for anyone with ancestors from Ravenstonedale in Westmorland, ENG
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Jessie Gregor Jessie Gregor
September 7 @ 7:03am
Thank you for accepting three of my family into this group who are all Fothergill descendants. The reason we’ve joined is because our DNA matches (in various testing company sites) have Fothergills that came from Ravenstonedale. Our great x3 grandfather, Henry John Fothergill, is a brick-wall because he said he was born in Bristol c. 1805 but I can’t find his baptism. (He was a bookbinder who lived in London most of his life.) His second marriage record gives his father as another Henry John Fothergill, farmer, but I can’t trace him either! If there are any other interested Fothergill researchers on here that might have a suggestion, I would be very grateful. (You can see our line on WikiTree starting with Olive Madge Fothergill, our grandmother.) Sadly, we don’t have any male Fothergills left to take a Y-DNA test but I’ll be keeping my eye out for any likely contender!
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
September 23, 2018 @ 12:10pm
More new members - we now have 33 sets of Family Finder results (quite a few transferred from Ancestry) - and the information on our dedicated website at http://www.ravenstonedalednaproject.org.uk/ is growing all the time
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
April 18, 2017 @ 12:56am
We have had a flurry of new members recently ...thank you all for joining our Ravenstonedale Project. We now have 18 sets of yDNA and 28 sets of Family Finder results! New members with proven ancestry in Ravenstondale before 1800 are always welcome ... Please email me if you have any questions, Sue
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
June 17, 2015 @ 11:51am
Sue Mastel
June 17, 2015 @ 11:57am
ABOUT YOUR ‘MY ORIGINS’ RESULTS … I have just added a page about the Family finder ‘My Origins’ results on this page of our own website http://www.ravenstonedalednaproject.org.uk/about-my-origins/ It also explains how you can run additional analyses of your deep ancestral origins using your own autosomal results on Gedmatch.
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
May 31, 2015 @ 12:11pm
yDNA results for Ravenstonedale group updated!
Sue Mastel
May 31, 2015 @ 12:16pm
View the detailed results on this page of our Project website: http://www.ravenstonedalednaproject.org.uk/results/4583788404
Sue Mastel
June 5, 2015 @ 4:33am
A second set of FOTHERGILL yDNA results added today and spreadsheet updated
Sue Mastel
June 14, 2015 @ 12:15pm
And a third set of FOTHERGILL yDNA results!! All a reasonable match too :)
Penelope Heys Penelope Heys
June 12, 2015 @ 4:55am
Standing next to my 4xG Grandparents (Anthony Preston & Isabella Overend) Headstone Ravenstonedale Church Sep 2011.
April 14, 2015 @ 11:44am
Group photo of attendees at the 'Fothergill weekend', held in Ravenstonedale in 1996
Sue Mastel
April 26, 2015 @ 4:07am
Thanks for posting this photo Les - what a lot of FOTHERGILLs! I think your photo was taken from almost the same place as the photo of St Oswald's Church on our banner!
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
April 3, 2015 @ 7:21am
2 photos added to banner photos
the old road through Fell End
St Oswald's church, Ravenstonedale
April 12, 2015 @ 8:03am
Kendal archive office is very helpful, they have Church registers which were able to locate a Fothergill relative buried before the Church building above was built and whose gravestone is no longer standing (1738). Also they had this ancestor,s will which is not available on the internet.
Sue Mastel Sue Mastel
March 9, 2015 @ 2:32pm
6 photos added to around Ravenstonedale
the fells around Ravenstonedale
Adamthwaite Farm
ruins of another house at Adamthwaite
St Oswald's parish church
The High Chapel
Friends Meeting House, Fell End
Sue Mastel
March 9, 2015 @ 2:37pm
Ravenstonedale was a large parish divided into four 'Angles'. Within the parish there was a market town and a smaller village (Newbiggin) as well as many isolated farms spread out across the fells. The main occupation was sheep farming, and everyone knitted - men, women and children - as the stockings which they knitted were sold in the larger market towns such as Kendal and Appleby.
Sue Mastel
March 9, 2015 @ 2:53pm
The present St Oswald's church was built in 1744 on the site of the original church which is thought to have existed in 1200. During the 17th century in this part of the country, there were many Dissenters, who formed a variety of nonconformist groups - at first these groups met in houses but after the Toleration Act was passed in 1689, a Quaker Meeting House was built at Fell End. In 1726, the High Chapel was built and the gravestones record many of the old Ravenstonedale families.