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Monthly Archives: February 2012

The problem with Seamen….

I fear I’m not going to be able to start this story at the beginning of old George’s life because the journey of discovery started at his death. George Henry Hazell died in 1939 in Newport.  His death was registered as George H. Hazell in the 3rd quarter of 1939.  His age at the registration was given as 64 years, giving a birth year of 1875. George married Elizabeth Ann Comley in 1903 in Newport, Monmouthshire.  By 1911, the couple […]

Surname Saturday – COMLEY

Comley, a locational surname possibly deriving from the village of Comley in Shropshire, is a prominent name in The Man’s family tree. The earliest Comley I have researched is John Comley, husband of Sarah, who died in 1743 in Great Somerford, Wiltshire.  Sarah, died in Great Somerford, 14 years earlier. John and Sarah welcomed 7 children into the world namely Jeffrey, Thomas, Theophilius, Elizabeth, John, Joseph and William. **** Jeffrey Comley married Dinah Porter in the early 18th century.    They […]

Can you ever stop?

My TNG tree currently stands at 1279 individuals with 236 families and 153 unique surnames.  My tree is barely a branch compared to others that I know of but a lot of hard work has gone into it.  I’ve spent countless hours in front of a computer screen piecing together each of the families, not to mention the time taken actually filling in the various data fields… My tree mostly consists of the traceable direct ancestors and their siblings so […]

What happened to Kate? – An Update

A few weeks ago I posted about a family brick wall in “What happened to Kate?“. Within the post I described the mystery surrounding her disappearance; it really was a case of ‘now you see me, now you don’t!’ Kate Bown, the daughter of Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley, married a Scottish tailor, James Davidson, on 25th October 1885 at St Matthew’s Church in Leicester. The couple had 4 children; Wallace Henry, Stuart James, Maggie and Dorothy in the […]

The Cefn Mably Mystery

When I add a relative to my tree, I automatically attempt to collect Birth, Marriage, Death and Census info about them.  Sometimes it is unsuccessful and I hit a dead end other times the hours I put in searching for individuals is worth every minute. Recently, I added The Man’s great great grandfather’s cousin, Henry George KELLY. Henry was born in Coedkernew, Newport in 1857.  His parents were Henry KELLY and Jane Steel PARSONS.  He grew up a rather wealthy […]

Surname Saturday – Attewell

Attewell, a topographical surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, is derived from the Olde English ‘aet’ and ‘wiella’, meaning “At Well/Spring or Stream”.  This ‘aet wiella’ developed into the Middle English ‘atte well’. 1 Attewell is not a very prominent name in the Man’s family, the relationship came about through a marriage during the middle of the 19th Century.  The Attewell family lived in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire throughout the 1800’s, however these are not to be confused with the Attwell’s living in Newport […]

What do you do?

A question that comes up frequently when meeting new people is the age old, What do you do?  Regardless of how well I plan my answer to the next person, I always stumble over my words.   Being a stay at home Mum to two young children (my boy is 6 while my girl is 2), my life revolves around them.  I don’t work in a conventional job and I spend my “spare” time writing.  I have written various blogs […]