on the genealogy front that is…but no worries – the noise and chaos in the rest of my life has been more than making up for the silence of the dead.
The here and there moments when I have been able to steal away to my new genealogy desk, tucked into a tiny alcove upstairs, have opened some doors but resolved nothing, leaving me with the mostly unsettling feeling of being more than slightly fragmented.
As if the general merriment of the season, the wild and wintry weather outside, and the joyful bedlam which ensues whenever my kids are on school holiday weren’t enough, come Thursday morning, painters will descend on our household because of a what-the-heck-was-I-thinking, lost-in-a-moment-of-whimsy kind of decision to re-paint the basement media/play room before the impromtpu New Year’s Eve party we decided at the last minute to host this Saturday (the color is Great Barrington Green in case you’re wondering). OMG. (…more)
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Collcutts have lived in and around Oxford for hundreds of years and are among the first names recorded in parish registers throughout the city in the early 1600s, when it became common practice for established churches to keep a written record of ecclesiastical events.
Among the Collcuts from whom I’m descended, were gentlemen farmers, glovers, carriage makers, and innkeepers.They were a family filled with interesting characters and lots of mysteries; some of the most puzzling of any I’ve come across in my personal research. To begin my series on the Collcutts, here is a genealogical sketch of the family based on my research to date.
1. Samuel COLLCUTT  came from Berkshire county and was probably born around 1660. Samuel lived in Berkshire in 1704. He died on 11 Jun 1729 in St Aldates.
There are hints in the parish register that suggest Samuel’s wife was named Mary, (…more)
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I had a chance to visit St Aldates Church in Oxford City this summer, but was disappointed to discover few grave markers remain, and those that do are too worn by weather and time to read. So, I suppose, this might be the grave of one of my Collcutt or Collins ancestors who lived in the neighborhood near the church for a few hundred years, as far back as the early 1600s. You never know.
As with the many other churches tucked into the city, St Aldate’s churchyard is now a popular hangout for college students and other locals. Although I suspect the dead themselves are still at rest underground, their grave markers are mostly gone now; in St Aldate’s case, a token five have been moved closer to the church wall and arranged in an artful, arching way. They too are completely illegible and unfortunately St Aldates is not one (…more)