last updated 27 August 2013

 

Guide to what's to be found in Ciao Famiglia

by Adrian Fletcher (afletch at paradoxplace dot com)

 

This web-site is written by Adrian Fletcher and is about nine-ish generations of his direct ancestors.  Since the site was launched in mid 2009 it has grown, in the way of web-sites, much larger than expected and therefore become more challenging to navigate and write - no disciplined nomenclature, data bases etc here!!  The purpose of this short guide is to outline (with links) what is in the site to help users find what they want .  Many documents are linked to more than one page - maybe a family tree, photo or narrative page etc - and sheer size means that not all pages can be identified / updated as soon as new information is added - so it's a good idea to have fun hunting around.  Also, please let me know if links don't work or lead to odd places! 

 

 

 

The best place to start is with the Recent Ancestors of Angela Williams (Fletcher) & Adrian Fletcher page

 

This identifies (with photos and links) Adrian and Angela's parents, grand-parents and great-grand-parents,

and includes lots of facts about their lives.

 

 

A good way of getting an overview is this family tree going back 7 generations

 and coloured to show where everyone lived, which can be viewed here

 

 

 

 

 

Underpinning the Recent Ancestors chart are four charts, one for each pair of great-grandparents, showing further generations of direct ancestors for:

 

 

Dr George Frederick Aldous and Isabella Henderson Aldous (Stewart)

 

commentary, chronology, photos & documents

 

mother's mother's parents - Devon doctor, Melbourne Mayor's Daughter, Sussex Yeoman Farmer, Norfolk and Sussex grog merchants.

 

 

PLYMOUTH, MELBOURNE, BRECHIN, BELFAST, BURITON (HAMPSHIRE), OXFORD ST LONDON, HARLESTON, STARSTON, REDENHALL AND MORE PARISHES IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK.

 

 

Alex Harpur Robinson Sproule and Matilda Sproule (Sproule)

 

commentary, chronology, photos & documents

 

mother's father's parents (seated) - they were unhappy first cousins (he was earlier a pretend professional photographer in Canada).

 

 

Co TYRONE (N IRELAND), PETERBOROUGH (ONTARIO)

 

 

Lt Col John Adolphus Burton and Georgiana Ernstin Burton (Middlecoat)

 

THE BRITISH INDIA CONNECTIONS

 

commentary, chronology, photos & documents ( 1700s  1800s )

 

father's mother's parents - Madras Presidency Army, Indian (Army) Medical Service

descended from interesting 16/1700s Cornish stock, North Devon stock, early (1710) Calcutta and later Madras.

 

 

INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICE (IMS), BRITISH INDIA 1700s & 1800s, BENGAL & MADRAS ARMIES, CALCUTTA, MADRAS (CHENNAI), TREGONY & BODMIN (CORNWALL), BARNSTAPLE & BRAUNTON (N DEVON).

 

 

Frank Edward Fletcher and Elizabeth Stringer Fletcher (Procter)

 

 

 

commentary, chronology, photos & documents

Fletcher (   one   two  )     Procter

 

father's father's parents - Music Professor, Ironmonger & Plumber, Draper, Chemists, Wool Combers

 

 

FOLKESTONE, SCARBOROUGH, YORK, BARNARD CASTLE, BRIGNALL, STAINDROP, OXENHOPE (W YORKSHIRE),

 

 

Each "Commentary, Chronology & Documents" page contains detailed descriptions with photos and lots of links back to source documents like birth marriage & death (BMD) certificates, church (BMD) records, wills and probate records, original census returns, newspaper reports, commercial directories etc.

 

 

 

 

Having got much of the name / date / place data together the really interesting bit of writing illustrated stories of particular lives, geographic areas and times is underway.  The stories already done include:

 

 

The James Cooper Stewart Story - Scottish house painter's son sails to Australia and rises to be Mayor of Melbourne

 

 

 

WW I  Lt Col Jimmy Sproule, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 131 Field Ambulance and the 38th (Welsh) Division in the Battlefields of Belgium and the Somme

 

 

Jimmy S looking awkward with the Prince of Wales

Chateau Longeau, Amiens - 7 February 1919

 

 

The Seward Yeoman Tenant Farmers of 1000 acres in Weston (Hampshire), and memorials to three generations in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Buriton

 

Buriton, Hampshire

 

 

Tregony

 

 

TREGONY & BODMIN (CORNWALL)

 

Nicholas Middlecoat Jnr (1752 - 1844 (92))

my 4 x Grt grandfather came from Tregony in Cornwall.  Father of 13, innkeeper ("Queens Head Inn" Tregony, sadly no longer there), political agent and fixer, convicted electoral briber, writer and writee, bankrupt ... we are finding out more about this interesting Cornish rogue (who lived to the age of 92!) and his ancestors and associates. 

 

 

One of Nick's wife's ancestors was Dr George de Mountfryart (1652 - 1717 (65)), several times Mayor of Bodmin around 1700.

 

 

PLACES WHERE ENGLISH ANCESTORS LIVED AND WERE BAPTISED, MARRIED AND CHRISTENED

 

Visits made by Adrian Fletcher & Sons in Autumn 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PROCTERS OF TEESIDE - 1700-1850

 

 

Joseph Procter's Chemyst Shop in Barnard Castle (first half 0f 1800s)

 

 

 

 

Sproules and Fletchers in Egypt - 1935-1944

 

 

Jimmmy Sproule served as a senior RAMC / General Staff Officer in Cairo, Egypt from November 1935 to January 1942, with a home leave in August / September 1937 and a more curtailed leave in summer 1939 (WWII was declared on 3rd September 1939). 

 

He was joined for all this time by his wife Clare, and for much of it by daughter Peggy.  Son Brian came out for some school holidays.  

 

Clare and Peggy took all the opportunities available to travel widely and take photographs, and we will be taking the opportunity to run some of them in Ciaofamiglia.

 

 

Sailing to New Countries (and other family boat tales)  1710 - 1972

 

The Marco Polo, in which James Stewart sailed to Melbourne in 1857 - in 1885 he was elected Mayor of Melbourne.

 

"Marco Polo" (painting in the Yarmouth Museum)

 

 

 

 

 

To keep things manageable, the names in Ciao Famiglia are restricted mostly to direct ancestors.  They are taken from a much larger data-base of families built up by Adrian Fletcher and maintained via a "Roots Magic" family tree program.  Some descendant charts generated by this program are included in the this site's data, and others can be produced on request if any family researcher has a particular interest.

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY !

 

All original material on this site is Adrian Fletcher - the contents may not be hotlinked, but they may be reproduced on other non-commercial family web sites or similar with appropriate linked source attribution.

 

For armchair travellers Adrian Fletcher is also the creator of Paradoxplace