Category Archives: Family history articles

Of grief and longevity: The life of Dorothy Atcherley – Part 2

< Back to Of grief and longevity: The life of Dorothy Atcherley – Part 1 In the name of God amen I Thomas Atcherley of Alderton in the County of Salop gentleman doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following. ffirst I give and bequeath all my Cattle Corn Implemts of husbandry and all other… Read more »

Of grief and longevity: The life of Dorothy Atcherley – Part 1

There is a belief, fairly widely held today, that “Children should not die before their parents.” Yet for most of human history, right up until relatively recent times, children predeceasing their parents (mainly as infants, but also as adults) was commonplace. One mother who witnessed far too many burials of younger family members was Dorothy Atcherley, née Whitney. She passed… Read more »

Last bequests and the lives before them: Eliza Atcherley and James Proffitt

This is the last Will and testament of me Eliza Atcherley of 164 Victoria Road Aston near Birmingham Spinster I give devise and bequeath unto my friend James Proffitt of 164 Victoria Road Aston aforesaid Commercial Traveller all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever of which I shall at the time of my decease be seized possessed or… Read more »

Ann Compton du Moulin / Atcherley / Breton: The French disconnection – Part 1

< Back to Camille Casimir Breton and Ann Compton Atcherley: The French connection. After their no-shows on the England and Wales censuses of 1861 and ’71, Camille Casimir Breton, his wife Ann Compton Breton (formerly Atcherley, née Du Moulin), and their son Robert Camille Breton all featured on English census schedules again from 1881. However Ann’s daughter (by her first… Read more »

Lieutenant James Atcherley: Too late at Toulouse

< Back to Lieutenant James Atcherley and the War of the Sixth Coalition. Royan is a poor unconnected hamlet, and the habitations truly ‘à l’Irlandoise,’ and the inhabitants chiefly consisted of Douaniers, yet they had among them some of the prettiest black-eyed brunettes which e’er had met an Englishman’s view; but exhalatory fumes of garlick which escaped their rosy lips, had… Read more »

Mr Sergeant Atcherley and his Conservative candidacy – Part 2

< Back to Part 1. On Friday, the learned Serjeant renewed his canvass, and we are extremely happy to learn that the success with which he met was very great. In the evening he addressed the electors in a very able speech, in the course of which he stated that the promises of support which he had received were such,… Read more »