Hatched, Matched and Dispatched in Denbighshire

As previously stated I had decided that as my own Mary came from Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd (a parish that I never get bored with typing, honest) I’d begin in that county and attempt to start building the family groups that way.

Initially I was not going to register variant spellings, however I have already come across Puleston and Pulestone being interchangeable on the same record so I’ve added Pulestone to my list. I’m yet to decide whether this should be extended to include Pulston, but it is now something I’m aware of.

In Denbighshire, between 1620 and 1896, there are 105 baptisms:

Baptisms Denbighshire
I was most surprised by the large number in Holt (Isycoed is a parochial chapelry in the parish of Holt, which was within the diocese of Chester, until 1849, when things became more simple and it transferred to the diocese of St. Asaph)

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd are two distinct parishes, however both are on the outskirts of Ruthin, and are easily confused as they are shorted to Llanfair DC and Llanbedr DC respectively. This is something else to be aware of whilst reviewing the parish registers.

I then reviewed the burials (as I do like to kill people off where possible). These range from 1631 to 1908 (and then a couple of outliers in 1932 and 1940!), and number 139.

Unfortunately I’ve not been able to assign these burials to as many of the baptisms I would like so I’ll have to first build the families before I can assign their burials.

Burials Denbighshire
The Puleston families appear to be moving further out into Denbighshire, although the burials at Holt remain high.

With this aim in mind I’d hoped that by marrying off some of the female Puleston’s and differentiating between the many, many John’s, Roger’s and William Pulestons’ I’d be in a better position to do so. On reviewing the marriages in the Denbighshire collection I located 50. They range from 1624 up to 1911, and annoyingly it’s only the latter marriage’s I’ve been able to comfortably assign; and only one of those was a John Puleston!

Marriages Denbighshire
So as it stands my allocated database consists of 196 people in 53 families.


A New Surname Study…

2018 will be a year of change for me. For reasons I’m not going to go into I’m starting anew… So what is the first thing I do? I’ve registered a new Surname Study.

I’ve chosen to register with The Surname Society first, rather than with the Guild of One-Name Studies, mainly because I don’t want to register it as a worldwide study. As I’m approaching this as a family-first Surname Study I’ll naturally be concentrating on the families bearing the name, firstly in Wales, and then in the rest of the United Kingdom.

There is literature to suggest that the Puleston surname originates from de Plyston in in Shropshire, but my family are based around Flintshire and Denbighshire so obviously there was some early boarder-hopping going on and so I plan to begin in Wales.

So I’m starting over. I’m going to take what I’ve learned from my Steers One Name Study and apply those learning curves to the Puleston line.

What am I doing differently?

I’m not going to start with the 1881 England & Wales Census.

This is because there’s such a wealth of information available and my link to the Puleston’s begins in June 1813 with the baptism of my 4x Great Grandmother Mary in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd in Denbighshire.

Instead, I’m going to be starting with FindMyPast’s collection of Denbighshire baptisms, before moving on to the marriages and burials for the county. I’ll be using this collection to start to build up the family trees and then move to the Flintshire Collections of baptisms, marriages and burials.