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A collection of pages each related to a particular surname on my family tree or that of my wife which I have researched in some detail. As well as my own particular interests, I have given some background information on the origins and distribution of each surname. To go to a particular page just click on the links above. I also run an international Sherwood One-Name Study Group on a separate site which has much more information on that name.

My main surname interests in England are:

SHERWOOD in the Ashford area of Kent from 1550

CARTER in the Stevenage area of Hertfordshire from 1740 (Aston & Knebworth), and from 1880 in Cheshunt.

KIDDLE/KIDDELL, From 1340 in Barton-on-Humber, Lincs, then ca1500 in Northants, and in Hertfordshire from 1790.

SHETTLE/SHUTTLE in Wilts from 1500, Winchester area of Hampshire from 1790, and Lambeth, Surrey from ca1860.

TROTT in Somerset (Aisholt from 1600, West Monkton & Creech St.Michael). Newington & Walworth in Surrey from 1820.

and on my wife's tree:

SEAGRO(A)TT in Stepney(1786), Poplar(1810-1920), Islington and Highgate (from 1881) all in Middlesex or East London. I collect all references, and run a one-name study registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies.

IMBER in Wiltshire from 1500, and in Shaftesbury, Dorset from 1749.

GRUMMITT/GROMET(T) in Morton-by-Bourne & Hacconby, Lincolnshire from 1570.

BIGGS in Stevenage, Hertfordshire 1750 to 1820.

Click here to search transcripts of records which I have made containing these names.

A summary of my pedigree chart is as follows:
Parents: Herbert John Sherwood born 1907 in Boughton Aluph, Kent, and Lucy Florence Carter born 1896 in Cheshunt, Herts.
Grandparents
Paternal: George Sherwood born 1874 at Kennington near Ashford and Ellen Cooper nee Shettle, born 1868 in Lambeth, Surrey.
Maternal: Charles Carter born 1858, Knebworth, Herts and Hannah Kiddle born 1855, Shephall, Herts.
Great-grandparents:
John Thomas Sherwood (1852-1929) and Frances Hayward (1854-1921)
John Shettle(1834-1873) and Matilda Foster nee Trott (1827-1891)
George Carter (1812-) and Elizabeth Piggott (1818- )
Samuel Kiddle (1815-1876) and Sarah Biggs (?-1867)

And my wife's:
Parents: Edgar Walter Seagroatt born 1915 Borden, Hants, and Edna Jane Imber born 1907, Northampton.

And now for a bit about myself:

Phil SherwoodI live in the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset on the south-west coast of England with my wife, Tomasa. We have a son, Darren and a daughter, Annette. I am a retired Metallurgist & Materials Scientist, born 1939 in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire about 15 miles north of London. Like most people, I had taken little interest in my family roots in younger life, but in 1988 my wife gave me a book on tracing ancestry, and so began what has become an absorbing & very fulfilling hobby. At that stage my tree only extended back to my grandparents, all I knew was that my father's family originated from the Ashford area of Kent, and my mother's CARTER line from Stevenage, Herts. I began by joining my local society the Somerset & Dorset FHS , and then widened this to include the Wilts FHS, the Kent FHS, and the Society of Genealogists. In 1995 I joined the Guild of One-Name Studies and registered my own name plus SEAGROATT which is my wife's maiden name. I have served on the executive committee of the Somerset & Dorset, and have been the census indexing co-ordinator.

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This page was last updated on 18 November, 2010