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(origin: Celtic and Gaelic) From dreas and coill, a thicket of briars, the place of wild roses.

The Fisher Family

My husband's Fisher line goes back to the early 1700s in Somerset, where his 5th gt grandfather, William Fisher, was a Stonemason in the small quaint village of Charlton Mackrell. It is interesting to note here that from this William Fisher born about 1740, the first names of William and Charles, were used alternately down the Fisher line to his own father who was a Charles Fisher. My husband carries the William as a second name, and our son has Charles as his second name. So the thread has not been broken for 268 yrs!

The Fisher family can trace their ancestors back to the ancient territories of the British Isles between the 11th and 12th centuries. Their ancestral roots go back to Norman origin, and first appeared in ancient medieval records in Warwickshire.

From very early on, the Fisher family not only held lands and estates in the British Isles but were also actively allied with other influential families. They also branched out into other territories and holdings, before taking the long voyage to the new world.

The Driscoll Family

I had no idea that I had an ancestor of Irish birth until I did some research on my 2nd gt grandmother Hannah Maria Walton who married Samuel Goodby in 1857. Her parents were George Walton and Jane Frances Driscoll. Jane always stated in census records that she was born in London. It was not until 2000 that I found out she was actually born in Kinsale, Co Cork in 1809 and was married in Kinsale in 1827.

I have known about this couple since I first started my research and because of that, they are very dear to my heart. I knew that George was in the 95th Rifles, later the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, and served at the Battle of Waterloo, as I had found his Army Records on microfilm. I have been very fortunate to have other descendents who were willing to share their information about dear old George, and now I have some very precious records of him and some copies of paintings of him. You can see George on the Old Photos page.

Few, if any, families have been so continuously and exclusively associated with the territory of their origin as the Driscolls or O'Driscolls. They belong to Co. Cork. At first they were concentrated in south Kerry but pressure by the O'Sullivans drove them eastwards and they settled then around Baltimore in south-west Cork. There they remained, though pressure by the O'Mahonys and O'Donovans further reduced the extent of their territory.

In 1460 the chief of the sept founded the Franciscan monastery there. Their eponymous ancestor was Eidersceoil, the surname being  Oh Eidersceoil, later corrupted to O Drisceoil. Eidersceoil, who was born about 910 A.D., was descended from Lughaidh Laidhe the principal progenitor of the Corca Laoidhe clan. This clan or group name was applied to that part of Co. Cork embraced by the diocese of Ross. The many septs comprised in it can be seen by reference to the Munster map showing the locations of the families. The territorial importance of the O'Driscolls waned in the seventeenth century, but many of their leading men were prominent in the army of James II in Ireland.

The Dineley Family

The Dineley family is descended from Francis Dineley d.1624 who nobly descended from the ancient family of Dineleys or Dingleys of Lancashire, going back to King Edward III. I am connected to the Dineley family on two lines; Caroline Dineley, a 2nd gt grand aunt, and Emma Dineley, wife of a 1st cousin 3x removed. Caroline and Emma are half sisters with the same father. The more recent families populated the towns of Peopleton and Cropthorne in Worcestershire, where many graves and edifices are found inside and outside of the churches of those villages. The tomb of Francis Dineley and his wife Elizabeth in Cropthorne Church is quite elaborate and around the base are depictions of their 19 children. The coat of arms to the left is a photo taken from the tomb.

Dineley coat of arms
The Firkins Family

My Firkins line on my maternal side of the tree, hails from Eckington in Worcestershire. The word "firkin" is an old English unit of volume. It is possible that it has derived from this idea, but I have not been able to find any information regarding the origin of the name. However, it is of the English language, originating in England. A little research has revealed that only about 9 people in one million carry the surname Firkins. In the UK in the 1881 census, 261 people carried the surname, whilst currently there are 403.

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