It hasn't been easy but I am at last getting somewhere with my Lydall line.
My inital search began when I purchased a birth certificate for my gt grandad, and discovered his mums name was Harriett Lydall, she was one of 10 children, born circa 1817 to James Lydall & Mary West in Whitwick Leicestershire, England.
Harriett, and two of her sisters, Maria b.1815 and Eliza b.1820 are the only ones so far that I have found that actually stayed in England. The rest emigrated
This is the great grandfather of Thomas Coull born c 1800 - see his blog page. See separate blog page for Patrick's Will/Inventory.
As always, thanks go to experienced members of FTF, especially Moggie, for their perseverance and interest in finding out as much as we have done about the Scottish roots of the Antiguan Coulls.
Patrick Coull was born about 1722 and died end of April 1784 Cullen. Fortunately, his year of birth can be deduced from age given in ‘The plundering
Updated 03-03-12 at 09:26 by Liz from Lancs
so far so good?
My link to the Coull family is via the marriage of Eleanor Butcher, born 1838 St Pancras, to William Coull in 1859. This changed the direction of her life from that of a milliner in Islington to emigration to New Zealand with her ailing husband and his 2 brothers in 1871.
The 3 brothers, already established in the printing and publishing trade, went on to thrive in Dunedin, New Zealand. I am in touch with a direct descendant of William’s brother, Thomas. He has confirmed this tree,
Updated 11-04-12 at 08:18 by Liz from Lancs
After her father's death, Lucretia Butcher's journey took her out of the poverty her family were left in to stay with her better off aunts in Eastbourne and then Islington. Her widowed mother worked as a laundress and her sister, Elizabeth, from which my line is descended, did not fare so well.
As ever, FTF members have helped extensively with my research. I am in touch with a direct descendant of Lucretia's son, William Lewis. She lives in Australia and confirms some of the later
Updated 26-02-12 at 09:00 by Liz from Lancs