64 Regency Ancestors
Each of us has sixty-four great-great-great-great-grandparents, but only my children have the sixty-four here*. Rather than tracing back a long list of names, this site looks at the lives of one generation and offers a glimpse into British 19th century life. It delights me to think that, in the years leading up to the end of the Georgian Age in 1830, all of them were alive, spread out across this island from Edinburgh to Devon, and yet most of them did not know each other.
None of them is famous, but most are skilled tradesmen and/or literate, so they have all left records behind. Differing attitudes to illegitimacy; desperate attempts to be accepted into the middle classes; crime; national events; all form regular parts of their stories. Together they form a fascinating picture.
Genealogy has two attractions for me: the social history and the detective work. If some people just want to stick together larger and larger trees, even when all logic tells them that they cannot be true, let them; but they are missing the point and the enjoyment. Perhaps it shouldn't make us any more interested in the past simply because a distant relative is involved, but it does. And if the journey there involves putting together several separate pieces of evidence, so much the better: finding Richard Gibb's parents was an example of that.
Have I been fortunate in being able to find out so much? Probably; although the number of unpromising starts that eventually led to interesting places suggests that others could have similar success. That George Knott's biography is the longest and most detailed is probably down to the fact that it was the first to be written and had the most time spent on it, rather than for any other reason.
|Fuller biography; more details + background available|
|Less full biography; fewer records found/available|
|Brief biography; little written evidence|
|Biography started but not finished|
Some marked as 'finished' are lacking background detail which will be added later.
I am happy for any information on this site to be used by others. All the research is original (with some helpful individuals on Rootschat finding a few important baptisms etc that eluded me), although I am used to some of it coming back to me as if discovered by others! I would be happy to hear of any errors that are spotted and delighted to know of any new information. In time all the evidence behind the biographies will be published.
In the short term any contact will need to be via 'RJKnott' on Rootschat or directly using rjk AT canford.com
- Actually only sixty-two as Richard Gibb and Barbara Watson appear twice.
Although this site focuses almost exclusively on one generation, occasionally interesting families appear in earlier generations. These are some of those families: