Monday, 28 January 2019

Glenn Close wins SAG best actress award

Congratulations to Glenn Close for picking up the best actress award at today's Screen Actors Guild ceremony for her role in The Wife.  Glenn is descended from the Fairfield, Connecticut line of CLOSEs, her 9th great-grandfather being Goodman John CLOSE, born about 1600, who emigrated from Swaledale, Yorkshire around 1640.  I like to regard her as a VERY distant cousin, since I also have Swaledale ancestry:my 3rd great-grandfather James CLOSE (born about 1754) originated from there.

Although I haven't been able to establish a direct line to a common ancestor, through the wonders of Y-DNA testing it has been established that at least two male descendants of Goodman John CLOSE from different branches in the USA are a close (geddit?) match with two male descendants of 'my' James CLOSE, also from different branches.

There's a common CLOSE ancestor back there somewhere - but will we ever find him?

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Who shares your birthday?

On my birthday I thought it might be interesting to see who else was born on 10th March.  In my CLOSE one-name study I found 23 individuals with the CLOSE surname who share my birthday - not counting the spouses who became CLOSE by marriage.  I suppose when you have over 20,000 people in a database (although of course for many I don't have an exact birth date) there are bound to be quite a number born on any given date in the year.


I made the count using one of the tools offered by RootsMagic: an 'on this day' list - which lists not only the March 10th births in my own one-name study database but also a long list of famous people born on the same day.  As I browsed through the list, I came across one I already knew about: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; I'm old enough to remember his birth being announced in 1964.  Then I spotted the conductor Sir Charles Groves, and as a music-lover I was pleased to share his birthday.  The next name which caught my eye was Sepp Blatter - not so sure about sharing with him - and from then on it got steadily worse:  it turns out that I share a birthday not only with the assassin James Earl Ray, but also with Osama bin Laden.  Oh dear - let's get back to the one-name study ....


Pictured here is my great-uncle Thomas CLOSE, born in Horwich, Lancashire on 10th March 1864.  In 1881 he was a railway goods clerk, and by 1891 he had progressed to the level of station master.

Who do you share a birthday with? - after reading of my experience maybe you'd rather not know!


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Surname origins?

One can speculate on the origin of the surname CLOSE. It's most likely to have been originally associated with a close of land, an expression which crops up in many old land transaction documents (and which is a serious nuisance when I'm  trying to search online catalogues for people named CLOSE!).

However, for several CLOSEs the origin of their surname was made clear in the baptismal register of St Bartholomew the Great, City of London.

For 22 February 1638 no parent(s) mentioned, just this entry:  
"Elizabeth Close that was found in the close"
For 4 March 1642, another one:
"Frances Close and was soe named because she was found in the close"
And on 4 Jan 1656:
"Grace Close that was found in the close"

... and there are more foundlings baptised at St Bartholomew the Great.  Evidently the church close was thought to be a safe place in which to abandon an unwanted child.

Monday, 26 February 2018

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN ...

That was the theme of the Guild of One-Name Studies seminar I attended in Abberley, Worcestershire, on Saturday 24 February.  As ever, there was a range of interesting and informative talks on various aspects of the topic.
However, the event was also the scene of a 'happy accident': of all the people I could have spoken to for the first time at the event, during one of the breaks I 'just happened' to get into conversation with another Guild member who, it turns out, could be a distant cousin. As we chatted about our family history research it soon became apparent that we both had CLOSE and HARKER ancestors from Swaledale, Yorkshire.  Both surnames are common in that area: I have TEN marriages between a CLOSE and a HARKER in my CLOSE one-name study, including my own 3g-grandparents. How they are all related to one another, if indeed they are, remains a mystery for the time being - more research tasks to add to our 'to do' lists ...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CLOSE surname Y-DNA news

I've been reviewing the CLOSE Y-DNA project at Family Tree DNA and am pleased to report that in the last few days two people have contacted me with a view to taking a test and joining the project.  One wishes to confirm a possible Swaledale connection - for which we already have six completed tests.  The other person's ancestry can be traced back to Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire - for which we have no other known participants at the moment, although we have several CLOSEs in the USA who may have as yet unconfirmed English ancestry.

In addition to those two English 'hotspots', there have been CLOSE families in and around Baltonsborough, Somerset and Collyweston, Northamptonshire, for at least 400 years.  There are a number of other areas in the UK where the CLOSE or CLOSS surname can be traced back several hundred years: Ipswich, Suffolk, Llanberis, N Wales (both appear to have changed from CLOSE to CLOSS), Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire, Grantham, Lincolnshire, and most of County Durham, for example. 

We have a small number of participants with Irish origins - the surname seems to vary between CLOSS and CLOSE - but we do need more samples for comparison.  

The Fairfield, Connecticut CLOSEs have proved links to Swaledale, Yorkshire through the DNA tests in our project.  However, we would like to see test results from other CLOSE or CLOSS individuals in the USA and indeed elsewhere, since we have quite a number of participants whose results don't have any other 'close' matches at the moment.

Other variants are also of interest: at the moment we have participants named CLOUS, CLOUSE and KLOSE.

If you, or someone you know, is a male CLOSE (or a variant surname) who may be descended from one of these families, please encourage them to take a test and join the project.

By the way - this isn't an exclusive club:  if you are female, or if your surname isn't CLOSE (or a variant) but you have an interest in the surname, you can still join the project.  You may have useful information to help us add pieces to the jigsaw; you may know of a distant CLOSE cousin whom you could encourage to take a test.

For full contact details of my CLOSE one-name study, visit the Guild of One-Name Studies and put CLOSE into the surname search box (top right).



Saturday, 16 August 2014

Remembering the fallen - 2

Further to my post of 5 August, I've just come across this listing for 19 CLOSE losses from the German side:
Date Last name First name Place
22/10/1914  CLOSE Anton Rodt, Aachen
29/10/1914  CLOSE Heinrich Mützig, Kr. Molsheim
27/02/1915  CLOSE Heinrich Mutzig (vermutl.)
29/05/1915  CLOSE Clemens Faymonville, Malmedy
27/09/1915 CLOSE Josef Heppenbach, Malmedy
22/06/1916  CLOSE Johann Feymonville
20/12/1916  CLOSE Johann Recht, Malmedy
20/01/1917  CLOSE Josef Selbeck, Düsseldorf
09/07/1917  CLOSE Franz Recht, Malmedy
14/09/1917  CLOSE Johann Recht, Malmedy
27/10/1917 CLOSE Johann Faymouville
22/12/1917  CLOSE Michael Recht, Malmedy
11/06/1918  CLOSE Alexander Faymonville, Malmedy
15/07/1918  CLOSE Peter M{.}rfeld, Malmedy
19/08/1918  CLOSE Johann Herresbach, Malmedy
03/10/1918  CLOSE Peter Heppenbach, Malmedy
12/10/1918  CLOSE Josef Jaymonville, Malmedy
30/10/1918  CLOSE Johann Herresbach, Malmedy
26/08/1919  CLOSE Johann Heppenbach

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Remembering the fallen of World War 1

As we remember the 100th anniversary of World War 1 this week, the enormous number of casualties comes home to me as I look through the list of CLOSEs from GB and Ireland who died:

died last name first name Regiment
30 October 1914 CLOSE Frederick Gloucestershire Regiment
09 March 1915 CLOSE Evan James Welsh Regiment
14 March 1915 CLOSE Max Arthur Highland Light Infantry
18 April 1915 CLOSE John King's Own Scottish Borderers
27 April 1915 CLOSE James Northumberland Fusiliers
07 May 1915 CLOSE Robert Royal Irish Rifles
08 May 1915 CLOSE Arthur Monmouthshire Regiment
29 May 1915 CLOSE William Royal Irish Rifles
02 June 1915 CLOSE James Davison Royal Irish Rifles
15 June 1915 CLOSE Joseph Alexandra
30 July 1915 CLOSE Walter King's Royal Rifle Corps
14 October 1915 CLOSE Andrew Lee Durham Light Infantry
30 December 1915 CLOSE William Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
28 February 1916 CLOSE Andrew Border Regiment
31 March 1916 CLOSE William Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)
08 May 1916 CLOSE William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
15 May 1916 CLOSE Charles Henry Corps of Royal Engineers
27 May 1916 CLOSE Nathan Durham Light Infantry
11 June 1916 CLOSE James Royal Irish Rifles
01 July 1916 CLOSE Leonard Border Regiment
01 July 1916 CLOSE Raymond Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
10 July 1916 CLOSE Thomas William Alexandra
30 July 1916 CLOSE Robert Royal Scots Fusiliers
09 August 1916 CLOSE Oliver King's (Liverpool Regiment)
20 August 1916 CLOSE Dennis Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
16 September 1916 CLOSE James William Durham Light Infantry
17 September 1916 CLOSE William Henry King's Royal Rifle Corps
3 September 1916 CLOSE Harold Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
16 October 1916 CLOSE Robert Frederick Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs)
05 November 1916 CLOSE John William Durham Light Infantry
14 November 1916 CLOSE Charles Paul Royal Dublin Fusiliers
18 November 1916 CLOSE James Border Regiment
11 December 1916 CLOSE John James Durham Light Infantry
05 January 1917 CLOSE William Royal Scots Fusiliers
10 January 1917 CLOSE-BROOKS Arthur Brooks Manchester Regiment
10 February 1917 CLOSE Robert William Gloucestershire Regiment
15 February 1917 CLOSE William South Wales Borderers
26 February 1917 CLOSE Herbert Frank Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
20 March 1917 CLOSE William Collins Northamptonshire Regiment
01 April 1917 CLOSE William James Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)
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Samuel Northumberland Fusiliers
26 April 1917 CLOSE James Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs)
27 June 1917 CLOSE John William Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
28 July 1917 CLOSE James Corps of Royal Engineers
01 August 1917 CLOSE William John Welsh Regiment
08 August 1917 CLOSE Albert Victor Frank Northamptonshire Regiment
20 August 1917 CLOSE Frederick Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery
03 September 1917 CLOSE Joseph Edward Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery
09 September 1917 CLOSE Patrick Joseph Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery
04 October 1917 CLOSE Frank Cornelius Machine Gun Corps
04 October 1917 CLOSE Harold Alexandra
24 October 1917 CLOSE Archibald Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery
06 November 1917 CLOSE Frank King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
09 March 1918 CLOSE Alexander Labour Corps
27 May 1918 CLOSE Robert William Mills Alexandra
29 May 1918 CLOSE David Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)
14 June 1918 CLOSE Metcalfe Royal Garrison Artillery
20 July 1918 CLOSE Wilfred George Alexandra
15 August 1918 CLOSE Henry Victor Royal Army Medical corps
23 August 1918 CLOSE Thomas John London Regiment
29 August 1918 CLOSE James Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
23 September 1918 CLOSE John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
27 September 1918 CLOSE Barry Samuel Irish Guards
02 October 1918 CLOSE John Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
09 October 1918 CLOSE William Elflett Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
01 November 1918 CLOSE H B Royal Dublin fusiliers
07 November 1918 CLOSE George Leonard East Yorkshire Regiment
08 November 1918 CLOSE Reuben Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery
… and there were others from around the world:
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Fred Laurence
Australian Infantry
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Robert Bailey
Australian Infantry Base Depot
15-Aug-17 CLOSE James Thomas Wellington Mounted Rifles, NZEF
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Percy Melville
New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
01-Oct-18 CLOSE Arthur Canadian Infantry, Quebec Regiment
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Frank
Wellington Regiment, NZEF
15-Nov-18 CLOSE Patrick P Canadian Infantry
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Frank Henry
Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment

If you can add more detail to these - or add more names - I'd be pleased to hear from you. Check out CLOSE at www.one-name.org.









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