Category: Family History

November 8, 2018

Protestation Returns – 1642 Census

The Protestation Returns are the closest record we have to a census from 1642. If you can trace your ancestors back to 1642, and you know which county and parish they lived in, it may be worth looking to see if their names are in the Protestation Returns. By order of the House of Commons, all adult men were asked to swear an oath of […]

April 7, 2018

W C Blades, Wheelwright, Crowle

William Cordwin blades was originally born in 1852 at Spilsby. The 1861 census shows the 9 year old William living with his family at Normanby-by-Spital where his father was Innkeeper of the Cross Keys. By the 1871 census, the 19 year-old William was apprenticed to William Brown, a wheelwright in Ealand. In 1873 he married Sarah Kelsey whose family were boot makers. Not long after William set up his first business as a Coach […]

November 30, 2017

Dick Spivey’s Memories

From Leigh Spivey This is my Dads Memories I was talking to you about last night.This part goes up to the start of WW2 The following is a typed copy of my father – Harry Duncan (Dick ) Spivey`s Memoirs and was handwritten by him in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could finish it and only covers his life up to 1942. […]

August 18, 2017

George Stovin’s Coat of Arms

George Stovin, the antiquarian, was born in 1695, the son of James Stovin of Tetley Hall. According to Hunter’s History of South Yorkshire, he married Sarah, daughter and heiress of Mr James Empson, of Goole, in 1717 and shortly later came to live in Crowle, building a small house for himself, which from his being already a magistrate was called ” Justice Hall.” Over the […]

August 18, 2017

Stovin Family – of Tetley & Hirst Priory

From – The history and topography of the Isle of Axholme Lincolnshire William Brocklehurst Stonehouse, 1839 FAMILY OF STOVIN It has been handed down by tradition in this family that they came into England with the Conqueror and that the first settler was chief of the bow stringers who attended his army. To this tradition, it is evident the crest of the family refers. They were […]

March 12, 2017

Crowle Church as described in The History and Topography of the Isle of Axholme, Stonehouse

THE CHURCH, DEDICATED to St. Oswald, which is of Saxon origin, contains at the west end some remains of the original fabric. There is a very ancient doorway, formed by a large stone, resting on two other large stones, having on one side, some grotesque figures, carved in a very rude manner; and on the other side, next the present belfry, a wreathed pattern is […]

October 4, 2016

Quaker Burial Ground

There was a Quaker burial ground just off Brewery Road. Its location is shown on the 1738 manorial plan. It would appear that it dates to 1697 when Thomas Wrestle of Winteringham surrended a plot of land, 20 yards square, to Thomas Wrestle, Junior, of Belton, Joseph Berrier and Robert Coakes for a Quaker burial ground. This had been a piece of common pasture and […]

December 2, 2014

White’s 1872 Trade Directory for Lincolnshire

White’s 1872 Trade Directory for Lincolnshire. – A link to a scan of this directory can be found on the page here – Crowle. Crowle Township included Eastoft although by this date it had become a separate parish with its own church. Crowle is described as a small thriving market town, 6 miles north of Epworth, 12 south of Goole and 16 North East of […]

December 2, 2014


My 2X gr-grandparents, Ann THROSTLE and Thomas BROWN arrived in Canada about 1845. I am hoping to connect both of them to their ancestors in England. Many years ago, I hired a professional genealogist in Lincolnshire and while she was unable to determine the parents of Thomas she did find information on a Nancy Throstle who is presumed to be the woman I know as […]

January 27, 2014


hello axholme my name is rob brewitt and im researching the families of axholme haxey and the families of axholme I live in driffield in east Yorkshire but my great grandfather and my family come from axholme im wondering if anyone knows of the following families and if I have any relations still in the surrounding areas my great grandfather was born in owston ferry […]