1. Back to backswording

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    May 13, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    I’m always alert for references to the game of backsword so I was delighted to find this illustration on Victorian …
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  2. Three Williams

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    May 12, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    While Blackford is not a common name, the tendency of families to use a limited set of given names means …
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  3. The puzzle of Edith

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    May 4, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    While there is more evidence to sort through, this post will attempt to use the information in the will of …
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  4. John Bath

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    May 2, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    John Bath of Wootton Bassett described himself as a husbandman, as opposed to a gentleman or a yeoman. He considered …
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  5. John Bath, husbandman of Wootton Bassett

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    May 1, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    With thanks again to cousin Liz, what follows is our best attempt at a transcription. Extended commentary and guesses as …
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  6. Update on Xpian

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    April 11, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    While everyone is still working hard on sorting out the Bath, Parsons, Horsell, and related families here’s a short sidelight …
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  7. And then there’s Frisweth

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    March 26, 2017 by auntkatefirmin

    While still working on piecing together the relationships of the Bath, Horsell, Parsons, and related families I was distracted by …
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