If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well dance with it.
This family tree began as an examination of my own genealogical origins. It has become
a table encompassing almost 5,000 people connected through blood or marriage.
Cousins live in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the
Netherlands, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany. Places
of birth include such interesting locales as Hawaii, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Texas, the
Czech Republic, Chile and Easter Island. We walk all paths in life. We occupy high,
low and middle rungs on the socio-economic ladder.
My Hunt ancestors lived for centuries as villagers in and around East Hendred, Oxfordshire
in the heart of Saxon England. Click on East Hendred and the Hunt Familyto read
the full story. Does the Hunt family really have a link to George Washington? Read
all about it. Click on The Martha Washington Connection.Another family line, the
Carters, stems from the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire horse-racing country.
My mother was a member of the Fludgate family. This family appears to have origins
in the 13th century England where a putative ancestor earned his unusual surname
from operating a flood gate on the Thames. So why do some members claim Irish ancestry?
For the full story click on: A Tale of Two Cities: The Fludgate family of London
I owe great debts to Dave Fleming of Dublin and the former Diana Ward-McQuaid, mother
of my sons, for the McQuaid family information and the connection to John Charles
McQuaid, archbishop of Dublin and primate of Ireland; to Suzi Plooster of Boulder,
Colo., for the Plooster line; To John Redrupp of Kitzbuhl, Austria for the Redrupp
information; to Mike Clark for details of his Fludgate/Floodgate ancestors; to the
indefatigable Arthur Floodgate of Toronto for his splendid researches into the primal
origins of the Fludgate/Fladgate/Floodgate clan; and to Phil Fludgate, a brave un-indicted
This 300-year-old cottage in East Hendred carries a sign saying Hunt's Farm. My Hunt
line was rooted in East Hendred and nearby villages until my grandfather wandered
away as a young man more than a century ago. To my knowledge, only one person born
a Hunt was resident in East Hendred until recent years.
The Roman Catholic church of St. Mary in East Hendred. This church dates only from
1865, post emancipation in England. But Catholicism in East Hendred is strongly rooted.
The area was a hotbed for generations of so-called recusant Catholics, believers
who had to lie low in the centuries of Protestant persecution. Some of my Hunt kin
are buried in this village churchyard. The Hunt Window commemorating cousin Cecilia
Hunt, a nun, is one of the church's highlights..