I am researching ancestors and relatives of my maternal and paternal families.
Most originated in the north of England and Scotland, although there are one or two 'mysterys' that still have to be resolved, namely, where my maternal Grandfather was born, and why he always referred to himslef as Irish, yet on the 1901 Census Place of Birth is given as Wigan where lived most of his life, although he was living in Wellingborough in 1901. Family stories indicate his family originally came from Holland and settled in Ireland to escape persecution in Holland, but have so far been unable to prove this fact. However, to support the Irish theory my Grandfather maintained there was money held in Chancery to which he had a right, but due to necessary documentation required as proof having been destroyed in a fire he was unable to prove his right of inheritance.
I also have inherited articles of furniture passed eldest daughter to eldest daughter via the JAMES/NOBLE line from c 1739. These articles belonged to a Mary Alison. The initials MA and the date 1739 are on a so called 'Betrothal Kist' reputedly made by her future husband, but so far do not know if Alison was Mary's maiden or married name which is proving to be a problem. Legend has it that Mary was the village dressmaker who married a Laird's son - who was disinherited in consequence of this marriage.