Dear Eggs et al,
July 19 2021, and Freedom day in the UK. Covid-19 restrictions largely removed. In NJ mask restrictions were removed a while ago although most of us still wear them and in Florida many people resist vaccine and masks altogether. Not much hope that the whole thing will go away yet despite overwhelming weariness with restrictions and rise in numbers ill with the Delta variant.
Time for a COVID photo from you all.
January 2021 and still in lockdown.
Sept 17, 2021 Did any of us think to keep a diary through the events of 2020? No not me either. Who would have thought that we would still be cowering behind masks in September and October. New Jersey is one of the smallest of the US states but with a huge population of 9 million-so very crowded. Covid19 hit here early and hard and about 16000 have died in our state alone so far, most in those early months. It stabilised thanks to the shutdowns, people working from home, and just staying away from each other. It was hard to be shut in as us ancients were, for more than 2 months. Now that some businesses, schools and colleges are partially open we've had a few more cases again and nobody is looking forward to the winter and what it might bring. Can it last much longer?
Apparently yes it just goes on and on. (March 14th, 2021)
Sept 10, 2021. This update page is getting long and may be placed in the Stories section soon.
Hi all, have changed the family lines to track distant relatives who have been in contact so you can see how they’re connected to us (that’s the little colored squares against a name.)
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New contact re PEASE:
Hello Mrs Walker
I noticed that you have joined the Norfolk Family History Society and that you are researching my surname. Although, in my lifetime, I have only met three other people named Pease I know from my research that there were a lot of them in 19th century Norfolk so the odds of us being in the same branch are slim. However, I thought I would let you know my roots in case there is a connection.
I am descended from William Pease who died in October 1899 and is buried in Watton churchyard where his headstone can still be seen. I think that he is the son of Robert Peas(e) and his wife Priscilla (nee Head) and that he was born in Carbrooke in 1829. There was a second William Pease born in Carbrooke in 1829 to William and Mary Pease but I do not think he is my man. Things are further confused by the fact that various censuses show William's place of birth as Watton, Carbrooke and Griston but I am almost certain that Carbrooke is correct as Watton and Griston were entered when he was living in other people's households.
I hope you do not mind me contacting you and hope to hear from you.
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Time for one of the boys to volunteer for DNA test!!!
Have been looking at the Dreyheller family, ancestors of Dads mother.
There seem to be only a few family groups with this name and they appear in Kent, the Birmingham area and Durham and seem to be related to each other. So far have found nobody with this name before 1800 except in Germany, where I suspect they may have come from. Johns elder daughter has the name Margaretta which is likely his mothers name and one that does appear in German records. They appear to move on to the US, Australia and New Zealand . Will let you know If I find more.
Also had contact with Barrie Jonas who has a lot of information about the Eggletons in the Bawdeswell area. I’m getting my research on to tree first then will have a good look to see what exciting stuff he has. Then I'll no doubt have to make a lot of changes.
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 navy.
For those of you keeping track, its taken me years but I've at last made a 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. However she died in late 1892 days after her 2nd marriage, when granny was a baby. Mary Anns youngest children must have been in a precarious position as her 2nd husband likely had no attachment to them.
When checking in you will see new names like Gallivan and 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 with a push from authorities I’m sure 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.
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.
** **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.