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Introduction

This is version 7.03 of the Craxford family tree - a family apparently originating in Gretton, Northamptonshire, England in the early 1600s. My sister Brenda drew up the first tentative tree some years ago but my interest was sparked when I found another Alan the same age as me and born only 40 miles away from my home town - and we did not even know of each other's existence! Alan's sister, Maureen, had also been similarly active in gathering data. Information to date has been collected laboriously from parish records and archives as well as web searches of the internet, Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, UK Census Collection (1851 - 1911), FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints database) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site.

From a data management point of view this web site is the product of two separate software systems. The main database is held on a local computer using the genealogy package Legacy7. This is also where the articles are written and formatted and the photographic materials are processed. The family tree information is then transferred to a mainframe web server and this site is maintained using the TNG (The Next Generation) site building programme. You can see more of this on Page 5 on the Contents section. We started off, quite reasonably, documenting just our own immediate family and, because of the somewhat unusual nature of our name, were content to maintain the database as a single name project. After the site had been running for some months, and a certain amount of interest and notoriety had been generated, first one and then several other people and families wanted to get involved too.

To the woods ...

As our investigations have progressed we have become aware of other researchers digging through the same archives. Some we have liaised with and shared the fruits of our labours. Some indeed have set down their own trees where our branches have touched and interlinked. Our family tree does not stand in isolation. In this section we are pleased and proud to introduce our near neighbours in this forest. We are in collaboration, not competition, with each other. If you can't find what you are looking for in these pages please give them a try (and tell them who sent you!)

The first group use the same genealogy presentation software (TNG) as us. This gives us an added advantage as we can provide links direct to their search pages. You will find these within the left hand navigation bars of their relevant colour section. The second group contain links to other related trees. Most of these can be found in the Ancestry community. Some are open resources, some require a login account for which you will need to contact the co-ordinator.

ANNE BROOKS' ANCESTRY
(The BLUE pages) Continue your explorations into the progenitors of the Nessworthys - the Nosworthy Family from Devon - back to their roots and across the Atlantic to Canada.

MITCHELL FAMILY ONLINE
(The PURPLE pages) Contains another Cox family, this one from Gloucestershire, who emigrated to Australia.

FOSKETT GENEALOGY: The History of a Family
(The TEAL pages) Joseph Cook married Mary Ann Foskett (maternal side great great grandparents) in rural Buckinghamshire. This web site documents her ancestry and lines of descent.
Email: Sandra

CRANE POWELL: UK TO USA
(Ancestry) Our link is through Enos Jackson of Lincolnshire and Caroline Craxford of Gretton and spreads west to California.
Email: Alex

DAVID HARRINGTON FAMILY TREE
(Ancestry) This tree links to ours through Sarah Craxford and George Smith of Gretton. Over 6000 names from Harrington and beyond.
Email: David

THE HOBBS AND HOODS FROM KENT
(Ancestry) We find a large database of Hobbs and Hoods in the South East corner of England connected with and descended from Lizzie Alice Claypole of Cottingham, Northamptonshire.
Email: Len

THE LIQUORISH FAMILY
This is another tree centred on the villages of Gretton and Cottingham. It links to ours through William Liquorish and Lucy Craxford.
Email: Phil

to be expanded .....

Most wanted MOST WANTED: A selection of individuals, families and photographs from our family tree for which our information is incomplete. Can you help us identify them or provide information which will overcome these deadends?

Alan D Craxford - Site Administrator

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STOP PRESS!! STOP PRESS!!

In Memoriam

Laurie Beadsworth

Charles Laurence (Laurie) Beadsworth (1939-2020)
(Added March 29th 2020)

IN MEMORIAM

It is with much sadness that we learned of Laurie's death this week. He died in hospital on March 18th 2020 after a short illness although he had been unwell for some time. In the way in which family history often works, and which is repeated in the pages of this website, he was both our second and fourth cousin. We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Irene and the family. - ADC, BKE

Easter Greetings from Canada

Ida Blackwell

Ida Blackwell
(Added April 16th 2020)

A LITTLE CHEER IN THESE TRYING TIMES

Although approaching her 105th birthday and having to cope with the separation caused by the current virus pandemic, Ida remains cheerful. The Blackwell family have been associated with the Craxfords since 1940 and her daughter Margaret is an Associate Editor of our magazine. We wish Ida, Margaret and Bruce our very best wishes.
The story of our parents' bonds of friendshihp can be seen at:
Comrades In Arms


Hot News! What's New!!

Baby Penelope

Penelope Grace Craxford
(Added January 8th 2019)

A NEW BABY SISTER FOR LEXI

Just after midnight on December 27th 2018, weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces, Penelope Grace was safely delivered at the City Hospital, Nottingham. She is already known as Penny. Our heartiest congratulations to Mum Leia and very proud Dad, Simon.


It's an honour

Freeman Alan

Freeman Alan John Craxford
(Added January 6th 2017)

FREEMAN OF THE CITY OF LONDON

On November 21st 2016, the date of his seventieth birthday, Alan John Craxford was installed as a Freeman of the City of London. Congratulations on your new honour from the whole family.
A photographic record of the event can be found at:
Alan Craxford, Jeweller



Announcements


Guild of One-Name Studies web site THE GUILD OF ONE-NAME STUDIES
Added January 14th 2007
The Craxford surname has been registered with the Guild. We will be happy to respond to any queries this may produce.




OUR SEVENTH SUPPLEMENT

We are pleased and proud to launch our seventh colour supplement, the ORANGE pages, which introduces the Moores and Walpoles from Northamptonshire and the Ankers of neighbouring Cambridgeshire . Although distant from the main trunk of the tree, these families are linked to us - often by both marriage and a shared history. Several of the articles which appeared on the "Research Done" page have now been moved into the new section.

Page last updated: July 11th 2020

Our Coat of Arms

Craxford arms


THE NEW CRAXFORD COAT OF ARMS

After a long gestation period, we can proudly unveil this new coat of arms. The full story of its design and background can be found here:
No such thing as a Craxford Family Coat of Arms!


All about cousins

A GLOSSARY OF GENEALOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS
(Added August 4th 2011)
Are you confident about the relationships within your family tree? Do you know your second cousin three times removed from your third cousin twice removed? With the help of some simple tree charts we have tried to provide a straightforward answer to a number of confusing kinship definitions in this new addition to the GREY pages.

New releases

The latest three published articles are listed below. To see other recent additions click here for: THE CONTENTS PAGE

THE EVOLVING HISTORY OF THE BEADSWORTH FAMILY
(Added August 1st 2020)

The first four epiodes of a double trilogy detailing the journey of several generations of the Beadsworth family from Rutland into Leicester and Northamptonshire
"A HISTORY OF THE BEADSWORTH FAMILY: Part 1: ORIGINS "
"CONCERNING THE BEADSWORTH FAMILY IN LEICESTER: Part 1"
"CONCERNING THE BEADSWORTH FAMILY IN LEICESTER: Part 2"
"FOLLOWING BEADSWORTH FAMILY TO COTTINGHAM: Part 1: ARRIVAL"

DID A HUSBAND AND WIFE COME FROM THE SAME FAMILY
(Added July 11th 2020)

It is well accepted that in small isolated communities, the choice of spouse usually comes from within the family, from another family into which there were already married or from near neighbours.
UNPICKING A FAMILY CONUNDRUM

THE UNFOLDING SAGA OF THE COOK FAMILY
(Added June 10th 2020)

Three stories recounting the history of several generations of the Cook family over two centuries and two counties
"WHAT'S COOKING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE? COUSINS ALL! "
"WHAT'S COOKING IN HERTFORDSHIRE? COUSINS ALL! (Part 2a VINCENT)"
"WHAT'S COOKING IN HERTFORDSHIRE? COUSINS ALL! (Part 2b GEORGE)"

Article updates

We are always seeking to update and enhance the material presented in the colour sections of our magazine. Additional information or media has been added recently to the following articles:

MAJOR REWRITES:

BLUE:
SIMPSONS: A CENTURY OF PRINTING IN SOUTH SHIELDS

RED:
A HISTORY OF THE TILLEY FAMILY: COTTINGHAM PART 1, THE EARLY GENERATIONS

MINOR CHANGES:

PURPLE:
CRAXFORD AND SONS, FRUITERERS OF PENTONVILLE. Part 1: INTO ISLINGTON

The Main (RED) Pages

Starting here you will find items of general interest, editorials, stories of CRAXFORD ancestors and features about Northamptonshire, Leicester, the West Midlands and Yorkshire. Just use the page links towards the top of the red column on the left. Associate editors: Brenda Eldridge and Maureen Bird.

Claypole headstone PAPERBOY UNKNOWINGLY DELIVERS NEWSPAPERS TO THE GRANDDAUGHTERS OF HIS GREAT UNCLE'S MURDERER
To my surprise, the two daughters, still unmarried, were living in that same house in Flora Street in 1939 and they were still there in 1960!.

An account of the murder of a six year old boy DEATH FOR THREEHA'P'ORTH OF SUCKERS
"Cottingham is situated in one of the loveliest districts of the county of Northampton ... but not the most beautiful spots on earth can enjoy an immunity from crime."

Learn more about this destroyed Leicester thoroughfare A WALK DOWN KING RICHARDS ROAD
"I have no idea what 'quited' love was so I don't know how you would get requited, let alone find yourself in the opposite condition... "

Simon graduates: Access the article SIMON GAINS HIS DEGREE
Simon John Craxford received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at a Graduation Ceremony held at the University of Nottingham on July 16th 2010.

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