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I have been researching my family tree since my paternal grandfather died in 1976. Whilst researching my mother's ancestry I started recording every instance of her maternal grandmother's name FARMERY and so my one-name study was born! I now record every instance of the name I find all over the world, and my database currently contains over 51,600 name events. I am constructing family trees for each family group and try to put distant cousins in touch!

My study covers the FARMERY surname and known variants such as FARMEARY, FARMEREY, FARMARY and FARMERIE, as well as instances of the name being used as a forename rather than surname.


Friday, 15 June 2018

2018 Farmery Gathering


[Richard ll presents the sword to the Mayor of Lincoln]


Saturday September 29th 2018 will see the eighteenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).


Anyone with a connection to the surname Farmery or an interest in the programme is welcome to attend.


•10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions [Alan Moorhouse]

•10.45am "The Lincoln Sword" [Richard Storey]

•11.45am DNA update [Graham Farmer/Alan Moorhouse]

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm "What a Victorian Gentleman Wore" [Gareth King]

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Tea

•4.30pm Close


Following a more than 21 year career in the Prison Service Richard Storey had an unexpected opportunity to "escape" and look for another path.  He started chauffeuring the Mayor of Lincoln in October 2013, thinking it was a stop gap until he found a "proper job", and five years later finds himself as Mayor's Officer, to one of the oldest Mayoralties in one of the oldest cities in Britain at Lincoln Guildhall, a role that includes carrying the Lincoln sword at civic occasions.  The Tudor Guildhall has been used since 1520, occupying the whole second floor of the Stonebow, and still plays host to Full Council meetings and City Council events. It houses numerous pieces of regalia, including the sword of Richard II, Mayor’s Chains of Office and Mayor’s posy ring.  Richard Farmery, cordwainer of Lincoln St Martin, was the Lincoln Sword Bearer in the 1680’s.

Gareth King from Ashby de la Zouch is a primary school teacher and has always had an interest in history and enjoys talking about it; he has a particular interest in Victorian era clothing styles. 

On the day amongst other documents that I have available will be print outs of every Farmery family in the 1939 Register, which was taken in order to issue identity cards and ration books, so you will be able to see where your Farmery relations were living at the outbreak of the 2nd World War!

For those wanting to make a weekend of it a number of us are staying at the Ibis Hotel Lincoln (free sign up gives a 10% discount on room rates) on Friday and Saturday night and there will be the options of an informal gathering at an adjacent eatery on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a local visit on Sunday morning.

This is non-profit making event and for the day there is a nominal charge of £8.00 to cover hire of the hall, speakers and refreshments.  There are a number of pubs adjacent to the village hall or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat it there,

For more information or to advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.

[The provisional dates for next year are Saturday September 28th or October 5th 2019]

Unsolved Murder in 1875 of James Farmery


Google Alerts recently sent me a link to an article 

"The Horrific Hull Murders That Have Never Been Solved"

in Hull Live - Hull Daily Mail June 10th 2018

The area of Hull where James Farmery was murdered


On the evening of Saturday 3rd April 1875 the body of James Farmery was discovered lying in Church Street, Wincolmlee.  He had suffered a terrible head wound; he was bleeding badly from the nose, had a wound on the right temple and a bump on the back of the head.  He was taken home, before being taken to the hospital where he did not regain consciousness and pressure on the brain caused his death.

Mr Farmery, 56, had been seen arguing with another man earlier that night and as such a manhunt took place to find the individual, but all of the men who were rounded up and arrested had strong alibis.  He had been seen drinking in several pubs along Church Street and Wincolmlee, and smelt of alcohol when he was discovered.

Evidence at the inquest clearly heard that a young man was seen to quarrel with Mr Farmery in the street and struck him violently over the head with a stick and causing his death. The murderer escaped and all efforts to trace him failed.  During the inquest one woman said she saw Farmery and another man whom she did not know; she heard the other man say to Farmery “You’ll not accuse me for nothing, I am innocent.”  Farmery replied, “Well I can’t help it” to which the other man said “You will have to help it, and I will settle it tonight.”  A number of witnesses said they saw Mr Farmery and a man named Hill arguing before Hill struck Mr Farmery, but Hill later proved to have an alibi and had not been in the area at the time and Mr Farmery’s killer was never found.





Originally known as Church Street (as it led from Trippett via Wincolmlee to St Mary’s church in the hamlet of Sculcoates) the road is now called Wincolmlee, as the area of the old village of Sculcoates is now also known.

The age quoted in the article suggests a birth about 1819 but the death recorded in national registration in June quarter 1875 in Hull registration district and gives the age as 50, suggesting instead a birth in about 1825.

There is a death for another James Farmery Jun q 1871 Sculcoates RD age 46 – so again born about 1825 – so which James is this?

Given the age discrepancy there are three possible candidates – James son of George and Mary Farmery baptised 25.12.1817 Cottingham (which is in Sculcoates RD), James son of Joel and Elizabeth Farmery baptised 17.5.1823 Kirk Ella (Sculcoates RD) or James son of James and Elizabeth Farmery baptised 14.12.1823 North Cave (Howden RD).


James Farmery bap 14.12.1823 North Cave

James was the son of James Farmery born Howden 1796 and his wife Elizabeth Oliver who he married 19.10.1815 at North Cave.

James and Elizabeth had 5 children at North Cave (William 1816, George 1817, Elizabeth 1819, George 1821 and James 1823) before Elizabeth died in 1825.  James remarried Ann (nee FOX) widow of John Howden 19.11.1845 at North Cave.  Ann had a son James Howdin in 1837 but it is unclear if he was the son of John Howden, James Farmery – or someone else?  In 1851 he is James Farmery age 14, he marries in 1865 as James Farmery Howdin and in 1911 he is James Farmery.

Apart from William (1816) there is no trace in any census return (or national registration) of any of the other children of James and Elizabeth, suggesting that all, including James 1823, probably died before 1837?

James Farmery bap 17.5.1823 Kirk Ella

Joel and Elizabeth Farmery were living at Anlaby, Kirk Ella in 1841 with two of their eight children – but not James.  In 1851 James Farmery age 66 ag lab born Anlaby and his wife Elizabeth age 64 born West Ella are living in Anlaby along with two sons James age 27 farm labourer born Anlaby and Joel age 25.

Joel Farmery senior was baptised 15.8.1784 Kirk Ella and died Sep q 1860 Hull RD; wife Elizabeth died 13.2.1860 Hull.  I have not found a marriage for Joel and Elizabeth.

At the Beverley Quarter Sessions on 1st July 1851 James and Joel Farmery were each sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for larceny – is this more likely to James’ brother (rather than father) Joel?

In 1841 James Farmery age 16 ag lab was at Burn Park Farm, Cottingham with William LUND farmer.

In 1861 James Farmery age 35 married ag lab born Anlaby was living in a barn in Canning Street, Hull Holy Trinity (there is no evidence that this James had married?)

In 1871 James Farmery age 47 unmarried pauper farm labourer born Anlaby was in Sculcoates District Union Workhouse which was built 1843-5 on the east side of Beverley Road.  Is he the James Farmery who died Jun q 1871 Sculcoates RD age 46?

James Farmery bap 25.12.1817 Cottingham

In 1841 James Farmery age 20 ag lab was at Cross Street, Sculcoates with Thomas and Mary Stephenson – with a 15 year old daughter Mary.

In 1851 James Farmery age 33 labourer born Cottingham was at 9 Vine Court, Sculcoates.  His wife Mary A Farmery age 27 born Sculcoates is visiting her parents Thomas and Mary Stephenson at 3 Carr Street, Kingston-upon-Hull.

In 1861 James Farmery age 43 “cupla tenter cotton” born Cottingham was at 37 Wincolmlee, Sculcoates with his wife Mary A.

In 1871 James appears to be Thomas Farmery age 53 asphalter, employing 2 men, born Cottingham at 2 Catherine Street, Sculcoates with wife Mary Ann age 48 born Hull.

James Farmery and Mary Ann Stephenson married 10.3.1844 at Sculcoates and had 13 children; their first son Charles died aged 9, their second son John was alive in 1851 age 5 but the next 11 children all died before they reached their first birthday.  In 1861 Jno Farmery age 15 born Sculcoates, Hull is a boy 1C on HMS Cornwallis moored off Hull.  This John seems to reappear in Hythe, Kent as John J(ames) Farmery where in 1891 he is age 41 waiter born Hull; in 1901 he is officers servant and in 1911 army pensioner caretaker (working mens club).  John James Farmery and Jemima Tutt married Sep q 1890 Elham RD.

James is likely the son of George Farmery who was at Broad Lane, Cottingham in 1841 age 50 ag lab.  George Farmery married Mary Harper 23.6.1808 at North Ferriby.  Is this the James who was murdered in 1875?

I have ordered the two James Farmery death certificates (1871 and 1875) in the hope that there will be additional information to determine which James is which?

Saturday, 1 July 2017

2017 Farmery gathering

[Lincoln Cathedral - Book of Oaks]

Saturday September 30th 2017 will see the seventeenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).
 
Anyone with a connection to the surname Farmery or an interest in the programme is welcome to attend.
 
 •10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions [Alan Moorhouse]

•10.45am "Lincoln Cathedral Stone Mason" [Paul Ellis]

•11.45am DNA update [Graham Farmer/Alan Moorhouse]

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm "Granny Rawle the Jailed Suffragette" [Mick Rawle]

•3.00pm WW1 Project [Alan Moorhouse]

•3.15pm Open/workshop session

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Tea

•4.30pm Close
 
Paul Ellis from Branston near Lincoln trained at Weymouth College and during his 29 year career as a mason and stone carver has worked on a number of Britain's finest cathedrals, churches and ancient buildings, which involves the replacement of failed stone carvings or reproduction of an original feature or style. He offers fascinating insight into the practice of masons and carvers and what it is like to be a stone carver involved in restoration at Lincoln Cathedral.  We see the creative twist that carvers have, leaving their own personal mark on the stone they are restoring. Paul displays the passion he has for his work, a typical feeling evoked by masons, artisans and quarry workers.

Mick Rawle from Melton Mowbray was a sergeant major in the REME then a production controller for 12 years before being made redundant in 1999 at which time he became a professional genealogist.  He was projects coordinator for Leicestershire and Rutland FHS for 6 years and has done voluntary library duty for them for 20 years.  He has indexed over 120,00 probate documents for Leicester Record Office.

On the day amongst other documents that I have available will be print outs of every Farmery family in the 1939 Register, which was taken in order to issue identity cards and ration books, so you will be able to see where your Farmery relations were living at the outbreak of the 2nd World War!
 
For those wanting to make a weekend of it a number of us are staying at the Ibis Hotel (it is free to join their loyalty scheme which gives a 10% discount on the room rate) and there will be the options of an informal gathering at an adjacent eatery on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a local visit on Sunday morning.
 
This is non-profit making event and for the day there is a nominal charge of £7.50 to cover hire of the hall, speakers and refreshments.
 
For more information or to advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.
 
[The provisional dates for next year are Saturday September 29th or October 6th 2018].

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

2016 Farmery Gathering

[The Workhouse, Southwell]

Saturday October 1st 2016 will see the sixteenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).

Guests this year are already confirmed from as far away as Canada and, provisionally, Australia!

•10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions [Alan Moorhouse]

•10.45am "Life and Times at the Workhouse" [Colin Deeley]

•11.45am DNA update [Alan Moorhouse]

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm "Lincolnshire Wolds" [Jean Howard]

•3.00pm WW1 Project [Alan Moorhouse]

•3.15pm Open/workshop session

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Tea

•4.30pm Close

Colin Deeley retired from the Royal Air Force after 40 years as a pilot.  He has been a National Trust volunteer for nearly 22 years working at Belton House, Grantham, and Southwell Workhouse, and gives talks about the National Trust. 

Jean Howard came to Lincolnshire at the age of 5.  She worked for some years for the County Library Service where she dealt with local history enquiries and staffed the mobile library travelling around much of the north of the county and this developed her fascination with all aspects of Lincolnshire.  She is a qualified Blue Badge Guide and leads walking and bus tours in Lincolnshire and speaks on various aspects of the county's architecture, history and people.  Her Wolds talk inlcudes geology, topography, early roads, development of agriculture (including warrening which will be of interest to those in the Walesby family!)

On the day amongst other documents that I have available will be print outs of every Farmery family in the 1939 Register, which was taken in order to issue identity cards and ration books, so you will be able to see where your Farmery relations were living at the outbreak of the 2nd World War!

For those wanting to make a weekend of it there will be an informal gathering at the Premier Inn Canwick on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a visit on Sunday morning.

This is non-profit making event and for the day there is a nominal charge of £7.50 to cover hire of the hall, speakers and refreshments.

For more information or to advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.

[The provisional date for next year is Saturday September 30th 2017].

Saturday, 22 August 2015

2015 Farmery Gathering


[Torksey Lock is the gateway to the ancient Foss Dyke from the tidal River Trent for boats heading towards Lincoln]

Saturday September 26th 2015 will see the fiftheenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).

Guests this year are already confirmed from as far away as Australia!

•10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions [Alan Moorhouse]

•10.45am "A Look at Lincolnshire Dialect" [Loretta Rivett]

•11.45am DNA update [Alan Moorhouse]

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm "Along the Foss Canal" [Chris Hewis]

•3.00pm WW1 Project [Alan Moorhouse]

•3.15pm Open/workshop session

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Tea

•4.30pm Close

Loretta Rivett was born and brought up at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds and is a Lincolnshire dialect speaker.  She has had a lifetime interest in the local dialect, recording words and sayings, reading dialect poetry and prose, as well as studying the history of the English language.  She has had numerous appearances on television and radio and consultations by authors, researchers and language coaches. 

Chris Hewis is Chair of Saxilby and District History Group and the Treasurer of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. He has written several books and articles on local history and appears regularly on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.  His talk is a pictorial journey along England’s oldest canal.

For those wanting to make a weekend of it there will be an informal gathering at the Premier Inn Canwick on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a visit on Sunday morning.

This is non-profit making event and for the day there is a nominal charge of £7.50 to cover hire of the hall, speakers and refreshments.

For more information or to advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.

[The provisional date for next year is Saturday September 17th or Saturday October 1st 2016].

Friday, 22 August 2014

2014 Farmery Gathering




Saturday September 27th 2014 will see the fourteenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).

Guests this year are already confirmed from as far away as Pennyslvania!

The first gathering was held on May 20th 2000, then every year from September 28th 2002.


•10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions (Alan Moorhouse)

•10.45am Epworth Old Rectory: The Physic Garden (Cath Fordham)

•11.45am DNA update (Graham Farmer)

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm The Landships of Lincoln (Richard Pullen MA)

•3.00pm WW1 Project (Alan Moorhouse)

•3.15pm Open/workshop session

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Raffle, Tea

•4.30pm Close


Cath Fordham is a volunteer at Epworth Old Rectory, the home in which Samuel Wesley, Rector of the parish of St. Andrew, Epworth, and his wife Susanna brought up their sons, John and Charles Wesley, who went on to develop the Methodist Movement.  The Physic Garden has plants growing that John Wesley used in his book of home-spun remedies 'Primitive Physic'.

Richard Pullen is a professional archaeologist and writer (with 4 books and numerous articles published in the past 10 years) and chairman of the Friends of the Lincoln Tank.

The raffle (donations of a prize are most welcome) will be in aid of the National StarCollege in Cheltenham.

For those wanting to make a weekend of it there will be an informal gathering at the Premier Inn Canwick on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a visit on Sunday morning. 

For more information or to advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.

[The date for next year is provisionally Saturday September 19th 2015].

Sunday, 28 July 2013

2013 Farmery gathering

Saturday September 28th 2013 will see the thirteenth international Farmery gathering, once again in the village hall at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln (LN4 2LB).

Guests this year are already confirmed from as far away as Australia!

The first gathering was held on May 20th 2000, then every year from September 28th 2002.


•10.00am Registration and Coffee

•10.30am Welcome and Introductions (Alan Moorhouse)

•10.45am Old Lincolnshire - Preserving Local History on Film (film show by Lincolnshire Film Archive)

•11.45am DNA update

•12.00pm Open/workshop session

•12.30pm Lunch (at leisure)

•1.45pm Afternoon session commences

•2.00pm The Skivvy - Victorian Domestic Servants in Ordinary Families (Susan Deal)

•3.00pm Open/workshop session

•4.00pm Group photograph

•4.15pm Raffle, Tea

•4.30pm Close


Lincolnshire Film Archive was set up in 1986 to locate and preserve motion picture film showing life and work in all parts of the county.  They have some amazing footage of the local area and members restore and repair old film.

Dr Susan Deal is a historian with a particular interest in everyday life in the Victorian period and is a member of the Victorian Society and editor of their South Yorkshire Group regional newsletter.
The raffle (donations of a prize are most welcome) will be in aid of the National Star College in Cheltenham.

For those wanting to make a weekend of it there will be an informal gathering at the Premier Inn Canwick on Friday evening, a more formal dinner in Lincoln on Saturday evening and a visit on Sunday morning. 

For more information or too advise that you plan to attend the gathering please email me.

[The date for next year is provisionally Saturday September 27th 2014 when it is hoped we will have guests from both Canada and Pennsylvania].