Where we start, as far as I can tell

Cumbria, at the far northwest corner of England, is said to have the highest concentration of Hodgsons in Britain, and from the surviving records, I can attest that the surname comes in at least 20 variants as early as the mid 1550s.

If my linkage through Ireland is correct, our ancestry was part of Pardshaw Monthly Meeting of Friends, Quakers who met for years outdoors, summer and winter, in the shelter of a large rock outcropping known as Pardshaw Crag. Eventually, worship moved indoors into homes during the winter, before this meetinghouse was constructed. I’m assuming some of our family is buried in the meetinghouse yard, but at a time long before headstones were permitted.

Our line, meanwhile, lived in Lumplagh nearby.

Pardshaw Friends meetinghouse in the northwest corner of England

 

Quaker meetinghouse and school, Pardshaw, near Dean, Cumbria

Seen from the air

 

The meetinghouse grounds approached from a village lane

 

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2 thoughts on “Where we start, as far as I can tell”

  1. Hello Jnana, I was lucky enough to stumble across your site and your compelling storytelling while doing my own genealogical research on my Quaker ancestor Robert Lamb of Guilford, North Carolina, mentioned in George Hodgson’s will (and, by the way, a cousin of George’s and, by marriage, of the Nathan Dicks also mentioned in the will through Robert’s wife Rachel Taylor Lamb’s ancestor the elder Nathan Dicks of Chester County, Pennsylvania). Another connection we share is via Pardshaw Crag, where my Pearson and Fearon ancestors were joined (https://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/f/f3/Pearson-327.jpg). No doubt, knowing how the Quakers have clustered through the centuries, we share many others . . . I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am to be able to look forward to reading through your storiesand hopefully I’ll be able to contribute something . . . Thanks, all the best!

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