Since I got home from my holiday three weeks ago I have been distracted from the Warburton One-Name Study. Amongst other things I have decided to change my internet supplier, and that involves changing my email address(es). You have probably noticed I have more that one, but may main address will change from email@example.com to:
Please update your records. The old addresses will continue for a few more weeks, but I shall try not to send emails from them. Links from this website should already be updated.
I have also bought myself a new computer, and handed my old one over to my wife, so have been busy doing that. Things never work as smoothly as planned so it always takes longer that expected.
I have a pile of things I was working on before I went on holiday and I hope to get back to those shortly. Meanwhile three things of note are worth mentioning.
Firstly David Miller commented on a new Warburton book by Dr Mike Nevell and some of his students at Salford University. Its full title is Warburton: Glimpses of Rural Life: the Archaoelogy and History of a Cheshire Village. As the title suggests it is about the village, not people bearing the name. An article from the Messenger, including places where the book can be purchased for £10.00, can be found here. If anyone reads the book they might like to comment on it.
Secondly I have had some 12 marker STR DNA results. I have posted previously on a cheaper technique for checking if someone belongs to the Lancashire or Cheshire groups. The 12 marker test is used to see if a match is possible, and if so it is confirmed with a single marker SNP test. The combined cost is less than a 37 marker test, though if subsequently a 37 marker test is needed, and 12 marker test plus 37 marker upgrade is a little more expensive.
Two results were from the Coppenhall clan. One proved I should check the tree more carefully first. The lack of a match was explained because the Warburton name was passed via an unmarried female back in the 19th century. I tried again with a different line and got a match, not with the Cheshire group, but with a geographically close, but previously unmatched result. The common ancestor is not obvious from the known trees so he must have lived some time ago. I am upgrading the test to 37 markers to confirm the match and estimate when the common ancestor might have lived.
I also had a result from the Edenfield clan where I hope to show a match with the Lancashire group. The result was inconclusive in that it matched 3 markers where (most of) the Lancashire clan have a less common result, but it didn’t match 2 other markers. I have ordered the Z343 SNP test that confirms Lancashire group membership but the result could go either way.
Finally I had a communication from Farrukh Hussein who is writing a book on the first Anglo-Afghan war. This resulted in a discussionon Shah jean Begum and her relationship and marriage to Colonel Robert Warburton, and whether the Begum’s first son Jan Dad Khan, later John Paul Warburton (aka Button Sahib) was in fact Robert’s natural son. As a result I became aware of a book, Hostage in Afghanistan by Peter Collister. I managed to get a cheap copy from Amazon, but have only read passages, including a description of how Robert abducted the Begum, and the fact she also had 2 daughters by her first husband. This may be worth a fuller post in due course, but meanwhile anyone interested in this story may find the book interesting.