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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.

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.

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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