(See the site map of Cambridge and
district, on which most of these villages appear,
and also the site map of Ely)
My grandfather Edmund Cornwell's grandmother Frances Huckle was born in Bourn
in 1828. When she was young the family moved to
Cottenham, and married into the Cornells of Histon.
Both sets of my grandmother Winifred Ellen Reynolds's grandparents
were living in Dry Drayton when she was born there in
1904. Her mother's side of the family stretch back
through the parish registers into the 16th century. Her
mother, Alice Mary Anable, was born in Dry
Drayton in 1882. Alice's parents were Samuel Anable, born in 1849, and
Lydia Stearn, born in 1856.
Samuel's mother was Rachel Rodgers, born in 1825. The
Anable, Stearn, Rogers and Chapman families had been in
Dry Drayton for at least 300 years.
Duxford was the birthplace of my
great-grandfather Thomas Reynolds, who was born in
1880. Both his grandfathers, James Reynolds and John
Carter, had moved their families to Duxford Grange for
work in the middle of the 19th Century, the Reynolds from
Great Sampford in Essex, the Carters from Shudy Camps in
Cambridgeshire. The village has two parishes. The
Reynolds and Carter families lived next door to each
other at Duxford Grange, and two of their children,
Thomas's parents, my great-great-grandparents Robert
Reynolds and Mary Ann Carter, grew up there and married
in St John's church in 1864. Thomas was probably baptised
at St Peter's church in 1880. Robert and Mary Ann later
moved their family to Dry Drayton, to the west of
See map. Ely is the heartland and
touchstone of my family. Two of my eight great-grandparents
were from Ely families of long standing. They grew up in
the poor Waterside district of Holy Trinity parish. Their
daughter, my grandmother Phyllis Alice Page was born in Back
Hill, Ely, in 1913. her father Arthur Page was born in Ely in
1879 and her mother Sophia Cross in Ely in 1882.
Sophia's father was Thomas Cross, born in Ely in
1852. In the historic parish registers of Holy Trinity
parish, Cross is by far the most common surname. Arthur's
mother was Alice Wiseman, born in Ely 1855.
The 19th century censuses for Ely contain the names of
hundreds of my family from the Page, Wiseman, Cross and
Carter families. Later, all four of my grandparents would be
living in or very close to Ely. My grandparents Vincent Helgia Knott and Phyllis Alice Page lived at Willow
Walk from 1935 and then in Chief's Street from 1947 until
their deaths in 1996 and 1990 respectively. My father was born in Ely,
and so was I. You can see places significant to the Page,
Wiseman, Cross and Carter families on the
site map of Ely.
My great-great-great-great-grandmother Elizabeth
Constable was born here in 1800. She married Henry
Anable, and my great-great-great-grandfather William Anable was born in
Grantchester in 1823. Two years later, his mother died in
childbirth. Henry and William moved to Dry Drayton, where
there were already other Anables, presumably relatives.
William first married Ann Rutter in 1841, and after her
death in 1847 he married Caroline Kester.
My great-great-grandfather Henry Page was born in Great
Shelford in 1851. In the 1870s, Henry moved to Ely. He
was a stonemason, and was probably working on the
restoration of the Cathedral. He stayed in Ely. Other
page families in the city were possibly relatives.
My great-great-great-grandmother Caroline Kester was born
in Hardwick in 1832.
My great-great-great-great-grandfather William
Cornall was born in Harston in 1893. He was the first of
the family to move to Histon, where the family would
spend the next century or more. On the other side of the
family, my great-great-great-grandfather Robert
Page, grandfather of Arthur Page who was killed
in the Battle of the Somme, was born in Harston in 1819.
This was the home parish of the Cornwell family.
They had lived here for generations. My great-grandfather
William Cornwell, was born in
Histon in 1864. His father William Cornell was born in
Histon in 1819.
Needingworth is an important starting point for the
Mortlock and Mansfield members of my family. My
great-grandmother Eliza Mortlock was born here in
1865. Her mother Eliza Mansfield was born here in
1839, as was her grandfather Abram Mansfield. My
great-great-grandparents Thomas Moody and Eliza Mortlock
have an imposing headstone in the churchyard, and there
are also memorials to several of their children.
Mortlocks and Mansfields still live in the parish today.
The parish church is in the village of Holywell, beside
A hamlet on the outskirts of Ely. My
grandparents Edmund Stanley
Cornwell and Winifred Ellen Reynolds lived in Little
Thetford, first at Grunty Fen and then at Green Hill,
from the 1920s until they died in 1951 and 1983
respectively. My mother was born in Little Thetford. I
was baptised in the village church and spent the first
three years of my life there.
My grandfather Edmund Stanley Cornwell was born here in
1903. He was baptised in the church font on 27th
September. His parents had moved from nearby Histon.
outskirts of Ely, this was the original home for members
of the Carter family, who married into my grandmother's
ancestral Cross family. My great-great-grandmother Sarah Carter was born here in 1860.
My great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Carter, who
married into the Reynolds branch, was born here in 1843.
My great-great-grandfather Thomas Mortlock was born here in
1842. The Mortlocks were an important non-conformist
Swavesey family of farmers and millers; they had arrived
in the village in the 17th Century.
My grandmother Winifred Ellen Reynolds was living with
her family here at the time of the 1911 census.
parish near the Cambridgeshire border was the home of the
Reynolds family. My great-great-great-grandfather James Reynolds was born here in
1809, and my great-great-grandfather Robert Reynolds was born here in
1842. They both gave their birthplace in census returns
as 'Old Samford', but both their births were registered
in this parish. The family appear to have been tailors
before leaving the village to work on farms in south
Cambridgeshire. There are Reynolds headstones to the
south of Great Sampford church, one to Thomas
Reynolds, tayler and his wife Jane who died in 1851.
He was the uncle of my great-great-great-grandfather.
My great-great-great-grandmother Abigail Darnal was born here in
1814. She married my great-great-great-grandfather James Reynolds here in 1832.
My great-great-great-great-grandfather Daniel
Harrall was born in Sible Hedingham in 1788, and baptised
at the protestant dissenters chapel in neighbouring
Castle Hedingham. He later moved to Kent, where his
granddaughter Mary Ann Harrall would be my
grandfather Vincent Helgia
(See also the site map of the Medway).
grandfather Vincent Helgia
Knott was born here in 1908. He was baptised in
Holy Trinity church, but the family left Dartford soon
My great-great- grandfather George Knott was born
here in 1843. It was the home of the Knott family for
many years, and my great-great-grandfather and most of
his siblings were baptised here.
The Knott family, including my grandfather Vincent Helgia Knott, were living here
at the time of the 1911 census. They were back in Strood
My great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Bowles was born in the
Mall at Preston on the outskirts of Faversham in 1843.
Her father was from Faversham, and the family spent some
years in the Faversham workhouse.
The Frindsbury district of Rochester was home to
my great grandparents George Knott and Mary Ann Bowles from the 1880s
onwards. They lived in Grange Road, where they kept a
small shop until about 1920. They had been married in
Frindsbury in 1872.
My great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Harrall was born and
baptised here in 1850. It was the home parish of the
Martins, her mother's family. Her father, John Harrall,
had come from neighbouring Hoo.
My Harrall ancestors were from Hoo. Daniel
Harrall, who had been born in Essex, moved here with his
wife Sophia in about 1812 to take on the ownership of a
farm of 40 acres. They were strict non-conformists,
having their children baptised at the Dissenters' Chapel
My great-great-grandfather George Waters was born here in
1849 and baptised in the parish church.
My great-great-grandparents George Waters and Mary Ann Harrall were married in
this church on 15th October 1871.
great-great-great-grandmother Caroline Wells was born here. She
married William Knott in the parish
church in 1817.
The urban area of Rochester includes Frindsbury,
Strood and Gillingham,
important places for the Knott family. Rochester was the
place my grandfather called home. My great-grandparents William Knott and Mary Ann Waters both died in
Rochester in the 1950s.
Strood, that part of Rochester on the far bank
of the Medway from the city centre, is an important place
for the Knott family - it was their home from the 1880s
until almost the middle of the 20th Century. My
great-grandparents William Knott and Mary Ann Waters were married in St
Mary's church in 1892. They lived at various addresses in
Cuxton Road and London Road, and then, after a brief
sojourn in Dartford and Greenhithe, they returned to
Strood before the First World War and spent the rest of
their lives on Temple Street, which was demolished in the
1960s. Several of their children were baptised and
married in St Nicholas's church.
My great-grandfather William Knott was born here in
My great-great-grandparents George Waters and Mary Ann Harrall kept the One Bull
beerhouse in Wilmington, just outside of Dartford. George
Waters died a few weeks after the 1911 census. Their
granddaughter, my great aunt Daisy Knott, was married in
the church a few weeks after that.
My great-grandmother Mary Ann Waters was born in
Llanferres to Kent parents in 1872. The family were back
in Kent for the 1881 census.