|About Campbells & Flatts - from Scotland & Suffolk to Widnes
Hello, I'm Paul Campbell and I'd like to welcome you to my family
I live in New Brighton, on the Wirral, on the other side of
the River Mersey to our rather better known neighbour Liverpool.
I am 59, and, for my sins, was a teacher of mathematics before I
belatedly realised what damage the 'profession' was doing to me and fled. Like my
wife Joan I am now retired.
I have followed my ancestors to Suffolk on my mother's side. On my
father's side we come from Scotland, Lancashire, Cheshire, and one
itinerant family of 'bargees', who worked the canals from
Paddington to Manchester.
Apart from one thatcher, my Suffolk folk all appear to be 'Ag
Labs' until my mother's generation. My Scottish line were Ag Labs
who became General Labs and then Factory Labs.
I do have a 'hingemaker' in Lancashire and a
'thatcher' in Suffolk amongst the 'Labs', and of course
my bargees - watermen and flatmen.
I am proud of them all; proud to be descended from them; and to tell the
truth, having spent all the summer holidays of my childhood and youth going
out to 'work' with my Uncle Raymond as an Ag Lab in Suffolk, I often wish that I
could do now what they did then!
I must thank Rachel Roberts for starting me off on this project.
Having met on "Genes Reunited" I was diverted to her site and thought "I must
have a go at this". Rachel has also given me valuable information about
Also my thanks go to Jenny Warner, another contact
through "Genes". A common descendant of Francis Owen, she has confirmed my
ideas of the Owen line and has also introduced me to James Owen [my half-first
cousin 5 times removed by generation] who was hanged in 1840 for the murder
of Christina Collins! The "Bloody Steps Murder" was the basis for the
Inspector Morse story "The Wench is Dead". She has also provided me with a set
of paintings that illustrate members of her family. If you visit her line you
can see them and, if you like what you see, she could be persuaded to do one
for you! Jenny has also introduced me to Shirley Blay, Steve
Owen and Martin Owen, and Shirley put me in contact with Gary
Moore. Not only have I been able to compare my own research with theirs,
but they have given me far more information on the "Owen Ancestors" than I
could ever have dreamed of achieving on my own. I hope that this site will
open their achievements to a far wider audience. I offer them my most grateful
and heartfelt thanks not only for that vast amount of help, but also
for "adopting" me into the Owen family!
If you like a complicated story with strange goings on, have a close look
at the lives of Francis, James and Joseph, the sons of John Owen and Frances
Keene. Let's just say that boat people didn't get out much and meet people!
Martin and I are both descended from Francis's son Henry Owen. PLEASE KEEP
THE INFORMATION COMING!!!
By the way, if anybody reading this is interested in the Christina
Collins murder story, I have copies of the newspaper reports from the time. If
you would like to know more please contact me through my guestbook.
Thanks also to Sandra Stevens, who I met through "Suffolk
Surnames", for helping me to get my Blakes in Suffolk back to the
15th Century. I have met many other lovely people through "Genes" - many have
helped me, some I have helped, but mainly we have helped each other. It really
is a great site.
~~~~ Rachel, first visitor to this site, thank you very much for your
kind and encouraging message in my guest book ~~~~
As I have only just begun to build this collection I'm afraid that there
isn't much here at the moment, and what there is will probably have mistakes!
In particular, the Owen line has mainly been obtained through censuses
and the IGI, so I expect that there may be errors here, although the
aforementioned "Owen clan" have helped me tremendously to confirm and add to
it. At some time in the future, when I have more time and energy, I intend to
do a more thorough job, and get the evidence that I need. If you, by any
chance, know something that I don't, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I hope over the coming months [or years!] to add far more, so if you have
stumbled on this little project I hope that you will return at a later date to
Please visit my guest book
Feel free to leave any comment or opinion you may have - good or bad - as all
will help me to improve this site.
The Campbells [and the rest] are coming!
I have updated this introduction as of 14 May 2012. I have also uploaded a new Gedcom that adds
all of my family that I had put on Genes Reunited - in other words the Suffolk lot - Blake, Flatt,
Johnson, Aggis etc.
It is also with great sadness that I have to announce the death of my mother, Mollie May Campbell
[nee Flatt]. After a relatively short illness she fell to cancer on 14 February 2011. Her ashes
are now buried with her parents in the churchyard at Bedingfield.