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Latest stories

Eight new posts have recently been added to the site. In Love Atchley: Finds in the family tree of the Atchleys of England I report on my research into the ancestry of a family which may well be related to the Atcherleys and have shared Shropshire roots. Now I hope to find one or two English Atchley men willing to take part in the Atcherley DNA project, to see if we can prove (or disprove) this possible link.

Camille Casimir Breton and Ann Compton Atcherley: The French connection follows on from The widowed Ann Atcherley and matters pecuniary (which was added to the site in May). The latest instalment of Ann’s story focuses on her second husband – French perfumer, hairdresser and wigmaker Camille Breton – during his time in the city of Bath. It includes a shocking attack upon his person with … a pair of curling tongues! (The picture above, which features in this story, is from an image at the Wellcome Collection, and used under a Creative Commons licence.)

Another story, inspired by the World Cup, combines family history and football history. Athletic Atcherleys: Football in the family tree – Part 1 looks at some of the soccer players and supporters in the Atcherley family. My goal (pun intended) is to add the second half (ditto) of this story before the World Cup concludes.

Samuel Lawrence Atcherley Jr, a grandson of Dr John Atcherley of England and Hawaii, passed away in January this year. I have now completed my story of Sammy’s early years in Hawaii: Samuel Lawrence Atcherley Junior’s Hawaiian school days. This features an orphanage, football, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.

It’s back to 1800s again for Charlotte and Caroline, an Atcherley author and her sister. Born in Devon in south-west England, the sisters moved around and visited other places in England or elsewhere, but spent most of their lives in their native county. While living at Newton Abbot in her later years, Charlotte wrote the two-volume novel Cords and Discords – which was not exactly a hit with the critics!

A day at the Air Races – Part 2 features the adventures and (as you can see from the photo below) misadventures of Richard ‘Batchy’ Atcherley at the National Air Races held at Cleveland in the USA in 1931. The story, full of ups and downs (literally!), is illustrated by some fabulous photos. (Photo by Acme Newspictures.)

My most recent story, a two-parter, is about veterinary surgeon James Rennell Atcherley. Find out about the origins and early days of the veterinary profession in Britain, the parallels between human and veterinary healthcare, and the tragic story of James’s demise in James Rennell Atcherley: A life and death with horses – Part 1 and Part 2.

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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 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 over 190 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Featured photo

My latest ‘featured photo’ is a suitably Summery picture depicting my grandparents, Fred and Louisa Atcherley, on holiday at Plymouth, Devon in the 1950s. Being at the seaside during the Summer, both have thrown caution to wind: Louisa has taken off her shoes and Fred has removed his cap!! For more photos of Fred and Louisa (and their daughter Betty, my late mother), see Fred, Louisa and Betty Atcherley.

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From the archives

Following the photo of my grandparents on holiday, what better story to pick from the archives than one which continues that theme? The Misses Atcherley and their seaside holidays – Part 1 is the first instalment of a two-part look at the vacations taken by Margaret, Hannah and Anne, the Misses Atcherley of Shrewsbury. (The photo below of The Terrace at Aberystwyth, taken from that story, is from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, reproduction number LC-DIG-ppmsc-07349; no known restrictions on reproduction.)

Still on the subject of holidays is a story which looks at the history of the ‘Saturday half-holiday’ and its impact on one Atcherley in particular: William Baugh Atcherley and his Saturday half-holidays – Part 1.

Finally, why not travel back in time to the Canary Islands? A holiday destination for many, Grand Canary was a place of work (with some well-earned leisure time) for one Robert Atcherley, thanks to the burgeoning banana trade in the late 1800s. Find out more in Elders and Fyffes and Atcherley – Part 1.

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