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A Tinful of History-Jeffrey/Townsend/Marah/Newton Trees

Updated July 29, 2003

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I guess my mother really got me started on this journey.She had recently gone into a retirement home and a cleanout of her papers revealed a tinful of history. Old birth and death certificates from her mother's side of the family going back to a burial plot account dated 1849 for her Great Grandfather John Jeffrey. The Jeffreys and the Townsends, Mum's father's side, all came from the Lanarkshire/ Stirlingshire area of Scotland with a few asides to Aberdeenshire.

Going further back on Mum's tree takes us to Ireland during the Great Potato Famine era, where my gg/Grandfather is listed as a Land Steward. His family seems to be one of the few in the Kenmare, County Kerry area that DIDN'T emigrate! But still, he's proving very hard to get dates on.
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My father's side was also proving a little difficult at the start until I wrote to his last remaining sister in UK. She, bless her, filled in a lot of blanks and also confirmed a lot of what I HAD managed to find, I even found a couple of aunts she didn't know she had. From Gateshead, Hull and Newcastle-on-Tyne, they all came together in the Dockyard area of London.
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From Weaver to Land Steward to Civil Servant, from labourer to sailing the Tea Clippers in the late 1800's,now their descendents are spread all over the world.

 
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