Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The thing I find interesting about both elements of the tree (my direct line and in general) is the lack of mobility and mixing. On my paternal side my grandfather’s line is from west Cumberland and grandmother’s line from Bucks/Northants. On my maternal side my grandmother and grandfather’s lines are from the West Midlands. There are only a handful of people not who were not born or died in those areas, including the few that emigrated to Australia or the US. On my direct descendent line there's only one person not born in England: Francis Higgins, born in 1785 in Ireland, who moved to Cumberland and married Ann from Gosforth, and whose granddaughter, Isabella, married John Kitchin in 1860 (my 2nd great-grandfather). With the exception of the small number born/lived overseas, there are very few people born elsewhere out of the 1,331 other people in the tree - 6 in Ireland, 3 in Scotland, 2 in Wales, 1 in Germany. Pretty much everyone married someone from within a few miles of where they grew up and lived there their whole lives. Seems stasis is something of a family trait.