Issue 23

Home Up Contents Search

Remembering John Stedeford

William Stettaford's family

Samuel Johns

 

We're joined this month by more than one guest contributor. Roy Hewitt needs no introduction and has contributed, not only his advice on our John Stedeford article but photographs that he took during yet another visit to the battlefields of the Somme this summer.  We hear that Roy has also taken some more Stentiford-related pictures and look forward to seeing them in another article in the New Year.

There cannot be an historian in one of our family groups who has not seen the spelling STETTAFORD used (mistakenly) when searching for their ancestors. But one group of families have maintained this spelling over several centuries and, this month, we are pleased to include material relating to them which was sent to us by Beryl Cross from Australia . 

The Stentifords and Stuttafords can look back over the centuries at families in which boys heavily outnumbered girls, thus ensuring the continuance of the family names and the growth of descendent families. Not so the Stettafords. All the Stettafords to be found in this country and Australia since the 1840s have descended from a schoolmaster called William Stettaford who was born in Plymouth and who we write about in this Issue. Before then, the picture is far less clear. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Hugh Lodge who, through his work on the Stuttafords,  has done research on the early days of this family as well. 

Samuel Johns married a Harriet Stettaford in Exeter in 1827 and so began a second set of mysteries for their Australian descendents for his background is just as obscure as hers. In this Issue, we're reprinting material compiled by Jack Cross from notes made by Edward Duyker in the hope that one of our readers may, in the course of their own research, have come across information that will help this family to solve a little more of their puzzle. We have some ideas of our own and shall return to this subject in the New Year.

Which is why there is not a Stentiford in sight in this Issue! 

 

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

Link to Office of National Statistics for information on how to obtain copies of Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/registration/default.asp

To return from the ONS site, close the window in which it appears.

 

Remembering John Stedeford

William Stettaford's family

Samuel Johns

 

Send mail to webmaster@stentiford.org  with questions or comments about this web site.
  Last modified:
30/09/2005