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Was Mary Unstead’s name really Hokum? These are two questions asked by Christine Brookes who sent in an email to query research on the “Funnells from Chiddingly” tree. If anyone can confirm, infirm or comment, please do so using the comments form – click on “Comments” at the bottom of the article. Mary Harmer (person […]

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George Stephen Funnell served in the military, and was decorated for bravery. He joined the London police force [1] at the age of 26. Seven years later, he was still a constable, badge n° 261J, plodding the beat in the neighbourhood of Victoria Park. Shortly after one o’clock on the morning of Friday 22nd of […]

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It seems we have a controversed ancestor in the person of William Funnell who gives his account of a round the world voyage in this text first published in 1707. Captain Dampier, who is mentionned in the text, came home later than William and his crew in a “prize” (ie. stolen) ship. Upon arrival, he […]

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Un air de famille

The other day I did a Google image search for Funnells. After scrolling through a few pages, looking at the odd Funnell squeezed in between pictures of Pippa, I started thinking they resembled each other. I don’t know much on genetics, DNA and all that but could it really be that after centuries of interbreeding, […]

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Of course, I always knew it ! Us Funnells are of noble descent. At least… those of us from the UK (obviously, for the Aussies, it’s a different story, lol). How could it be otherwise? Our looks, physique, genetic traits… all indications of our thousand year family history taking us way back to times when […]

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Our Family, consisting of my father (Henry) Thomas, a carpenter, my mother (stepmother) Minnie (Moore) and four brothers, Walter a horticulturist, Bert (Herbert) a printer, Arthur a civil servant in the Middlesex Guildhall, and Tom who was apprenticed to a trade (plumbing) were living together in Epsom, Surrey, England. In 1903 Walter went out to […]

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Arthur and Herbert (Bert) left Liverpool England on 29 January 1912 and migrated to Canada. They arrived in Canada in February 1912 and joined Walter at his ranch in Saskatchewan. The three prepared everything for their trip, which included pork, beef, flour, lard and other food necessities as well as the needed cooking equipment. They […]

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On the 11th of October 1915, 231 men of 1/3 (Kent) Field Company Royal Engineers sailed out of Devonport Docks for the eastern Mediterranean and Gallipoli. Just the previous day, the War Cabinet had decided to stop sending troops to Gallipoli where operations had not strictly gone to plan. Luck ran out that day for […]

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Funnell trivia

These are links to free Funnell trivia on ancestry.com : Distribution of Funnell families in England and Wales in 1891 (yes, Sussex wins!) Distribution of Funnell families in the Unites States in 1920 Funnell immigrants to the USA Funnell’s top occupations in the 1880 US census Funnells live longer! Not many Funnells in France. But […]

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The following constitute a non exhaustive list of settlement orders concerning Funnells. They are all extracts noted in ESRO by a professional researcher working on my behalf. We hope they will be useful to you if you wish to locate the original documents which may contain more information. Parish records may also contain further details. […]

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There are several explications as to the origins of our surname put forward by more learned men than me. The three most credible explications all point to the same region : Pevensey Bay or to be more precise in historical terms, the liberty of Pevensey which was an early name for the “Rape of Pevensey”. […]

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The following article is  taken from “Sussex County Magazine”, vol. 6, p.131. THE FAMILY OF FUNNELL Mark Anthony Lower records the following : – "There are two tradesmen at Lewes (i.e.  in 1873), one of whom keeps a beerhouse called the Grape-vine and the other a respectable able grocer, Mr Alfred Funnell, who deals in […]

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