We received an email yesterday with some questions concerning the French family and Church End. If anyone can help please post a reply or email me direct.
I am just wondering if you have any knowledge of the age of the older houses in Church End, Newton Longville. I have been looking into my husband’s family history on his mother’s side and have traced them back to Thomas French, farmer, and his family, who lived at Church End in the 1840s and 1850s (no house number given in the 1851 census).
We did come over to Newton Longville a couple of weeks ago and could see that the Church End houses nearer the church were probably Victorian or older, hence my query as to whether you have any idea as to the dates they were built.
Thomas French died, I think, in 1857, and his daughter Mary is shown in the 1861 census as having come back to Church End and being a ‘farmer of 81 acres’. We also found two ‘French’ gravestones in the churchyard, a Stephen French (possibly a brother or cousin of Thomas, also living in Church End in 1851) and a little girl, Mary Ann French.
I realise, given the history of Newton Longville, that the French family is probably numerous, but any information you may have on Church End dates, or the French family in Newton Longville in general, would be much appreciated.