One of the ways that progress can be made
on researching a family history is to try to find others researching the
same line. This would enable research to be shared. So, check my family tree
Rootsweb World Connect and compare my genealogical tree with yours, to see if
we have ancestors in common. In January 2011 it became a
more detailed version, which includes fewer individuals, but provides
My Photo Album also has information about some
of my ancestors and their connections with certain parishes.
Steve Parkhouse's Cluster Maps
The PARKHOUSE surname occurs in clusters
across Devon. My cluster is centred on Upottery, Devon. I have devised a web
page including Steve Parkhouse's cluster maps. The hope is that if you are able to trace your PARKHOUSE ancestry
back to one of these PARKHOUSE clusters
in Devon you would wish to be linked to queries about that cluster.
Stan Parkhouse's Memories
My father, Edward Stanley George
Parkhouse (Stan) was born in 1906 and died early in 1985. The year before he
died he wrote down his memories of his early life in Somerset and Glamorgan.
Two extracts are included here in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).. One is
entitled Early Years which
covers 1906 to about 1920, the other he called
Dusty Decade covering about 1920
to 1930 dealing mainly with his life as a miner in the Aberkenfig area. (The
title Dusty Decade was given by him to the whole document, as well as one
page incorporates PDF files (Portable Document Format) and you will need
Adobe Reader® to view them
I have a particular interest in the following
families and would welcome more information and/or an e-mail if you
have a connection.
PARKHOUSE Family Tree
transported to Van Dieman's Land!
My earliest proven PARKHOUSE ancestor is Jacob PARKHOUSE, a mason, who married, 2 March 1772,
in Upottery, DEV UK.
He was born about 1750. His baptism is possibly that of a child called John,
baptised 26 March 1749, in Upottery, the son of John and Betty PARKHOUSE
Any information touching upon this, and where he
might have lived, would be especially appreciated as I have been stuck for many years.
Anyone who has a connection back to William
and Harriett PARKHOUSE of Pontypool MON, shoemakers, who had at least 7
children (ref. 1871/1881 census), might be interested to know that I can
show that William was the grandson of my Jacob PARKHOUSE mentioned above.
OAK Family Tree
This line has been traced back to the marriage, at Exeter Cathedral
between "Robert Oke of Topsham and Sarah Shapter of the same" 28 March 1722,
but more information would be welcomed. My Oak connection starts with the family of my great grandparents Lewin
Thomas and Mary Oak (nee Crosse)shown in
this photograph. Lewin Thomas Oak
was orphaned at the age of 17 as related in
this document written by his sister's daughter, Hilda Eliza Fee.
BASS Family Tree
The other line in which I have a particular
interest is BASS.
Until recently, my earliest proven ancestor of that
surname was Samuel BASS
who, according to census information, was born about 1781 in Ratcliffe
He died 27 Nov 1868 in High Street, Topsham DEV and was buried
29 Nov 1868 in Topsham DEV.
He is recorded in the 1830 Pigot's directory as
living in Topsham, his trade being a basket maker.
When Samuel married for the second time, in 1842,
his marriage certificate records his father as being Thomas BESS, baker.
My grandfather, William James Bass (Bill Bass), told me, in the 1940's, that he was related to the BASS's in
Society's website confirmed that there were BASS's in Lympstone.
Bass Update - A breakthrough!
More Bass Research
In 1863, my great grandfather, John Bass, was fined 10 shillings for
trespassing on the "spire" (reed) beds in the river Exe. It was
reported in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post.