I'm married to an Atwell, the family seem to originate in the Congresbury area of Somerset.
My husband's great grandfather Joseph Atwell moved to Newport, Monmouthshire looking for work, he got work as a coal trimmer on the docks. Most of his Atwell side of the family still live in Newport.
I,ve managed to trace back to George Atwell 1788 & Sara Cox 1789.
Anything that might be of interest to you just ask.
There are a lot of ATWELLs in Nailsea and some were miners who ended up in Monmouthshire & Glamorgan. I haven't yet looked into Congresbury but it could be a link between Nailsea and Weare so thank you for the prompt.
Hello Lynda: My 3 x Great Grandfather is George Atwell, Warrener, born Churchill circa 1786. He married Sarah Cox and they had five children (as far as I can tell): George, Elizabeth, James, Joseph and Henry. My line descends from their daughter Elizabeth so the surname changed immediately when she married Thomas Rayner. Thomas was a Gardener and the family moved away from Somerset to Birmingham.
Thomas and Elizabeth's daughter, Louisa, married Alfred Charles Riddiford and they were the parents of my Grandmother, Edith Mary Riddiford. Edith Mary married Bernard Court in 1900; they had three daughters, the middle one being Edith Rita who married Charles Alfred Dickin and they were my parents. A long journey from the Atwells of Somerset.
According to my research Elizabeth's younger brother Joseph married Ellen Adams and they had a son Joseph Rowles Atwell born 1855; is he your husband's great grandfather?
I suppose that what we both want to know is who were George Atwell's parents?
According to FreeReg George ATWELL was baptised in Churchill on 28 January 1787 to parents Henry and Ann.
Many thanks indeed. Are you researching the Atwells or just being very helpful?
Hi Rachael. No, I'm not researching this family. But I transcribe for FreeReg so it was natural to use them to do a quick search.
Hello Dave - Well how interesting and again many thanks. I have since used FreeReg to great effect and recommended it to two other people just in case it might help them. All I can say is "Keep up the good work" it is much appreciated.