Dr. Kenneth S. Paulsen

Historian and Genealogist


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The Crouch family is found in Manea, Cambridgeshire from 1760 when Thomas Crouch of currently unknown origin married Phillis Wilson of Manea.  They married in Fen Drayon, Cambridgeshire.  Their descendants resided in Manea until the 20th century.


The Darlow family is a Huntingdonshire family. The family appears in Buckden, Huntingdonshire in 1793. The Darlows were bakers and butchers. Evidence suggests that this Darlow family originated in Bedfordshire. Descendants eventually spread to Yorkshire, London and British Columbia.


The 18th century Hall family was located in Bythorn, Huntingdonshire. In the 19th century, the family spread beyond Bythorn to Kimbolton, Yaxley, Great Stukeley and Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. The largest branch of the family is found in Kimbolton.

Research credits: Kenneth S. Paulsen and David Hall


The House family is descended from The early 19th century House family was located at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire and nearby Wargrave, Berkshire. About the middle of the 19th century, the House family had moved to Bradford, Yorkshire. The female lines of the House family remained in the Henley (the Spearing family) or nearby London (the Moss and Walker families). The House family continued in Bradford, Yorkshire well into the 20th century. A branch of the Walker family is located in the Chiswick area of London.

Research credits: Kenneth S. Paulsen and Mary House Roberts


The Lander family is found in the potteries region around Stoke-on-Trent. John and Jane Lander lived in Audley, Staffordshire where they had their family. Their son James Lander moved to Burslem, Staffordshire where he worked in the potteries. Several generations of this family are found in Burslem.


Le Pla (Lepla, Leplaw) 

The Le Pla (Lepla, LePla, Leplaw) family of francophone Flemish origin from Bouire, Comté Artois, les Pays-Bas espangnols (Bouire, County of Artois, Spanish Netherlands, which today is in the present-day French département Pas-de-Calais).  Jacques Le Pla was the immigrant settler in the Fens near Thorney, Cambridgeshire.  He is the ancestor of the majority of Le Pla families that are found in Cambridgeshire.  Thorney, Cambridgeshire was a major Flemish, Huguenot and Walloon settlement east of Peterborough on the western edge of the Fens. The Walloons came to the Thorney area under contract of the Duke of Bedford to drain the Fens.  The Le Pla families of Cambridgeshire are descended from Samuel Le Pla who was born at Langtoft, Lincolnshire in 1743 and his wife Susanna Moon who was born at Doddington in 1749 resided in the central Fens at Manea, Cambridgeshire.  The family spread through Cambridgeshire, largely in Chatteris, Doddington, Wimblington, Wisbech, and Upwell.  Some branches in the 19th century migrated to Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, and Yorkshire.  Branches of this family are found in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Research credits:

Manea, Cambs research by Kenneth S. Paulsen

Upwell and Wisbech, Cambs research by Carol Markillie

Doddington, Cambs research by Carol Markillie and Kenneth S. Paulsen

Australian research by Alison Wooden and Dawn Coleman

Chapman Family research by Christopher E. Chapman


Mandley (Manley)

This Mandley family is descended from Fletcher Mandley and his wife Ellen Elizabeth Holland. The origins of Fletcher Mandley are currently unknown. The Mandley family lived in Burslem, Staffordshire where many were employed in the Staffordshire potteries. The family of William Mandley remained in Burslem. Ellison Mandley (later Manley) went to the United States. Ellison Manley and his wife settled in East Liverpool, Ohio where they and their children were employed in the potteries there.


The Mehew family appears in Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire about 1715.  The origins of the family are currently unknown.  The Mehew connection to the Darlow and Valentine families is through the Parkins family.


Moote (Moat, Moot)

The Moote family can be found in the Cambridgeshire fens. John Moote and his wife Roseannah Crouch resided in the village of Manea. A descendant of the the Moote family, Elizabeth Moat married John Darlow of Buckden, Huntingdonshire.


The Negus family is a Godmanchester family. It is a large family or group of families with many lines of descent that have not yet been established. The family is present in Godmanchester from the 1600s to the 1800s and beyond.


The Norrell family is found in a small area of (West) Sussex a few kilometres north of Chichester in the Sussex Downs. The Norrell family historically has been in the villages of East Dean, West Dean, Singleton, and East Lavant. In the 19th century, the family can also be found in the village of Boxgrove. The family appears in the records in the 1500s and may have in the area before then. The Norrell genealogy presented here begins with Ralph and Elizabeth Norrell who married sometime in the late 1640s or early 1650s. More research is required, and additional data is welcome.


Parkins (Perkins)

The Parkins family arrived in Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire about 1741 after William Parkins of Huntingdon married Elizabeth Vinter.  The Parkins family connects into the Darlow family of Buckden, Huntingdonshire.


Rhead (Reade, Read, Rheade)

The Rhead / Reade family was located in the potteries district of Staffordshire. This particular Rhead family is found in Burslem in the 18th and 19th centuries and may have been earlier than that. The family worked in the potteries.


The Rutter family resided in the potteries district of Stoke-on-Trent. Evidence suggests that this particular Rutter family had its origins in Barthomley, Cheshire. The Rutter family resided at Madeley, Staffordshire in the 1820s and 1830s before showing up in Burslem, Staffordshire about 1850. At Burslem, members of the family worked in the pottery industry.


The town of Godmanchester in Huntingdonshire was the home of the Stocker family.  Evidence from the 1690s suggests that Robert Stocker was a 'Gentleman' and possibly lower gentry.  The Stocker family connects to the Mehew family.


The Valentine family of Great Stukeley, Huntingdonshire had its origins in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire in the 1740s. The progenitor of the Valentine was Richard Valentine. He first appears at Houghton Conquest in 1741 when he had his first child with Elizabeth Brown whom he subsequently married in 1743. The origins of Richard Valentine are currently unknown.

Samuel Valentine was born in March 1775 to Richard Valentine and his partner Phebe Richardson Yoxon. Samuel Valentine and his wife Ann Allen came to Great Stukeley about 1805. For much of the 19th century, the Valentine family is found in Great Stukeley and the neighbouring communities of Brampton, Huntingdon and Godmanchester. The descendants of the Brampton branch of the Valentine family ended up in Derbyshire and the Peterborough region at the end of the 19th century where they remain in the 21st century. Branches of the family through female lines remained in Huntingdonshire while others went to Greater London, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. In the 1850s, Samuel Valentine's daughter Sarah with her second husband immigrated to Western Australia where an extensive family of descendants lives.

This genealogy concerns itself with the descendants of Samuel Valentine, the 15th and final child of Richard Valentine. Richard Valentine has descendants in Bedfordshire and elsewhere through several children by his first wife and his third relationship.

Genetic testing indicates that the various Valentine families of England have a common ancestry.  Since the origins of Richard Valentine are currently unknown, this Valentine family cannot yet be linked to other Valentine families in England.


The Vinter family is found in the Huntingdonshire town of Godmanchester. The family is found in Godmanchester from the 1500s to the 19th century if not into the 20th century. This genealogy follows one line of the family starting in the 1590s with Robert Vinter of Godmanchester and his wife Margaret Reed who was born at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.


The Walker family of William Walker (1797-1874) and his wife Susan Wall (1801-1839) has its origins in or near Ludlow, Shropshire. The descendants of their eldest son John Walker are found in Wetheral, Cumberland. The descendants of William Walker (1838-1894) are found mostly in Greater London and in the area around Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

William Walker (1867-19??) was a member of the 10th (Prince of Wales Own Royal) Hussars in the late 1880s to 1901. William Walker served with the 10th Hussars in the South African War during which he was seriously injured and discharged from the British Army. While stationed in the United Kingdom, the family resided together in the barracks at York and Canterbury in England and Newbridge and Cahir in Ireland. The only currently known descendants of William Walker and his wife Sarah Ann Robinson reside mostly in the Mansfield area and West Sussex.