Benoke family – Allen descendants

June Murphy has just sent me a lot of information on the family of her great grandfather Hooper Scott Benoke, and from it I’ve been able to to work out that June and I are 5th cousins, and we are both descended from William and Ann Allen of Winscombe, Somerset.

The Allen family seems to have been quite prolific. At various times I’ve discovered mysterious cousins staying with Hayes relatives in censuses in Bristol, and have gradually been tracking them down, and most have turned out to be Allen descendants. Some of the surnames of descendants are Hayes, Williams, Hill, Purnell, Nipper, Benoke and there are probably many more to be discovered.

Lost cousins

If you have British ancestors, you might find the Lost Cousins website useful.

It’s free to join, and what you do is enter any members of your family who appeared on the 1881 census of England, Wales or Scotland. And you can find the census on line, too.

Once you’ve entered them, the Lost Cousins site attempts to match them with data entered by other members, and if you’ve entered the same family as someone else, chances are you’re related!

And the more people who participate, the more chances you have of finding a lost cousin.

I’ve entered about 120 blood relatives so far.

Sandercock/Saundercock family

Nola Buzza writes:

I’m very excited to report that I have just found three Saundercock brothers who died in USA – William born 1866, Thomas H born 1870, Robert born 1872 – sons of William Thomas Saundercock & Emma Jane Wellington. It seems that William may have married and had at least one daughter – more research needed there. Great fun isn’t it? Hope all is well with you and your loved ones. Cheers – Nola

That’s a signal for the rest of us Sandercock – Saundercock researchers to get busy!

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