This Newsletter was the second to be issued and it had neither 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.
It shows how the first pieces of CUF(F)LEY information were distributed with the annual Christmas cards.
1984 has been a busy year for the Family History research. I have again taken the easy way out of letting all the Cufleys know of the latest results by writing another Newsletter.
The exchange of about 28 detailed letters with various people has given me a better insight into the family, and shown up some interesting relationships.
Eric Cufley of
The second interesting point of these two family trees is the inter-marriage of the Cufley and Picton families. Henry Benjamin Cufley, 1845 - 1901, married Catherine Jane Picton in 1874 (see sheet 3), and Henry's brother Alfred Charles 1857 - 1930, married Mary Ann Picton in 1889 (sheet 803).
Catherine and Mary were the daughters of James Picton a shipwright from Pembroke Dock.
This is not the only instance of intermarriage between families.
Ann Cufley b1815, married
The question of how many members of any family exist in the
I had a letter published in the "Guild of One Name Studies" journal on this subject. For the 30 Cufleys and 52 Cuffleys in the U. K. telephone directories, I calculate that there are 325 Cuf(f)leys alive today, of which 119 are Cufley. I have located about 50 Cufleys and would expect another 35 from the remaining subscribers. I am, therefore, approximately 34 people short of that total. I wonder where they are?
The journal of the 'North Middlesex Family History Society' has also published
an article of mine on the ‘rate books of
This journal is also to publish an article in the spring on the Cufley Rat Catchers. I mentioned these Cufley's in last years Newsletter. Researches this year revealed that the Rat Catchers of Enfield referred to by Henry Mayhew were probably 4 Cufley families and William Collins. He coincidentally lived next door to the John Cufley mentioned above. James Robert Andrew Cufley later; in 1866; married Emily Collins; another example of working and/or neighbouring families intermarrying.
Membership of The Guild of One Name Studies has meant that I had to organize my notes into an easily referenced system. Each Cuf(f)ley discovered during my researches is now noted on 8" x 5" reference cards, of which there are, at present, nearly 2,000. While many cards have only one reference, it is surprising how often cards can be merged as information, is cross referenced. So if you discover any references to Cuf(f)leys, I would like to hear of them. The most seemingly insignificant data can lead to a new line of information. Even modern newspaper references; birth, death and marriage; help to get family groups into perspective.
Reading the above sounds a bit immodest, and the previous paragraph a little like a page from the diary of a 'Nosey Parker' Its really a fascination for the life and times of our forbearers. It does not cease to surprise me that they survived the hardships of their times, and that we can find out about them from the records that have survived.
The Greater London Record Office holds the Court Rolls for the Manor of Durant
and Garton in
Last year I closed by quoting a verse from William Cuffley the Beadle of Enfield's Poster of 1827. He presented it to all his worthy Masters and Mistresses; so may I again quote him.
On New Year's Day
Time has once more his circling motion run,
And the New Year, I hope, with joys begun -
A year of trouble and distress the last;
Lets trust in God, that now the worst is past,
And offer up our prayers to Heaven above,
Implore his pardon and his pity move;
Which if we again, we have no cause to fear,
But he will bless us with a Happy Year.
Carole, David, Aaron, Sasha and Fabienne
CUF(F)LEY Newsletter 1984. Issue No. 2, Pages 2 of 2
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Copyright © David Cufley 1983-2002
December 1984 original publication date. This version August 2002.