1834; father Henry

New developments in Puncknowle area

Like to hear from anyone from North Cadbury area

Where did the Walthamstow group come from?

Henry Laver born MDX mar Elizabeth Morton 1876 St Marylebone LND

William Laver mar Agnes Saunders Dean Prior DEV

James Laver who appears in 1881 Cottingham census.
Can't find birth details or where he was after 1881

The older sisters, Jane & Charlotte, of Henry Laver
and his brother George who apparently died of yellow fever in the Indian Ocean
Henry bor. 1810 Isle of Athenley? Stoke St Gregory SOM?

William Laver bor. 1834 mar. Elizabeth Annie Robb.
Was Elizabeth from Scotland? Was William from Ridgewell?
Extensive Queensland connections!!

Charles Laver possibly son of Thomas bor. 1815 who mar.
Mary Ann Lobb 1851. This is on IGI but we think it is wrong?

Does anyone have a Caroline Laver, married to a Phillip Kirsch(Kirch/Kirsh)
who emigrated to the US in the mid-1800's in their family tree?

Anything on Charles T Laver and Rose Walters West Ham 1917?
There is an interesting NZ connection

What became of Mary Ann Laver who married Joshua Sawtell 1815 in Middlezoy?
Interesting QLD connections
Please let us know if you want to add to this list

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We are happy to share our data with anyone

It is not our intention to publish it for financial gain.
It is not our intention to "stick it all on the internet"

It is our intention to ultimately deposit the data
with whatever organisations or societies may be interested in it.

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A to D

E to J

K to P

Q to Z

St Catherine's Laver Mothers

A to E

F to L

M to S

T to Z

If you want further details of anyone please let us know.

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1881 Distribution

Map of based upon 1881 census

This is for guidance only but gives a fairly good indication as to where they were.

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......Other Names of interest?...... root

These are related names that are part of our birth briefs....

(in W Yorkshire area)Hewitt, Spencer, Mann, Chapman, Fearn, Dunwell,
Walker, Robinson, Garnett, Moxon, Thompson, Simpson

(in Lambeth Area?)Albert Victor Goddard who married Harriet Mills 1898
think his father was James? but cannot find birth

looking for marriage
William Chapman to Ann Gill Yorkshire (Huddesfield?) abt 1850

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please note that the data we have has come from a number of sources.
wherever possible we are verifying data but there may be errors and ommisions.
we are extremely gratefull to all those who have helped us to date.
we won't list or acknowledge individuals on this page unless they specifically ask
we will always acknowledge the source of data when specific records are requested
copyright Howard & Dawn Laver
updated 27 Feb 2019