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Boucher

Our main lines of research are:

Allinson

James

Wilkinson

Lightfoot

Dobbins

France

Swainson

Other interests:

From Longtown, through Cockermouth and Whitehaven, and on to Millom - we have ancestors and relations from most of the parishes of Cumberland!

Armstrong

Betty was born around 1767 and died in 1841 as a member of the Lightfoot family.

Banks

Sarah was born in Cockermouth in 1818, the daughter of Joseph and Mary,  and was  baptised in 1825.  We suspect there is a connection to the Banks family who were settled in Cockermouth for several generations, but there is no conclusive evidence to prove the link.  

Barnes

Rowland Barnes died in Little Bampton in 1689.    Another Barnes line is related to Elizabeth who became the wife of Benjamin Sanderson in 1760.

Barwise

Thomas lived in Wigton parish in the mid seventeenth century, actually residing in Oulton.  His granddaughter was another Lightfoot bride.  

Benson

Elizabeth became the wife of William Gaitskell in 1745 in Waberthwaite.

Bigland

Mary married Thomas France in 1689.

Brockbank

A long-standing problem has been the ancestry of Catherine, who married in Dearham in 1750.

Brown

Janes married  into the Lightfoot family in 1673 and lived at Wedholme Hill near Wigton.

Chadwick

Betty was born in 1787 in Bootle, the daughter of Joseph.

Dixon

John was a shoemaker who lived near St Bees in the mid 1700s.

Donald

Catherine Donald married Samuel Swainson in St Bees in 1734.  Nothing of her ancestry is known.  

Evening

An unusual  surname which is very rare today.   Elizabeth married in Caldbeck in 1735.  

Fell

John married in Scaleby in 1788, after which he and his family lived in Bolton and Caldbeck.  

Gaitskell

Jopseh married in Waberthwaite in 1715, but his ancestry and death have yet to be found.  

Gibson

Christian married in Cockermouth in 1727, but does not seem to have been born there.  

Gillespie

George married Mary Holliday in Arthuret in 1726/27.  Descendants of this couple lived in Gilcrux and Maryport.

Grave

James married Jane Harrington in 1698.  Subsequent generations lived in the Whitehaven/St Bees area.

Haiston

Jane married Robert Allinson in  1790.  The line traces back to Thomas, who died in Dearham in 1760.

Harrington

Jane married into the Grave family in 1698 in St Bees.

Harrison

Thomas married Mary Martindale in 1693 in Bromfield.  This line continues through several generations before ending with Nancy  who married in Aspatria in 1798.  Another Harrison is Sarah who is believed to have been born in 1792 in Cumberland  and lived in Cockermouth until her death, as Sarah France, in 1838.

Hartley

Little conclusive evidence has been found about this family, but they are known to have married into the Swainson family in the mid 1600s.

Hayton

Joseph died in Bromfield  around 1719.

Holliday

Mary was the wife of George Gillespie.  The couple married in 1726/27 in Arthuret.

Hunter

Elizabeth married John Walker in Lamplugh in 1755.

Ismay

The link to Ismay is a little tenuous, but it is possible that this family has a connection with the Bouch/Boucher family of Bromfield.

Jackson

Jane married Robert Walker in 1706 in Lamplugh.  

Jessop

Andrew, originally from Ireland, was married twice, his second marriage being in 1810 .  His granddaughter, Mary Ellen, was born in Whitehaven in 1846.

Langton

George married in Cockermouth in 1639.  Although his daughter married into the France family and remained in Cockermouth,  other members of the Langton family moved to Whitehaven.  

Martindale

William lived in Blencogo in the mid 17th Century.  

Parker

Ann married in Kirkbampton in 1670.

Pattinson

The Pattinsons have been found in Aspatria in the 18th Century.  

Piele

Margaret married James France in 1683.  

Purdy

According to a Trinity House Petition, William was born in Kirkcudbright in 1782.  He married in Whitehaven in 1800.

Railton

William Railton was a farmer in Scaleby.  His birth, around 1728, continues to be elusive.

Robinson

Mary was born about 1755 and married Richard France in 1778.

Sanderson

Richard  died in Caldbeck in 1758.  Several generations lived in this beautiful area before some of the family moved to Gilcrux.  Also interested in the Sandersons who settled in Maryport.  

Simpson

Frances married in Cockermouth in 1639 and is one of the earliest people on our Cumbrian tree.

Singleton

Born around 1765, Eleanor married in St Bees.  

Smith

Thomas married in St Bees in 1764.  Two of his children married into the Swainson family.

Taylor

Ann became the wife of John Swainson in 1759.  

Thomlinson

The Thomlinson family lived at Blencogo Hall in the parish of Bromfield.  Although they are not direct ancestors, they were related to our family and are of particular interest.   

Tordiff

Isaac has remained a mystery for many years.  He married Mary Boucher in 1768 in Bromfield, but neither his baptism nor burial have been found.   We are interested in any Tordiff families from Cumberland.  

Twentyman

Mary lived in Thursby after her marriage in 1718.

Walker

John married Elizabeth Hunter in 1755 in Lamplugh.

Williamson

Jane, born in 1722, married into the Lightfoot family.   

Wilson

Katherine was born in 1694 in Waberthwaite.  

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