Thanks for sharing this with us. I had a similar issue with a family member and did
exactly the same as you and eventually found my man. It is clear that we have to be
imaginative in how we search for information and never give up.
From: DEVON [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jon OFHS5790
Sent: 21 March 2017 09:27
Subject: [DEV] Charles Henry Yelland - a Man of Mystery?
For many years I have been trying to find out who my wife’s great grandfather Charles
Henry YELLAND really was. He suddenly appeared from nowhere signing up to the RMLI at
London on 9th April 1891, but prior to that he quite simply didn’t exist. Many kind
listers around the country gave of their time and effort to try and help solve the
mystery, but all leads that were followed could not find the answer to who he really was.
I’m overwhelmingly happy to be able to tell you that, after more than twelve years, this
mystery has finally been solved, and a long-standing brickwall has been broken down for
I have just published the results of my research at the following link if anyone would
like to read it. It really does show that when you have a brick wall such as this,
absolutely every tiny bit of information you can find is essential:
I’m sending this message to this list because it clearly shows there was no connection to
the Charles Henry Yelland of Kingsteignton as I’d previously thought, and also because he
is the son of Charles Henry Discombe Balmont who was born in 1844 at Dulverton, which came
under the Tiverton RD and was very much on the boundary of Devon and Somerset..
Kindest regards to all,
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