My paternal grandfather's family was believed to be Welsh, but
originally came from West Monkton and Creech St Michael. EDIT:
There was a glitch in my
paternal line a few generations back, and the PARSONS, HOYLE and
UPPINGTON families are unlikely to be related to me by DNA, but I
have kept them here as I still have research on them. Instead of
having HAWKINS from Wales and 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,
In 1851 Mary PARSONS (bap 1829 at Carhampton), married William
HAWKINS at West Monkton, the next year her sister Eliza PARSONS
married his brother, Isaac HAWKINS. Their father was Benjamin
PARSONS bap 12 Oct 1806 Stogumber.
Jane HOYLE of Sampford Brett, married Robert PARSONS of Stogumber
on the 11 Sep 1801 at Stogumber.
Ann UPPINGTON married Benjamin PARSONS on the 25 Mar 1827 at
My great-grandmothers was Rose PRING born 9 Apr 1884 at Taunton and
married Charles James HAWKINS on the 10 Oct 1904 at Pontypridd
Register Office. Her parents were Thomas Edward PRING and Sarah Ann
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
and Curry Rivel, Somerset but one section of the this RICHARDS line
moved to Saltash, Cornwall. This is one of my brick walls. My
George RICHARDS just seems to appear in Pitney for his marriage on
the 27 Feb 1832. He would have been born about 1810 and gives his
birthplace as Pitney.
My maternal great-grandfather line. Based around Pitney and High