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Surname Saturday – Hughes

This week the focus of Surname Saturday is the patronymic surname ‘Hughes’. While the origin of the name is apparently in Wales my Hughes history has taken me out of Wales into the Black Country. Follow my ancestor’s journeys from Shropshire to Worcestershire and Staffordshire then on to Monmouthshire. My earliest Hughes (so far) is John Hughes.  John married Sarah around the turn of the 19th century, possibly in Shropshire. They had several children including Thomas (1809), James (1811), Joseph […]

More than a name

When one ventures into the murky waters of family history, one never knows what skeletons may jump out of the closet or what treasures may be uncovered. When I started my research I knew very little of my family history, I even knew little about my own grandparents.  Throughout my journey I’ve discovered more about my living relatives as well as discovering their forefathers. While I have census returns, BMD certificates and parish records, the stories of my ancestors lives […]

Surname Saturday : Bruce

This week, the name that is the focus of my Saturday post is the one that I’ve (rather ashamedly) given the most time, the most thought.  Part of my reason is down to the story of Robert the Bruce…. Braveheart!!!  What a family story that would be!  However, the realist in me says that is never going to happen.  I’m not THAT deranged.  The earliest Bruce in my tree is William Bruce.  William’s place of birth is still eluding me, […]

What is wrong with this family? Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

I’ve been researching my Family History for almost 5 years (wow, I’ve never had a hobby that’s been this consistent) and in that time I’ve seen some funny/strange/frustrating “facts” that are simply not true, not possible or simply just downright wrong.  The following has to be my crown (family) jewel.. William Bruce (son of James Bruce and Elizabeth Henderson) was born 23 Dec 1796 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and died 28 Jul 1871 in Newburn St, West Hartlepool, Durham, England. […]

1861 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

RG09/3976/16/1 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth Disability WHITE, William Head M M 44 Master Dursley, Gls   WHITE, Caroline Wife M F 30 Matron Axbridge, Som   TAYLOR, May Schoo U F 60 School mistress Chepstow, Mon   PRICE, Jane Nurse U F 38 Nurse Chepstow, Mon   FLOWER, Henry Porter M M 42 Porter West Harptree, Som   FLOWER, Hannah P.wife M F 44 Porter wife Abercarn, Mon   MILLS, George Patient U M 82 […]

Surname Saturday : Weeks

Weeks, an English surname that is topographical and/or occupational, has been one I’ve enjoyed researching.  Interestingly, my Weeks I have (thanks to FreeREG) managed to follow the line back to Stowey, Somerset.  However, this is based on parish records already transcribed, there could still be more and the information is only as reliable as the information that has been uploaded. Thomas (the Younger) Weeks was buried in Stowey, Somerset on 21st February 1781.  His wife, Sarah, died 13 months earlier […]

What happened to Kate?

One big mystery concerning The Man’s family tree is that of his great grandmother’s “disappearance”. Catherine Eliza Pagett Bown, Kate, was born in Leicester around 1861 to Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley.  Henry and Ann had at least four other children, John William (1848 -1923), Samuel Henry (1851-1889), Thomas Pagett (1853-1916), Arthur Garrad (1855-1875) and Annie (1866). She appeared to have a normal life with her family until her marriage, aged 24, to James Davidson.  They married on 25th […]

1851 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

HO107/2443/275/13 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth LEWIS, Joseph Head W M 50 Master Union Workhouse Tidenham, Gls HODGSON, Elizabeth   U F 33 Matron Union Workhouse Chepstow, Mon TAYLOR, Mary Ann   U F 30 Schoolmistress U.Workhouse Chepstow, Mon BUTTERY, Jane   U F 28 Nurse Union Workhouse Halifax, N. Amer TAYLOR, Elizabeth Pauper W F 89 Formerly Shopkeeper Aylburton, Gls COX, William Pauper U M 48 Formerly Farm Lab Portskewett, Mon LEWIS, John Pauper U […]

Happy New Year!!

Where does the time go?  Here we are in 2012 and I’m still stuck in the 1800’s I’m hoping the next year will bring plenty of fruitful searches of various records being made available online, as well as trips to various Places of Worship, Cemeteries and Record Offices. I have already given the blog a makeover this year and have given myself a few goals to acheive this year.  However, whether they will be successful remains to be seen. Order […]

An update

I haven’t been posting as much as I wanted to lately, things started to catch up with me I guess. However for the remainder of 2011 and the start of 2012 I have some exciting things happening. I took the plunge last week and purchased The Next Generation (TNG) and uploaded/installed it onto Walking with Ancestors. This means I am in the process of moving my tree from Tribal Pages to this domain. I learned a lot while installing it […]