My great,great grandfather was John Ainge (1808-1871) who married Elizabeth Nind, formerly Kempson (born 3.11.1811). They had eight children, all born at Bishampton, of whom Henry born 1846, was my great grandfather. He married Emma Sparrow and had six children, of whom George (born 6.5.1876) was my grandfather. He married Alice Emily Cook in 1901.It would seem that the family was of farming or agricultural stock up until the late 1800s when, presumably because work on the land was harder to find, they began to diversify. My branch seemed to divide fairly equally between being railwaymen, (my great uncle Amos, born 1879, was a railwayman who became mayor of Evesham, though I don't know when) or joining the Police Force. My grandfather, George, followed this path and he and Alice, who came from Kington in Herefordshire and was also of farming stock, eventually finished up in Stourbridge, then in Worcestershire, now sadly West Midlands, where all their children, including my father Victor Henry, were born. My father married Evelyn Riley in the twenties and I was their only progeny.Dad tried very hard to join the Police but was rejected because he was not quite six feet in height ( a prerequisite in his day) and so became a lorry driver and later, after a War which took him through Dunkirk and Burma, he became a foundry manager for the same firm until his retirement. Dad died in 1984. I went to King Edward V1 Grammar School in Stourbridge,joined Westminster Bank, now(after many takeovers and aquisitions) NatWest, part of the RBS Group, and worked for them for 38 yrs.Took early retirement in 1984 and have been living life to the full since then.My wife, Rosie and I have 3 sons, one married with 2 children, the others in stable relationships, but no offspring as yet. I have a rudimentary family tree which tracks the descendants of Thomas, a grandson of John, to somewhere in the 1980's, but otherwise all I have is our own descendancy to the present day. I do know that there are still Ainge's in the Bishampton and Lenches area, close to Evesham because I fish in that area and the manager of the trout fishery I frequent played cricket with a Fred Ainge( who was known to Martin and Peggy, see below) and tells me his family is still about in the district. As late as the early 80's, there was a branch of the family in Birmingham, some members of which had "emigrated" to Anglesey.This was Martin, a cousin of my father's and his wife, Peggy. There were also Ainge's in the Wednesbury area that I came across through the Bank and a Derek Ainge who sold second hand cars in Stourbridge and played a lot of golf. This is just a synopsis of what I know and if you would like to pick my brains further, I'd be delighted to correspond. Incidentally, what is your interest? Look forward to your response. Ken Ainge, born 30.12.1938.