Eleanor Shipley Duckett

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If you spend time with medieval history and genealogy, you'll encounter noted scholar and author Eleanor Shipley Duckett.  The name caught my attention because both Shipley and Duckett are prominent names in colonial Maryland genealogy.  (Full disclosure:  I have both Shipley and Duckett ancestors.)  So of course her name caught my attention.

While she spent most of her career in the US, it appears she was English and had no genealogical connections to Maryland.   


She exists on the internet in Wikipedia and on the web site of Smith College, where she taught.  But other than a comment regarding encouragement from her unnamed father, I can find nothing on her ancestry.  

Anyone else care to have a go at it?  She doesn't have a profile yet -- I was going to create one, but wished I at least knew who her parents were first.

Post-script -- thanks, Ros, for the creation of the profile, which is now linked!
WikiTree profile: Eleanor Duckett
in Genealogy Help by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (404k points)
edited by Jack Day

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I'll have a go at creating a profile for her, as part of the mission of the Integrators Project.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
selected by Keith Hathaway
Thanks.  Enjoy!
Profile created, together with her siblings, parents, and paternal grandparents.  Basic profiles only, orphaned and ready for adoption!
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Her parents were Arthur and Fannie (nee Gay)

GRO Reference: 1880  D Quarter in BRIDGWATER  Volume 05C  Page 358

Marriages Mar 1880
DUCKETT Arthur      Barton R.  6a 255
GAY Fannie Louisa S      Barton Regis  6a 255

Couldn't find them on the 1881 census for some reason but here they are in 1891 living in Frome (pronounced 'Froom'). Arthur is a bank manager aged 36 which would have been unusually young for Victorian times (albeit in a small place like Frome).

"England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W595-RW2 : 15 October 2015), Eleanor S Duckett in household of Arthur Duckett, Frome, Somerset, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Somerset county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey

by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
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