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Horrells in England
Posted by: Ken Murray Date: March 31, 2000 at 15:35:06
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I am researching HORELLs (and various alternate spellings) in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Devon, but mostly in the Wiltshire villages of Long Newnton, Oldbury on the Hill, and Charlton (near Malmesbury).

My HAREWELL ancestors often spelled their names as HORELL, HORRIL, HORWELL etc and there is a strong possibility that we are descended from this gent, whose spelling seemed to change with the seasons (or the parish clerks!):-

OLDBURY ON THE HILL, GLOUCS. Parish registers:-
Charles Horwell m Frances Sutton 22/10/1739
Betty Horwell. d. of Charles H. & Frances c. 25/11/1740

LONG NEWNTON, WILTSHIRE (now in Gloucestershire) parish registers:-
1742 Jan 16 Mary d.o. Charles & Frances Horell
1744 Sep 16 John s.o. Charles & Frances Horell
1745 Jul 28 Mary d.o. Charles Harewell & Frances his wife
1747 May 10 Alice d.o. Charles Harewell & Frances his wife
1748 Sep 11 Martha d.o. Charles Harewell (comonly called Horell)
& Frances his wife
1749 Oct 1 Zebulon s.o. Charles Horell & Frances his wife
1750 Jul 30 Charles Horrill buried. An Affidavit.

That 1748 note "commonly called Horell" is revealing. It appears our HAREWELLs were actually HORELLs.

Is anyone else on the list researching this family or this area? There is almost certainly a connection with another HORRELL family in the village of Charlton Wilts, near Malmesbury, and we have found several "strays" in Tetbury, Crudwell and Hankerton. Other family names include CHAPEL/CHAPPLE and BRACE.

I would also greatly appreciate any information or book titles about the history of Charlton or Long Newnton.


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