updated: 9th February, 2014
Barnard Family of Beccles, Stockport, &
Manchester, England, & Associated Families
We are still trying to find the connection
between Thomas Barnard (c.1790-1849) and Richard Barnard (c.1750-1841), the
latter being the ancestor of our recently discovered cousin Catherine of
Devon, England. Richard married Elizabeth Vince in Besthorpe, Norfolk in
September 1775. The name Vince is not unknown to me because when I first
discovered that my great grandfather had been born in Beccles, Suffolk and
looked at the 1841 census of Beccles, I discovered that there were two
people named Thomas Barnard living there at the time. One worked in a bank
and the other from a poorer family was an agricultural labourer. Of course
the poorer of the two turned out to be my ancestor. However the other
Thomas who I tended to dismiss at the time was actually called Thomas Vince
Barnard and his father was William Vince Barnard.
Now it has me wondering if they were
somehow related to Richard and his wife Elizabeth, as it was not uncommon
for a wife's surname to appear as a prefix in later generations to the main
surname. It is certainly worth a look at the ancestors of William Vince
I have to thank our recently found new
cousin Marilyn Barnard Escobedo of Oklahoma for all the information she was
able to give me on the descendants of my gt. gt. uncle William Barnard of
Beccles, son of Thomas Barnard (c.1790-1849).
photographs of William's children, William Frederick Barnard, Samuel J.
Barnard, Thomas Hobart Barnard, and Sarah A. (Sally) Barnard who married
William S. McKinney.
Marilyn also sent me
transcripts of letters exchanged between the family in England and those who
emigrated to the United States from 1856 to 1895. What a treasure they are!
When you consider that the majority of ordinary people in the 19th century
were illiterate, then it is a real privilege to read the thoughts of our
family members from so long ago despite some of the interesting spelling
The sadness of their
separation comes through in the letters, and I found them quite moving.
William 1833 married a Beccles girl, Emily Fleet, and members of the Beccles
Fleet family are also part of the correspondence exchange. I still need to
find the marriage details of William and Emily.
The information on
William's descendants has been added to the pre-1905 family tree and I will notify as
many of the family as I can reach.
I will try and insert
copies of the photographs of William's children before the next update.
Wouldn't it be nice to
receive information from a descendant of the Barnard family
in London that in terms of dates and names fits the bill, to say that they
also are relatives. So far I
cannot prove or disprove that they are my relatives, but they are the only
likely source for Thomas Barnard c.1790 I have found so far.
There are presently nine past newsletters which were distributed to known
family members over the past few years detailing research progress and
general family news. Additional past newsletters will be added as time
permits. Research is continuing on our Barnard branch.
Who Am I ?
My name is Alan Barnard and I was born and raised in Manchester, England. I
started researching our Barnard Family in 1971 following the death of my
parents who both died in 1970. Fortunately I was able to get enough
information from them before their passing that enabled me to start my research.
Obviously Genealogy - or family history, is a major interest of mine, but I
am also interested in astronomy, photography, all kinds of sports especially
football (soccer), and with my wife Christine, I love to travel when we have
the opportunity - and of course the money. Both Chris and I are very
involved with the B.C. Institute of Technology Retirees' Association. I taught
for 25 years after working in the electrical industry for 26 years and
eventually retired from BCIT in 1994.
If anyone has questions pertaining to the contents of this website, I can be