My blog is one year old today

Category: General

Hibbitt Family History BlogIt's been 12 months since I started my blog (the main site has been going for about 4 years now) and in that time I've posted over 150 articles ranging from items from Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book, images from my grandpa's collection of slides, 'On This Day' in the history of my family, features on specific ancestors, a slection of genealogical links and tips, and more.

I don't have a favourite post but I like my 'Ancestors Corner' category most of all as it fleshes out some of the details of my forbears and, at times, allows me to indulge in my own thoughts and draw my own conclusions.

I'm not entirely certain what sort of following I have so if you'd like to say hi, please drop me a line in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you.

Here's looking forward to my next blogiversary!

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Follow Friday: Preserving your personal family tree website for posterity

Category: Handy Family History Links

UK Web ArchiveIf you have your own family tree website you might consider archiving it to a CD or DVD and handing it on to the next generation. After all, who's going to maintain your site after you've gone? The snag here though, is that there'll be a finite number of peope who'll be able to appreciate your efforts and that's only if they happen to share your interest. You could find your research destined for a dusty drawer or, worse still, put out with the rubbish.

In this digital age of readily available information, it seems logical that your site should remain on the internet for a wider audience to read and enjoy. So how do we do this?.....Read more »

On This Day...22nd - 31st October

Category: On This Day...


James George Pitcher1920 - James George Pitcher died and was buried two days later in Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand.

(Image: copyright © Diane Oliver.)


1885 - Aubrey Jones Dando was born 126 years ago.

1889 - Charles Tidmarsh Dando died at Chatsworth House, Tyndalls Park, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. He was the son of my 4 x great-grandparents, Joseph Dando and Ann (nee Murch), and was aged 75 at the time of his death.


1814 - Harriet Free (nee Rowlandson) was the first wife of my great-great-grandfather, Stephen Free. Harriet was born 197 years ago.


1863 - James Rice Pitcher died at Uley, Gloucestershire, 148 years ago. He lived at Hodgecombe Farm and his will was proved in the following January by his brother, Timothy. James left 'under 800'.

1874 - the eldest son of my great-great-grandparents, Richard Arthur Weaver, was born in Curry Rivel, Somerset.


1834 - Philip Martin was the eldest son of my 3 x great-grandfather, also Philip Martin, and his first wife, Maria Bate or Bote. He was born in Bradford in North Devon, 177 years ago.

1895 - Thomas Smale, was my great-great-uncle and was born on 26th October, 116 years ago. 'Uncle Tom' lived well into his nineties and I can remember him very well. He once gave me an ivory covered prayer book which had belonged to his wife, Nellie, which I've kept to this day.

1921 - Alfred Chudley was born at 13 Market Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth.


1810 - 201 years ago, my 4 x great-grandparents, George Newbold & Ann Parker, were married in St Peter & St Paul's Church, Exton, Rutland.


1834 - Stephen Dando was the son of my 6 x great-grandparents, John & Susanna Dando. Stephen died 177 years ago and was buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, London, on the 3rd November. His obituary was published in the Evangelical Magazine in the following May and stated that "When under deep distress of feeling, occasioned by shortness of breath, he was frequently heard to exclaim, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit"...he calmly waited for his dismission from earth, and died in the Lord on Thursday morning, 30th October, 1834, in the seventy-fifth year of his age...".

1820 - Edmund Cotterill & Sarah Evans were married in St Mary's Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Edmund was my 3 x great-grandfather and Sarah was his first wife.


1814 - Emma Dando was born. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dando, the elder, and his first wife, Hannah (nee Langston).

1815 - my great-great-grandfather, Stephen Free, was born in Hadstock, Essex, 196 years ago.

Happy Anniversary to you, Mum and Dad!

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Site Updates - Surnames: Pitcher, Ansley, George, Marshall, Ball, Higgs

Category: What's New at

Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Aylburton near Lydney, Hawkesbury, Hewelsfield, Newland, Scatterford, Clearwell, Stow, St Briavels, all in Gloucestershire, and Ross on Wye in Herefordshire.

Resources > Biographies section

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Site Updates - Pitcher and Gwinn/Gwyn

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Aylburton near Lydney, Gloucestershire, plus Hawkesbury and Woolaston, also in Gloucestershire.

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Talented Tuesday: Supporting the Magpies - a wise choice after all

Category: Famous Connections

When I was growing up I didn't have a great interest in football. My elder brother used to be, and still is, extremely enthusiastic about the sport and so I adopted a favourite team when I was about 9 years old. That team was Chelsea, picked out simply because I liked the colour they wore. Since those days, I've become an avid football fan and it's good to see the team doing so well in the last few years.

Where is all this leading, I hear you say! Bear with me, there is a genealogical point here. Back in the 1970's you may remember two footballing brothers with the same surname as me Terry and Kenny Hibbitt. I can still see Terry in Newcastle's black and white strip and Kenny in the distinctive gold of Wolves. Hibbitt, being a relatively unusual name, particularly with this spelling, I often wondered if we were related.

So recently, I set about researching the brothers' ancestry and, to my surprise and delight, I found a connection. We are/were (sadly Terry passed away in 1994) fifth cousins. My 4 x great-grandparents, Luke Hibbit and Mary (nee Leerin/Leeson?), were Terry and Kenny's 4 x great-grandparents too. They are descended from the couple's son, Luke, whereas I am descended from their son, Amos.

My brother supports Plymouth Argyle (well it's tough but somebody has to) but his son supports Newcastle United for reasons unknown. However, it now seems my nephew's team choice wasn't so obscure after all.

[Why Talented Tuesday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

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New Download in the Shop - 1910-11 Post Office Street Directory for Tavistock, Devon

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Post Office DirectoryThe latest offering in the Online Shop is the 1910-1911 Post Office Street Directory for Tavistock, Devon. This transcript contains more than 1000 entries. Residents are listed by street for the town of Tavistock in Devon and there's also a schedule for the Parish of Tavistock Hamlets listed in alphabetical order.

These directories contain indexes for ordinary working people. Discover who lived in your house, find out where your ancestors lived and who their neighbours were.

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On This Day...11th - 21st October

Category: On This Day...


1875 - my 2 x great-grandparents, William Elbert Dando & Sarah Louisa Oliver, married 136 years ago in St James's Church, Westminster. Their marriage certificate confirms that Sarah called herself Sarah Louisa Barnes and she declared herself a widow. This was not actually true - Sarah had run off to Australia with John G.W. Barnes in 1865 and had had a daughter by him before returning in 1869 with no money or friends. She looked up her old flame (she and William had previously been engaged) and the couple lived together until Sarah became pregnant, at which time they married in the church which is just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus in London.

1884 - by some strange coincidence, William chose the very same day to wed again 9 years later when William Elbert Dando & Emma Sheriff tied the knot in Manhatten, New York. The main problem with this was that William hadn't divorced Sarah and so this second union was a bigamous match! This is probably why the couple travelled to America for the ceremony.

1874 - my 2 x great-grandmother went up the aisle 137 years ago. George Oakes & Hannah Maria Cotterill, were wed in All Saints Church in Birmingham. Hannah (or Annie, as she was also known) already had 4 children by my great-grandfather, Henry Ridley, but it appears that she and Henry never married.


1811 - Ann Rigsby, my 6 x great-grandmother, died at the age of 57 and was buried in the Churchyard at Black Torrington, Devon.

1854 - Mariana Dando, the one year old daughter of Joseph Clifford Dando (1st) and Beulah Parker, died.

1850 - retired silk manufacturer, Joseph Spiers, the elder, & Elizabeth Tisdall, were married in Hove, Sussex. Elizabeth was Joseph's second wife.


1852 - Joseph Clifford Dando (1st) and Beulah Parker, were married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1806 - Jane Clark was the third wife of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando. She was born on 13th October, 205 years ago.

1914 - Molly Irene Joan Fryer was was born at 13 Upper Church Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales.


1891 - 120 years ago, James Smale & Emma Friend were married in the Register Office in Tavistock, Devon. James was the son of my 3 x great-grandparents, William Smale & Mary Jane (nee Moore).

1817 - the third child of Nathaniel Dando, the elder, and his first wife, Hannah (nee Langston), George Dando, was born.


1727 - it was 284 years ago when my 7 x great-grandparents, John Longman & Agnes Tucker, were married in Merton, North Devon.


1783 - Joseph Fyer & Hannah Woodward, wed in St Mary the Virgin's Church, Arlingham Gloucestershire. Hannah was Joseph's second wife.


1822 - my 4 x great-grandmother, Ann Fryer (nee Jones), died in Overton in Arlingham, Gloucestershire, and was buried 3 days later in the local churchyard.

1774 - Thomas Gethen & Ann Dando were married in the Anglican Church at Dursley, 237 years ago. Ann was the daughter of my 6 x great-grandparents, John & Susanna Dando, who had very strong Non-conformist links. Nevertheless, it was often the case at that time that weddings were conducted in the Established Church.

St James the Great Church, Dursley, Gloucestershire
St James the Great Church, Dursley, Gloucestershire


1862 - my 4 x great-grandfather, Richard Fryer, died of typhoid fever and bronchitis in the City of Gloucester at the approximate age of 70.

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New Download in the Shop - Hodgecombe Farm, Uley, Glos.

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Hodgecombe Farm was once the home of Benjamin Pitcher and his wife, Sarah (nee Rice), during the 19th century. Afterwards, the farm passed to their eldest son, James Rice Pitcher, and his wife, Ann (nee Powell).

Hodgecombe Farm Auctioneer's DetailsThe Online Shop now contains a 2 document bundle with information about Hodgecombe Farm...
  • 1971 Auctioneer's Details - a transcript of the auctioneer's brochure when Hodgecombe Farm was advertised for sale in 1971. (4 pages)
  • Hodgecombe Farm, A Brief History - a short account of the history of Hodgecombe Farm with 4 modern-day photographs. (1 page)

New - Hibbitt Family History Online Shop

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Digital DownloadsI've begun creating an Online Shop which contains a number of genealogy and family history documents which I've put together and made available as digital downloads. The fees are quite small and help towards the running costs of my web site. I'll be adding to the shop in the next few weeks but in the meantime, you can buy:
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