Ivan and Violet
When I originally produced the Denton Family Bible, I promised I would later also do my wife’s tree – or as it turns out her trees.
When I had first tried to do this, I was frustrated by a startling lack of Irish material. Any Irish research proved problematic because during the Irish Civil War and its ensuing independence, there were early troubles, and on 30 June 1922 the Dublin Four Courts and specifically the Irish Public Records Office ‘caught’ fire.
Swathes of the Irish Chancery Rolls (1304-1922) were lost. Despite their rebuilding, their remaining records are thin, and this did not help my search. We need to go to the local churches in Ireland to get access to their prime records. I did attempt (in the DFB, the Denton Family Bible) to make up for this by producing pieces on William Charles Allen and Dennis Roy Allen.
I also felt the need to apologise for the third piece I included on Jane’s Paternal GGM1 Rebecca Culliford (1851-1918) but I think the data discovered – two prison sentences served in Shepton Mallet jail – is more indicative of her times than a rebuke of Rebecca.
This family group above shows my wife’s grandparents (Walter Thomas Allen GF1 and Elizabeth Amy Perry GM1) with just some of their eleven children, not including their youngest, Ivanhoe Wilfred Allen – who was Jane’s father.
In fact, even returning after several years to this topic, I could only trace back her Perry and O’Sullivan lineage to her GGF3s – Thomas Perry GGF3 (1806-1896) and John Sullivan Sr GGF3 (1806-?). Pretty disappointing compared with my lucky break with the Denton Family Bible, where I got all the way back to the year 970!