Category Archives: Families

The Hardys of Park Head

I have been collecting information about the Hardys of Park Head for some time now. My interest was because they were linked through marriage to the Smiths of Melmerby in the mid-19th century and, later, through the transfer of land … Continue reading

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The Misses Smith of Penrith

In an earlier post, I wrote about John Smith of Melmerby (1815-1884) and his family. He and his wife Mary (nee Hardy) had three daughters who lived to adulthood and none of them ever married.  They were: Mary Ann  1854-1923 … Continue reading

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John Smith of Melmerby (1815-1884) and his family

There are a lot of John Smiths in the family – I know of seven and there may be more – so it is sometimes hard to keep them straight. This particular John Smith was born in 1815 in Hesket, … Continue reading

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The Islington Families

This is the fourth in a series of four posts about the children of William Smith of Melmerby (1781-1857) and his wife Mary Longrigg. The three Smiths I am writing about in this post are William, Elizabeth and Lancelot – … Continue reading

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The Two Milliners

This is the third in a series of four posts about the family of William Smith of Melmerby (1781-1857) and his wife Mary Longrigg. The two milliners are two of William Smith’s four daughters: Mary Sutton and Agnes Scott.  Mary … Continue reading

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The Elusive Dobsons

This is the second of four posts about William Smith of Melmerby (1781-1857) and his family. In a previous post I said that William and his wife Mary Longrigg had seven surviving adult children: John Smith (1815-1884) Ann Dobson (1819-    … Continue reading

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William Smith of Melmerby (1781-1857) and his family

This is the first of four posts I am writing about William Smith and his family even though they are not direct ancestors of mine (William was my great-great-grandfather’s older brother). I am doing this because I have found some … Continue reading

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More Branches and Twigs on the Family Tree

In my original quest for information about my Smith ancestors – starting from my grandfather William Smith of Blackhall – I was most interested in tracing back the male line to the origins of the Smith family in the small … Continue reading

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Mystery Photographs from Penrith

I have several old photographs that are a bit of a mystery. They were taken in Penrith, Cumberland, in formal studio settings.  The photographs have come to me via a cousin, who was given a photograph album belonging to a … Continue reading

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The Sad Story of William B. Upton

(Updated November 17, 2017) When I was looking for on-line information about my 3X great-grandfather William Bayly Upton, I came across a few items about a William B. Upton, born around 1828 and living in Cashel. I wondered who he … Continue reading

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Margaret Joyce – from Cashel to Romford

I became interested in Margaret Joyce and her family initially because of their link to the Smiths via the Uptons of Cashel, County Tipperary. The Joyce family is linked to the Uptons in this way: The second daughter of William … Continue reading

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William Bayly Upton’s will

(Updated November 17, 2017) Finding a will – even if it is a transcription – is a wonderful thing in Irish genealogy research. So many original wills and similar documents were lost in the fire at the Four Courts in … Continue reading

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So, was it Bayley or Bayly?

From the beginning of my family history explorations into the Upton family (who are linked to me through my great-grandmother Eliza Upton), I have been struggling with the name of Eliza’s grandfather. His name appears in various documents, directories, newspapers … Continue reading

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The evolving family tree for the Uptons

(Updated November 17, 2017) Every now and again, in my searches, I come across another fragment of information about the Uptons who were the children of William Bayly Upton and his wife Margaret McClure. The family lived in Cashel, County … Continue reading

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Upcoming Topics – October 2017

In April 2012, I posted a list of topics I hoped to cover in the following weeks and months.  It has taken me years to cover SOME of the topics on that list! Looking for reliable information, being distracted by … Continue reading

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