4 Ticknall, Derbyshire

4 Ticknall, Derbyshire (1845-1897) The rain had stopped but the road through Ticknall, the A514 between Leicester and Derby, is a busy one and I was finding it difficult to get my bearings. I drove hopefully up a side-road and noticed what appeared to be a...

2 Great Dunmow and London

2 Great Dunmow, Essex, and London (1832-1842)   Family history began for me in my early teens, when one day my father took down a large leather- bound family Bible from a shelf at the back of his wardrobe; he showed me the fly-sheet, with long lists of names...

Family Tree

THE GARRARD FAMILY TREE, c 1750 to 1973 A shortened version of the Challis family tree from 1700 up to the 1850s is on the left. A full version, as included in the family Bible, can be found in section two of the...

5 The Modern Diaspora

5 The Modern Diaspora (1897-1985)   Oswald and Lucy circa 1920 Malcolm and Jane Roberts, who live in Toronto, first contacted me in January 2014. Jane’s mother and father had emigrated to Winnipeg from Leicester in 1952; her mother Judy was the daughter of John...

3 Leicester

3 Leicester (1842-1875) The 1830s and ’40s were the height of the coaching era, and no doubt William would, when he could, have made the journey back from Kent to London by stagecoach, to visit Mary. He did write that one day he was riding outside on a coach – the...

1 Gissing, Norfolk

1 Gissing, Norfolk (c 1790-1832) My ancestors, the Garrards, originated in Norfolk. At least, the earliest documentation I can find of them is in Norfolk. My own father, who enjoyed learning German at school, was sure that they came there from Germany, so the name...