Beside myself with excitement this evening…

Genealogy is a funny game – sometimes, nothing for ages then a stream of breakthroughs all at once!

Earlier today I was delving into some records and found a branch of the family with sons serving in WWI. Until now, I hadn’t found any ancestors of the right age to be involved. So I am sure there is more digging to be done there to uncover their war stories. One individual, in fact, sadly died in the War in April 1918.

This afternoon I was googling George Campion Postans (as one does!) and found a link to him in a family tree on Ancestry. I am beside myself with how much information is in this family tree which the owner has kindly allowed me access to (the owner is a distant cousin!). It includes some wonderful sources which I will be spending some time examining.

A very good day for the family tree, all in all! Don’t know how I shall sleep for the excitement though!

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Barking up the wrong tree?

I’ve been lucky so far in that finding ancestors using Ancestry has been a straightforward business. Perhaps this is the gift of the unusual surname – there have been very few false leads with regard to the Postans family.

Until now.

I find my head spinning trying to work out which Richard and William Postanses ‘belong’ to us – the profusion of Georges, Fredericks, and Campions I could cope with. They are mostly close ancestors anyway and I’ve started to be able to recall details of their lives as individuals.

The Richards and Williams belong back in the late 18th and early 19th century and I’m getting quite confused about whether a certain branch belongs to us or not. The Suffolk ones I am quite confident in – but it seems that the line may then deviate from the East and move Westwards to Tewkesbury – a picturesque town in Gloucestershire. If this is the right branch, it may be difficult to find out what brought the family to East Anglia.

However – I still need to sort out the profusion of Richards and Williams on my tree – and I know I’m a beginner, but even I can figure out that it’s impossible for a father and son to be born within a year of one another so something has gone dreadfully awry! I am off to sort it out now!

 

 

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The grave of a Richard Postans in the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey – which may or may not belong to our ancestor who died in 1780…

I am extremely grateful to the archivist at Tewkesbury Abbey, Pat Webley, for assisting in tracing the Postans family burials at Tewkesbury Abbey.

Back into the Eighteenth Century…

Now we’re all up and running with our broadband I’ve been plugging away on Ancestry and have made some rapid progress! I am thrilled to say we’re firmly back into the 18th C with the Postans side of the family!

Hopefully you will remember that this is the story so far:

My Dad is Colin Postans, his dad was Frederick GC Postans (b.1901) and his father was Frederick G Postans (b. 1839, it is this individual who had a sister called Jane!). I had also uncovered that his father was George Postans (b. 1810).

I have found that this line appears in the research of a few other users on Ancestry and a few of them have done some helpful legwork – meaning that the parents of George Postans have been identified as William Postans (b. 1763, Suffolk) and Ann Campion (b. 1775, Suffolk).

Naturally, Campion leapt out at me – for an important reason, which is (as-yet) lost to history, the name Campion was preserved in the family. My grandfather was Frederick George Campion Postans. He had a first cousin named George Campion Bateman. The name may yet crop up in additional relatives yet to be found. I am so thrilled that we’ve uncovered the link between these individuals – my grandfather’s great-grandmother, Ann Campion.

I’m sure there will be more to report on this thread – but I just couldn’t wait to blog and share these exciting findings!

Back to the eighteenth century! Amazing!