People Named Ferberd Who Emigrated

Our investigations into the source and usage of the name Ferberd, which is usually a given name but sometimes a family name, have uncovered a few that emigrated from EnglandThis article describes them.Ferberd Harold Ashford b 1907/8 d 1957This Ferberd is one of ours - he belongs to the Barrett family.  His immediate family looks like this:Ferberd Harold Ashford        © He is the son of William Ashford b Abt 1885 and Bertha Barrett b 1884. Bertha's father is a Ferberd - the first in the family to have the name - his parents having "borrowed" it from the local doctor,  Dr Ferberd Sessions-Barrett (no relation).  Bertha has a brother called Ferberd and her brother, Harry, names one of his sons Ferberd Henry. The family seems to be somewhat obsessed with the name.Ferberd Harold (FH)'s birth details are unsubstantiated. Sheila Wheatley reports that,A chance contact through an ancestry website, Carol, who had been searching for Bertha’s brother, Harry informed me Bertha was her grandmother and…


The Intriguing Hockley / Collins Family formed in 1869 Bagshot

Family: Edward Thomas Hockley / Emma Collins (F133)When our family tree was imported to TNG from using FTM as a bridge some media became disconnected and that had to fixed.  In the process I decided I would scrutinise the documents carefully to make sure they were relevant to our family tree (because, unfortunately, you can inherit a lot of questionable content from Ancestry hints.)  Some interesting stories emerged, and this is just one of them.Let's look at the timeline.Where to start?The distance between Bagshot in Surrey (where Edward lived) and Ickenham in Middlesex (Emma) doesn't concern me. There is plenty of evidence in our family tree of people moving considerable distances even before the coming of the railways.  By 1867/8 the railway network was transforming England.  And at 22 miles, it could be walked in 8 hours. So mobility is not the issue. The catalyst for that journey would be interesting but we'll never know.It's the timing of the birth of William…


Barrett Publicans

Thought it might be a bit of fun to write about to see how many of our forebears were publicans.This follows on from Paul finding a Richard Barrett of the Lamb and Flag, Longworth, while sorting through censuses.  I remembered finding him and a few others so thought to do the list.Richard Barrett born 1780 our 4 x Great Grandfather. Wheelwright and Publican at the White Hart, Fyfield.John Barrett born 1811. Son of Richard above and our 3 x Great Grandfather, also Carpenter, Wheelwright and Publican at the White Hart Fyfield.Albert Barrett born 1819 brother of John. Carpenter and Licensed Victualler Blacks Head Inn at Bletchington.Richard Barrett born 1832, The first child of John and Harriet. Carpenter and Wheelwright at The Lamb and Hey House at Longworth. Then in 1871 at the Robin Hood Inn Bewley Road Oxford. In 1881 at The Globe, Oxford.Rosina Barrett born 1840, daughter of John and Harriet, took over The White Hart at Fyfield with her husband John…


Alfred Richings b.1816 – d. 27 Oct 1870

Alfred Richings was an interesting character, a stone mason who seems to have experimented with a type of artificial stone. He built his house called Warren Cottage. All the window surrounds and mullions were made of this artificial stone. He is believed to have worked mainly for the Pusey Estate which was a major land owner at the time.(That brief story was extracted from an html file that was somehow included in his main record.  The source is unknown but it was called "Church Warden's Story" so was sourced from a parish record perhaps?)We also know that on the 1851 England Census his occupation was given as a Stone Mason, but by the 1861 Census he had become a Master Mason employing 5 men.  Perhaps we can check some Guild records to verify this?Paul Barrett


The Mysterious Percival H Alder-Barrett

When the family tree was transferred from Ancestry to TNG via Family Tree Maker (FTM) a glitch caused hundreds of media files, mostly documents, to become detached from their "owners" and I am currently  in the process of reconnecting them.  I am purposefully making time to critically examine the data  in the documents to validate against the data in our family tree, a lot of which had been gleaned from Ancestry hints from other member trees.  Many people on genealogy forums that I belong to distrust information from other member trees because it is badly researched, often has no sources to back it up and is simply derived by copying verbatim from other member trees without any form of validation.   Then other members copy it to their trees and, before long, the hints are heavily biased towards bad data.  The result is a never ending stream of poor quality Ancestry hints, which was one of my reasons for moving from Ancestry to TNG.…


Barretts In Berkshire

Tracing the movement and settlement of the family in Berkshire with the hope of finding the earliest date and possibly where they originated!Many professional researchers seem to be of the opinion that people generally stay within the district they are born. Maybe many folk did, especially before transport became easier with trains and other transport but I cannot wholly agree with this view.How did the Romans get from London to Hadrian’s Wall let alone across the globe? What about troop movements in our own Civil War (1644 ish). What about waterways and the horse & cart, stage coaches etc plus we forget that people walked miles without thinking about it.We are already aware from past research that the family were established in Fyfield & Longworth from the second half of the 18th century and through most of the 19th.There are many gaps in the early part of the tree which hopefully this research may help us to complete.FYFIELDThe 13th century church of St.…


The Grants

Dad's (F H Barrett 1923 - 2003) mother was Beatrice Grant. Her father was Joseph and her mother was Beatrice Grant formerly Croft (who we all knew as Granny Grant).Beatrice (dad's mum) and her father Joseph's details are well known, accurate and documented.Joseph's father was James Grant a brick maker. Joseph and his father John have been very difficult to research with as much accuracy as I have achieved before because:Birth dates have been suspect when compared to death dates, marriage dates and  James and John's birth dates. James was unable to write( born out by his mark x on marriage certificate) so one could suppose he couldn't read either, which maybe one contributing factor for the questionable dates.Census searches, we all know that the dates are not entirely accurate on them but its never been my experience that they are more than a year or two different. Mary, James' wife, had her birth place different on each census she had Shropshire, Wolverhampton,…


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