Roger's Family History
Roger CAMPBELL, son of James Gordon CAMPBELL and Winifred Daisy CREASY.
Roger took an interest in tracing his family history after visiting his mother's cousin Beattie WOODS who knew quite a lot about her mother's side of the family, the CREASYs, and was pleased to have someone to pass the information on to. We were surprised to learn from Beattie that Roger has quite an extensive branch of the family tree, the BALLS. that came from Norfolk. Beattie was able to tell us quite a lot about the various members of the Creasy and Balls families having met and visited with them over the years. The main branches of the family lived in Surrey, Sussex and Norfolk.
James Gordon CAMPBELL was actually born Leslie Gordon HOPKINS, which is why the CAMPBELL Family History becomes the HOPKINS Family History. The Hopkins family and most of its branch families lives and worked around towns and villages on the North Kent coast especialyy Ospringe, Faversham, Herne and Blean.
We have been researching the history of these two families since 1998 and we still have much to discover. When we first started this there was very little information online and most of the research had to be done by visiting records offices and libraries and pouring through microfiche after microfiche of photographed documents - sometimes to no avail! We spent hours one holiday in the Library at Faversham searching the Parish Records for Ospringe and discovering the HOPKINS ancestors.
We visited the Record Office and Library in Norwich for the BALLS family as well as documenting graves in the churchyard of the beautiful church at Irstead in Norfolk. The Balls family are a branch of the CREASY family tree. The Creasy family lived mainly in Sussex and Surrey. George Creasy married Harriet Balls, who was born in Norfolk and that part of the family tree has its roots around Caister, Irstead, Ludham and Potter Heigham in Norfolk.
It is all so much easier now that things like census records and Parish Records are becoming available on the Internet. However, it has been a lot of fun and very interesting. There is something special about discovering details of an ancestor in a copy of the Parish records or the Census Forms rather than seeing the information come up as a result of a database search. Of course it is also very important to view these original sources to verify data.
We have made contact with a lot of lovely people while doing the research. These people and family members, old or recently discovered, have been invaluable either by exchanging and sharing information or recounting family facts, anecdotes or rumours.
Thanks to every one of you that has helped us in any way with our research.
The database contains information on 37 direct branches of the family tree covering 1490 individual family members.
The Ancestry Chart shows Roger's CAMPBELL/HOPKINS and CREASY lines of ancestry.
Roger's Pedigree Chart provides information on the direct line of ancestors from both HOPKINS and CREASY families.
The Surname List covers 310 names from both families and their various branches. The CAMPBELL and CREASY menus provide links for the family branches in each line of ancestry.