Abigail Westwood

Abigail Westwood

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Abigail J. Westwood aka Turowski
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My grandfather was Harold James Bullock, born 1 Apr 1909 in Birmingham. His father, James Bullock, was a "Boarder" in the house of Jemima (Round) Hands - and her daughter, christened Lilian Florence Hands, (sometimes listed in Census "Ellen" ) - was my grandfather's REAL mother. Apparently James Bullock was widowed, and took up with Lilian. My dear grandfather was the happy result. However in the 1911 English Census, Jemima Hands claims to be his mother - though she'd been a widow 4 years!
Linked to Emily Stirk, or Stirks - who married Joshua Clifton in Birmingham, England. Joshua was killed by a drunk driver,while crossing the Birmingham streets, in 1906. My grandmother was only a few months old at the time.
Inherited the titles and lands of the Swillingtons in 13th-century Yorkshire, and titled "Sir Knight, Lord Westwood." However the Hopton family appear to be centered in Shropshire - they even built Hopton Castle in the 1100's. So how and why does Joan Hopton have a son, Thomas Hopton, by Sir Richard Swillington of West Riding, Yorkshire? Thomas was declared legitimate after the death of his half-brother, Sir Roger Swillington - then was Knighted, and made Lord Westwood!

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On 29 Apr 2016 at 23:50 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Abigail

I see that you just did the Pre-1700 Self-Certification. That's great!

Is there a particular time period, location, or topic you're interested in? Maybe you have some historically-significant ancestors?

Let me know. I can help you figure out if there's a project and introduce you to the project leaders.

Thanks for volunteering to work on Pre-1700 profiles along with adding your own family branch to our huge ancestry tree here on WikiTree!!

Dorothy, Volunteer Coordinator

On 31 Jul 2015 at 12:42 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Abi,

I hope you're enjoying WikiTree.

Our vision is to build a collaborative tree. Be sure to look for Duplicates before adding a profile, and always include Sources for your information.

The Help Index covers topics you may have questions about.

Our G2G Forum is where many of our generous members help each other out.

Visit our "Weekend Chat". Say hello, introduce yourself and see what other members are up to right now! http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/168542/weekend-chat-all-members-are-invited-31-july-1-aug-2015

Of course, I'm here to help in any way I’m able.

Keith ~ WikiTree Mentor

On 25 Jul 2015 at 21:39 GMT Jess Wallace wrote:

Welcome Abi,

Thank you for volunteering to help grow our World Wide Family Tree.

You are now a member of the WikiTree Community. Please note we are trying to build one Collaborative Tree which means one profile per person.

Everything on WikiTree is a collaborative work in progress so don’t forget to read and sign our Honor Code. This is what keeps WikiTree a friendly and helpful community.

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Our help pages, top right of profile page, have all sorts of useful information.

Happy Hunting,


On 25 Jul 2015 at 20:47 GMT Abigail Westwood wrote:

My name is Abigail Julie Clifton Westwood. I'm a medical-forensic anthropologist, historian, and also work as an archaeologist. I've worked as a genealogist for descendents of the American Mountain Men, and somehow am now dividing my time between studying behaviors triggered by brain damage - and linking 17th-century Cartiers in Quebec to Swiss immigrants! I'm also tracking my own ancestors. I enjoy documenting the tales they told (many, quite funny!) and the lives they led.

I was born in Birmingham, England. My family were Master Assayers at the Birmingham Assay Office for 200 years. Metals seems to run in the family - my father, Dr. Albert Ronald Clifton Westwood, is a noted metallurgist and member of 5 National Academies of Science. Even Uncle John Obadiah, known entomologist, illustrator, and plant lover, started out etching designs into Silver watches! I live in the States, now, but am focused on genetic trends in families - which strangely, seems linked to career choice, likes and dislikes! Who'd a thunk it?!

On 14 Oct 2014 at 03:55 GMT Bill Sekel Jr wrote:

Hi Abigail,

Welcome as a guest to WikiTree! We're growing a FREE worldwide family tree, striving for ONE collaborative profile for every person.

A couple of suggestions to get you started:

1. Feel free to ask a question at our G2G forum .

2. Our help pages, top right, have all sorts of useful information.

If you would like to contribute, click the volunteer button and leave a comment here on your profile to let our greeters know. You should include a little bit about how you plan to contribute to the tree.

Good luck growing your branches, and thanks for offering to help with our shared tree :)


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