I wonder who they were?

I’ve been trying to make a list of my forebears… not as easy as I thought when I began it. OK, four grandparents, three of whom I remember, eight g-grandparents, two of whom I knew when I was a child, my dad’s maternal grandparents. He so often spoke of his father’s parents I feel a strong connection – even though my dad had problems with them because they were not very kind to his mum, my darling grandma Maud. On the other side, I was named after great-grandma Lois, so always felt a connection to her, and she was often spoken of by my mum and her sisters.. Strangely enough, even though they knew her (she died in 1930 when my mum was five, and my aunties six and ten, my uncle twelve) I know so much about her history which sadly they never lived to find out. They never knew she had a whole bevy of brothers and sisters, or her family were middle class industrialists. Similarly, they never knew anything about their grandfather except he died when his children were young. They never knew there was a connection with Tasmania, but nothing more than that.

Going back to a generation before that, the family knew that my mum’s father came from a long line of William’s but that was about all. When I look at the list of names I now have, I really know little about them as people, apart from the bare details of names, dates and in some cases what they did for a living. I look at the surnames and they mean very little… I could be introduced to a distant cousin and never know that the name meant anything – actually I might now because I’ve been working on it!

In fact with some distant ancestors I don’t even know their complete names, particularly with the women – I haven’t been able to find a record of their marriage to know who they were before they took their husband’s name.

Just in case you are interested, here is a list of my family names – as much as I know!

  • Abrahams
  • Allen
  • Atton
  • Bains
  • Baker
  • Blackman
  • Blanden
  • Brown
  • Bull
  • Burdett
  • Court
  • Davies
  • Elsden
  • English
  • Farrington
  • Flack
  • Goody
  • Goymer
  • Harding
  • Hasdell
  • Hawkins
  • Hersey
  • Holmes
  • Jonas
  • Linton
  • Love
  • Mackrill/Mackrell
  • Marshall
  • Matthews
  • Moore
  • Moses
  • Nathan
  • Penney
  • Quanby
  • Rance
  • Richardson
  • Scott
  • Searle
  • Segal
  • Smith
  • Treaton
  • Walford
  • Webb
  • Wilburn
  • Wood
  • Woods
  • Young

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