Faulder Family Genealogy

24 December, 2016

William Blizard Williamson of Cork

One of my brick walls has been William Blizard Williamson and his family;

  • His wife Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) and
  • His sons William Blizard and George Henry.

George Henry was the father of Elizabeth Ann Willett who with her husband Everard William Willett adopted my mother, which makes William Blizard Williamson (senior) my Great Great Grandfather (by adoption).

This posts summarises what is and is not known about this family and what can be done to break down this brick wall! Essentially we know little about their Irish life or of their ancestors in Ireland. (more…)

13 December, 2016

Obituary: William Blizard Williamson (the elder) of Worcester

The following is a transcript of the obituary (and associated reports) for William Blizard Williamson (the elder) of Worcester. He was (via the adoption of my mother) my Great Great Grandfather and lived from about 1811/12 until 15 September 1878.
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25 May, 2015

The Willetts of Colchester, Essex (and Daylight Saving) 1 of 2

The change to and from British Summer Time can bring about a flurry of interest in William Willett, the original advocate in Britain of Daylight Saving. For some reason this spring Google and that ilk have pointed a larger number of people than usual towards this family blog. Some of them have familiar family stories about being related to “Daylight Saving” Willett.

In addition another comment by a relative (about William Willett senior – Daylight Saving Willett’s father – running away from his step-mother) has prompted me to re-examine “the top” of the Willett tree as I have previously understood it.

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21 December, 2010

Research Note: Google Ngrams

(This post is more in the nature of a genealogy diary entry or research note discussing a potential line of interesting research.)

Google in their attempt to “capture all information”, have been digitalising huge numbers of mainly out of copyright books (more than 5.2 million).  Now they have introduced a tool to try and analyse this corpus of data: Google NGrams.  This allows you to graph by date of publication the occurrence of a word (or even selection of words).

So for a genealogist, the logical thing to do is ego-surf – stick your own surname in the tool and see what comes out. (more…)

24 August, 2010

Faulder Cumberland Antecedents

Other posts have made reference to the half-family arising from Catherine Blaylock marrying two Robert Faulders and to the intertwining of various families mainly in North Cumberland in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

This diagram (click on it to see it full size) shows some of the links that have been established.

Faulder and associated families: marriages around the 18th and 19th Centuries

Faulder and associated families: marriages around the 18th and 19th Centuries

23 August, 2010

Willett Antecedents

The early Willetts take a bit of disentangling due to second marriages and marriages to other Willetts. (more…)

18 August, 2010

“Faulder” Arms

Filed under: - 1837,Coat of Arms,Faulder,Status: Awaiting Further Work — Tags: , , , — David @ 11:17 am
Arms granted to a Faulder

Arms granted to a Faulder

There are arms linked to a Faulder name.

However, arms are granted to an individual and his legitimate male heirs – not to a surname. Can we trace the individual to whom they were granted?

The General Armoury* describes Faulder Arms as Ar. three chaplets vert, roses gu. Crest-On a mountain a beacon inflamed all ppr. Translated this reads as Silver, three green garlands, roses red. Crest – On a mountain a beacon inflamed – normal colours. My interpretation of this is on the right. (more…)

The origin of the Faulder family

Widespread belief that the Faulder family is from Southern Scotland

  • Emigrated possibly during time of the Covenantersopen new window (1638 onwards)
  • A number of signet rings in the family have an image of a flaming beacon.
    • Belief that the family may have been involved in maintaining Armada beacons.
    • However, beacons were also used in the north to warn of Scottish invasion.
    • Beacons could also have been those used for navigation assistance.
    • Others have suggested a reference to pillaging by Reiversopen new window.

17 August, 2010

Inter-relationships of other surnames marrying into the Family

Investigating other surnames marrying into the Family – particularly where there are two people of a particular surname marrying in – raising the question as to whether they are related.

  • Forster surnames: Annie (m Joseph Faulder 1919), Eliza (m Edward Norman 1856)
  • Graham surnames: Elizabeth (m George Blaylock 1828), Deborah (m William Faulder 1921), Janet (m Thomas James 1706?)
  • Jackson surnames: Ann (m Robert Faulder 1754), William (m Hannah Faulder 1858),
  • James surnames: Edward (m Mary Falder 1738), Elizabeth (m William Blaylock 1765?), Thomas (m Eleanor Faulder 1855)
  • Pattinson surnames: John (m Catherine Faulder 1855, m Elizabeth Faulder 1859), John Lawson (m Mary Faulder 1900).
    • Catherine and Elizabeth Faulder were sisters, and consequently John’s second marriage was, at that time, illegal. The 1835 Deceased Wife’s Sister Act (Lord Lyndhurst’s Act) made such unions illegal until it was repealed by the 1907 Deceased Wife’s Sister’s Marriage Act.
  • Story surnames: Emily (m Joseph Sewell Faulder 1882), Annie (m Tom Clark 1929)

(Comments of the “Are we related” type (much welcomed) are being collated on a collection of “Are we related?” pages.)

Other descendants of William’s paternal Grandparents (Robert Fa(u)lder and Anne Jackson)

Robert’s Will refers to four children (Mary Newby and three minors). (known family treeopen pdf window).

  • Mary Faulder – who married William Newby (1778): four possible daughters – not traced
  • Robert Faulder – who married Catherine Blaylock (1803): Only one known adult son William – well traced
  • Ann Faulder – little known
  • Unnamed minor son – I now believe this to be Thomas, whose daughter Isabella married John Norman (the brother of Thomas Norman who married Mary Faulder, daughter of the first of Catherine Blaylock’s marriages).
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