Welcome to the Our Ancestors website

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I hope that you’ll find this website, and blog, interesting, and informative.

The “Our Ancestors” family tree is constantly changing and growing, with research being carried out fairly regularly into several branches of the tree.

As with all family trees, this one has its fair share of mystery.  There are some questions surrounding my grandmother (specifically, where is she buried?) and her father, my unknown great grandfather. (Partner of Frances Eleanor Chapman (Where did she go?  What happened to her?))

Lots of my ancestors come from the historic county of Lancashire, England, on both my parents sides.

Map of Lancashire
The historic county of Lancashire

Some of the surnames in the family tree from the Lancashire area include Bibby, Cockshead/Coxhead, Wilson, Nelson, Holt, Dobson, Harrison (Although the earliest Harrison in my direct line that I have is from Almondbury in Yorkshire), Woodhouse, Glover, Sefton/Sephton, Pim/Pimm/Pym/Pymm (Who may have originated in Somerset), Bradshaw, Barrow, Hill, Tither/Tether, Parr, Wright, Mosdel/Mousdell/Mosdale/Mousdale, Burrows, Holme/Holmes, Travis/Travers(e), Sherratt/Sharratt, Critchley, Chapman (originally from Bedfordshire), Whittle, French/Francis, Strickland, Cun(d)liff (e) and Boond.


However, there are several other areas where my ancestors come from:

On my mum’s paternal line, we have ancestors from Cornwall.  Some of the surnames in the family tree from there include Maddern, Thomas, Dungey, Eddy, Trembath, Hocking, Grenfell, Boase/Boose, Wallish, Hocken/Hockin, Hicks, Woolcock, Richards, Mann, Oliver and Guy.

Mum’s maternal line includes some of those questions mentioned above.  Can you help with any of them?  If so, please do contact me by clicking here.

My family name is Pointon, which comes from Staffordshire.  The earliest people I have on this line are Ranalphus Poynton who married Jane Meare at Norton in the Moors in 1593.  Their son, Ranalphus and his wife Joyce had 5 children;  John, Jane, William, Meare and Ellin.  I believe that i’m descended from John who married Frances Rosse at Wolstanton in 1666.

Dad’s mum and dad, my nan and grandad are both from St Helens in Lancashire, many of my nan’s ancestors that i’ve discovered so far are also from St Helens.

Several of the branches have been confirmed via DNA testing and comparing family trees, however, there are some which as yet haven’t been.

You can view a brief run down on the various branches of the family tree, including surnames and reports on the ancestors of each of my great grandparents by clicking here.

Are you related in any way to anyone in the family tree?  Or do you have any stories about any of the people mentioned?  Do you have any photos of any of the people in the family tree?  Or can you help with any of the mysteries i’ve mentioned above?  If so, i’d love to hear from you.  Please click here and fill in the contact form, or you can email using the email address listed on the page.

Thank you for visiting.