Recent changes
up to 1st April 2024

I began this website in the year 2000 and the main purpose of this site is to present my research into my Ancestors and their families.
I have tried to avoid long lists of names and have concentrated on family groups and ancestral lines.
I've  added an alphabetical list of people in my tree generated by using Family Historian

If you wish to search for a person or a surname, click on the search button
In December 2018 I had my DNA tested. To see the summary of my DNA story, click here

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      Research in England

 Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Essex, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Middlesex.

Research in  Wales

Flintshire, Gwynedd.
      Research in Scotland

Midlothian, East Lothian, Fife,
Aberdeenshire, Dumfries-shire, Wigtownshire,
Perthshire and Lanarkshire.
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My most recent researches have been my Mylne ancestors.
John Mylne, my 11xgreat grandfather was born in 1582 in Dundee, Perthshire, Scotland.
Like generations before him,he became Master Mason to the Scottish Crown .
His great grandfather was Master Mason to James III and James IV of Scotland.

Later generations of Mylnes were also Architects.

I am particularly interested in the link to The Tron Kirk, Edinburgh

Some of my research  into my European ancestors
can be found here.

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My 3xgreat grandfather, Edward Turner was born in 1803 at Old Sampford in Essex and at the age of 17 years he travelled to Ipswich and joined the 20th Regiment of foot who at the time were guarding Napoleon Bonaparte on St Helena.
In 1838 he was on duty at Buckingham Palace at the coronation of Queen Victoria. He served in St Helena,India, Ireland and Bermuda. His daughter, my 2xgreat grandmother
Mary Ann Turner
was born in Bermuda in 1843.
For details of Sergeant Edward Turner's 25 year career in the Regiment, click here.

The Roes 'originate' from Parwich
in Derbyshire.

The Roes spread from Parwich to three main areas initially:

Parwich Derbyshire
Parwich, Derbyshire

I have tranferred to this website the text of a short history
of the Roe family that I wrote in 2006 called:

The Roes of the Peak District
Click on the title to view.


My 8x great grandfather, George Roe was born about 1600 and lived in Parwich, Derbyshire.
My 7xgreat grandfather, John Roe was born in Parwich, Derbyshire in 1625. He was a Yeoman farmer at Roystone Grange at Ballidon close to Parwich.

John married Anne Stubbes who is the granddaughter
of Sampson Stubbes (see below).

To view my descent from John Roe, click here.

Since 2010, I have researched more of my Cheshire ancestors:

Dickinsons of Acton by Nantwich and Tarporley;
Walkers and Bayleys of Sandbach;
Kirks of Haslington and Coppenhall;
Yoxalls of  Coppenhall ;
Edwards and Sprostons  of Wybunbury;
Royles, Hollinsheads and Minshulls of Church Minshull.



My 3xgreat grandfather, Leslie Fleming (18051893), was a printer in Edinburgh. At the age of 87, he wrote about his personal and professional life. Click on book logo to read.
For an article in the BRITISH PRINTER 1941 about the generations of Printers in the FLEMING family, click on the printing press logo.

In 2009, I discovered my Cumbrian roots. My 4xgreat grandfather, Thomas Hebblethwaite was born at Grayrigg, Westmorland.
The Hebblethwaites are from near Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales and in the 16 century lived at Hebblethwaite Hall.

Jane Toulmin in 1780
at St Oswalds, Warton near Lancaster.

 The Toulmins are from Bolton Le Sands, Lancashire and more details on the Toulmins can be found here.

My 9xgreat grandfather, Sampson Stubbes
(c1570 1651)
was a  gentleman and lawyer in a village, Butterton, Staffordshire.

He would ride to Lichfield to represent villagers in court.
He wrote his own will and a copy can be found on this site, click here.
Butterton village
Butterton village

James Brindley (1716 - 1772) is a world famous canal engineer and a cousin of mine.
Some details of his achievements can be found if you
click here.

For more information on his first canal project,
 the Bridgewater Canal click here.


My 2xgreat grandmother, Elizabeth Kennedy was born in Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland. Her parents came from Ireland.
Elizabeth came to Manchester and married Samuel Hamnett at Manchester Cathedral.

For information about Irish migration to Scotland, click here.

My 2xgreat grandmother, Eliza Lauder is descended from Sir Robert Lauder, Lord Justice of Scotland. He was born c1350 on The Bass Rock, North Berwick, East Lothian.

The more recent Lauders (18th century) were notable surgeons in Edinburgh including George Lauder, right.

A useful online resource can be found here.