My paternal grandfather's family was believed to be Welsh, but
originally came from West Monkton and Creech St Michael …..
but there was a
glitch in my paternal line a few generations back, and instead of
having the expected HAWKINS from Wales and West Monkton and Creech
St Michael, Somerset, I descend from the early settlers in Nova
Scotia, Canada. I'm probably a HILTZby direct
paternal descent, with various other names thrown in eg BEZANZON,
I need to do a lot more research on that branch of the family.
Whilst I know a lot about the different families, I haven't figured
out exactly how my tree joins to the Nova Scotia tree.
My paternal great-grandmother was Rose PRING born 9 Apr 1884 at
Taunton and married Charles James HAWKINS on the 10 Oct 1904 at
Pontypridd Register Office. DNA results show that her parents were
Thomas Edward PRING and Sarah Ann ADAMS (although the copy of her
marriage certificate that I have, says that her father was James
My paternal grandmothers family came from Taunton and the nearby
areas of Angersleigh, Corfe, Pitminster, Staple Fitzpaine and Trull.
The name Henry Thomas OATEN was used by both my great-grandfather
and his father. After searching the PR's of Angersleigh and missing
my 2ndgreat grandfathers baptism (Joel OATEN), I
eventually found it on the web, he was baptised on the 16 Jun 1822
My paternal great-grandmothers family came from Kittisford. My
great-grandmother was an Elizabeth Stella or Stella Eliza FOURACRE
and she married Henry Thomas (Harry) OATEN on the 02 May 1908,
probably at Wellington. Her father was a James Hayes FOURACRE, his
obituary on the 24 Oct 1906 gives the following information "The
Fouracres, it is interesting to notice, have been Clerks or Sextons
at Kittisford Church for many generations" it also says that he
has a "long family". The name Aaron crops up in a few
generations of this family.
and Hillfarrance area of Somerset. My 4th
great-grandfather, James HAYES, was the founder of hamlet of
My maternal grandfathers line lived in North Petherton, but
originated in Kentisbeare, Devon. This surname seems to be quite
rare. My grandparents had 4 girls who all married, so unfortunately
the name died out in our direct line.
North Petherton. Sarah WILTSHIRE married Charles PARKER on the 05
Apr 1830 at North Petherton, Somerset. Her parents were James
WILTSHIRE and Ann JONES who married on the 14 Apr 1800 at North
My maternal great-grandfather line moved around between Fivehead,
Barrington, Puckington, Somerset etc. I have a lot of information on
this side of the family tree, from this area and surrounding areas
including Kingsbury Episcopi, etc. Absalom MALE crops up for 3
generations, and is a name that easily distinguishes my line from
the many other branches in the area.
My maternal great-grandfather line. Based around Pitney, High Ham,
Curry Rivel, and Long Sutton, Somerset. For a long time, George
RICHARDS was one of my brick walls. My George RICHARDS just seemed
to appear in Pitney for his marriage on the 27 Feb 1832. All the
records pointed to him having born about 1810 and he gave his
birthplace as Pitney. DNA matches indicate that my George RICHARDS
was the George RICHARDS baptised to James RICHARDS and Elizabeth or
Betty PITTARD on the 25 Dec 1807 at Long Sutton, Somerset.
My maternal great-grandfather line. Based around Pitney and High