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Latest story

The halfpenny token shown above, issued in 1794 for use by volunteer forces assembled at Brighton Camp to defend Britain against the threat of invasion by the French, features in the latest Atcherley family history story to be added to this website. Find out more in Robert Atcherley and the ‘Rutlandshire Cavalry’.

Pictures by the author.

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New here?

Welcome! First of all, I recommend you learn more about this site. Then, you can search for your Atcherley ancestors in the new Atcherley Family Tree. Or why not check out the virtual Atcherley family albums in the Pictures section of the website? You can also read the stories of Atcherley family members, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to the 1900s: for a full list of nearly 180 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Featured photo

The photograph above is of Edward Ryley [] and his second wife, Margaret (née Atcherley). The couple are pictured in the garden of their home, Symonsdale, in Dundee, Natal – now the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Edward’s first wife was Margaret’s sister Mary Ellen Atcherley. See the full picture at Margaret Ryley, née Atcherley, and family.

Picture from Talana Museum in South Africa, digitally restored by the author.

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From the archives – February

22 February 2018 is the fifth anniversary of the person who inspired my Atcherley family research – Mum (pictured right). So my first article from the archives of the Atcherley family history website for this month is Remembering Mum, originally posted on 22 February 2014.

Sugar, slaves and the dry bellyache: Edward Atcherley in Jamaica, posted on 15 February 2015, takes us back to the 1670s. The story is uncomfortable to read in places, as it reveals something of the suffering experienced by both the enslaved and those who bought them.

“I think that my speciality was escapes. That is, escapes from the houses to which I had been taken when released under this Cat and Mouse Act. These houses were surrounded by detectives, whose job it was to prevent my getting out before the day on which the police would have the right to come and take me back to prison.” — Lilian Lenton. With the centenary of the Representation of People Act falling on the sixth of this month, now is a good time to revisit the story of Major Llewellyn Atcherley and the elusive suffragette.

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