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Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn’t until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to Leicestershire, by which time I was teaching in Shottermill and living in a bedsit on the London side of the Hindhead crossroads. Although I spent my secondary school years away at school in Lyme Regis and then at college in Chichester, via a “gap year” in Hong Kong, that is the area which I know best and little did I know then, it is the area of a quarter of my paternal roots.

OS Old Series Hampshire 1810s

I had written in my blog about my relocation to West Sussex and the coincidences I have since found with the places where my paternal ancestors lived in Genetic memories …. or just coincidence? As I had got further back in my tree, it looked as though I might have ancestors from the parish of Headley – the Hampshire one – in the late 1600s/early 1700s. The parish includes several hamlets; Standford, Arford, Headley Down, Barford, Wishanger. Sleaford, Trottsford, and part of Hollywater and at that time, also included Grayshott. Lindford and part of Bordon.

Rockdale c1959

While researching for this article, I came across Pat Nightingale’s Memoir. It was fascinating reading since I remember her sister Maureen and their parents very well. We must have moved to Rockdale at about the same time and I am fairly sure that Maureen is in this picture along with me, my brother and two of her brothers. She moved on to secondary school a year before me and soon afterwards we left Grayshott – I have a vague memory of being told that they went to Australia, whether that was before or after we left Grayshott, I don’t remember. In those days we were able to spend all day roaming in the woods, coming back when it was time to eat. The village was surrounded with woods and heathland with ponds and good climbing trees and we could explore for miles, travelling through the Golden Valley and up towards the Devils Punchbowl.

When we first went to the village, I was able to walk up the road to the classroom annexe of the village school in the Village Hall where  Miss Miles was in charge. I have vague memories of long division, lumpy custard, scratchy pens and having to sing with my arms hooked over the back of the chair and Miss Miles always calling me Frances. I wasn’t with that class long and soon after, I was moved to the main buildings of the school at the other end of the village. Many years later as a student summer job, I taught foreign students who had come over to learn English in that same village hall classroom. One of my teachers then who encouraged me to play the piano and started my love for singing and music, later turned out to be my supervisor when I was doing my final teaching practice at The Herbert Shiner in Petworth – a small world!!

One of my favourite places in the village was also in the village hall – the library. There were two halls – the library was in the smaller of the two and The Grayshott Stagers performed in the large hall which had a stage. Both my mother and I appeared on stage with the Stagers. In Surprise match, I have written about discovering lately through DNA that we are distantly related to Les Larkham, one of the leading lights of the Stagers. The village hall was also the focus of organisations like the WI which my mother also became involved with, as well as Brownies and Guides which we were both involved with.

Names which have popped up in my tree are familiar from my time at Grayshott School and later living in Headley. They aren’t uncommon names at all, but maybe one of them will also test out their DNA, although the match will be so far back that with the recent announcement of the changes which Ancestry is about to make, we may never find each other now. They are local names which feature strongly in the parish registers as hosted by John Owen Smith – Boxall, Hawkins, Hudson and Coombs (in various spellings) are names I remember well.

My bedsit from 1972-1976 was above an antique shop, Albany Antiques, on the London Road going towards the Punchbowl. The postcard, from about 1910, shows my dormer windows in the roof quite clearly above the woman standing alone in the centre of the picture. In 1901 and 1911 it looks as though the building was a general store. The building between there and the Post Office was a tea and luncheon room then and was a restaurant when I was there. I would wait for the bus towards Shottermill outside what was then the Hindhead Huts Hotel and buy my magazines in the corner shop which was once the Post Office.

Although the building I lived in is still there today, what was once a very busy and noisy crossroads has changed immensely since the building of the A3 tunnel, as has the whole area.  Instead of the constant background noise of the lorries heading north and south waiting at the traffic lights, the road is now closed off and has been grassed over now.

The crossroads at Hindhead is probably important in my family’s history too. Going north and turning left at the crossroads takes you eventually to Farnham and Odiham and turning right would take you over the border to Sussex where yet more putative relations are to be found. Going south towards Portsmouth, you get to Bramshott and further south to the Clanfield area. One of my direct ancestors, Joseph Hart, was a coachman based in Farnham – he must have known the crossroads well, travelling towards London or Portsmouth many times, braving the highwayman while travelling across Hindhead Common.

In the 17th century, the route around Hindhead was a particularly hazardous one, with highwaymen lying in wait to ambush unsuspecting travellers as they made their way down the Portsmouth Road. Such was the reputation of Hindhead Common in those days, many travellers actually wrote their wills before setting out on their journey.

I had no idea whatsoever when I was living and working there of all these connections with my paternal roots. The people from the villages in the surrounding area met, married and intermarried until their descendant George Albert Lewcock, who was born 1842 in Farnham and was my great x2 paternal grandfather, left for London where he met his wife who was from St Ives, Huntingdonshire.

FURTHER READING

Grayshott Heritage

Wikiwand: Grayshott

Headley by the Wey

Headley Village

Hindhead Crossroads

Hindhead tunnel

Old Hampshire Mapped

The Grayshott Stagers

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl

 

Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 16: Air

Flying, civilian pilots and air crew, RAF & Fleet Air Arm, ornithologists, fresh air .... When I saw this week's prompt I wasn't sure I had anything to really write about and was intending to write about fresh air as most of the world including me are under...

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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

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Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

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Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

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Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

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Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

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Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

For some time, I had spotted references to Amy Johnson Crow's genealogical writing challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and often thought it would be a good idea but simply never got round to it. This year I saw another reference and as it was at the end of December, ...

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Schooldays

The de Fraine, Tompkins and Gillett families often sent both their sons and daughters away from home for a few years of education, and I have several times spotted familiar surnames on lists of pupils, which when I have tracked them through other census returns and through birth registrations have turned out to be related to the name I was originally looking for.

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones – both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal.

Maternal lucky find

Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucester, England

My great x2 grandfather, John Gillett, was baptised in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1835, before civil registration of course so no idea of his mother’s maiden name. He was the oldest child and even had his birth announced in the the newspapers, but with no clue there either. Richard Gillett his father had come from Brize Norton and as a tenant farmer, could have been married anywhere and there were several possibilities in various locations. It didn’t  help that the place of birth varied for her in the census returns and could even have been two different wives called Anne – she is also listed as being deaf in one census.

I bit the cost bullet and sent for the birth certificate for the next child, born in December 1837,  which said that her mother’s maiden name was Wood. Given my doubts about whether there might have been two different wives called Anne I still wasn’t sure. Even when the GRO eventually allowed searching by maiden names more recently and all the children came up with the same maiden name, I still wasn’t 100% convinced. Whenever likely counties records came on line I would look for this marriage but no joy.

Anne Gillett

As everyone does, every so often I randomly google the names or locations in my tree to see what pops up, and last summer, I came across some Oxfordshire records which I’d not seen before, the Index of Oxford Diocese Marriage Bonds and Affidavits, 1661-1850 and as usual went to the page for G and there it was – the missing marriage!! Thank you to Donnette Stringham Smith who had paid $200 for three rolls of microfilm to be filmed in June 1976.

Anne would have been about 18 years old then and Richard was 24. I can see from the index that John’s future wife’s grandparents (my 4x great grandparents)  also appear on the index so I have more work to do yet on this set of documents.!

G 265
Gillett, Richard, 21 a.u. of St. Aldates, Oxford
Wood, Ann, under 21 of Hawling, Glos.
At St. Aldates, Oxford 14 Oct 1831
d. 47
f. 312

In some ways that serendipitous discovery has taken me no further since tracking down her parents is proving a challenge but I have found out a lot about the Wood family from the Stow-in-the-Wold and Naunton area of Gloucestershire and it was very satisfying to have found out my great x3 grandmother’s maiden name, It is possible that I have a picture of her as we do have pictures of John and a man believed to be Richard and we have also one of Susan Gillett’s grandmother, Anne Gillett – trouble is, both her grandmothers were called Anne Gillett.


Paternal discovery

Thanks to work done by Neville Lewcock I had a rough outline of my recent paternal family history and through work done by John Manning and Phyllis de Fraine, I had a fair idea of the bare bones of my maternal side. Their work was done by visiting archives and family memories but I was lucky in that when I was able to start my own research in 2002 there was already some online and more and more arriving all the time.

Thanks to the IGI and an unusual surname, I was quickly able to confirm Neville’s research back to Samuel Lewcock. baker, and his marriage to Sarah Taphouse in Farnham, Surrey in 1793 and the baptisms of their children. Through Genes Connected, I was soon in touch with other Lewcock researchers. Early on we had realised that there were distinct pockets of Lewcocks and Lucocks across England.

The nearest to Farnham were a family group in Pyrford, Surrey who were sometimes recorded as Lewcock. but mostly as Lucock and another group in Odiham, Hampshire who were generally recorded as Lewcock. Give the numerous possibilities of variant spellings with the name I had learned every quickly not to get precious over the spelling!

Will of Samuel Lewcock, baker, of Farnham. National Archives.

I had learned early on of the value of wills and my first foray took me to Samuel’s own will and also those of his daughter-in-law’s ancestors.

There was a baptism of a Samuel Lewcock in Odiham but the dates weren’t quite right so a tentative place of birth was recorded for him along with his potential family group but it was a few years before we could get much further with any confidence – unfortunately he had died before 1841 which didn’t help and the putative father had died quite young.

In the meantime, George Lucock’s family in Pyrford were being followed up and I added them to the tree in the hopes that one day I would find the join if there was one. By then we had been tracking Samuel’s possible siblings and there was a possible ink to a family in Hampton, Surrey.

So, we had a John Lewcock born c. 1767 born out of Surrey in 1841 in Hampton and a John Lewcock baptised in Odiham in 1867, possible brother of our Samuel, and their father Richard. Richard was baptised in Odiham, the son of George and Barbary Lewcock. We also had George Lucock of Pyrford, son of another George who had married a Jane Chitty. His age at burial was about the same as a George who was the son of George and Barbary of Odiham.

The Hampshire Baptism CDs were gradually being published along with various Surrey CDs and the possible family groupings for all three branches were being firmed up along with checking with the wills available. And then when I was exploring origins.net just to see what they had for another family entirely, I came across their new collection of wills from Surrey. And there it was – the missing link! (some of the correspondence appears here.)

Surrey & South London Will Abstracts  1470-1856  – now available on findmypast.

Samuel Hare of Farnham, carpenter, indisposed 28 Mar 1758
to my brother Richard Hare all my two freehold tenements in Cove, Hampshire in the occupation of Thomas Gardiner and Thomas Wooldridge for life and then to my nephews Richard Lewcock and George Lewcock sons of my sister Barbara Lewcock; to my said nephews Richard and George Lewcock all my messuage in Castle Street, Farnham on east side in my occupation paying to my said sister Barbara £10, to my sister Mary Gregg, widow £5, to my nieces Mary Humphreys and Sarah Hare daughters of my brother Richard £10 each, to my nephews and nieces Samuel Lewcock, Thomas Lewcock, Mary Lewcock and Barbara Lewcock children of my sister Barbara £10 each, to my nephew and niece William Vice and Ann Vice children of my sister Ann Vice £10 each; to my nephews Richard and George Lewcock all my goods, execs.
Witnesses: John Crook; George Smith (X); John Lacy
Proved: 5 Apr 1758 to execs. 
 

By now I had also acquired the fiches for Odiham – they were really hard to read and it took some time, but I did eventually find George’s marriage to Barbara Hare. Lewcock was mis-transcribed as usual but I had found what I needed without even deliberately looking! I remember being really excited and telling anyone who cared to listen.

It also took me a few generations back as the Hares were very good at leaving wills. Finding George’s baptism to get that line back further was tricky though and needed a trip to Winchester to look at their copies of the fiches – but we found it – for George Leeucock, son of yet another Richard.

We’re still looking to see if we can “find the join” with another group of Surrey Lewcocks from the Dorking area, but hopefully one day I will stumble upon it.

Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 16: Air

Flying, civilian pilots and air crew, RAF & Fleet Air Arm, ornithologists, fresh air .... When I saw this week's prompt I wasn't sure I had anything to really write about and was intending to write about fresh air as most of the world including me are under...

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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

read more
Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

read more
Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

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Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

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Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

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Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

For some time, I had spotted references to Amy Johnson Crow's genealogical writing challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and often thought it would be a good idea but simply never got round to it. This year I saw another reference and as it was at the end of December, ...

read more

Schooldays

The de Fraine, Tompkins and Gillett families often sent both their sons and daughters away from home for a few years of education, and I have several times spotted familiar surnames on lists of pupils, which when I have tracked them through other census returns and through birth registrations have turned out to be related to the name I was originally looking for.

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Expedition to NE Hampshire

Expedition to NE Hampshire

UPDATE: Since this trip, the research has moved on apace as more and more information has become available to us.

Katie and I met up with Peter in Farnham on a cold, wet day in September 2009. We had a quick look around in Farnham and then set off across the Hampshire border to explore some of the villages with Lewcock connections.

We looked at  the Lewcock gravestones In St Andrew’s churchyard in Farnham. They are virtually all illegible, but at least somebody had recorded the inscriptions back in the 1930s. They must have been difficult to decipher even then though, as some of the transcribed dates don’t match what we know are dates of burials.

Had a look at Hart’s Yard, just off West Street – we don’t know yet if the yard had any connection with Joseph Hart, Jessamine Lewcock’s father, a coachman, but it would have been right next door to a coaching inn which stood on the site of what is now the Lion and Lamb Courtyard.

We need to have a look at the tithe map of 1838 to see if we can work out where exactly the Lewcock and Hart families might have been located. They were in the centre – Borough and Castle Street in 1841 and 1851.

Hart’s Yard, West Street, Farnham

Our route took us to Blubeckers Mill House (now a restaurant) in North Warnborough. This may originally have been the mill of Samuel Lewcock, miller, whose estate was probated in 1810 or Thomas Lewcock of North Warnborough whose estate was probated in 1834, although there were several mills in the area.

We also passed Dipley Mill on the River Whitewater, which is near Heckfield and Mattingley, home of Lewcocks from at least 1782 when George, son of John and Mary Lewcock was baptised there.(1) Mattingley, which formed part of Heckfield, was constituted a separate parish in 1894.(2)

Mill House, North Warnborough

Dipley Mill

Our tour included visits to Rotherwick and Hartley Wintney, both places with Lewcocks recorded over the years, although as yet, we don’t know if there is any connection between them and Samuel Lewcock, baker of Farnham. It is likely that they originated in Odiham as we think he may have done, but this is all to be confirmed.  A side trip to Silchester to see the Roman settlement, was very interesting, though as yet we have not come across any Lewcocks recorded there!

Rotherwick Parish Church

St Mary, Hartley Wintney

SOURCES

1. Hackman’s Series of Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts published by P.R.T. Society

2. Victoria County History: A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4

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The Family Tree Forum Online Magazine was written and put together by the members of The Family Tree Forum. As one of the editors, I was able to twist some arms and  the following articles were originally written for the Family Tree Forum Online Magazine. A wide...

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Dear Sir

Dear Sir

It used to be extremely disconcerting to walk into a bank in the early 70s and to be asked by the teller if you were related to “the Lewcock who wrote those books”, with the emphasis on those. At that time Francis James Lewcock’s books on banking were still required...

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Printer and entomologist

Printer and entomologist

George Albert Lewcock was born in 1841 in Farnham in Surrey, the son of James who was a baker and confectioner, continuing the family business started by his father Samuel.James died in 1848, leaving a young family and his wife, Jessamine remarried the following year...

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Skeleton by marriage?

Skeleton by marriage?

When I registered for the 1911 census, I was really only expecting to confirm what I already knew, to see if some of my ancestors were still alive to narrow down dates for searching for their deaths and perhaps bring some of the distant twigs up to date. What I didn’t...

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Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds

Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds

A cause of curiosity to all and horror to some, I have a battered glass case in my living room containing a stuffed sparrow hawk with her bullfinch prey.  This is a macabre memorial to the collecting activities of the Lewcocks.

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Wives of Odiham

Wives of Odiham

Samuel Lewcock was baptised on the 1st April 1772 in Odiham, Hampshire, the son of Richard and Sarah Lewcock.

Odiham parish church

Richard Lewcock had married Sarah Harmsworth in Up Nately on 15th September 1762. His parents were George and Barbara. George Leeucock had married Barbara Hare in Odiham on 28th January 1727 and Richard was baptised there on 9th September 1728.

A Richard Lucock married Rachell Lane in South Warnborough on the 28th February 1688. I have found a baptism for a son, Richard, in South Warnborough in 1689 and a burial for a son, James, in Odiham in 1707. I have not found baptisms for other children as yet.

UPDATE: A trip to Winchester to look at their fiches (which are a little more legible than my copies) has given us the baptism of George in Odiham on the 14th July 1700.

I do have the relevant microfiches for Odiham at this time, but they are illegible in parts and very difficult to read in others, so I have to keep going back to them to see if they appear!! There are no others in the fiches for either South Warnborough or Up Nately.

Descendants of Unknown Lucock/Lewcock

“Extra Lewcocks”

There are three Lewcock men in this area whose baptisms have not been tracked down and we are therefore unsure where they fit.

Rather then lose sight of them and their descendants while the research continues, they have been temporarily attached as follows:

John who died in Sherfield Upon Lodden c1700-1773 who has been attached as a son of Richard and Rachell.

William (no dates), whose son James was baptised in Odiham in 1779, and John c1736-1813, who settled in Rotherwick, have been attached as sons of George and Barbara. Samuel Hare did not mention them in his will unlike Barbara’s other children, though this may not be relevant.

A Bararath Lewcock had an illegitmate son, Richard, baptised in Rotherwick in 1695. She has been attached as a possible sibling of Richard Lucock.


Richard Lewcock, son of Barbara and George Leeucock, married Sarah Harmsworth in Up Nately.

There is a family of Harmsworths recorded in Odiham, who appear to have orginated in Tadley, Hampshire where it is possble that Sarah was baptised. If this is so, she is the daughter of a Richard Harmsworth.

A Richard Harmsworth who died in Odiham in 1742, the son of Ralph Harmsworth of Baughurst, is reputed to be the direct ancestor of Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st and last Viscount Northcliffe. More research into this family is in progress!!


Barbara Hare

Barbara Hare married George Leeucock in Odiham, Hampshire. She was the daughter of Richard Hare, a tanner, whose family were tanners in Odiham, Hampshire for six generations, and Anne.

The Descendants of William Hare

If it were not for the discovery of her unmarried brother Samuel’s will, the Lewcock tree would have remained firmly stuck in Farnham!

The Missing Link


Rachell Lane

The marriage of Rachell Lane and Richard Lewcock, possible parents of George Leeucock, is recorded in the parish register of South Warnborough on 28th February 1688.

They both appear to be of the parish at the time, but so far no trace of a baptism for either of them in this parish, or anywhere else, has been found.

Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

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Farnham families

When I first started my research into the Lewcocks, the furthest back I could get was to the marriage of Samuel Lewcock to Sarah Taphouse in Farnham, Surrey on the IGI. Since then I have uncovered more.... If it were not for the discovery of Barbara Hare's unmarried...

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Baker of Farnham

Samuel Lewcock, son of Richard Lewcock ( -1783) and Sarah  Harmsworth (c1745-1786) was baptised on the 1st of April 1772 in Odiham. He married Sarah (Sally) Taphouse on 28 November 1793 in Farnham, Surrey and  was buried on 27th December 1836 in Farnham.Sarah (Sally)...

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Expedition to NE Hampshire

Expedition to NE Hampshire

Katie and I met up with Peter in Farnham on a cold, wet day in September 2009. We had a quick look around in Farnham and then set off across the Hampshire border to explore some of the villages with Lewcock connections.

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Wives of Odiham

Wives of Odiham

  Samuel Lewcock was baptised on the 1st April 1772 in Odiham, Hampshire, the son of Richard and Sarah Lewcock. Richard Lewcock had married Sarah Harmsworth in Up Nately on 15th September 1762. His parents were George and Barbara. George Leeucock had married...

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Printer and entomologist

Printer and entomologist

George Albert Lewcock was born in 1841 in Farnham in Surrey, the son of James who was a baker and confectioner, continuing the family business started by his father Samuel.James died in 1848, leaving a young family and his wife, Jessamine remarried the following year...

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Skeleton by marriage?

Skeleton by marriage?

When I registered for the 1911 census, I was really only expecting to confirm what I already knew, to see if some of my ancestors were still alive to narrow down dates for searching for their deaths and perhaps bring some of the distant twigs up to date. What I didn’t...

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