Sunday, January 10, 2010


Back to the Routledge family with a surprise email asking for information on the Thomas Routledge family that emigrated to Canada from Bewcastle Cumberland in 1818. I did have a bit of a breakthrough with this family via the following web abstract (the notations are another research in our Routledge research group):

Carlisle Record Office Will of Archibald FORRESTER of Cleughside, Bewcastle [Bc] 1767, pg 63. [I’ve included this one since it names many Routledges with places]
Grace Forrester, deceased poss. The mother of John Routledge
John Forrester, Wit
Adam Routledge s o Mary, Wid
George Routledge, of Oakshaw, Bc, father of 2 children
Grace Routledge, daughter of [d o ] Mary Routledge, Wid
Henry Routledge, s o Mary R*
Henry Routledge of Borderrigg, dec., father of 3 children
John Routledge s o Mary R*, Wid
John Routledge, my “sister’s son, possibly s o Grace
Leondard Routledge of Oakshaw
Mary Routledge of Crossgreens or Strandsheads, Wid, mother of Grace, Mary, Adam, John & Henry
Mary Routledge, d o Mary, Wid
William Routledge of Oakshaw, deceased, father of William R*
William Routledge of Oakshaw s o late William Routledge
Francis Armstrong, Wit
Catherine Dowglass of Ash w o Thomas Douglas
Thomas Dowglass [sic Douglas] of Ash husband of Catherine
Catherine Henderson d o Robert & Helenor Henderson
Helenor Henderson wife of Robert and mother of Catherine
Robert Henderson husband of Helenor & father of Catherine
Alexander Kennedie of Cleughside, Friend husband of Sibella
Catherine Kennedie of Cleughside, d o Alexander
Elizabeth Kennedie of Cleughside
John Kennedie of Cleughside s o Alexander
Sibella Kennedie of Cleughside w o Alexander
William Kennedie of Cleughside s o Alexander

I need to purchase this will and discover the context for all of this information. Finding both sides of my Routledge family (Thomas Routledge's parents and his wife Elizabeth Routledge's parents) and in that magic timeframe of 1767 is amazing. Henry (as the will notes) is deceased with three children (William who died in 1772, Thomas (my ancestor) and Margaret (born posthumously about five months after her father's death). George and Grace (parents of Elizabeth) are mentioned and it is George of Oakshaw. Grace is the daughter of Mary Routledge widow and the marriage that fits (looking at the baptisms of the five children mentioned) is Thomas Routledge (Hill) and Mary Routledge (Kirkbeckstown) although the will mentions Mary Routledge of Crossgreens or Strandsheads. Crossgreens and Strandsheads is less than 1 km from Broderigg where Henry was living. Hill is about 2 km to the northeast and Kirkbeckstown is about 2 km to the southwest. The marriage of Mary Routledge and Thomas Routledge was 18 Nov 1733. As I work my way through the Routledge family I am realizing that I need to look at the registers for all the villages around Bewcastle in order to capture all the information. George's wife Grace was buried at Stapleton.

No more French Canadian research today. Tomorrow will see me back at that.

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