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Instead of the ‘featured photo’ which usually occupies this space on the Atcherley.org.uk home page, here’s something a bit different! I have now produced the first issue of a new newsletter for the website, Love Atcherley. It’s a PDF download, which I hope you will enjoy reading. Your feedback is welcome!
After a bit of a break from writing, I have returned to sharing Atcherley stories with The Atcherleys of All Stretton, which looks at an Atcherley family’s contributions to their local community in south Shropshire.
Another new addition to the site, The show(s) must go on, gives an account of my experiences at THE Genealogy Show at Birmingham’s NEC in June. It also look ahead to the return of this show (and the return of Family Tree Live) in 2020, and the debut of 2019’s third new genealogy event – RootsTech London, this coming October.
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 200 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles. You can also choose stories to read based on the topic(s) they cover, using the new Topic index.
From the Atcherley.org.uk archives
Wills, and the inventories which sometimes accompanied them, form the foundation for several Atcherley stories. Here’s a selection:
Samuel Atcherley’s true and perfect inventory, in three parts, explores the farmhouse of Samuel Atcherley of Sowbath in Shropshire with the aid of a room-by-room inventory completed just after his death in 1731. Writing this story involved a lot of research, as I endeavoured to find out what some of the strange-sounding objects listed were, and what they were used for!
Another Atcherley with an illuminating inventory was Richard Atcherley, yeoman farmer of Wolverley, who died in 1672 (about 70 years before the above-mentioned Samuel).
A legal dispute over the will of Andrew du Moulin, the father of Dr Rowland Atcherley’s wife Ann, features in The widowed Ann Atcherley and matters pecuniary. This story is set in the mid-1800s, and the legal dispute went all the way up to England’s highest court of equity, the High Court of Chancery in Westminster (pictured right; see story for picture credit).
Finally, a story with a title which make’s its subject (Roger Atcherley of Frankwell, Shrewsbury, who died in 1755) sound like a real miser – but was he? To find out, read Roger Atcherley and his one shilling legacies.