Stephen writes: A big hobby of Dad’s during his retirement was genealogy.
He developed the family tree back 200 years, uncovering our roots primarily in the north of Ireland, but also in Scotland, Dublin, the north of England and, in the weirdest connection of all, back to the workhouse in Cambridge in 1835, just 10 minutes walk from where I ended up working 170 years later.
My brother Paul, the professional historian in the family, has done some more work on the story and, when I make the time to catch up with him about it, I’ll probably write some more here. Meanwhile, here’s a picture I made some years back based on Dad’s work at the time and showing the direct ancestors of my daughter, Ella (and also, of course, of her sister, Martha, who wasn’t around at the time).
If you’re a Warde or a Marley, a Darroch or an Owens, a Jones or a George, or something else and think you might be related to us – get in touch!