Updated 29 Mar 2011

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Hello Greg,
I enjoyed your email so much I have placed it on a separate webpage, together with a scan of the original Ince page 065c that we worked from to make the transcription, see www.wirksworth.org.uk/INC-Dale.htm

In his 1,000 Pedigrees, Thomas Ince usually concentrated on people who lived within 5 miles of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, but sometimes his interests took him further afield, I'm afraid its not immediately obvious what the connection is between the two pedigrees on page 065c.

Brassington is mentioned, its not far from Wirksworth, and people may have come into town to use the services of its church and Ince's law firm. You may find more from Mike Rose on www.brassingtonvillage.org/new_site/history/database.html Keep me posted on your progress.
John Palmer, Dorset, England
Author of Wirksworth website

Ince page 065c

From: Greg Luke
Subject: Ince Pedigrees
Date: 29/03/2011 0938
Hi John,
Firstly thank you very much for the work that you and your team put into transcribing the Ince Pedigrees. What an amazing body of work!
I was almost unable to contain my excitement when I found the site. Among the family trees is that of my ancestors the Dales from Barnsley and Sheffield (Page 065a), although I did not know of the Sheffield connection at the time. I had been able to trace my family back to Thomas Dale and Elizabeth Hague in Barnsley (Nos. 05 and 06 on the chart).
Another amazing thing about the document is that it contains another Dale family, that of Robert (Page 065c). I can't see any connection between the two families from the document, but I have been trying for some years to see if they are linked.
To go back a step or two; the 065c Dales are the family of a famous early explorer here in Western Australia, Ensign Robert Dale, who was here in the 1830s. He is the great grandson of No. 32 on that chart, Robert Dale of London.
Ensign Dale was the first white man to explore the area inland from the Swan River Colony, and several place names associated with his family were given to landmarks he described.
My interest is that my own Dale family lived in the area he explored although they moved there only in the early 1900s from the eastern states. However there is an old family "myth" that we are related to Ensign Dale. He left the colony, retired his commission and set up business as a importer of timber into England from the colony. He died without having any children.
I had been able to trace his ancestry quite well but never found any connection to mine. Imagine the interest the Ince Pedigrees aroused when I saw the 2 families side by side on the website. I have spent quite a while examining them but still can't spot a connection except for their relatively close locations.
Are you aware of any further documentation about the various families in the Ince Pedigrees, that may be able to assist me? Did Ince offer any explanation as to why the different Dale families were of interest to him?
Once again thanks for all your efforts,
Greg Luke
Western Australia

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