I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…


Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

John Denchfield, Iremonger of North Marston

winslow map

At a minimum, there were four Denchfield men living in North Marston in the mid 17th century – Mathew Denchfield (1601-ca1660) and his three sons: Richard, John, and Matthew. (see NOTE 1) Other than his baptism in 1637, there is no mention of Richard in the North Marston parish registers. Matthew, born in 1641, married a woman from Stone in 1673 and settled in Wing. John, the middle son, remained in North Marston, married at least twice, and was affluent enough to leave an estate with property in three villages when he died at the fairly young age of 50. Yesterday I posted a transcription of John’s will, HERE. It’s wordy and a bit confusing to follow, but by taking it piece by piece, a picture of John’s family and life in North Marston begins to form:

In the Name of God Amen, I John Denchfield of (…more)

Amanuensis Monday: Another Denchfield Will (part of a series)

Eli was an enormous help with the transcription :-)

John Denchfield was the son of Mathew Denchfield, whose own will is transcribed HERE…. John was born 30 November 1639, and at the age of 19 was, as we know from his father’s will, engaged in an apprenticeship, which most likely involved the iron trade, as John made his living as an iremonger.*

Although there is no record of a marriage  in any of the existing Buckinghamshire parish registers, it appears John was married at least twice: first to Parnell, with whom he had seven children, and then to Audrey who is named in his will.

Eli was an enormous help with the transcription

Here is the transcription of John’s (rather long-winded) will, made 18 June 1689. It was proved in November of the same year. It’s a lot to digest….I’ll be back later in the week with an abstract and some thoughts on what this document (…more)

One Lovely Blog


I woke this morning to the very nice news that I’d received a Lovely Blog Award from Alex over at Winging It Thanks so much Alex!! The genealogy blogging world has been so welcoming! Although I’ve been researching my family history for 30+ years, it’s always been something of a solitary venture. What a pleasure to find a community of fellow addicts!!

The creativity and talent of geneabloggers never ceases to amaze me. Although I rely on my reader to keep up to date with posts, I still try to sit down for a bit every day to peruse my favorite pages while sipping a cup of coffee.

Thanks again Alex

Passing on the love…I’d like to nominate a few of my favorite blogs

MarDi at A Hoyt Family Genealogy

Colleen at Leaves and Branches


Mystery Monday aka The Brick Wall Known as John Denchfield (another in a series)

denchfield box

The Denchfields were an old Buckinghamshire family who entered my paternal British line with the marriage of Ann Denchfield to William Baker on the 1st of May, 1784. The couple married in St. Mary’s Church in North Marston, where Denchfields had been baptized, married, and buried for hundreds of years; certainly before official parish record keeping began in 1600, but unfortunately nothing earlier has survived. The Denchfields’ lives are fairly well documented in North Marston, however their propensity for naming sons John and Richard, leads to an early 18th century brick wall.

Ann Denchfield was 21 when she married William Baker. She had lived all her life in North Marston and was the sixth child produced from the union of John Denchfield and Mary Gurney.

Here is the Denchfield portion of Ann’s Ahnentafal, which runs into its brick wall three generations back [unless otherwise noted, all events took place (…more)

March Madness: Where does the time go...?

24 hours a day just isn't enough.....

24 hours a day just isn’t enough…..

Things are crazy busy here… The time commitment of the BU genealogy program is immense, although I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’ve just started a new project at the Historical Society, researching and cataloging a collection of diaries and other personal papers of a Doctor Francis Beattie Brewer, and it is both fascinating and time consuming. I’ve been using my paternal side of the family tree (French Canadian and colonial American) as case studies for my BU assignments and it’s opened up several research doors that I’m dying to go through, but I am having trouble finding the time. And then there is the ever present nagging problem of the old, poorly crafted citations which are lurking in the pages of the genealogy data here, visible to the WORLD…….it’s going to take eons to fix them. All this, AND there is (…more)