Category Archives: Rundle

Rundle Connection: Mare / Mares Family of Berry Down and Manitoba

Berry Down
Photo credit: Oliver’s Cornwall Walking Pages


I’m in the process of going over all of my Rundle family info and filling in blank spaces. Many times these “blank spots” are for females, since unless you know for sure who they married, they are more difficult to pin down. In this case, I did have Rebecca Rundle’s husband’s name, but I had never pursued researching their children. Once I started doing this new research, I found this family to be very interesting! I’m sharing these new finds in hopes that I can connect with some of our Canadian “cousins”. Continue reading Rundle Connection: Mare / Mares Family of Berry Down and Manitoba

Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

Left to Right: Charles Rundle, Marion Ratcliffe, Marion's siblings: Charles Ratcliffe, Lillian Ratcliffe, Thomas Ratcliffe
Left to Right: Charles Rundle, Marion Ratcliffe, Marion’s siblings: Charles Ratcliffe, Lillian Ratcliffe, Thomas Ratcliffe

As a genealogist, I’ve read official record after official record. You can, of course, glean a myriad of information from baptism records, marriage records, census records etc. You can make assumptions about what an ancestor’s life was like based on where they lived, what their occupation was, how much schooling they had etc, but nothing gives you an insight in to how they really felt like a letter. Continue reading Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

The Hole Story Now Available for Download

Hole Story
Click Cover to Go to Download Site
Awhile ago I had been lucky enough to be given a copy of a book by Richard Crow of Cornwall. It was a wonderful history of the farm in St. Neot that my Rundle ancestors lived on for over a century. I had put an interpretation of the portions of the book dealing with my Rundle family on this site with credit going to Mr. Crow. I was recently contacted by Mr. Crow who was happy to know that part of his work was being shared. He expressed an interest in making the book more widely available and I agreed to help him do that.

I scanned a copy of the book and converted it to a pdf file which I have uploaded to a file sharing site. I’ve edited the page on this site which originally only had my shortened version of his work.. and have now added a permanent link to the download page for the pdf.

Mr. Crow and myself hope that more people will now get to read this extensive history of Hole Farm and it’s inhabitants over the years.

To download the book and read more about it, please visit our page here:The Hole Story – The History of a Cornish Farm by Richard Crow (Download)

Added Page for Smith / McGowan Family

Margaret and Charles Smith and Children
My Great Great Grandfather, Charles Smith, was a real puzzle for awhile. There were family rumors floating around that his name had originally been McGowan and that he had changed it to Smith to join the Union Army when he was underage. I had assumed for awhile that he had just anglicized “McGowan” and therefore spent a lot time looking for the wrong name! Researching in records for NYC is hard enough without not having the correct information to begin with!

A few years ago, one of my mother’s cousins said that he had papers that explained the entire issue! The papers were affidavits that Charles Smith had to file in order to receive his Civil War pension. In the papers he explains that his birth name was Smith, but that his half siblings were named McGowan and that he took their name in order to join the army when he was underage. His sister, Mary McGowan Powers, testified on his behalf. So.. that part of the mystery was solved.

The interesting part of the story concerns his mother supposedly searching for him.. and not being able to find him because he changed his name. Based on the fact that Charles states that he was often called Charles McGowan growing up, and that he enlisted with his brother.. makes me think that “McGowan” should have been the first name that his mother looked for! So either the account of her looking for him was alittle “off” or Jane was not the brightest woman!

You can find the full report on this family here:Goodwin, McGowan, Smith Families of NYC and Wallingford, CT.