The Edgoose and Related Families'
 Genealogical Project


  Walter Leeder Edgoose 1872-1957. Founder of the timber importing and merchanting business of which he remained chairman until his death. Awaiting Photograph

Welcome!

Welcome to the EDGOOSE one-name study. This worldwide project to research a very rare surname began one afternoon over fifty years ago when a cousin took me to see what he called the "family churchyard" at West Walton in Norfolk. On arrival we were horrified to find that the gravestones behind the church were in the process of being deliberately smashed to pieces. We protested to the rector, with the result that our great grandfather's and great great grandfather's gravestones were spared. A life-long passion for family history began that afternoon which very quickly blossomed into an attempt to link all living Edgooses to a common ancestor. It took over 40 years to achieve that goal.

Today, fifty years later, those two headstones lie flat on their faces behind the church, perhaps already overgrown by grass. There is nothing there to remind us that our ancestors lived in this village for two hundred years after 1796.

"The following pages contain the little which is known concerning a family of no social importance, and will consequently only be interesting to those connected with it. For such they are written, and to such addressed, without any apology for their publication." So wrote George William Marshall in 1866. (With permission of Bob Cumberbatch)

Unless stated otherwise, the names of all places are in England.


Feature Articles

feature 1 WHO WAS THE FATHER OF PATIENCE'S SIX ILLEGIMATE CHILDREN?

feature 2 NAME FREQUENCY Here are the statistics. There aren't many of us. Read on.

feature 3 DNA TESTS Read how DNA evidence provided the link between three separate lineages when no documentary evidence was available.

feature 4 ORIGIN OF A SURNAME: FOOD FOR THOUGHT?

 
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