My Family History
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Chaddocks and Lowndes
Hunters and Boddies
Races and Stringers
History of Ramsdell Hall
Divas of Old Shanghai
Great Singers of Taiwan
Hong Kong and Malaysia
Mainland China Post 1949
Mrs DJ Panda
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9:05 PM on March 15, 2018
Hello, I'm a distant cousin through the Boddie-Munro line.You seem to be doing some original research on my family which I've found on Ancestry. I'm the great grandson of Alexander Crawford 1865-1924. Are you interested in photos and info.
Cao ji zi
10:40 PM on March 9, 2018
Hello, we are students of Chaoyang University of Science and Technology, and we are currently producing graduation themed productions.
The animation shows the history of puppet shows.
We are in the post-production stage and have found your music in music
We would like to ask if we can use it. We searched for "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4-YpaJU3Ho".
I hope to increase the power of video through music.
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11:02 PM on June 9, 2017
Enjoying the webpage - well done and love the music!
Extended Roughan links via John & Margaret O'Brien (of Lawrence, NZ) married 1866
Gary Frank Allison
6:42 AM on April 26, 2017
I have Richard Race b. 1664 Horbury with a sibling named Joshua.
2:46 AM on March 3, 2017
Sorry, I made a mistake in my last sentence, reading your account of Thomas Chaddock Lowndes made me realise ... Mrs Chaddock returned not to Ramsdell but to Old House Green [Farm] while as you say the Williamson sons clung on to Ramsdell Hall (in desperation doubtless, after being so fabulously wealthy - did you know their mining empire went bankrupt in the 1880s?!)
2:06 AM on March 3, 2017
I don't know how to tell you this, it's going to break your heart, but Ramsdell Hall had no connection to the Lowndes family (except for being next door to their house, Old House Green) until William Lowndes purchased it about 1815/20 ... He purchased it from Henry Dobbs, who owned it by virtue of marrying Elizabeth heiress of Thomas Cartwright (d.1794), the last of a line of Cartwrights who had lived on the site (next-door to the Lowndeses) since at least the 17th century ... The builder of Ramsdell Hall in its present form must have been his father Ralph Cartwright (1690-1778), of Newcastle-under-Lyme & Old House Green [OHG is the name of the hamlet containing the two mansions, as well as of the Lowndes house, now Old House Green Farm] ... William Lowndes lived at Ramsdell from the time of purchasing it until inheriting Old House Green [Farm] from his brother, when he moved into the smaller house and leased Ramsdell to the Williamsons ... After his death in 1844 Old House Green [Farm] was rented out to tenant farmers ... Mrs Chaddock of course returned to live at Ramsdell for the last decade or so of her life, after ousting the Williamsons ... Sorry about all this!
9:35 PM on August 6, 2016
Thank you for your very informative website. I have only been able to trace a small amount of my Scottish family tree because my access to scottish records is limited. My branch of the tree comes from Williamina HILLYARD. One small correction is that Williamina's first son Adam continued to live with her.
Thank you again.
1:41 AM on July 20, 2016
Hi Chris. I am looking for a link to the family in Australia. In 2010 I bought a painting in Sydney, Australia by George Sherwood Hunter 1846 - 1919 with provenance by descent through the family. I cannot see a link to Australia in the family history so well described on your site. I loose track at about the great nephew name - sake. I know the contents of his studio were held until an auction in 1990 in London. The scene is of Barbizon outside Paris. I recently visited the village. Very little artist history is available on George. Is there a resource available through the family to provide some context for the painting and George's visit to Barbizon? Thanks.
1:03 PM on June 3, 2016
Thank you very much for so kindly sharing your family history and others. As I love Mandarin songs, I appreciate very much of the singers', too. Your site is great, Chris. Many thanks again.
9:59 AM on April 28, 2016
Loved your site, my husband's family are very interesting and after reading your page I now know the right way to get my head around all the information. Fabulous photos make it so enjoyable to read.