|About Eggs et al
Dear Eggs et al,
Check out the site at norfolkinworldwar1.org.
In an effort to mark family members who served in the military at any time I’ve started to add a plus sign after the
name. A flag or some other picture would have been nice so will try to figure out how to do something better. In the
meantime if skimming through the name index, the plus sign indicates a person who served in the army, airforce or
For those of you keeping track, its taken me years but I've at last made a small discovery about Florence
Chalklens mother Mary Ann Chalklen nee Saunders, grandmother of Laurence Eggleton. Mary Ann was widowed as
a young woman and for a while was resident in Malling workhouse with some of her younger children. Part of
granny’s story (Florence Chalklen) was that both parents died when she was a baby but I was only ever able to find
her fathers death record. I was recently surprised to find that in 1892 Mary Ann married again, to George William
King. King is a fairly common name so I haven't been able to track her with any certainty after that. However a
Mary Ann King died in late 1892 so it may be that she did die shortly after her 2nd marriage, when granny was a
baby. If so Mary Anns youngest children were left in a precarious position.
(Have obtained death certificate and this is she. Unfortunately she died a couple of weeks after her second
When checking in you will see new names like Gallivan, that will take you to the Eggletons in Ontario, Canada.
There are a few lovely photos of distant family there. I'm also finding quite a few family who were in the military. I
thought we were a peace loving family although I think in the past it was a case of signing up and hoping to survive,
and then getting the service pension. Helpful since ag workers pay was dismal.
There is new information provided by Peter Lee about a Yorkshire branch of Eggletons. I've also heard from Neil
Eggleton who visited Gt Ryburgh during the summer and he has provided some photos and information. Peter
Lewis is also in touch regarding the Jonas branch and he has lots of information. I'm going through stacks of notes
gleaned over time, in order to capture the information and then toss scraps of paper.
Lots of fun.
Any contributions gratefully received. If you remember any good stories our Dad or Mum told, anything about
their aunts, uncles etc or stories about them or grandparents it would be nice to put one or two here for posterity.
And any family pics better than those I have, and short biographies about yourselves would be nice. Somebody
must remember Ian Hood from Go-cart days in Donington!
This tree started off as Eggleton research for Norfolk families but has expanded in a few directions and it is
amazing to see where we all come from and where we have spread to. Eggleton, Bayes and Pease families crop up
among early settlers of America, and again in the 1800's when landowners were clearing the land of people during
the agrarian revolution. Some traveled to Australia, and New Zealand, Canada, the United States or relocated to
Yorkshire and other areas of England. In Pennsylvania USA and in Ontario, Canada there is even an Eggleton
graveyard or two.
Robert (born 1826 in South Creake) and his wife Lydia Armiger (born 1824 in South Creake) with their 7 children
emigrated to the US in 1836 where they settled in Pennsylvania. David and wife Jemima Burrell and several family
members emigrated to Canada in about 1855 and settled in Ontario.
One of Granny's (Florence Chalklen) brothers also emigrated to Canada. Other Chalklen family members are known
to have gone to New Zealand.
There are a few crimes as in the case of alleged poaching by the Blakeney wing of the family. At the Holt Petty
Session of 17th April 1869 (courtesy of The Norfolk Chronicle) Thomas (born about 1846) and Samuel (born about
1853) , coal carters of Blakeney were charged by John Dowling with trespass in pursuit of rabbits, on lands
belonging to George Wilson, Esq of Morston. The charges were dismissed.
An Eggleton was hanged for two murders that somebody else confessed to on his deathbed. I'll put that
information together and add it into the Stories section if anyone is interested. Let me know if you are as there is
quite a bit of information.
The most recent help received to break down a brick wall has been from the Three Counties Hospital history
page on Facebook concerning George Edward Eggleton. George was Dads (Laurence Eggleton) uncle and the
family story was that he died of a heart attack at a fairly early age. It's taken years to find any record of his death
date, because surprisingly he died in Bedfordshire and not as expected, in Norfolk. His mother Susanna had
mistakenly recorded him when filling out the census in 1911. She then crossed his record out but noted that
George was in Thorpe Asylum. It was my only clue that he was alive at that time, although apparently not in good
health. I'd given up all hope of finding anything more but discovered that inmates of Thorpe Asylum were
transferred to The Three Counties Hospital during WW1 in order to free up the facility for wounded soldiers. Some
research led me to the Facebook Page for the Three Counties Hospital (worth a look) and a kind member of the
historical group looked up the death records. She also took photographs of the location of the inmates graveyard,
now just left as a meadow with tombstones around the edge.
Georges death certificate states that he died from general tuberculosis, although Dad had been told
that he had heart problems and suffered a heart attack.
Corrections are always welcome if you should find something wrong on this site. I'm always finding incorrect
material myself so appreciate any help.
There are "stories" under the PEOPLE heading in the bar along the top. The latest tale is of Robert Eggleton being
robbed after the wheel of his cart came loose.
Any other contributions from anybody please. Wacky stuff, serious stuff, milestones in your lives-stories about
ANYTHING AT ALL......
I have no idea of the dates of many of the photographs on the site so I make a guess to get them in rough order -
feel free to correct those that are wrong. If you click on a picture you will see a place at the bottom where a
comment can be entered. Please feel free to add information about the people in the photographs, or add any fun
facts relating to the subjects or circumstances surrounding the photograph.
If you find, or know of any strays who should be added let me know who they are. And if you have information
about family members lost in the swirling mists of time just tack it up here somewhere.
Anybody who knows of more recent family members could fill in gaps please.
As I check out connections and marriages I am struck by our links to so many families, names that
were familiar growing up in Norfolk. For example in Hempton we lived beside a Huggins family. I
think the children were Norman and Susan. A Huggins married a Gray, a familiar name when we visited
Fulmodeston, and one of the Grays married an Eggleton. That family of Eggletons then ended up
living in Stibbard..............
And there are sad snippets such as this - 1841 census reveals that "Fifty persons have emigrated
from Great Ryburgh during the last 5 years" . I wonder if they "volunteered" or were sent as part of the effort by
the wealthier people not to pay to support those out of work.
**This site has been constructed for family information only and is not available for general online
searching. I don't guarantee that the information here is 100% correct, and indeed I constantly find new
information which causes me to make changes. **
Very many thanks to those that have been in contact over the years and have generously shared information.
(Barrie, Tina, Anita, Ray, Peter Trent, Nick Bray, Ann Prentis, Ros and Peter Lee and most recently Peter Lewis)
And especial thanks to Tracy and Phil who sacrifice vacation time to crawl around graveyards in Norfolk searching
out memorial stones and churches for this site.