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Deciphering Sir John Chichester's tomb in Pilton

Last month I was fortunate enough to give another concert in Devon, this time in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Rosemoor near Great Torrington. Great Torrington was the home of my 14xgreat grandfather Edward Chichester (1496-1522) and I took the opportunity of visiting Pilton Church in Barnstaple where there is a magnificent monument to his son Sir John Chichester of Raleigh (d 1569) who is, I believe, the most recent of my direct ancestors to have his own… 1,265 more words

Surname Archive - Whitnall

Hello there,

I don’t have many items relating to the “Whitnall” name yet, but this is what I do have.


1st World War Medals of Alfred Whitnall (Regiment No. 84 more words


52 Ancestors #22 - So Far Away - Donald MacKay

Week 22’s prompt for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is So Far Away. It didn’t take me long to come up with the idea to write up a story about my husband Bob’s paternal family. 1,613 more words


#5 Aunty - Honor Elsie Letts

Honor Elsie Letts was born in Bulwer Street, North Perth on the 27th February 1912.  She was the second child and eldest daughter, born to Albert Edwin Letts and Constance Muriel (nee Hodder).   2,019 more words

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Langford (part 6): Heraldry

In this post I am gathering together examples of coats of arms from the Devon branch of the Langford family.

In the Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward III… 1,094 more words

Langford (part 5): Ecclesiastical lands

In my last post I investigated various ancient records in the hope of working out how my 12xg grandfather Roger Langford of Broadwoodwidger, the ancestor of the Langfords, Clotworthys and Uptons in Ireland, was related to the five Langford brothers – John, Richard of Langisford (near Peter Tavy), Walter of Whitchurch, Roger of Germansweek & Henry of Thrushelton – who lived in Devon in the first half of the 16th Century. 768 more words

The Bryant connection.

If you remember from a previous post, I explained how I came across the bulk of William B. Cline’s life events. But there’s more to this Cline story, this family legend that I’m unraveling and bringing back from the anonymous past. 1,739 more words