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Vorley family of Market Harborough

Thomas Vorley of Market Harborough (1803-1847) was the son of Samuel Vorley (1766-1821). Samuel was born in Great Addington, Northamptonshire, and was a clockmaker. Samuel Vorley’s burial in 1821 at Great Addington records him as a weaver and clockmaker. I have not found any information to indicate when Samuel became a clockmaker or if he […]

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Nonconformist record transcriptions

If you are looking for transcriptions of non-conformist records in Northamptonshire the Eureka Partnership have started a series of booklets containing many records they have located and transcribed. Details of their Northamptonshire collection is here. Also remember that nonconformists often travelled some distance to attend the chapel of their choice, so it is often wise […]

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1851 Religious Census returns

The orginal returns are now available for free, by download from the National Archives DocumentsOnline service.  Some knowledge of the geographical and administrative boundaries in1851 is helpful to locate these records.  There are 623 bundles of records organised by Registration districts within Counties.  The process of accessing them is a little convoluted the first time, but stick with […]

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The Dissenting Academies Project

Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies in conjunction with Queen Mary College has launched the Dissenting Academies Project.  It provides databases of academies in the 17th-19th centuries, principals, tutors, students and a “virtual” composite academies library from this period. http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/drwilliams/portal.html It is a huge resource of information on this topic and period but also provides a starting […]

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Medieval Tax Assessments for Northamptonshire

I wrote an article for the Northamptonshire FHS called Serendipity some time ago – those pleasant chance discoveries we make in family history from time to time. Does your family tree go back to the 14th century? You might find www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk a surprise as it contains transcripts of tax assessments for Northamptonshire http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/subsidies/index.shtml from 1301 […]

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Surman Index of Congregational ministers online

Charles Surman’s biographical card index of Congregational ministers includes the names of about 32,000 individuals, and, where known, their dates, details of their education, ministries or other employment, together with the sources used. It covers the period from the mid-seventeenth century to 1972, and though it focuses on England and Wales, it includes Congregational ministers […]

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The church meeting in heaven

By the late REV. J. RYLAND “What singing! what shouting! what heavenly greeting! Shall there be, at that general, triumphant church-meeting. Nor illness, nor business, nor length of the way,  Shall keep from that meeting one brother away.  Temptations, and trials, no more shall be known;  Nor Satan, nor sin, shall e’er cause us to […]

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Why Edintone?

One branch of my family, Vorley, originates from Great Addington in Northamptonshire and were known to be living there in the 17th century.  In the Domesday Book, Great and Little Addington are recorded as Edintone.   It probably derives from a personal name viz. an ‘estate associated with a man called Eadda or Æddi’. © 2009 – 2012, Graham […]

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Welcome to “Miscellanea Edintone”

Welcome to my Edintone blog!  What is it all about, you ask?  This blog supplements my website with items of interest.  It might be because they are a little outside the scope of my site or I have not found a home for them yet, or responses to questions and points made by readers of my […]

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