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Re: Dewberry in UK
Posted by: Simon Dubrey (ID *****9526) Date: June 13, 2002 at 00:09:22
In Reply to: Re: Dewberry in UK by Sarah Dewberry of 505

Dear Various Group members
This a bit of a group reponse to several messages posted - hope it makes some sense.
I was fascinated to see a message about Daniel Fountain Dubery in Hertfordshire, and also the message about Wandsworth (Huguenot cemetery and centre of industry for Huguenots on the River Wandle which runs into the Thames) in South London (to those unfamiliar living in the US).
I am a DUBREY, although I have no doubt I was at one time a Dubery, Dewbery, Dewberry and several other variations on the theme. I have seen Certificates and Parish records in which the spelling is different on the same bit of paper. It is fairly obvious that most of these people could not write (some have simply made their mark) and therefore it was phonetically transcibed by the Vicar, Priest or whoever recorded the details
I have from the Society of Geneologists in London, local Mormon Church and Family History Societies, determined that my Great Great Great Great grandfather was William Dubery (baptised July 8th 1764) and he married Fanny ( I have to assume Frances) FOUNTAIN (baptised Aug 5th 1770) on March 24th 1788. They had a son called Thomas Fountain Dubrey (Born July 18th 1790).

To start at the other end my Father is Peter Dubrey, my grandfather Rendle Dubrey born March 1894), great grandfather Edward Dubrey (born 20th nov 1865), great great grandfather James (born Sept 21st 1837), great great great grandfather William Duberry (bap 23rd May 1802) and his father was William who married Fanny as above. I think his father (William) was also called William.

In addition to this I have about 150 other Dubrey, Dubery, Duberry, Dewberry names and relationships - I am in the process of trying ot fit it all together. I know every DUBREY in the UK, but am particularly interested in the Hertfordshire DUBERY link. It was always said that we had originated from Hatfield in Hertfordshire and that one of the Dubrey or Dubery ancestors was called Dan (short for Daniel). They were supposed to have been straw workers/plaiters.

My family seem actually to have been centred on the village of Aston Clinton in the County of Buckinghamshire (North west of London), with some coming from Herts and finally moving towards North (Barnet) and North west London. Prior to this, ie, pre about 1740 the Duberry/Dubrey/Dewberry name etc etc seems to shift to Kent and is a bit more scattered.

Does anyone have a documented or 'fairly firm' connection with a Huguenot (French or similar) immigrant to the UK where the name has changed, what was the date and where were they living

I would be very interested in any information on the UK side (for the moment) - it is such a huge job once you start. I would like to try and find out if these people were originally Huguenots. I do know that my great grandfather was Plymouth Brethren which was fairly strict Protestant group who seem to have died out.

I look forward to seeing your replies, any info gratefully received.

All the best, Simon Dubrey (Born 1955)


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