Knowing who we are and our families story enriches us and gives a sense of belonging. Finding out Who we are has never been easier with so many sites to help with tracking genealogy. It is the most fascinating and exciting mystery story to track back one’s ancestors.
I have previously written about my Yorkshire roots, but my Mum’s family were Liverpudlians. Mum always maintained that one side of her family was Scottish- to quote her “the women were all big boned Scottish women”. She was oh so WRONG! That branch of the family came from Gloucestershire, via London to Liverpool.
From Fairford ,Gloucestershire to be precise. Thanks to Genes Reunited I was put in touch with a man who had done the research. We share three times great Grandparents. Our ancestors weren’t very grand- the oldest occupation we have listed is a slatter (roofer), then seedsman ( sewer of seeds) . ( If you are intersted in old occupations then look here)
Our seedsmen then became gardeners and then started to sell the seeds in London, before moving to London to set up a respectable seed company. ( Since bought out in the 1940s by a very well known seed company which still trades). My relative became the Liverpool branch of this company, which closed much earlier. My Grandad however worked in the Cotton Exchange buying and selling cotton. Not a drop of Scottish blood anywhere, sorry Mum.
On our trip last month down south we went to Fairford. To St Mary’s church.
My son had already visited so was able to take us straight here
The gravestone of my relative dated 1864- he was a Gardener and parish clerk, and it was his son who made the move to London.
The church is magnificent, the stained glass windows unbelievable. The church was built on wool money and enjoyed royal patronage.You can read more about it here.
The town of Fairford is completely unspoilt having missed the tourist trade of more well known Cotswold towns. It has a lovely serene and calm air and we all said we would love to live there.
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