I have been adding bits and pieces, for example I’ve made a start on the story of Robert Shout Douglas. There are quite a few newspaper items to include still. I am particularly interested in how a ropemaker in Sunderland married a squires daughter in Felton Northumberland.
When I was reading the latest edition of the Cleveland FHS Journal, I was reminded of recent correspondence with Barbara Shout. There was an item that Barbara and her husband Mike had donated a collection of old photos etc from the Cowton branch of the family, to Durham University. Hopefully one day I will get up there to see what treasures it holds! I am also corresponding with a “cousin” in North America on the subject of the Quaker families and those who travelled to the US and Canada.
As a change from the straight forward compilation of details of families “up north”, I have started trying to pull together some form of family “reconstruction” for Devon and Cornwall. At present everyone looks totally disconnected but I will keep on trying… There is further confusion because the name STROUT appears to be confused with SHOUT in some of the FreeBMD entries. STROUTs in FamilySearch have some of the same names in the same parishes but with other children or spouse. I feel a trip to KEW is going to be the only way to dig into this dilemma!
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