Dear Amanda. It is sooo cool what you are doing. I am so sorry to hear about your fiance's parents splitting up. Thank the Lord I have never had to go through that. Confirmed bachellor at nearly 42 (but with a new lady in my life so maybe my bit of the family tree won't be a dead end after all. Watch this space!!). Well here is a big WELCOME to the family! Ok so here is the news. I have gene on our family tree b 29 May 1976 (boy is he young!!) Son of Charles Francis Hannington b Bristol england 26 Oct 1953 m Margaret Kennett at Wagin WA Nov 1972. Charles Francis Father was James Dodsworth Hannington whom I met in the 60s when I was a very young boy. I remember going with my Godmother (Elizabeth Hannington) to see the calves on one of the family farms in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. James Dodsworth was born at Swindon on 4 Oct 1914 m Rachel Gwendolen Barkworth (b 24 June 1915) at Felixstowe in Suffolk. James Dodsworth was the son of Robert Arthur George Hannington b 1883 d 1937 m Ithiel Le Feuvre at Bitterne Southampton (Ithiels family are connected with the Mainguy family whose hugenot ancestors could trace their descent to the Dukes of Normandy and William the Conqueror!!!! Robert Arthur george was the son of Joseph Hannington the brother of Bishop James Hannington (Bishop and Martyr) who is my great grandfather. You see, we are cousins!!! Joseph Hannington was very much involved in Christian missionary work like his more famous brother James. Joseph was born in Hurstpierpoint Sussex in 1850 and married Kate Chamberlin at Norwich. Josephs father was Charles Smith Hannington of St Georges, Hurstpierpoint (a fine Georgian mansion recently converted into flats). Charles Smith's father was Smith Hannington the founder of the famous Hannington's of Brigton department shop which traded from 1808 to 2001. Smith Hannington's father was Charles Hannington who married Mary Meopham (the Meophams were supposedly an old Saxon family and in fact Simon de Meopham was archbishop of Canterbury in the 14th century). Charles father was John whose father was John whose father was John. All the Johns were living in Portslade (a small coastal vilalge in Sussex, just west of Brighton). The earliest known ancestor I can connect youwith is John Hannington of PortsladeHe paid haerth tax in 1662 and died in 1687 and lefta widow Mary and he had at least 5 children: John, Thomas, Mary Samuel and Edward. I hope this is of interest to you. There is more which perhaps I can send to you. I have photographs of robert Arthur George and James Dodsworth. I have photos of paintings of Charles, Smith and Charles Smith. Just missing Joseph at present. I really hope this helps. You little girl has a great tradition. God Bless her and you two. Your cousin Chris Hannington
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