|Sarah Catterall (née Hooper- Gilvear) 20th June
Hi Paul. many thanks for your thoughts on this. I have recently seen a claim that the Hooper line came from a John Hooper who was a son of Bishop Hooper ??
I am related to the Hoopers of Boveridge and Salisbury, a branch of which ended up in Kelso, America, London and Bristol. Perhaps I am related to your wife ??
Is her tree in Ancestry??
regards Sarah Catterall née Hooper Gilvear
|Paul Mulle 15th June
Several years ago, I broke the golden rule of working backwards, and concentrated on finding out as much as I could about the Bishop Hooper himself, who my wife’s family, like yours, believed that they descend from. He had married Anna T’Serclaes a Catholic Belgian lady from an aristocratic family. They had two children Rachel and Daniel. When the Bishop was imprisoned in 1554, Anna and the children fled to the Rhine region, along with many other exiles. Sadly, by 1556 all three of them had died of the plague.
There is no other record of the Bishop fathering children, although in one letter he wrote to Heinrich Bullinger, a leading Reformer in Zurich, he does express concern at his enjoyment of the life of old Riley he enjoyed at the Court of King Henry VIII. He was close to Catherine Parr, who was not as staid as she has been portrayed to be, but I was never able to to find evidence of hanky panky, although in general terms it was a period of anything goes.
Countless Hooper families all over the world hold this belief of descendancy from the Bishop, which because of the vast numbers could never have been physically possible in toto. But, as described above, on known facts, it is not true for anyone.
My wife’s Hoopers are mainly from Somerset and Gloucester, from the towns of Bath, Wells, and the Bristol and Gloucester areas.
Please do not hesitate to ask more if you wish.
|Bill White - Cardiff, S. Glamorgan - 27th May, 2018
I am trying to trace my grandmother's relative, and came across a marriage certificate which gave my grandmother's birth names as Elizabeth Anne, born in 1892. Her father's name was John Clark, and her mother's name was Florence Louisa Clark, formerly Jones. Her birth was registered 13 December 1892, registrar's name was Annie J Chapman, registration district Axbridge,
Anybody looking for their family tree in Wrington ? ..