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About the study
The study of the name Twitchett and its various variant spellings is on ongoing delight; frustrating at times but oh, the joy of breaking through those inevitable brick walls!
Findings are published in our periodic newsletter, 'Fathers Footsteps'.
The majority of Twitchetts, wherever their immediate and recent generations are located, will trace back to the Essex/Suffolk border country. To date we have traced the East London lines back to Braintree, Essex in the 1690's;the South London, Blackpool and Durham lines back to Shimpling in the 1660's via Clare and Cavendish in Suffolk and Ashen in Essex; the Yorkshire lines back to Thetford. One young Twitchett of Yorkshire descent was orphaned at an early age and sent out to Canada so we have Canadian cousins as well. The South London lines also have many Antipodean relatives following the transportation of Joseph Twitchett to Tasmania in 1838 for sheep stealing. Joseph was my great great grandfather and it was when I was researching his death so far away from home that I found the connection linking the majority of Suffolk/Essex Twitchetts!
Historical occurrences of the name
Two young Twitchetts from the East London line served on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar as powder monkeys.
Archdeacon Cyril Twitchett, Chaplain to King George VI.
Professor Denis Crispin Twitchett (1925 - 2006), British Sinologist specializing in Chinese History.
My afore-mentioned ancestor, Joseph, survived a gruelling voyage to Tasmania as a Transportee on the barque 'Lord William Bentinck'. Perhaps this should come under the heading of 'Infamous' but I include it here to give an insight into the social climate of the day. His family was hungry and he stole two lambs to feed them! His wife and two younger sons were 'assisted' to join him in Tasmania by the Parish Council of the day. It was obviously more economic to pay their fare than to give long-term parish relief!
General Register Office All Twitchett entries for Births, Marriages and Deaths since 1837 have been recorded.
London Parish Registers Extensive entries for Twitchett from c 1600.
Pedigrees Various pedigrees submitted by other Twitchett researchers have been consolidated into one data base from which extracts can be made.
Parish Records Extensive entries for Twitchett from c 1580
Data is available on application to me via the links below.