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Times helps distant reader find her long lost cousins

PUBLISHED: 13:45 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 25 August 2010

MEMORIES: Carol Kent, now.

MEMORIES: Carol Kent, now.

A GRANDMOTHER who emigrated to New Zealand more than 30 years ago has tracked down her long lost cousins. Carol Kent, nee Ellis, 67, moved from 11 Shuttle Road, Crayford, to Guernsey, in 1960 and then to New Zealand in 1970, with her husband Tom. Two

THEN: Carol Ellis as she was in Crayford, in 1960.

A GRANDMOTHER who emigrated to New Zealand more than 30 years ago has tracked down her long lost cousins.

Carol Kent, nee Ellis, 67, moved from 11 Shuttle Road, Crayford, to Guernsey, in 1960 and then to New Zealand in 1970, with her husband Tom.

Two years later her mother died and she lost touch with her many cousins in Kent.

Now after contacting the Bexley Times she has found her cousin and former bridesmaid, Jean Given.

The mother-of-three, who now lives in Ballance Steet, Masterton Wairarapa, said: "My six cousins on my father's side I found with the Times help. Jean the eldest girl, I was especially thrilled to find as she was one of my bridesmaids.

"We have been in touch via emails and I know she is as pleased as I am to have found her.

"My father had six brothers so you can imagine how many cousins I have and that is just on my father's side."

The grandmother-of-seven managed to track down another three cousins in Australia by putting an advert in the newspaper the Sunday Herald.

She said: "I was thrilled to find the three cousins in Australia as I and another cousin had been looking for them for over 30 years. When I finally found them I was overjoyed and they were too, which is so lucky because they may have not wanted to know us.

"My late mother was an aunt of these three cousins and we have never met them and still haven't.

"I wanted to find them for her and her late brother. She also has a sister who is 81 and lives in Belvedere."

Mrs Kent's father was Jonathan Ellis, who had a business making motor bike mudguards and chain guard bands. Her mother - Dorothy May Ellis, born Sears, worked with her husband.

Their daughter - Mrs Kent - left school in 1956 and worked for about six months at Dussek Bros in Crayford and in 1957 started work at the Midland Bank in Bermondsey, before being transferred to the Dartford branch."

She was still working there when she married Thomas Albert Kent on June, 4, 1960, at Christ Church in Bexleyheath. Cannon E.A.H Roberts conducted the service.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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