Sorry it took me a while to reply to your message. I've had trouble getting on-line but I've got a new modem so I'm back surfing again!
No, not a lot of response on the Hebenton page! I was going to say, it's not surprising, as there are so few of us, but, in fact, it's really quite amazing when you count up how many descendants there are (maybe not bearing the Hebenton surname today) all over the world. So, I'm waiting patiently for more to turn up!
I sent some information by snail mail to Shelley and said I'd send more but never got around to that yet. However, I did send quite a lot of info, I don't know how close you are over there but I can send you some more information too if you cant' get a look at her papers.
Yes, Leanne was really kind and told me what she knew about your ancestors when I wrote to her. She also tried tracking down some information about a Heb. who was more closely related to me and died during World War I and had emigrated to Australia prior to that. It's making me feel old, I think I was still at high school, and couldn't really have long started doing the family tree when I wrote to her! I knew that she was a mum to Mary Elizabeth but I didn't know she had a son too, so thatnks for that update. I bet she's kept busy with them. I think it was John & Bonnie Hebenton in New Zealand who gave me more up to date information about your side of the family, the Francis family etc. I guess they must have been in touch with some of you at one point. It was great getting to meet them when they were over in the UK last year.
I'm glad the family documentation is of some interest. I really must get more organised and have it more accessible from the Internet. But it's the best weather of the year so far over here, and I'm loathe to spend too much time in front of the p.c. I think that's a project for the bleak winter!
You can be my eyes and ears down under if you like and keep me up to date with any increases in the Hebenton (and related) clan down under.