Those Places Thursday: My 17th century ancestor, Richard Fryer's, story is published

Category: Ancestors Corner

Discover Your History MagazineMy final article being published in the Discover Your History magazine is out today, available in good newsagents, including WH Smith, or online.

This time, I investigate the life of my 8 x great-grandfather, Richard Fryer (abt. 1663-1710), by examining his will and evaluating the inventory for clues. Richard was a yeoman from Overton in Arlingham, Gloucestershire.

I have visited Arlingham on a number of occasions and one gets the feeling that, in some ways, not much has changed from Richard's day. The village is still rural, although I can imagine it was more of a hive of activity in the 17th century than it is now. It's still made up of farms and smallholdings but the landscape wouldn't be quite so recognisable to Richard as Arlingham used to consist of many orchards before the outbreak of Dutch Elm disease wiped most of them out in the 1970's.

Richard Fryer article in Discover Your History

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Site Updates - Surnames: Martin, Davis, Gill, Hutton, Parsons, Pointing, Barham, Bird, Sherborn, Garland

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

The latest updates to my website are based around the family of my great-uncle by marriage, Charles Henry Martin (abt. 1903-1942), who was originally from Twerton-on-Avon. The following is a list of the new family pages which extend out from Charles:
Place names: Twerton-on-Avon, Bath, Timsbury and Wellington in Somerset; Everton in Lancashire; Woodford and Clifton in Gloucestershire; Walsall in Staffordshire; Calne in Wiltshire.

Charles Henry Martin
My great-uncle, Charles Henry Martin (abt. 1903 - 1942)

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Tuesday's Tip: New Document in the Shop - In Search of Henry

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Following on from the publication of my series of articles in the Discover Your History magazine, my first article is now available for download in my Online Shop for a modest fee.

In Search of Henry

It tells the story of my great-grandfather, Henry James Weaver, who was accidentally killed in WWI. Henry was married to Florence Smale and was my maternal grandmother's father. He came from Curry Rivel in Somerset and spent a few short weeks serving in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry before he died in September 1916, ten days before Florence gave birth to my gran. Henry is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension in France and is also commemorated on the War Memorials in Curry Rivel and the town of Tavistock in Devon, where Florence was from.

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My Blog is 3 Today

Category: General

Having just checked in at Geneabloggers, I am reminded that my blog has now been running for 3 years. Having posted over 230 articles I wonder where I've found the time to do it. This is on top of all the research and updates to my tree and main website.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm Family History Bonkers and long may it continue!

Birthday Cake

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Ancestry supports the Royal British Legion - help out by watching a short video

Category: General

Ancestry.co.uk will donate 1 (up to a maximum of 10,000) to the Royal British Legion for each view of this video on YouTube until 20 November. Please share the video with your friends and family.

Ancestry supports the Royal British Legion

Follow Friday: John Dando's story is published in Discover Your History magazine

Category: Ancestors Corner

Discover Your History MagazineThe third in my series of articles has been published in the November issue of the Discover Your History magazine and is now available to buy in all good newsagents or online.

This month, I tell the story of John Dando, my 6 x great-great-grandfather, exploring his Non-Conformist connections including his letter to a Countess and his association with George Whitefield, one of the founders of Methodism.


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Those Places Thursday: Planned Plymouth History Centre - have your say!

Category: General

You can have your say in the plans for the intended Plymouth Historic and Cultural Centre by completing an online survey which is available at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/historycentre. You don't need to live in Plymouth, or even in Devon or the UK, to participate in the survey so if you have an interest in Plymouth's heritage, then please get involved. The closing date for completing the survey is 27th October.

Full details of the planned project, agreed by the City Council on 3rd September 2013, can be found here.

For Plymouth locals there will be a 'pop-up museum' in the Drake Circus Shopping Mall where you can forward your ideas. The pop-up museum will be in the atrium (outside Starbucks and Primark) from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October. Read more here.

Pop-Up Museum Banner

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Friday Funny: Church font doubles as a dust-pan

Category: Ancestors Corner

Today's amusing anecdote is attributed to Aaron Taysum (abt. 1780-1851) who was the parish clerk in Arlingham, Gloucestershire, taking over the role from his father after he died in 1807.

In 1886, John Sayer, the son of a former vicar of Arlingham, published his writings which were again republished in 2008 in a book called 'Antiquities of Arlingham'. Apparently Aaron Taysum utilized a metal basin as a dust-pan. The following excerpt reveals how this basin had previously been used as a font

"The font, as all parishioners know, is of modern work; the elder ones will remember that before this font was placed in the church the wooden structure now adapted as an alms box, and which was provided with a silver basin, was given for this purpose by Lady Mill, then living at the Court, and the representative of the Yate family, and superseded an ancient pewter or metal basin, which had been doing duty for a font, and which subsequently the writer recollects, was used by the clerk, Aaron Taysum, for a dust-pan, until rescued and carried to Slowwe, where it now is. It is very remarkable that there is no trace or tradition of any ancient stone font, such as must have been in the church."

The font in the Church at Arlingham
The font which currently stands in the Church at Arlingham


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Site Updates - Surnames: Taysum/Taysom/Toysom, Longney, Mills, Watkins, Greenway, Goulding/Golding, Aylaway, Organ, Welch, Minton

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

I have recently been extending my Taysum/Taysom/Toysom line and have added a number of people and included further information for some of the existing people on my site as follows:

Place names: Arlingham, Minchinhampton, Drybrook, Frocester and Westbury on Severn, all in Gloucestershire.



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Follow Friday: G-G-Grandmother's story is published in Discover Your History magazine

Category: Ancestors Corner

Discover Your History MagazineMy second article has been published in the October issue of the Discover Your History magazine and is now available in the shops. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the magazine or buy a single copy online.

This month's story, appearing on pages 36 and 37, is about my great-great-grandmother, Sarah Louisa Oliver. It tells the tale of Sarah's turbulent relationships, how she ran away to Australia and had a child by John George Waldegrave Barnes, a man she never married. She returned to England with just her child and took up with William Elbert Dando, my great-great-grandfather. After marrying William and having a son, the relationship quickly disintegrated, leading to some unpleasant goings-on including Sarah's arrest. William tried to divorce Sarah without success and eventually bigamously 'married' another woman.


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