Category Archives: Colwall

Researching Clara Allen

Several years ago I learned, thanks to the English census, that my great-great-grandfather John Allen had a younger sister called Clara. For some inexplicable reason, I have always felt a keen interest in Clara’s story – perhaps because for many … Continue reading

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A mystery, finally solved?

Conundrum Years ago, when I first started investigating the origins of my Allen ancestors, I inevitably turned to the Internet for help. The 1841, 1851 and 1861 census records I had access to at the time revealed that my most remote … Continue reading

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The mystery of John Davis: Part 1

For years I have been puzzled by the figure of my great-great-great-grandfather, John Davis, whose anonymous name, death and origins are as obscure as they can get. To explain why he represents such a mysterious to me, I should at … Continue reading

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Cousin Marjorie’s Letter from Canada

Years ago, probably sometime during the 1950’s, my grandmother’s cousin Marjorie Allen visited Canada and there met up with friends and acquaintances from her native Colwall (Herefordshire) whom she had not seen in decades. The story of her trip, which … Continue reading

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Remembering Ash Villa

There are not many buildings left standing where an ancestor of mine once lived. One of the few exceptions that I know of is a quaint yet ordinary-looking, four-bedroom house called Ash Villa, in Upper Colwall, Herefordshire. Nestled behind the … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2016

My head is still buzzing with information, my feet occasionally still hurt, and my bank account is a sad sight. Yes, the effects of the annual Who Do You Think You Are! Live trade fair are still fresh in my mind … Continue reading

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Naughty Nancy

For a few days I have been pining for a family tree mystery. It has been ages since I last found a real question mark in my ancestry, but this morning I fortunately seem to have stumbled across one. Trying … Continue reading

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Harry Bertram Caines (1893-1916)

Harry Bertram Caines was born in mid-1893, the son of Albert Caines, a brewer, and his wife Elizabeth, of Hill View Terrace, Upper Wyche. The Caines family were of modest means, and of the eleven Caines children, six had died … Continue reading

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Almond John Bratt (1891-1917

Almond John Bratt was born in Colwall in early 1891, one of twelve children born to Thomas William Bratt and his wife Margaret. The Bratts, who lived in Lyttelton, Colwall were a working-class family, and in his youth John worked … Continue reading

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Walter Booton (1882-1915)

Walter Booton was born in Rock, Worcestershire, in the spring of 1882. He was one of four children born to Thomas Booton, of Cleobury Mortimer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Oliver). Walter’s father worked as an agricultural labourer, a profession … Continue reading

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