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About the study
History of the name
Distribution of the name
Many of the families were agricultural labourers, and as they migrated for work, they can be found in the Medway towns as fishermen, watermen or brickfield workers. In London they are shoe makers and there are some in Manchester in the paper industry. There are many Sellings/Sellens names that seem to originate in Sussex and don't (as yet) seem to be linked with the Kent families.
Emigration saw whole families going to Canada, America and Australia.
I collect data from as many sources as possible, this includes:
- GRO entries for Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 onwards
- UK Census Records 1841 to 1901
- Medway Cityark Archives
- Parish Records
- Memorials, Inscriptions and Commonwealth War Graves Commission