Our starting point is the family of William & Anne Jones of Much Wenlock, Shropshire. We know little about William and Ann and suspect, given the surname and proximity to the border, that their origins were in Wales. Their descendants moved around the country from Shropshire to Staffordshire and into Leicestershire, Essex, the South London area, Berkshire & Hertfordshire. We’ve also traced descendants in Canada.
It’s not easy tracing the surname - for obvious reasons! Thankfully, the late Betty Cullimore & her brother, the late Peter Jones, recalled enough of the family & their childhood to help piece together the jigsaw. Otherwise we doubt the progress made in tracing the family would have been possible. If you have any links to any individual or family herecontact us.
Much Wenlock was described in 1868 as “a parish, market town, municipal & parliamentary borough, locally in the franchise of Wenlock Borough, county Salop, 12 miles S.E. of Shrewsbury, and 5 from Ironbridge. It has a station on the Severn Valley branch of the Great Western railway”. The town grew around a monastery founded around 680 by Merewalh, a son of King Penda of Mercia. It flourished until around 874 when a DanishViking attack occurred. In the 11th century another religious house was built on the same site by Leofric & in the 12th century this was replaced by a Cluniac priory, the ruins of which can still be seen. The town also played a part in the birth of the modern Olympic Games. Much Wenlock is the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement.