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Alice Foster – York 1853-1924

When I first discovered Alice in 1881, she was known as Alice Wood. Alice was my great-great grandmother, wife of Benjamin Wood, a Waterman on the River Foss, mother of Alice Wood and grandmother of Reg Heppell. Before I added… Continue Reading →

Samuel Johnson – Convict Ancestor born 1797 at Garton-on-the-Wolds, Yorkshire

A few months ago I discovered a Convict ancestor! Samuel Johnson, my 4th great grandfather, born 1797 at Garton-on-the-Wolds, was convicted of stealing a plough tray and sentenced to 7 years transportation in May 1821. He left England on the… Continue Reading →

Reginald Heppell 1903 – 1959 York

Reginald Heppell, my grandfather, was born in York at Smith’s Yard, Marygate to Robert Campbell Heppell and Alice Wood. He was baptised at St Olave’s Church, Marygate. Reg was one of eight children born to the couple. Their first son,… Continue Reading →

James Heppell 1788 – 1861 York

James Heppell was born on 20th March 1788, he was the only surviving son of John Heppell and Agnes Knowlson. James became a Freeman of York on 1st March 1803, aged only fourteen, after seven years indentured servitude to William… Continue Reading →

John Heppell 1760 – 1788 Kirkwhelpington to York

John Heppell was born at Fawns in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland, baptised on 13th July 1760. He was the youngest son of William Hepple, a joiner, and his second wife, Isabell White. After the deaths of his parents, Isabell in 1771 and… Continue Reading →

Brian Davies 1934 – 1996 Lancaster to York

I knew that Dad had not had an easy childhood. He had been raised in a children’s home in the Lake District from the age of four. He had told us that his mother had died, and his father had… Continue Reading →

Lily England 1906 – 1974 York

I was fortunate as a child, to have both my parents around, but I only knew one of my grandparents. Her name was Lily Heppell (nee England) and she lived with us. She was little, with wavy, dark hair, a… Continue Reading →

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