Monday, October 12, 2009

Clark (or Clarke)

I have been researching my family history and have a traced John Clark (or Clarke) a London Policeman to his birth in Cople, Beds. His father Issac was also from Cople and his grandfather Joseph was also from this area.

Steve Emson

If anyone has/wants further details please send an email to Ian (ses contact details above) who will send the details to Steve

Friday, October 09, 2009

Brimley, Pestell, Lack

I have been researching my Pestell ancestors from Cople, they lived there in the 1700 & 1800's. For the people researching the Brimley's. William Pestell married Maria Brimley on the 6th April 1779, in Cople. I have family who still live in Cople, Gordon & Esme Lack, I was their bridesmaid 50 years ago. We used to travel from Coventry to visit family in Cople and Willington. I was born in Moggerhanger.

Christine Faulkner (nee Lack)

(I have no email address for Christine - Ian)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spencer (and Gastwick)

I am writing to you from America, the state of Kentucky. I am researching my Spencer family who go back to Nicholas Spencer of Cople who married Mary Gastwick. These descendents came to Virginia and South Carolina in the 1600's, and some were also in the British Colony of Barbados.

Jo Spencer

Can anyone help Jo about any Spencer or Gastwick connections in the Cople area?


30 September 2009 - response from Herbert Spencer

My wife has also traced my family back to Nicholas, and she has gone further. I have not met any of my Spencer relatives. My father was born in Hazard, KY, USA.

(Herbert's contact details have been sent to Jo.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Charles and James Kingston (1800's)

My name is Diane Kingston from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

My great grandfather Charles Kingston and his brother James Kingston were born in Cople to Thomas Kingston and Sarah Abbot.

Charles moved to Brisbane with his wife and two of his children, on the ship the Hastings in 1857.

They finally settled in the suburb that now bears their name, "Kingston"

I am very interested in finding out anything i can about Charles’ parents and siblings.

Father of Charles = Thomas
Mother of Charles = Sarah Abbot

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Addington, Lawson

Both my maternal Lawson grandparents were laid to rest in Cople churchyard and as a child staying with my aunt Mrs Olive Addington in Willington Rd in the 50's and 60's I used to visit their graves,

I would love to hear from anyone in the village who might have memories of my aunt and uncle The Addingtons who ran their wholesale greengrocery business from the 1930's to the 60's and with whom I spent my school holidays each year.

Very happy days when Cople was virtually traffic free and front doors were always open!


Thursday, March 19, 2009


I stumbled on your site tonight and via the link to was very excited to see that someone apart from me is researching the Brimley's!

I would love to get in touch with Carol who has posted a blog regarding her husbands 2x great grandfather, John Brimley and his father Eli Brimley. Eli is my second cousin 6 times removed.

I am rapidly "joining the dots" between most Bedfordshire Brimley's (and others, its just the Lancashire Brimleys that have me stumped!) I have gathered quite a bit of info together and would be happy to share. The one thing I am really desperate for is any photos of any Brimley's - I have turned my dining room into a family history room and have started a collection of black and white photos. I have been able to get quite a few for my husbands family but am sadly lacking on the Brimley side!

If an appeal could be posted on your site for such photos I would be extremely grateful - I have come to know so much about this family that it would be great to have faces to put to the names (and it doesn't really matter where they come from - the chances are they are in my tree and therefore a relation!)

My own direct line started with Samuel Brimly c1714 Cranfield and through the generations in Cardington, Willington, Goldington and eventually ending up in Edmonton, London.I look forward to hearing from you



Tuesday, February 24, 2009


My Husband's ancestors came from Cople. His great great grandfather was a John Brimley born 1846 Cople, baptised on the 13th Sept 1846. Johns parents were Eli Brimley born 1808 also in Cople and Sarah Bird.

Later they left Cople to live and run a public house in Hitchin, but many of their relatives where left living in Cople. Anyone who has any information I would be pleased to hear from them.