Looking back on it Family History for me probably
started innocently enough when as a
young lad I always seemed to be interested in listening to my aunts and uncles talking
about the times when they were younger, their escapades, their parents. As the years
progressed and I became older I lost interest completely until eventually I came to the
age that probably all budding Family Historians begin, those dreaded days of late
30-something. Perhaps it's the impending approach of the big four-oh that does it,
perhaps it's a primordial
drive that affects every tenth person on the planet (because it
certainly doesn't affect everyone!). Who knows what causes those first stirrings,
those first desires to pour over ancient dusty, dare I say it... boring! documents.
To sit for hour after hour in those hushed, dull record offices squinting over the
microfiche reader that can't quite be focused despite fiddle-fiddle-fiddling with the
knob. However, those of you that can identify with me will know that moment of
euphoria when a small piece of the jig-saw drops into place... All you want to do is
cry out. Mentally you jump up and shout YES! But in reality
you just sit
there with no discernible exterior change. But inside it's very different.
That makes it all worthwhile.
Anyway, enough of all that let's start to delve into the history of
my family. There's a fair smattering here of all the surnames on both sides of my
family. The Glew/ues, Jenners, Holfords, Funnells, Hardings, Dashes, Piggets, Steers
and Earwickers are on my father's side of the family with the Hurts, Bonds, Iletts and
Pattersons on mother's side. Each link takes you to a page dedicated to that surname
with some pages having further subdivision if their many branches are too difficult to
manage on one page (eg the West Sussex Glew/ues). Each page has a potted history of
that name, some more than others, and most have a link to a Microsoft Power Point
family tree diagram to download. These diagrams are self-extracting zip files which
can be downloaded to your PC by double-clicking on them and specifying a folder to
download them to. Once on your PC simply double-click on the downloaded file and it
will 'self-extract' itself into a Power Point file. If by chance you are unable to
display the family trees then please e-mail me and we can sort something out through
So, please explore my family history (which hopefully is also your
family history) and update me with any information that might be missing or incorrect.
Nothing you'll find here is written in stone, if you think I have something wrong
then please tell me and we can compare our sources and get the story straightened out.
Note that the information on my web site stops at my Grandparents
generation. I have details bang up-to-date on many areas of the family but have
consciously not included it here for fear of intrusion. Please e-mail me for
anything more recent.
Although the navigation bar on the right will stay with you as you
jump from page to page I'll list below the main surnames on both sides of my family with a
short note as to where they fit in:
Glew / Glue:
The name effectively starts in West Sussex 1755 with the marriage of Thomas Glue and
Mary Trump in Harting. The 2 names (GLEW and GLUE) were very interchangeable until
the latter part of the 19th century when more of the family began to learn
My paternal grandmothers family came from Lewes, East Sussex. Jenner is quite a
prolific name in East Sussex and this is an area I need to do a lot more work on.
My paternal grandmother's mother. My Holfords also come from East Sussex and
thanks to a Mr EG Holford who did much research into the name in the early 1960's I have
wealth of information on the name.
My paternal grandmother's mother's mother. My Funnells also come from East
Sussex. Thanks this time go to Wendy Russell, she runs the FUNNELL one name study
group and is, obviously, a mine of information.
Harding, Dash & Pigget (Pigott or
My great grandfather Glew's wife's family. All those I've found come
from the Manhood Peninsula, which is basically the area below Chichester, West Sussex that
sticks out into the sea with Selsey Bill at the tip!
My 2 x great grandfather Glew's wife. Mine come from Sidlesham, West Sussex and
I don't know much about them.
My 3 x great grandfather Glew's wife. Lots of Earwickers in the Sidlesham area
of West Sussex. I had them back to the late 1700's before contacting Maureen
Earwicker who lives in Selsey. Now I'm back a further 100 years to a marriage
between John Earwiger and Mary Taylor in 1677.
My mother's maiden name. The first surname on Mum's side of the family.
The Hurt's are a bit of a mystery. Their origins beyond the mid-1800's is unknown
but they may have been Hampshire based prior to that.
My maternal grandmother. My Bonds originate in the Bedford area in the very
early 1800's, move up to Alford, Lincs where Great Grandfather was born in 1872 and
finally to the Brentford area of West London.
My maternal grandmother's mother. The Ilett's have proved to be quite
interesting. The earliest I have them is a 1767 marriage recorded in the parish
register for Kingstone, Somerset between George Ilett and Honour Rook. George and
Honour are my 5 x Great Grandparents. The Iletts at that time were yeomen farmers in
Somerset but George's grandson was to move to Jersey where there are still many of his
My maternal grandmother's mother's 'half' family! An interesting family, Keith
Patterson has shared a lot of information with me on his family to which I am 'half'
related through my 2 x Great Grandmother Elizabeth Jane Ilett.
Links to other sites:
Thanks go to following for research shared:
Glews and Glues Bill Glue (Chichester)
Sandra & Andrea Glew (Australia)
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