Dearman Mollett Family History
“We are what we have been” Penelope Lively
“The present is always present” Alan Garner
Welcome to the Dearman Mollett Family History Website. On this site I shall attempt to bring together what I have found out about our two families. For privacy reasons, living members of the families will be left out of this history - suffice to say that Dearman is the male side of this particular family tree and Mollett the female. On reflection I have also decided to leave out the previous generation, with the exception of my father, as they seem a little too close somehow. So from my grandparents back - and, as I now have grandchildren of my own, this is four generations back from the latest Dearman generation.
In the spirit of this dualism, the photograph at the head of this page, taken in France, represents to my mind the separate strands that make up any family history the connections between them and the others hovering out there on the fringes - but all of them individual. I suppose the picture does not show those trees joining, which of course a family tree does - an individual is a merger of lots of different strands, but from a website point of view the separation is appropriate I hope. Images of trees will be found throughout the site - they are a kind of, not at all original, visual metaphor for the topic, and besides I love trees.
The surnames at the top and bottom of the page, are those provided by the last two generations - back to the writer’s generation of grandparents. Obviously there are many more surnames as one goes further back, and there is an index page to them all. Hopefully through a series of links one particular line will be easily traced back. I shall be concentrating on the direct lines, but every now and then there may be one of those detours to a particularly interesting sibling. I shall also provide an updates page to bring you up to date with what is new.
Our families are not famous - mostly these are ordinary people leading ordinary lives, but every now and then there is a kind of fame, a scandal, a tragedy ... I suspect every family has the same kind of pattern. And if there is one thing that this obsession (for obsession it sort of is) with family history has taught me, it is that we are all unique and we all have something special and tantalising about our lives. Perhaps the worst thing about dying is the fear of being forgotten. This website is an attempt to remember these people, and to honour their lives. Our two families are from England’s south east, Wales and Ireland, with a touch of Sweden, maybe early America and Australia and I shall try to give a little bit of background on the places we inhabited along the way. It will never be finished of course, but the pleasure is in the journeying and I hope you will enjoy the journey too.
The journey has found me asking more questions than answering them, for, inevitably, what we can find out is tantalisingly little, and often consists of the barest of facts. But those facts can lead to fascinating speculation as to why, when, how? If you have any of the answers do let us know by sending an email. Although every line, sooner or later comes to a dead end.
And last but not least I must acknowledge the assistance I have received along the way from the community of family history researchers in general, and the distantly, and not so distantly related individuals I have discovered along the way. It has been an absolute joy to expand the family in this way. Their specific contributions will be acknowledged in the appropriate places.
Really last - thanks to Apple for their wonderful iWeb program which made it so easy and so much fun to create this website. However, then, quite inexplicably, they abandoned it. But now thanks to Rage and their Everweb software that has come to the rescue of all of us iWebbers, I am able to recreate anew in the iWeb image. Well I hope so anyway. Fingers crossed!
Updates, News, etc.
Not currently 'live'. The Home page has a section with updates on reconstruction progress.
Do get in touch if you want to know more or if you have any corrections or additions to make. We would love to hear from you. But please forgive me if I do respond to your email straightaway. I do not look at this particular email address as often as I should.
Abbreviations used on this site
b = born
c = christened
m = married
d = died
bu = buried
ca = approximate date
IGI = International Genealogical Index
GRO - Registry office certificate
PR - Parish register
Ce - Census image