Family Histories of Wood of Kent, Bone of Hampshire, Lloyd of Cheshire, Thompson of West Yorkshire

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19 & 19a St Margarets Street, Canterbury in modern times

Updated 13 March 2021. 2020/2021 has been a most interesting year and not just because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The lockdown caused by this situation has given time for some ancestry researh and I have had a number of contacts, through the website, with people directly related to me and others more distant.

I started to create my Pedigree Chart and Family History in 2000 as I began my retirement. Like many others I wish I had started earlier when my parents and grandparents were alive as they could have answered some of the questions that arose.. My starting point was to produce an Excel File based on a handwritten pedigree chart that had been passed down to me and to which my father had added further information. I also had originals of an indenture of my three times Great Grandfather - Thomas WOOD (1759-1809) as an apprentice to William MONROW of Canterbury to be trained for 7 years as a Cordwainer and certificates of the Freedom of the City of Canterbury for his sons. I also had a number of original birth, marriage and death certificates. I started piecing together and confirming the various dates that I had received using, LDS, the Mormon genealogical organisation and 1837Online (earlier version of Find My Past) It soon became clear that the Excel File was impracticable so I purchased a copy of Family Historian which I have used ever since. About this time I also took a subscription to Genesreunited entering a limited pedigree and it was through my Grandfathers name that I made contact with Robert DARLINGTON, husband of Wendy Howard WOOD a 2nd cousin of mine twice removed.

Robert had also been working on Wendy's heritage and had found David MORRIS a 3rd cousin of mine and a cousin of Wendy who had received documents from his Mother which included a copy of the same Pedigree that I had. He had information that showed it had been produced by lawyers when probating the will of John WOOD (1687-1759) - see copy with his record . When his property was sold in 1864 some 105 years after his death, a Deed of Conveyance listing his descendants down to great great grandchildren had been set up. That property had been left in Trust to his two children but it was not until 1848 that the trust was examined to determine the names of those who were to share the proceeds. The lawyers who conducted that examination appear to have made a family tree to establish relationships of the descendants and a copy must have been given to Albert and to George Frederick - grandsons of John WOOD and subsequently passed on down to their sons. Sadly I have not had any communication with either Robert or David in nearly two years.

David had passed on other documents which included his four part family history plus the "Diary of Mary JACKSON née HOWARD" which again produced a great deal of useful information regarding the JACKSON family who were related to us through the marriage of Francis Howard Stanley WOOD, son of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD, my Great Great Uncle to Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON.

We must have been working on similar Family Histories about the same time with Robert having the benefit of the information provided by David MORRIS and he kindly shared a copy of his manuscript which gave me a great deal more information and which I was able to update and enter into the programme. He also produced an article on "JACKSON of Lincolnshire and India". Robert had made contact with another distant cousin Nikki VINE who had a handwritten transcript of Mary JACKSON's Diary by George Howard JACKSON from about 1911 - Mary's Grandson.

I have spent nearly 20 years now reviewing all these works, adding to and expanding them.

In addition to the information provided by Robert and David I have used the following sources in my research having had the benefit of a world wide subscription to Ancestry and a UK subscription to Findmypast (A good source for BMD information on the British in India). I have purchased and used information from the Kent Family History Society, Hampshire Geneological Society and the Nottinghamshire Family History Society.

I was always led to believe that the WOOD family were descendants of Huguenots and David and Wendy had heard the same story. Whilst their Great Grandfather Albert had done some research and felt he had established a line through the DUBOY's name there is no substantial evidence of this, However I believe that my research has established the connection through our 3 x Great Grandfather Thomas WOOD who married Francoise Thorel(le). Her parents were Jean Thorel and Francoise Chartier and there is evidence of him beng a Church Deacon and Elder associated with the Walloon or Strangers Church in Canterbury Cathedral in 1768.

In this history we are taken far and wide from the time that Thomas WOOD, son of Simon of Chartham in Kent who, "on the 19th June in the 15th year of the reign of George the Third and the year of our Lord 1775 and for the sum of 10 pounds was indentured to William Monrow of Canterbury in the trade of Cordwainer for a period of 7 years". Completion of the apprenticeship was the start of a business making boots and shoes based at 19 St Margarets Street, Canterbury which lasted for over 100 years until1903 when the business finally closed and my Grandfather, Edgar Lancefield WOOD, moved to Dover.

However if we follow the story of Edgars uncle, Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and through the marriage of his son Francis Howard Conrad Stanley to Susan Rose JACKSON the family history becomes more interesting and we can find connections to Ralph Vaughan WILLIAMS, Virginia WOOLF and William Makepeace THACKERAY and many others.

I have also delved into the History of my wife's family - LLOYD of Cheshire. It is believed that John LLOYD (1770-1844) was the illgititmate son of nobility who became an articled clerk to Holland WATSON of Stockport in 1791 and then a Prothonotary on the Cheshire Circuit. He married Molly WATSON and started a line of noted Barristors and Judges including Sir Horatio LLOYD an eminent KC on the Chester circuit and and also to Constance LLOYD the wife of Oscar WILDE. Judith's Grandson has recently qualified as a solicitor to carry on the family tradition

I have over the years followed a number of families - George JACKSON in particular - a County Captain with the East India Company - and it is surprising how many other families were involved in either the Army or the HEIC in India. Several books have been recommended including "The Unfortunate Captain Peirce" by Philip BROWNE; Raj, by Lawrence JAMES and "History of the English East India Company"" by John KEAYS.all giving a fascinating insight to life in India in the 18th & 19th century.

Other histories relate to maternal lines of my Mother's family. Here I had written information form my Aunt Lucy the eldest daughter of William George BONE and Alice BRIDGEMAN and their 12 children. An interesting insight into life in the 1920s and 30s. So different a 100 years later.

As Robert stated in his articles, a Family History is never finished and for me it has become a hobby in my retirement and I would welcome any other relatives to contact me to add to this history.


I would like to express my gratitude to Robert DARLINGTON and David MORRIS and to acknowledge their assistance by sharing their research with me and which provided so much information on the WOOD side of the family.

I am grateful to Pam MALONEY who contacted me and for her input into my Mothers side of the family ie. the BONEs from Hampshire.

To Nick WILKINSON and Nick HIGTON a member of Nick's family for their input into my wifes family the LLOYDs of Cheshire.

To Robin DUNFORD who had pictures of my Grandfather and Grandmother and indeed of my sister and Uncle passed to him through my Grandmother Florence FOXWELL's family.

To Margaret EVANS who contacted me regarding my Grandmother Florence and her brother Gilbert Joseph FOXWELL and provided addtional information extending my research into the FOXWELLs and to her relations the BATCHELER's.

I have been contacted by my 3rd cousin in New Zealand - Marilyn AUGUST née PARKER who extended my interest in the RICHINGS and in particular Jane the daughter of my 2 x great grandfather on my Mothers side of the family who married J A R NEWLANDS the eminent Analytical Chemist.

I am grateful to Derek de SELINCOURT (sadly passed away recently) through his friend Anthony KIMBER who has added another French descendant to the Family Tree and increased the literary connections with the addition of A A MILNE plus the great deal of information on his Family and their connection back to Albert (Athelstane) WOOD.

I have also had contact with Mike and Rex LANCEFIELD who have provided additional information on my Great Grandmother - Mary Margaret MOORE and her family which also helped me to understand where "Lancefield" - came from as a family name.

I have also been contacted by Alwyn DICKENSON & Raymond SIMONDS, Gerald COLAN-LEARY, David BONE and Philippa DRAKE née HODSMAN who have all provided information to update and improve the information on the website. I have recently updated the RICHINGS and BRIDGEMAN families.

I am particularly grateful to Marion DELL who has taken time recently from her writing of an autobiography of Julia Prinsep JACKSON to enlighten me on the "Free Mariners"involved with the Honourable East India Company and the many members of the JACKSON family living in India in the 19th century.

More recently I was contacted by Sara WOOD and we discovered that neither her husband and I were the sole remaing direct descendants of Simon WOOD as his Grandfather and mine were brothers

At todays date the Family Tree has grown in volume to some 14473 names within 4675 families.


i. Dates - where dates are complete i.e. dd/mm/yyyy then they are confirmed birth or baptism dates. Where there is definite birth dates available then baptism dates are recorded separately otherwise dates mm/yyyy are taken from ancestry/findmypast registration information.

ii. Surnames - surnames in brackets are usually where the marriage has not been confirmed and the spouses maiden name not identified.

iii. Sources - primary sources are taken from Kent Family History transcript CD's, Hampshire Geneological Society Index CD's and Nottinghamshire Family History Society Viewer Pack CD. Other major sources are a worldwide subscription to Ancestry and a UK subscription to FindMyPast.


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