By Tracey Farish
I have done a lot of family history and have discovered some amazing coincidences. I lived in Stevenage from 1971 until 1984. My parents, brother and sister are still there.
My father’s family we believed hailed from Tottenham and my father came from a long line of Charles Thomas Hawkins.
I got as far back as his great great grandfather and discovered Luigi Landi who had come from Italian to Stevenage of all places. He married an Emma Munt who worked in the White Lion – they met when they were about 14. It is believed Luigi changed his name to Thomas Hawkins because he had a friend called Thomas and he worked for Lord Henry Hawkins.
He has a marvellous obituary in The Tottenham Herald in 1899. But if anyone has more information about the interim years from about 1859 I would be thrilled to hear.