Wool & Weavers in 17th Century Wiltshire

18th January 2017

My earliest proven ancestor John Thornton born 1651 of Netton . Update: No such record can be found but thornton / ThornEtons have been found in the nearby  Bourne Valley in the village records of the Winterbournes, these lines have since been connected . He was church warden of All Saints Durrington his grave marker can be found adjacent to the church. The parish registers, dating from 1591, other than those in current use, are held in the Wiltshire Family History Society.

All Saints Durrington Wilts.

It is reasonable to conclude that he was a noteable in the parish, by both his position in the church and a having a headstone erected. His occupation is recorded as a weaver, as was his son Edward who probably inherited his father’s loom.

The wool trade the major portion of Wiltshire’s economy and wealth from earlier times . In the 17th Century

Tom Thornton’s Genealogy Vault Update

18 April 2017
Tom Thornton’s  Genealogy Vault update
Today I completed the initial build of the Munley Branch.
There are no charts included at present as I consider the best way to implement these . For now at least you can read the underlying stories while I continue to add the remaining family groups 🙂
Visit often : www.tom-thornton.ca
“The road to success is always under construction “

Qick & Easy Web Builder 4 – Awsome!

3 April 2017

Quick & Easy Web builder 4 – Mac, Linux & Windows

I downloaded this software ( http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/ ) about week ago as I was frustrated by the limitations of WSIWYG Website software.

I am now halfway through constructing my Family History website using it. Once I got to grips with the idea of drag & drop objects onto a page and using the inspector function to customise everything to my liking the project progressed very quickly & smoothly. There is a very good built in manual ,which I found helpful, but most helpful is the online tutorials created by the creator found here :

These I only discovered after contacting Pablo the author and they go into greater detail than the Manual.

I am a graphic oriented person so this program suits my style of working and there seems to no longer any need to learn anything but basic code.


Searching .pdf files Mac – Family History etc.

19th Jan 2017

SKIM .PDF Tool for Mac.

Plunging again into Thornton Family history in Wiltshire UK. I have just purchased and downloaded two CDs of data from the Wiltshire Family History Society sales point – Genfair. These are massive .pdf files of over 11,000 pages . which raises the question is there a search tool to avoid scrolling through the entire document ?.
For my Mac I found “SKIM” and tried it  is Awsome !!

Skim is a viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files, intended for easy reading and studying PDF documents.
You can search PDF files, bookmark them, add notes, highlight sections, and take “snapshot” for easy reference. Skim can also open PostScript (PS) files, converting them to PDF.
In addition, with Skim you can fully concentrate on reading the PDF file in a powerfull full screen mode, or give full screen presentations of your PDF file.


Thorntons of Wiltshire Eastern Avon & Bourne Valleys

17th Dec 2016

I am seeking help with my families history . I have researched them to 1651 a John Thornton the Church Warden and a weaver in Netton. Just recently I discovered an earlier Thornton group in the Bourne Valley just a couple of miles East . As yet I have not been able to connect them directly with the larger Avon group who were strung along the river from Amesbury south to Downton area.
Detailed in “Spring of The Pond

I look forward to sharing information with any “Thornton cousins” .

So far we have:
John Thornton was in the parish of Netton in Wiltshires Avon Valley and a Church warden and Weaver. He was born in 1651 and presumed married before 1672 when his son Edward was born he died 1763. Edward married Martha Fox prior to 1714 and they had a son Thomas Thornton born 1714 – d 1802. Edward like his father was a Church Warden and his occupation is recorded as a weaver.
Thomas Thornton 1714 – 1802 married Ann Whitethorn together they had two sons Thomas born 1758 and John Thornton 1768 1833. John married Harriet Early ? – D 1845 they produced the following issue :
  • Edward 1801 – ?
  • Anne 1802
  • Thomas 1804
  • John 1805
  • Robert 1807
  • Mary Flemming 1809
  • Thomas 1811
  • James 1814
Thomas Thornton 1758  ( my Grt.Grt.Grt Grand father ) -married Ann Pikeand their son Thomas Thornton was born 1799 he in turn married Jane 1800 -1876 and lived and died in Plaitford Wilts.
From here we follow these two lines of interest. The one, John above, remained in the Avon Valley the other migrated across the New Forest into Hampshire in stages to Owslebury where I was born in 1941.

Any and all help will gratefully and thankfully received .

Thorntons of the Bourne Valley Wiltshire
1550 – 1700

Richard Thorneton m 14thAug.1560 – spouse Joanne Payne
**George Thornton Ch. 1 st July 1580 Winterbourne Gunner – father Thomas Thornton
& Joan Thornton d 25 aug 1606 Winterbourne Dantsy – spouse Richard Thornton
Allice Thorneton m. 20thJuly 1607 -spouse George Hedd
% Ann Thornton ch. 1 June 1609 Winterbourne Dantsey – father George Thornton
Thomas Thornton d 15 jan 1610 Everley wilts
% Jane Thornton ch 19thDec 1610 Winterbourne Dantsey – father George Thornton
% Ann Thornton ch. 28 Mar 1613 Winterbourne Dantsey – father George Thornton
Richard Thornton ch. 1618 Winterbourne Dantsey – father George Thornton
& Richard Thornton d. 25thSept. 1623 Winterbourne Dantsey
Edward Thornton ch 22 Jan 1625 Winterbourne Dantsey father George mother Jane
Thomas Thornton d 1625 Salisbury
Richard Thornton ch 31 Jan 1645 Winterbourne d
antsy father Richard mother Christian
George Thornton d. 15 Mar 1649 Winterbourne Dantsey
% Jane Thornton d 2 Nov 1661 Winterbourne Dantsey
* Mary Thornton ch.7 Jan 1668 Winterboune Gunner – father George Thornton mother Margaret
John Thornton b. 15 Sept1662 Winterbourne Dantsey – father Richard Thornton mother Christian
john Thornton d 29 June 1668 Salisbury
*John Thornton ch 11 Nov1670 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Margaret
# Edward Thornton ch 30 April 1676 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Margaret
John Thornton d 6 Sept 1675 Salisbury
Elizabeth Thornton m 6 July 1682 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse Walter Brownjohn
@ George Thornton m 4 July 1683 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse Mary Carter
# Edward Thornton m. 9 June 1684 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse Sapientia Boles
@ Edward Thornton ch. 9 July 1685 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
Alice Thorneton m.24 Oct 1685 Winterboune Gunner- spouse William Boles father Henry Boles
Mother of Bride Allice Thorneton
@ George Thornton ch 23 Sept 1686 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
@ Thomas Thornton ch 12 Dec 1689 Winterboune Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
* Mary Thornton m. 14 July 1692 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse William Rook
@ Mary Thornton ch. 30 April 1693 Winterbourne Gunner – father George mother Mary
*John Thornton m. 6 Aug 1694 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse Mary Brown
@ Edward Thornton ch 29 Nov 1695 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
@ William Thornton ch30 July 1699 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
@John Thornton ch 18 June 1703 Winterbourne Gunner – father George Thornton mother Mary
Edward Threaten m 14Oct 1701 Salisbury St. Edmunds -spouse Martha fox
@Mary Thornton m. 25 May 1718 Winterbourne Gunner – spouse Richard Dounton

Kate in Haida Gwaii

Canada Day- 1st. July 2016

Google map view – Sky-As Island is the larger one of the two shown here just off the beach near the Haida Heritage Centre.

Sky-As Island Haida Gwaii BC Canada


Looking at Sky-As Island – Queen Charlotte Islands

from the Reserve

Many of you will know Dave and Jacquie Hambidge , what you probably don’t know is this story . Jacquie Smith , as she was when we both lived in Barton Stacey in Hampshire during the 1960’s . Jacquie worked at the village Post Office right across from our house . Almost next door to the shop was Pitt Trailers factory where my Dad and her Dad worked as carpenter and welder . Along comes a boy who was good looking , bold , cheeky and likeable who was so dazzled by the girl behind the Post Office counter that although he did not smoke he bought packets of cigarettes so that he could gaze upon her beauty . They later married of course, and she became Mrs. Jacquie Hambidge and was whisked off to far flung BC Canada . I knew Dave only briefly when we both worked at Pitts .

Our paths have crossed many times after I also immigrated to BC Canada in 1967 and where Dave and Jacquie became close friends of my sister Kate and husband Jacques .

Dave and Jacquie now are retired living in Winchester UK.  They recently visited us here in Parksville as part of a 50th year anniversary tour of friends , people and places they enjoyed during their time in Canada. One of the first places Dave worked was in the logging camp off the BC coast in the Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii , which they again visited as part of their recent tour.

Kate had frequently voiced a desire to visit the “Charlottes” – Well now she has , thanks the thoughtfulness of Dave . Dave took with him on his visit a picture of Kate which he set on a cedar board under a protective covering . This he placed on the beach at the reserve looking out the small island named “Sky-As”.

Kate at Peace

Thank you David !

On this coming Sunday there will also be a gathering on Vancouver Hill , Penticton overlooking the tennis courts on Okanagan Lake where Kate so much enjoyed playing her favoured sport . Kate’s memorial bench will be whetted in the company of her many friends .

ByeBye Kate

January 22 at 7:21am ·

Bye Bye Kate

Such a sad Day

My wonderful friend Kate Passed away today.
It was 1964. I was on my way to the Village shop, Across the narrow road from the Village shop a vision bound up through the garden gate and onto the road, hair very short like a Mary Quant, an elegant dress in that sixties style tight at the top and a little flair out from the waist. Hello, she said! as she opened the door to a gleaming Jaguar and sat down next to her future husband Jacques. Kate sped away not to be seen again by me for years. I turned left up the stairs to the Village shop and paused for a moment at the door. The shop was old and had double fronted windows bordering the central shop door. what would I say to the girl inside? I need to impress her. Jacquay was at the back of the shop, I plucked up the courage, 10 Craven A ( cigarettes ) please, For heavens sake I didn’t even smoke, how pathetic.
It did the trick though and later she would become my Wife.
Some years later on a trip down to Penticton from our logging Camp on the Queen Charlottes Islands ( Haida Gwaii ) Jacquay and I stopped in to visit Kate and Jacques. It was the winter of 69/70 It happened to be the coldest winter in the Valley for some time. the Lake was frozen from Penticton north as far as the eye could see. Two tug boats and their large barge of railroad cars were stuck in the ice.
We stayed in there little Cabin on Lower bench Rd, in an Orchard that belongs to the Schwank’s. The Cabin was tiny but Kate had it looking fantastic. That first night the temperatures dropped like a stone. The Cabin walls were paper thin with no insulation, Ice started to build up on the inside of our bedroom wall. we were freezing! we got up and dressed in everything we had and jumped back into bed. The temperature by now had dropped so low, there came a bang like a shot from a gun, going off just outside, then another. It was so cold the Apple trees were exploding and they were being split down the middle with a frightening noise.
O what parties we had in those days when we were young and fit, We danced all night at Phil locks Stone house on the lower bench. At the party’s, we had, I used to flirt a little bit with the ladies, just sometimes. ( ok all the time ) Kate would scold me. and remind me Jacquay was there.
We had dinner parties at some awesome Restaurants, The Nineteen Twelve at Kaledon. The Squire in Naramata, where you had to order your dinner a week in advance. The Queers place on Naramata Rd, In those days we didn’t call them Gay. It was the two Queers, David, and Reggie, wonderful guys that put on the best of food and service in a Great old house.
Kate was a great planner, she had me booked into everything she thought I had to do. Learning cross country skiing in Kaleden, our teacher was a wonderful guy from Norway. In no time, we were learning how to wax our skis, and perfecting our Telemark turns.
Idly watching TV was something Kate abhorred. She was a wonderful cook, we all enjoyed her meals while looking out of the window onto that wonderful lake view. If Kate had a spare moment she would dive into some kind of art or craft work.
One evening in the 70s, just after work she called me. Jacques was away at Mica Dam working his butt off. Hey, David I need you to come and see an old Heritage House up on Middle bench Rd. Tell me what you think?. I pulled into the driveway of the house. . Kate was already there and looking at the view. The moment I got out of the car I was sold! O that view, Wow this had to be the place. The house didn’t let us down either, a beautiful heritage home in need of some repair. I didn’t realize how much at the time.
Jacques came home from Mica Dam and threw himself into renovating the house and turning it into a palace. Everyone benefited from efforts they both made to that amazing house. great parties great food, great swimming in the new swimming pool. Lazy hot nights out under the Stars, a glass of wine in hand looking down on the lights of Penticton reflecting in the Lake.
Sometimes when Kate couldn’t sleep due to the pain, she would message me In England. Just a couple of months ago she was babysitting her grandchildren. Sleep was absent again for her. It was early morning, I was fast asleep but didn’t mind one bit to be woken up. We text back and forth, she reminded me in no uncertain terms, David, the four of us, we should have built that Vineyard, I know I said. We could have done it. Vineyards were just taking off in the seventies, and she knew of a hillside on the East side of the Lake, not far along the Naramata rd that was going cheap. The orchard was shot, old cherry trees I think! and it would make a great Vineyard. Kate was right we should have tried. Hell, I had only just got back from Italy with a container load of Vineyard Equipment. I was in at the forefront of the Vineyard explosion that swept the Valley. I sold loads of equipment up and down the Valley, to Viticulturists. Bugger she was right we should have tried. On lots of things, Kate was ahead of the curve.
Kate never put up with my youthful arrogance, always put me in my place. Many times stopping me, from making a fool of myself.
Although I wasn’t introduced to Kate until 69, Kate, Jacques, Jacquay and myself all came from that same area of England from the same time with the same culture, we knew each other, we didn’t need to speak to know what the other was thinking.
Before Canada, I worked with her Dad Tom and her brother Tom 2 in The little village of Barton Stacey. I went to the same school as Her brother Michael.
My life and that of Kate’s friends will never be the same without her. I will miss you so much my old friend, forgive me for my tears, I am just a little broken.
Love David H

Thank you Dave a fitting tribute to my lovely sister.


Valentine’s at 75

17th Feb 2016

Married 35years @ age 75 and our mutual affection, love and caring are at the very core of our lives.

Cards and flowers just don’t say it .
Nor does dining out in noise places , having to shout across a small table isn’t intimacy either.

Instead for Valentine’s my love brought me love on plate . A Rack of Lamb served with new potatoes fresh carrots and sweet peas and something very special .  A Grand Cru St. Emilion -2007

Oh! What memorable meal !
Oh! What a delightful surprise !
Oh! What a delightful Lady !
Oh! my love I Thank you !
Oh my Valentine !
Oh ! I love you !

BBC – Horizons & BBC iPlayer go International

20th May ’14





We are able to watch BBC TV programing via the BBC iPayer using a VPN. Now the BBC have launched two services to countries other than UK. The new BBC International iPlayer is an internet subscription for about $8/month service. This being about the same us the cost of the VPN Astrill that I have used for the past couple of years.

BBC iPlayer – https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3381198216740402850#editor/target=post;postID=2778686764699917487

I download programs of interest on the MacBookPro and watch them later on the big screen via Apple TV.

BBC Horizons  – http://www.bbc.com/specialfeatures/horizonsbusiness/
Scroll down the page to see the App. download link.

About Horizons

Watch on BBC World News:
Saturdays – 01:30 and 08:30 GMT
Sundays – 15:30 and 21:30 GMT
The fourth series charts a new voyage of discovery to the four corners of the globe. We critically review the cutting-edge science and emerging technologies that could radically shape our future, disrupt the status quo, and alter the way people live and work in the decades ahead.
Horizons puts the spotlight on innovations that could transform our global business environment, change whole industries and alter our social landscape. The series highlights disruptive technologies, evaluates their potential, before they begin to exert their powers on the global economy and society at large.
Science and innovation is moving so rapidly, and in so many directions, it’s a daunting prospect, that’s why Horizons aims to cut through the noise and assess the potential impact of major rapidly advancing areas of technology.
Some of the latest discoveries always surprise us from digital lasers to 4D-printing, new fuels from seaweed to urine powered robots. In this series we highlight many new frontiers where high impact inventions are making a real difference.
We also call on some of mankind’s greatest minds to bring these discoveries to life.
Enjoy !

Hospice Training – Recording Oral Histories .

2nd May 2013

This became a natural extension of the Elder Collage course I took last fall on recording oral histories.  I offered Oceanside Hospice Society the opportunity to have someone to record oral histories for people at near end of life.  A requirement for working with vulnerable people such as Hospice clients is to obtain RCMP clearance and by take the training course run annually.
I am now in week three and enjoying the process – opening up and exercising the other side of my brain 🙂

Having completed the training I have connected with several elderly people in the community who wish to record their own story. I am doing this in video format so as to avoid the tedium of being involved in all that typing and proof reading 🙁

I shoot a head & shoulders ( news reader style) and through the magic of Final Cut Pro X Apple’s NL editing software I can overlay this footage with additional images that I can capture of the client’s memorabilia such as photos or photos of objects described .

Concurrently within the Oceanside Hospice Society is a “Before I Die ” http://beforeidie.cc – project , which will see two board locations set up one in Qualicum on the Beach and  the other at the Boardwalk in Parksville tomorrow. I am making a video recording of the week long event .
Before I Die Video link –