This Newsletter was the first to be issued and it had no pictures nor other embellishments. There are one or two minor presentation adjustments to bring it into line with latter editions but the basic text remains the same.
As a record it shows how the first pieces of CUF(F)LEY information was distributed with the annual Christmas cards.
Since my early researches into the family history (1966) as something to do in my lunch hour; I was working at St. Paul’s Churchyard at the time; the seeking after information has meant that I1ve contacted a lot of Cuf(F)ley’s. All have given some information while raising as many questions (if not more) as they've solved for me. It's always been my intention to keep them informed of the progress into the Family History. Now I've set out this Newsletter as the easy way out of letting you all know something of our backgrounds.
The simplest way to give you some idea of the family will be to give a short biography of each generation on my direct line noting other members of the family as I go.
My Grandfather was William Cufley born 1890 at Charlton he married Sarah Morrell in 1915 at Woolwich and had four sons. He was a Labourer in the Royal Arsenal then a Coil Winder.
Henry Benjamin Cufley
was born in 1845 at
The previous three generations can become confusing in that they were all Johns.
(12) was baptised in 1817 at St. Andrews Church Enfield he married
Sarah Ann Taylor from
An interesting article under the title "Jim Shaw" by Henry Mayhew originally published in 1851 as 'London Labour and the London Poor' and more recently reprinted as 'Mayhew's Characters' refers to Enfield as a kind of headquarters for ratketchers. Jim Shaw describes "the poor people who supply me with rats are what you may call barn-door labouring poor, for they are the most ignorant people I ever came near." "Really you would not believe people could live in such ignorance." He also reported that, "From Enfield I have a great quantity (of rats), but the ketchers don't get them all there, but travel around the country for scores of miles, for you see, 3d a-head is money; besides, there are some liberal farmers who will still give them a halfpenny a-head into the bargain."
(14) was baptised in 1793 at
John Cufley (16)
was baptised in 1770 again at
William Cufley baptised in 1738 at St. Andrews was married to Mary Hooper in 1764 at Twickenham they had seven children. William was a Market Gardener and his biography appears in "Now turned into fair garden plots" by J.G.L. Bumley & A.E. Robinson which was produced as an occasional paper (No. 45) for the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society. William had a son William who was Beadle of Enfield for fourteen years. William the Beadle was reported in the "Times" of 1820 as the capturer of some thieves who had stolen black cloth from St. Andrews Church. The crime of sacrilege was punishable by death from hanging.
The previous generations are at present merely names with little background. The background will eventually be sketched in but with most Record Offices only opening Monday to Friday it is difficult to find the time within ones annual holiday.
The Cuf(F)ley name up to this point frequently appeared with two f's and sometimes with an '0' instead of 'U' (careless writing.') now the name can appear as Coffley, Couffley, Cofflew, Cuffeley or even Cafli.
John Cuffley baptised in 1698 at St. Andrews was married to Ann they had nine children of which the first two were twins who died within twelve days of their baptism.
John's father was Edmond Cuffley whose wife was Dorothy. The parish records also give an Edward Cuffley married to Dorothy having children during the same period; possibly the same couple.
Edmond's (Edward's!) father has not been discovered but I think it may well have been William son of William Cufley baptised in 1644 again at St. Andrews. Finally I'm guessing but William (the elder) was likely the son of Thomas Cuffley and DORRIT Fisher who were married at St. Andrews in 1616 and had at least three children Dorothy (1617), Jayne (1621) and Margaret (1624) all baptised at St. Andrews. Was the fourth child William baptised in 1619?? A question to be answered.
Thomas Cuffley appears in the 1642 protestations for Enfield Town quarter. In the 1664 Hearth Tax returns there is recorded a Thomas and a William Cufley both in the Bulls Cross quarter, which lies north of the Town quarter.
My next researches involve checking and rechecking the Parish Records for 1550 to 1700. Looking at deeds and tax returns for a similar period and also checking Wills.
To conclude may I quote William Cuffley the Beadles Poster of 1827 which he prepared as "A copy of Verses humbly presented to all my Worthy Masters and Mistresses, in the Parish of Enfield, in the County of Middlesex."
'Kind Masters take my tributary lay,
Which, with a grateful heart, I yearly pay,
With gratulations - would I could appear,
And hail the prospects of the coming year'
David, Carole, Aaron, Sasha and Fabienne.
CUF(F)LEY Newsletter 1983. Issue No. 1, Pages 3 of 3
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December 1983 original publication date. This version August 2002.