Hello! This does sound familiar!!The information that i have begins with a THOMAS WATTS WAKEHAM who lived in FRANCE around that time. My father, the 3rd generation from Thomas Wakeham had always been told that his family originated from South Devon. The family lived in France for quite a few years until they returned to JERSEY the home of JOHN WILLIAM WAKEHAM's wife. There they stayed, although some of the family have moved away.
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