Swanton Novers, Norfolk, England


Surnames from entries of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials 1895 - 1915
recorded by George Edward DUCKER, parish clerk
as transcribed by one of his granddaughters

George Edward Ducker became parish clerk in 1895. Norfolk directories show that he shared this position for a time with a Mr. John MUSSETT. According to my gran, her father performed this duty, as well as that of gravedigger, until the family left Norfolk for Wales in 1915 during World War I. Up until 1895, when George would have been in his late 30s, he hadn't yet learned to read or write, but accomplished this with the assistance of his children, and thus was able to record these events, which we're pleased to be able to share now with others.

George Edward Ducker, Senior
George Edward Ducker
Photo Copyright © 2002 Juanita Hadwin

The names are given "as written" in the original document, and as with many handwritten documents, there were a few difficult entries to decipher. The names in brackets [ ] are a "best guess". Further cross referencing with censuses and events recorded in the parish registers may clarify these entries. The granddaughter mentioned above thinks my great grandfather would be quite "chuffed" to see his "writing lessons" used in this way . . . and he has inspired his descendant to also learn a new way to write in order to share this information with you.

If you find a surname of interest, please contact me for further details. Please keep in mind that this list should only be used as a finding aid, and further references should be made to Register Office records to confirm details.

THE DIARY

Notes from front endpapers:
"1899 June 23rd. Confirmation Service was held in the Church of Swanton Novers, being on the Friday, by Bishop Sheepshanks
."

[By coincidence, while researching an entirely different subject, I learned that Bishop Sheepshanks had previously been sent as a missionary to the new Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, Canada in 1859. As the Rev. John Sheepshanks, M.A., he built the first Holy Trinity Church (later Cathedral) at New Westminster, BC, Canada which was consecrated in 1860. He returned home to England in 1867, after a journey which took him across northern China, the Gobi Desert, through Siberia to Moscow and thence to England. He evidently made this journey on foot, unarmed and by himself. ~ see the Bibliography for further reading ~ JH.]

Notes from back endpapers:
"Mr. Rolfe went away on the tenth of September 1912
August 26th 1912 THE FLOOD (pdf document).
December 24th 1912 Mr. Rolfe died."

INDEX

MARRIAGES BIRTHS/BAPTISMS
DEATHS/BURIALS
Yarham/Amis
Tuck/Fox
Bardell/Cornell
Meade/Leeder
Buxton/Fox
Leeder/Wick
Hancy/Leeder
Leeder/Carter "of Brandon"
Abbs/Wortley
Ducker/Clare
Cossor/Dennis
Fox/Rooke
Jarret/Rix
Leeder/Utting
Spruce/Patrick
Dawson/Sidel
Taylor/Lane
Ross/Philp (or Philips)[Phillipo?]
Malet/Cooper
Jarves/Fuller
Winterbone/Savory
Fenton/Yarham
Johnson/Patrick
Leeder/Hudson
Shingler/Lane
Mines/Rolfe
Starling/Gidney
Weavers/Bailey
Smith/Leeder
Earl/Wells "of Worthing"
Neale/Ducker
Leeder/Neale
Edwards/Everitt
Bullock/Webster
Bennion/Ducker
Leeder/Joynes "at Wick Rissington, Gloucestor"
Walker/Graveling
Perry/Leeder
Abbs
Aylett
Baker
Bardell
Bayfield
Bennion/Benyon
Bounce
Buck
Buckingham
Bullen
Bullock
Buxton
Chapman
Clark
Claxton
Clegg
Cobbel
Codling
Cook
Coombes
Cozen
Drake
Ducker
Earl
Edwards
Eke
Evans
Everitt
Fenn
Fenton
Gidney
Girdlestone
Graveling
Graves
Griffiths
Hancy
Habcy [Hancy?]
Harney [Hancy?]
Harber
Hatton
Hicks
Hodge
Holland
Howes
James
Johnson
Lane
Leeder
Licence
Mallett
Maye
Mines
Mortram
Musset
Neale
Page
Paul
Phillipo
Pointon/Pointen [Pointer]
Rix
Rolfe
Rooke
Sexton
Toft
Tuck
Walker
Wallace
Walton
Whitby
Winterbone
Wollard [Walton?]
Wollet [Walton?]
Wood(s)
Woodbine
Woodhouse
Woolard [Walton?]
Wright
Yarham
Abbs "at Runton"
Atkinson
Bacon
Bailey
Baldwin
Bardell
Benyon
Bullen
Bullock
Chapman
Clarke
Codling
Colman
Cooper
Cossor
Dawson
Dewing
Ducker
Earl
Eke
Elzard [Elyard?]
Everitt
Fine
Fox
Futter
Grange
Grief?
Griffith
Hancy
Hannah
Harper
Hatton
Hicks
Howell
Kendle
Lancy [Hancy?]
Leeder
Licence
Mallet
May
Mortram
Mussett
Patrick
Pegg
Phillipo
Ramm
Rix
Rooke
Savory
Sharr
Stone
Tuck
Twiddy
Wakefield
Walton
Whitby
Wood(s)
Yaxley

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