November 2022

Ancestor Hunt

In November 2022 Deborah Triff accompanied her 89 year old father, Brian Cromwell Wall, on an ancestor hunt to Great Elm.

Their trip was also made memorable by their discovery of family graves in the churchyard as John Hampden Wall, his wife Adelaide and two of their children were buried there.

They were delighted too, to find a second grave for Joseph and Eliza Biggs who are Brian’s great great grandparents on his maternal side.

Their Great Elm family story concerns the handsome house, Glenthorne and the Great Elm web site provides fascinating accounts of their family.  It was Brian’s ancestor, John Hamden Wall, who built Glenthorne and Deborah and Brian’s trip was made special by the warm welcome they received by the present owners, Stephen and Sarah Bradshaw.