A Village Steeped in Family History

Visiting the places where our ancestors lived helps connect us with the past. My latest trip to Bledlow Ridge brought back many memories and reminded me of the stories shared by family members as well as those that I have uncovered through research.

Life After the Royal Marines – Theft, Fraud and Imprisonment

When Matthew Buyrn joined the Royal Marines in 1812 under the name John Dunmore, he probably had little idea where life might take him. He served in the Marines for the next twenty-one years before he was discharged in 1833. This is the story of theft, fraud and imprisonment.

Frederick Ashby, Sergeant 9707, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Frederick Ashby was born on 9th December 1893 in Radnage, Buckinghamshre England. This is the story of a chairmaker’s son from rural Buckinghamshire. Follow Frederick’s story from his birth to his final resting place and everything in between.

Matthew Buyrn or John Dunmore?

Family history research can often be complex and requires research into multiple sources of information. I have been researching for over twenty years and genealogy remains a passionate and rewarding pursuit. Uncovering the stories of our ancestors gives us a fascinating insight into their lives. This blog post will attempt to document some of the many sources that helped me discover the story of my fourth great grandfather, Matthew Buyrn (1793-1846), or should that be John Dunmore? You might be asking yourself what the name John Dunmore has to do with Matthew Buyrn but all will be revealed.

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