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  • Posted on: 20 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

There is something mythical - at least in my bit of the Thrale family - about Nomansland. Thrale family legend is that Nomansland in Sandridge really belongs to the Thrale family. However, the problem was proving this as the deeds proving Thrale ownership were lost. This is the story that my late father Kenneth Thrale told me as a child. Even today my Uncle Brian still recounts this injustice!

Mr Thrale and Sarah Tarver née Fox

  • Posted on: 20 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Alan Cristall identified that in the mid-1700s, a woman called Sarah Fox was married to a wealthy brewer named Thraile, who, for the benefit of his health took his wife to live in France and died shortly afterwards, leaving her a wealthy young widow. So far no one has been able to identify who Mr Thraile was and which brewery he owned.

Can you help?

Charles Holmes Thrall - the spy

  • Posted on: 17 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Leaving directly for Florida, he was enlisted by the Navy to serve as a spy. He was listed as correspondent by the New York Daily Telegram and worked from the flagship which lead the blockade off Havana. He was put ashore on four occasions, his primary mission was to evaluate gun placements.

The first mission went smoothly. On the second mission, he rescued a woman news correspondent serving as a spy who had become suspect. As a result; he became suspect, and a reward for his capture dead or alive was set at 2,000 pesos.

George Marsh 1806

I wonder if you have in your archive any mention of this property which was where the Anchor Brewery building now stands. The piles are still in the Thames, 100ft east of the old horseleydown stairs.

I would like to tie this George Marsh in with Marsh's Dock if possible; maybe a son of the George Marsh who set up the dock? I understand Thrale and Courage had dealings with Russia at that time. IanMacDonald.