July 2011

More on the Coulson Family (Extract)

Following on from Jean's previous piece about her "full circle" Jean sent me a copy of some information which was sent to her by a distant cousin, Patricia Coulson. Because this research was done a long time before the internet a lot of what Patricia had to tell Jean is not really current, but, equally, a lot of it is fascinating and informative at any time and those are the bits I have selected. Firstly and I have to say, you lucky old thing Jean, the Coulson ancestors left more than 35 wills, the earliest being Edward Coulson's from 1689, the "my second best sheets and petticoat" type of will.

Patricia also has traced the Coulsons to Watton-at- stone, Thundridge, High Cross, Standon and Puckeridge where one Thomas Coulson, born 1736, had a thriving plumbing and glazing business and, when Patricia wrote this item, there was still a Thomas Coulson running a similar business in Puckeridge but sadly he had not acknowledged her letter to him. She has found that at least one Coulson was a Dissenter in the early 1700's and that a John Coulson, born 1906, gave notice that his Grandfather had married Lord Byron's daughter. Patricia is also researching the name Treadway/Tredway and while she has found masses of them she is unable to link them together accurately before a marriage in 1810 BUT, when she manages to, they have high hopes for one Thomas Tredway who was a Chef at the Court of King Charles I...................

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