This section currently lists 6,379 people (with 1,515 different surnames) from the my own family, together with the ancestors of some selected close family who have been DNA-tested. These families all originate in England and Ireland, though many have since spread throughout the world. Unless it says otherwise, the 'Ancestor Interest' field denotes that person's relationship to ME which, in general, also holds-good for my first cousins.

Note that both the Soper & Robins sections overlap to some extent with this part of the website, so a few people listed here will also appear in one (or both) of them too.

You will find a list of the most-commonly occuring surnames in the 'Stats' box towards the bottom-right of this page; though you can search by name - or by place - if you click on the Search (magnifying glass) icon in the menu above, which you'll find on every page.

We'd be very pleased to hear from you if you think you are related to anyone mentioned here, and especially so if you can contribute any information or photographs. To get in-touch, use the email link to the main researcher (or that for technical help with this website) that's at the bottom of every page.


David Lindley


WELDON LINE (Weldon Clan, originally from Northern Ireland)
September 2020 Added 5xGGM Elizabeth Arbuthnot, 6xGGP John Arbuthnot & Fanny Skelton, 7xGGP Richard Skelton & Arabella Cathcart and 8xGGF William Skelton. William Skelton was born in England in abt 1640 and was sent to Ireland working as an engineer on military fortifications for King Charles 1st.

ROPER/MIDGLEY LINE (Originally from West Yorkshire, part of the WELDON Clan)
March 2020 Added a total of 120 descendants (plus 55 spouses) of Mary (Polly) Roper (c1792- ), mostly in the Leeds area.
May 2019 Added 79 descendants (plus spouses) of John Roper (c1735- ). Includes new surnames inclusing Coultate, Clapham & Morris, mostly in the Steeton, Keighley & Leeds areas.

GRIMSHAW LINE (Originally from Salford. Part of the Lindley Clan)
February 2020 Added more descendants of Elizabeth Grimshaw; including new surname Purcival.

SIMS/STROUD LINE (Originally from Hampshire, part of the LINDLEY Clan)
January 2020: Added a more descendents of Charlotte Stroud (1772-), mainly in Hampshire, England. Over 158 descendants (plus 39 spouses) added to date; including the surnames Clements, Harris, Hedges, Hutchins, Hutchings, Lampard, Nash, Simpson and Stamp.
January 2020: Added descendents of Hannah Sims (1780-), including in Chicago & California.
August 2019: Added a few more descendents of Hannah Sims (1808-1889), mainly in Hampshire, England. Over 100 descendants (plus 40 spouses) to date, including surnames Andrews, Askell, Deacon, Eccott, Herridge, Hockley, Lambden, Leach, Liming, Long, Lovegrove, Marlow, Oben, Rivers, Saunders, Smith, Soper and West.
January 2019: Added a few more descendents of Frances 'Fanny' Sims (1811-1899), mainly in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska & Minnesota. Over 280 descendants (plus over 180 spouses) to date, including some distant cousins still living in the early 2000s; with new surnames including Pilgrim, Marcham, Aithart, Rizer, Mee, Green, Dobie, Hakanson, Klein, Ashline, Meade, Bernbruck, Harman, Reavis, Gilmore, Wheat, Markus, Sandeen, DeForest, Fenchel & Rife.

KAY LINE (Originally from Manchester, part of the WELDON Clan)
August 2019: Added more people coming to light (mainly in Victoria, Australia) from DNA matches amongst the descendants of William Kay. There are now 595 listed direct descendants of William Kay (c1776-1832) in the database, plus 306 spouses.
January 2019: Added a few more people coming to light from DNA matches amongst the descendants of William Kay.
2018 Aded more the descendants of James Hancock Kay (1826-1871), mainly in the Melbourne area of Victoria, Australia. Also added marriage & descendants of Jane Louisa Kay (1861-1942), with new surnames Donald & Newsam, mostly in North Adams (MA USA) and Blackpool (LAN ENG).

MAYLOR LINE (Originally from Liverpool, part of the WELDON Clan)
June-July 2019 Added even more Maylor descendants living variously in Wrexham, Manchester, Warrington & Backford.
May 2018: Added more descendents of Mary Ann Whitehouse nee Maylor (1851-). Having earlier added more descendents of Sarah Owens nee Maylor (1810-) including new surnames Ewing & Tipper (both Bristol & Birkenhead) and McDearmon (Houston TX and Los Angeles CA) up to the 1940s.

CARRACK LINE (Originally from West Yorkshire, part of the WELDON Clan)
June 2019 Added many descendants of Jane Carrack (1817-1884), including new surnames Budd, Hutchinson and Strafford; mainly in the Leeds and Chesterfield areas.
January 2019 Added many descendants of John Carrack (1790- ).
June 2018 Added over a hundred descendants of Ann Carrack (1792-1862) including new surnames Athorn, Bennett, Booth, Chilvers, Gott, Johnson, Naylor, Peel and Vinter; mainly in West Yorkshire with some lines researched own to the mid 20th centrury.
January 2018 Added more 20th Century descendents of the Stephen Carrack including new surnames Carrick, Troy, Blackburn and Downward; with some families living in the Newton Heath area of northern Manchester.

BLACK LINE (Originally from Northern Ireland, part of the WELDON Clan)
October 2018 Added more descendants of Alexander Hamilton Black.

COOPER LINE (Originally from in & around Liverpool, part of the WELDON Clan)
July 2016 Added 14 descendants (with 3 spouses) in the Liverpool area for Henry (Harry) Jones Sedgwick (1881- ).

April 2016: Added details from Birth Certificate of George William Bond (1877-1952).

HARRISON (USA) LINE (originally from Northern Ireland, part of the WELDON Clan)

HORSFALL LINE (West Yorkshire, part of the WELDON Clan)

November 2017 Added more details for the Bosvile,Fretwell, Eyre (and associated) families in the Maltby area. These are at the very root of the Lindley line and take that back to 17xGreat Grandparents, born in the 1400s!
October 2017 Added bits 'n' pieces in numerous places on the Tree. Added Rylatt descendents (in the Lincoln area) of Jane Louisa Lindley (1867-1905).


Numerous people in our extended family have now had their DNA tested. If you have been DNA tested (with Family Tree DNA or elsewhere) please use the link at the bottom of the page to let us know; so that we can look for you amongst our 'matches'. If you haven't been tested, but would like further information about doing so, then please get in-touch too.

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