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Burton Family Mysteries

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Location: Leicestershire, England, UKmap
Surnames/tags: Burton Wardle Gandy
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According to Carolyn Frances Gooden, great-granddaughter of Henry Burton and Frances Earp, of Leicestershire, England (whose daughters married into Wardle, Gandy, and Gooden families, this couple's descendants included the following people who have not yet been located:

1) A woman who married a timber merchant who lived on the Isle of Man, so that he wouldn't have to pay taxes. This woman would need to be either a granddaughter or great-granddaughter of Henry Burton and Frances Earp.

2) "One of the younger ones raised butterflies, in the South of England, which he sold to collectors. He also raised silk worms and made silk, and some of his silk was used to make Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown."

Silk for Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown, according to Wikipedia, came from the Lullingstone Silk Farm in Kent. Kent is a county in Southest England, which geographically fits Frances Gooden's story. However, Zoe Dyke (6 February, 1896 – 12 February, 1975), who started Lullingstone Silk farm, was neither descended from Henry Burton and Frances Earp nor married to a descendant of Henry Burton and Frances Earp. So the "one of the younger ones" who raised butterflies and silk worms would have to be someone who worked for Lullingstone Silk Farm and perhaps also raising butterflies at Lullingstone Castle, rather than someone who created his own butterfly and silk worm business. And it would likely be a great-grandchild of Henry Burton and Frances Earp (a second cousin to Frances Gooden), to be of working age at the time that Queen Elizabeth II married. Discovering which great-grandchild or great-grandchildren wound up in Kent (where Lullingstone Silk Farm was located) would help. By this generation, Burton descendants still in England had many surnames, including but not limited to: Broadley, Burton, Crowle-Smith, Gandy, Smith, and Wardle.

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