|The source page THE EARLY AUBREY/AWBREY FAMILY IN WALES FROM 1060 TO 1350 provides an explanation regarding the existence of, the lineage of, and circa birth dates of the early Aubrey/Awbrey individuals in Wales.|
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I am interested in the following categories (links now at bottom of profile): Abercynrig, Wales; Awbrey Name Study; Brecknockshire, Wales, and Christ College, Brecon.
I was born in Kleberg County Hospital, Kingsville, Texas and remained there until 1960. Moved to Austin, Texas while in the Army. Moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1973 after being employed by USAA.
I joined the U.S. Army in February, 1960. After basic training, worked in the Battalion Headquarters of the 4th Missile Unit, 7th Artillery at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin, Texas. The unit was a Nike-Hercules missile unit whose role was to protect Strategic Air Command bases. I completed my service in 1963.
- Attended H.M. king High School in Kingsville, Texas - graduated in 1955.
- Graduated with a Business degree from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M at Kingsville) in 1959.
- Did additional undergrad work at University of Texas - Austin, Texas 1963-65 earning teacher certification in secondary education.
- While employed, completed course work to earn the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
- Worked as parts department inventory controller for the Chevrolet dealers while attending high school and college in Kingsville, Texas and while attending the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
- Worked as an underwriting manager for Farmers Ins Group at the Austin, Texas regional office 1965-73.
- Held management positions in various home office staff level Property & Casualty Underwriting units at USAA from 1973 until retirement in 1998.
Insurance industry activities in state auto insurance plans (SAIP):
There is an ongoing effort establish our emigrant ancestor John Awbrey as a Gateway Ancestor. Most of the work has been done by Liz Shifflett. See John Awbrey’s profile and the Awbrey Magna Carta Trail page for the latest information.
I first became interested in Awbrey family history in the 1960s when an aunt and some cousins held several family reunions.
My interest in Awbrey family history became active again in 2014. For several years I had been interested in my wife's research on her Martin and Dooley family genealogy. This included visits to various locations in the U.S. and to Gien, France where her great-great grandfather lived while a member of the French General Assembly.
While planning a trip to Bristol, England in 2014, for more Martin family research, we decided to visit Brecon, Wales, the ancient location of Awbrey ancestors.
That first visit was revealing. I visited Awbrey related sites at Abercynrig Estate, St. Ellwy's Church at Llanelieu, Christ College and Brecon Cathedral. There was much I did not know at that time.
In 2016, a second visit to Brecon and surrounding areas were much more productive due to research that had been done. Visits to additional sites and buildings related to the family were made.
In 2018, a third visit to Brecon was made with my wife, cousin Liz Shifflett, cousin Lauryn Awbrey Maclure and husband Neil. Each of the cousins are descended from emigrant John Awbrey. We stayed a week in the ancient seat of the Awbreys - Abercynrig Manor House and Estate, Brecon, Wales. Visits were made to Awbrey family related sites: Awbrey Chapel/Christ College, Brecon Cathedral, Llanelieu Court, St. Ellwy’s Church, Tredomen, Tretower, Cantref, Crickhowell. Often we were searching the parish churches for Awbrey memorials.
My Awbrey family research has been greatly assisted by books self-published by cousins:
On site research has been done at:
Online research has been very productive with general searches on Google and specific online searches of the National Archives and the National Library of Wales.
Research never stops. What an addiction!
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