Duggleby History

For visitors to this site interested in the evolving Duggleby Family Tree, starting around the time of the Domesday book (1086), please see the special page by clicking here where you will find a copy of the latest update to the tree.

I have also provided some information about examples of the very old documents used to produce the family tree. If you are interested in these please take a look at my blog entries by clicking herehere and here.

Duggleby, in addition to being a rather unusual family name is also the name of a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Difgelibi‘ when detailing the lands and holding of Beringer of Cosney. The Domesday Book was a land survey and census from 1086. It was commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources owned in England to determine what taxes he could raise.

Domesday Book (1086) entry of Duggleby (Difgelibi)

The history of Duggleby can physically be traced back to about 3000 BC because it is the location of Duggleby Howe, one of the largest Round Barrows in Britain. The Barrow or burial mound is presumed to date from the late Neolithic period. It is 37 metres in diameter and aerial photographs show it is surrounded by a circular enclosure, 370 metres in diameter. There are two concentric bronze-age ditches one inside and one outside this enclosure. The origins of the Duggleby Howe are steeped in mystery. Its location is close to the source of the Gypsey Race, a ‘magical’ stream which rises through a series of springs and flows intermittently. This may well have influenced our ancestors’ decision to build Duggleby Howe. Folklore predicts that when the Gypsey race flows bad fortune is likely. Apparently it flowed in the year before the great plague of 1664!

Duggleby Howe, Large Round Barrow or Ancient Burial Mound, Yorkshire, England

Duggleby Howe, Large Round Barrow or Ancient Burial Mound, Yorkshire, England

A series of excavations were performed on the mound in the late 19th century revealing some of its secrets. It would appear that Duggleby Howe was used as a cemetery for a long period of time since the Late Neolithic. Some of the burials appear to have been of important people like chieftains who had flint weapons and ceramic articles buried alongside their bodies as well as tools and artefacts made from from flint, antlers, bones, boar tusk and beaver tooth. Other burials were cremations and the lack of any surrounding vessel or enclosure indicated they may well have been sacrificial offerings, possibly accompanying the burial of local chieftains. The broken bones of the ox, roebuck, red deer, fox, goat, and pig found at the site indicate the burials involved big ceremonial feasts. Interestingly among these were also human bones which had been broken and cooked. It would appear that at least some of the ancient English folk were cannibals (I have included a link for photos and more information about Duggleby Howe in the links section on the right hand side of the archives page).

Duggleby Coat of Arms

Duggleby Coat of Arms

Moving swiftly on from cannibals to my own ‘Duggleby’ history – it has been possible to trace my ancestors back to just after the time when the village of Duggleby was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The most notable early figure was Sir Henry Duggleby (born 1145). To give this some historical perspective this was around the time of the reign of King Richard 1 of England (Richard the Lion Heart, 1157-1199) and the third crusade. Sir Henry Duggleby was my GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER (23 ‘greats’). A major acknowledgement is due here to Ellen Reid for her painstaking work and dedication in uncovering much of the documentary basis for this trail.

Duggleby Shield

Duggleby Shield

Clearly some of the earlier dates are approximations. You will also see the variations in spellings of the name as it was registered in the documents over the centuries: it is not just today that people struggle to spell the name Duggleby correctly. A lot of the early information came from Last Will and Testaments. All except the last three generations lived either in Duggleby or villages nearby. The lineage from Sir Henry to myself appears to be as follows (for more detail take a look at the PDF version of the tree available from here):

Duggleby (possibly Difgelibi, first name unknown): Born approx. 1115 – died ? Wife’s name unknown?
Sir Henry de Duggleby (de Dingelby) Born approx. 1145 – died ? (Brother Jollan): Wife’s name unknown?
Adam Duggleby Born 1195 –? Wife?
Adam Duggleby (de Dugleby) 1250 – 1300 (Brother Hugh): Wife Joan
Ralph Duggleby (de Dugleby) 1275 –? (Siblings: John, Robert, Adam): Wife?
William Duggleby (Willelmo de Dugelbi) 1305 –? (Siblings: John, Walter): Wife?
John Duggleby (Dyngelby) 1345 –? (Siblings: William, Robert): Wife?
John Duggleby (de Duggylby) 1370 –? (One unknown brother): Wife?
William Duggleby (Willim Dogilby) 1402 –? Wife?
Duggleby (first name unknown): 1424 –? Wife?
Thomas Duggleby (Doggleby of Thornholme) 1460 – 1503 Wife Margaret
Walter Duggleby (Doggleby) 1485 –? (Siblings: Joan, Alice): Wife?
William Duggleby (Douglebi of North Dalton) 1510 – 1561 (Siblings: Cuthbert, John): Wife?
Robert Duggleby (Dugleby, Dougelbe of North Dalton) 1535 – 1589 (Siblings: Roger, Ann): Wife Mabel
William Duggleby (Dougilbie) 1575 – 1620 (Siblings: John, Matthew, Richard, John, Audrey, Issabel) Wife Margaret
Robert Duggleby 1605 – 1678 (Siblings: William, Thomas, Isabel): Wife Elizabeth
John Duggleby 1675 – 1728 (Siblings: Nickolas, Elisabeth, Margaret, Beatrice): Wife Elizabeth
David Duggleby 1723 – 1806 (Siblings: John, Rachel, Ann): Wife Elizabeth
William Duggleby 1750 – 1794 (Sibling: Rebecca): Wife Elizabeth
John Duggleby 1775 – 1830 (Siblings: Michael, William, Mary, Betty, Rebecca): Wife Jane
William Duggleby 1804 – 1876 (Siblings: John, David, Bryan, Mary, Elizabeth, Mary, Anne): Wife Ann
John Duggleby 1834 – 1911 (Siblings: George, William, Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Matilda, Hannah): Wife Ann
John William Duggleby 1879 – 1950 (Siblings: Seth, Wilson, Fred, Seth, Tom, George, Barbara, Mary, Frances, Ada): Wife Annie
Leslie Duggleby 1907 – 1943 (Siblings: George, Maude, Adeline, Annie): Wife Elizabeth
John Leslie Duggleby Born 1937 (Sibling: June): Wife Christine Helen
Christopher Leslie Duggleby Born 1958 (Siblings: Matthew John, Helen Louise): Wife Monika
Alexander Duggleby Born 1983 and Pascal Duggleby Born 1989

My Father John Duggleby (75) at his daughter Helen's wedding (2012) with wife Christine

My Father John Duggleby (75) at his daughter Helen’s wedding (2012) with wife Christine

Alex and Pascal Duggleby: The Next Generation

Alex and Pascal Duggleby: The Next Generation

The Page in the Domesday Book dated 1086 describing Duggleby (Difgelibi) in Yorkshire

Page in the Domesday Book dated 1086 describing Duggleby (Difgelibi) in Yorkshire


101 thoughts on “Duggleby History

  1. Hello Chris
    My name is Brian Dunn. I am a direct relation to Thomas Duggleby 1780-1846 of Hunmanby through his only daughter Elizabeth who married George Dunn. I am trying to explore the connection with the Cottingham branch.
    Evidence: In the Reighton parish register, on the baptism of Thomas’s first child William in 1805, is the following “William 1st son 1st child of Thomas Duggleby tanner, 1st son of Robert Duggleby of Newland in the parish of Cottingham by Mary his wife”
    Evidence: In the Cottingham parish bishop’s transcript, baptism of Thomas Duggleby, is the following “Thomas son of Mary Duggleby baptized June 30th” (1780)
    Evidence: Inscription on the gravestone of Thomas Duggleby “In affectionate remembrance of Thomas Duggleby 40 years schoolmaster of this place he departed this life 23rd Dec 1846 aged 66 years”

    Conclusion: An as yet unknown Robert Duggleby married Mary and had son
    or Mary Duggleby unmarried by “Robert” had a son.

    I tend to lean towards the latter scenario. The timeline fits Mary daughter of Bryan Duggleby, who would be 21 at the baptism, she also had a child Robert in 1783 (York), without husband. I also have a possible 1793 burial in Beverley of Mary Duggleby of Hull. Lack of husband’s name on baptism tends to support this scenario.

    Do you have any thoughts on this?

    • Hi Brian,
      Thanks for this info, I have to admit to having a bit of a personal interest being born in Cottingham myself (albeit in a maternity ward there). I am in Africa at the moment and my detailed database is on a laptop back at home so I will see if I have anything in my ‘tree’ records when I return to Europe. Meanwhile I know we have a lot of Duggleby family ‘experts’ and some Cottingham locals who monitor the comments on this site so I will publish your request to see if anyone else can help.
      All the best from Cape Town,
      PS I will link this to the “I’m a Duggleby and proud of it” page on Facebook to involve this interest group in your quest for info.

  2. Chris, I have further descendants of Ann Duggleby b.1836 Bishop Wilton, including her gravestone. She married my husbands Grt. Grandfather Robert Harrison b.1832 Bossoll.
    They married in 1857 Jan 28, Bishop Wilton. Please contact me

    • Hi Ellen,
      Greetings to you and Bill in Ontario! By now you will have my e-mail with the relevant details. Thanks for getting in touch,
      Kind regards,

  3. Hi Chris
    Can’t remember if I contacted you before.
    Ellen’s Duggle trees were certainly a major piece of work.
    I’m not directly related but am connected via my aunt’s father –
    The Cromptons of Nafferton who married the Duggleby’s from Beswick

    which tree you can see at

    • Hi Chris (Glass),
      yes you did contact me in the early days of setting up my site and provided an earlier version of your research. Having looked at your site you have certainly come some way since then. Ellen’s current database was a key input to the tree I have published on this site – I have simply converted it to Word (which took the best part of last year) and cleaned up the published version to avoid mentioning anyone living without their prior permission. Keep in touch.
      Kind regards (Chris D.)

      • Did I find Ellen’s master tree PDF for you?
        Has any one a photo of Margaret Elizabeth Duggleby who married Thomas Crompton –
        we have a mystery photo arrived taken at Westfield or Cottam we are trying to identify?

        • Hi Chris (Glass),
          You did send me a PDF on 7th April 2012 but since then Ellen has been a major contributor to this site and has kindly furnished me with her latest electronic data files (also supported by research of others like Vincent and our many relatives around the World). If I get any comments relating to your photo I will let you know.
          Kind regards,

  4. Hi
    Just thought I’d drop by to say hello. We are the end of the line of descendants of William Duggleby – one of the three Dugglebys that ended up in New York State. I think that, outside of some uncertainties about his wife’s (Sarah Ann Voohees) death, Vincent and I may have pretty much cleared up that part of the family tree. Perhaps I should let Vincent discuss the complexities that have arisen as a result of the examination of Ellen’s dad’s and my DNA as regards to our shared Y-Chromosome SNP markers.
    Of course, there is as yet no part of our Duggleby heritage in the family tree, as neither Thomas Duggleby nor his wife Rachel Dorsdale are present as descendants of Robert Duggleby and Mary Craven.
    Be glad to send you a picture of myself to see if I have the requisite cheek bones. There is no sign of the Viking hand problem though. Cheers.
    As an aside, our oldest daughter was “blown away” when, as a fan of “All Creatures, Great and Small”, she saw an episode in which a farmer named Duggleby called the vet in because of “problems” with his pigs. Seems the vet was reputed to be able to forecast the results of football (your kind, and not the pointy-ended ball kind we have here).
    Our best
    William and Christine Duggleby

    • Thanks William and Christine,
      So if I have understood things correctly it looks as if you and Vincent have uncovered potential links back to Robert Duggleby (husbandman of Beeford b: 1725 d: 1770) from page 11 of the tree.
      Thanks for the offer for the picture, perhaps I should set up a page of photos of Dugglebys from around the globe. If anyone is interested please just send the photos to my e-mail address and I will try and set up an extra page linked to the tree section (if you don’t have my e-mail address just let me know via the comments box and I will get back to you).
      Fortunately I do not yet have the Viking hand problem although my father and his sister definitely have it. It is supposed to appear later in life and as I am mid-fifties (OK a bit over!) it may still be hiding.
      As for football predictions – well this is a bit of a sore subject in the UK after what happened yesterday. Maybe we should be looking for some more footballing talents in Yorkshire (does your daughter remember whether farmer Duggleby’s pig could actually play?).
      Kind regards,

      • Hi
        The reference about the farmer, pigs and Yorkshire refers to an episode in the televised version of the book “All creatures great and Small”. Any resemblance to a real Duggleby farmer interested in football is purely coincidental.
        The U.S. team in the Word Cup matches has raised our interest in football of the non-pointy ball kind. I’m eagerly awaiting our match against Germany. The game against Portugal was one for the ages.
        I’d appreciate getting your E-mail address. Of course, you have mine. I will send a photo if you’re interested.
        Our best
        Dugg & Chris

  5. I though t i better send another remark this was in TOOWOOMBA QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Dad was at AMBERLY AIR BASE near Brisbane. Mum and dad parted when i was young. We lived in our house at Southbrook for many years I can add to the family tree as there are children and granchildren but do not know how to do so. There are also great great grandchildren to go on the tree.

    • Hi Lynette,
      Thanks for getting in touch. It is fantastic to have visitors from the Garden City. Because my response is a little long I have sent it separately to you by e-mail. If it doesn’t get through please let me know.
      Kind regards,

  6. My name is Lynette Robyn Steger (DUGGLEBY) I am from the Alfred and Lillian side. My mother was Dorothy May Duggleby, My dad was Edward Duggleby (TED) My mothers maiden name was Darcy. I remember uncle Alf being my Dads brother and had no childres so there was a few alfreds on all sides of these families. I remember going to Spring creek to visit when i was very young. and going in horse and cart to deliver milk to somewhere near Anzac Avenue. Alf bought a new FJ holden ute and i remember he let me hide under the back cover and go to deliver the milk (and a lolly) Dad was at Amberley

    • Lynette where are you living now its Eddie giles here Ive been trying to find you and Katrina for years

      • Hi Eddie/Lynette,
        If you would like any help from me regarding getting in touch just let me know. Information won’t be published on the site if it is of a private nature (e-mail addresses, phone numbers etc.) – so no problem using the comments box if you don’t have my private e-mail address.
        Kind regards,

        • Hi again Eddie,
          I have sent to you separately by e-mail a personal message from Lynn and her contact details. If there are any problems or my message does not get through let me know.
          Kind regards,

  7. Thank you for persevering to completion the Family Tree. Interesting to see glimpses of the occupations, sizes of the families and the names of people recycled over and over. I remember so well being at the old homestead while visiting Yorkshire and the tenant who lived in the place at the time was a Duggleby so he spread his version of the Family Tree out on their big dining table, trying to find the branch I may have been connected to. We failed to find it so I was thrilled to find it in your Family Tree. And I look at your father’s face in the picture you posted here and see my Davenport IO relatives’ faces especially. Those high cheek-bones are in the men of my family as well. Thankful to know the Family Archivists have the interest to keep a web-site going for us. Linda Duggleby Smith

  8. Just discovered this site and enjoyed reading the conversation. I was the organizer with the help of my brother, Mark, who hosted the Texas reunion. It had the potential of being very well attended but because of the Economy at the time, many people thought better and decided to stay home. Some canceled at the last minute, some had medical emergencies. So I believe we only had 30 when we planned for more than a hundred. Now the people who care the most are too old to travel! I have a trunk full of Duggleby Documents and pictures I do not know what to do with once I pass on (I’m 75) as it’s hard to find any children in the next generation who wants to be the keeper of the Archives. I had scanned so much in to the old site, I hesitate to go through all that again but do have cd’s of the actual reunion given out by Judy Duggleby Hodes and her husband Zach.

    • Thanks for making contact Linda,
      Your site looks fascinating and sadly I have only just seen your message and it is already time for bed. I intend to reserve some quality time to have a good read of your story when I return to Germany at the weekend. I am certain many other visitors from the global Duggleby community will share my interest.
      Kind regards,

  9. HI Sis. Welcome aboard! When are you coming to visit?? Lois and I are still waiting. As you may remember, I did not add the Ohio and Texas D’s to my database because they didn’t connect to my line. I do have copious notes and copies of documents that I relayed to Vincent. I have not sent him the living rellies (Nesbitt, etc.) because I haven’t located that info in my files yet. I’m sure it’s on the CD you distributed. Vincent’s main interest was locating any living family in the USA still carrying the Duggleby name. The only ones I know of are the Beswick line.

    • Hi Bonny,

      just to let you know Vincent shared with me yesterday his updated info on the US part of the tree (some of which I believe was kindly provided by your good self) so I will correct the appropriate part of the tree (P 42, I believe) with the next update. Just need a rainy weekend!

      Kind regards,


  10. Hello Vincent, Chris, and all. I have resent 2 emails to Vincent regarding the Ohio and Texas dugglebys. I also sent him an email with a photo of Mary Hannah Simpson and her family in front of their farm house in Davenport Iowa. There is a portrait on the wall behind Mary Hannah of Alfred. Chris, please forward my email address to Vincent. I suspect my emails have gone to his spam folder.

    • Hi Folks,
      I am sure you have already noticed but I have added a link at the top of the Duggleby History page which will take you to an evolving Family Tree chart. So far I have just included the first 500 years after the Domesday Book entry to test the approach. My intention would be to expand this up to the present day – a number of you will appreciate that this is something of a mammoth task (we have a huge number of Dugglebys to include, some in batches due to gaps in records). However if we have a single central framework it should facilitate things when we want discuss individual entries: we just need to give the family tree page number then we all have the same reference point. This is clearly not an overnight task but let’s see if I can stick with it. In addition I have also added a bit more info on some of the old documents used to create the early tree entries in this weeks blog.
      Hope this will help!
      Kind regards,

    • Hello Chris

      with regard to the DNA testing I had carried out can you send me your customer ID and I will try and retrieve the results. To make things more complicated the company destroyed all samples and sold the results to a new company XXXXXX. This has meant that I had to get another sample when I wanted more tests on my Dad. I established back then that my Dad is not a Duggleby, well certainly not from the Beswick line, and recently that he may be a Coverdale. Although there may be Duggleby half-relatives from way back then.

      As for the website Duggleby.info the software hosting company went bankrupt and yes I could have used another and rebuilt it but life (thankfully) got in the way.

      I do feel I have done more than enough to help the Duggleby family history but on a casual ad hoc basis would be willing to help out in the future.

      Certainly I can let you have the DNA test results and I do feel that to tie up the loose ends in the whole Duggleby family tree this is the way to go.

      I, myself was not able to persuade any other people to partake unless I funded the testing. Perhaps you might have better luck. I do feel that testing of people from the Beswick line is a bit of a waste of time and money as this line is well documented and generally agreed as being correct.

      kind regards


      • Hi Ellen,

        Well! First of all let me express a big welcome to a lady who I can truly describe as a VIP guest of the Duggleby History site. I believe I can speak on behalf of the global Duggleby community when I express our gratitude to you for the diligent work you did on uncovering so much of the Duggleby family records and history. You only have to read some of the comments expressing sadness at the loss of the Duggleby.info site to realise how much you have been missed.

        By now you will have my DNA customer ID and a copy of my analysis results for your collation.

        Let me once again confirm our discussion today that I will be only too happy to host on this site any of the other information pertaining to the Dugglebys that you still have and would be prepared to share with our other visitors. There are some gaps in my own information regarding the origins of some of the overseas Duggleby community and any information you have in this regard will be added to the growing family tree (as quickly as my day job and my somewhat ‘challenged’ formatting skills allow).

        Thanks for getting in touch and kind regards,

        Summer has just got a little brighter!


    • My father Peter Seymour Charnley is trying to contact you from South Africa. He is a great great grandson of Hannah I think but not sure. He would love to email you the details if you can give me your address? Dad is 89 this year but takes a great interest in his roots.

      I really hope to hear from you – these are my contact details below



      • No problem Julia,
        Great hearing from you. My details are on the way. Don’t hesitate if I can be of further help to you or Peter,
        kind regards,

  11. You are correct on this, Vincent. I have a hand written bio of John Taylor Duggleby written by his daughter, Blanche Ruth. His parents were John Duggleby and Mary Taylor. He was born on December 5, 1887 in Arram. He was baptised in the Arram Weslyan Methodist chapel on Jan 3, 1888. This was near Lockington. John was known as Jack and had two brothers, Edgar and Douglas. The family lived at Riding Hill Farm in arram. In 1910 he went to Cliff College and in 1912 he went to Australia to join the Home Mission Department of the Methodist church in Victoria. December 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Medical Corps of the AIF.

  12. Hello All. There is a CD out there from the reunion in 2004. It’s called “Relatively Speaking”. It contains 1300 pages in word format, including the genealogy report from Family Treemaker. Excellent information but not easy to manipulate. Vincent: I hope the information I sent you on the Texas and Ohio D’s was helpful. If you want to get the original documents I can probably dig up the addresses for you. The civil war files cost $35.00 USD each from a government agency. The church records were from a Ohio research library and were for donation only. The Texas bunch were difficult and not complete. The repositorys with the original documents would not do lookups for us and the transcriptions on-line had many errors. I had photos of the headstones that proved this out but we were not able to access the original documents. My ancient program of Family Treemaker crashed and I’m not able to access any of my files. Fortunately I have copies of the genealogy reports saved in word format. Some day I’ll reconstruct it all. ;o(

    • Thanks Bonny for clarifying what is available on disc: I think my version sent to me around the same time as the reunion is the same or very similar. I agree that manipulating the data is difficult, if not impossible on the main family genealogical list, partly due to the huge amount of duplication on (for example) census entries.

      There is also the question of exactly who to include and how far female (and/or illegitimate) lines should go when the male connection has ceased to have much relevance. Of course it a matter of interest to the individuals concerned but it tends to complicate matters for others. I have recently been trying to refine a simple printed index which systematically drops off any branch with no male succession, but which carries the same reference numbers as the main list (and is devoid of detail except BMDs). I don’t think it will amount to more than about 20-25 pages, and it would enable those who are interested in the wider picture to talk about a particular family or family connection without getting in a hopeless muddle over all the Johns, Williams, Thomases, Marys and Elizabeths etc etc. I have great sympathy for those newcomers who cannot see the wood for the trees and who merely want a quick route to their own succession. As for the various commercial programmes, the fact that they become obsolete or crash is one reason why I have resolutely stuck to Word and simple Excel spreadsheets.

      You mentioned you have sent me information on the Ohio and Texas lines, but I’m afraid I have not received it and again herein lies a problem with Chris’ website–welcome though it is. No sure way of “posting a letter and getting a reply”. I am very happy to answer questions on an individual basis as well as to debate issues such as the relevance of DNA. But sooner or later there are going to be so many messages that no one will be able to remember where anything is. Best regards Vincent D.

  13. Thank you Chris & Vincent. That has made my job a lot easier. I also noticed in newspapers that there seems to be a Rev. Duggleby somewhere. I haven’t opened those pages yet as concentrated on looking at the ones that seemed relevant.
    I am indebted to you and Bonnie and others who have placed so much information online. This is a branch of y sister-in-law’s family & I’m amazed that I got so much in one weekend.
    That would have taken years when I
    was doing my own
    Chris I am happy for you to pass my email onto Vincent and other researchers.

    • It a pleasure Carmel,
      I am just about to send your details to Vincent. Meanwhile you will see there is a bit more info from him in the next comment.
      Greetings (back in Surrey, UK, today),

    • Hi Ron. You have a very good point. There is no website with information comparable to duggleby.info which in my opinion is unlikely to return any time soon. That does not mean the information no longer exists. I have most of it on disc as well as my own very extensive paper based records and card indexes dating back to the 1930s which cover every aspect of the famil–parish records, censuses, wills, newspaper articles etc. So all is not lost. The problem is what to put back in the public domain and how to do it–something Chris might like to ponder (please contact me direct for some suggestions). The present chat orientated format is by definition limited but as I am not a computer expert I do not know how these things work and I’m afraid this dog is too old to learn new tricks. I still have a few copies of my book “Days Beyond Recall–a brief history of the Duggleby family” published in 2005 but it needs revising as some of the content (especially USA) has now been superseded. Which underlines the point that there are quite a lot of entries on the web which are out of date, contradictory or simply wrong. At the very least we need a basic guide to the family structure to encourage newcomers to keep up the good work. Best to all Vincent D.

    • Sorry it’s me again, Carmel but to save you a bit of time, the Reverend you have located is almost certainly The Rev John Taylor Duggleby (descended from the Ebberston/Cottingham branch) who emigrated from Yorkshire to Australia in 1912. He was a methodist minister who had quite a distinguished record in the first world war serving in the medical corps. He married Helen Milne in 1919 and had three children. Sadly his son was killed in WWII but there might be descendants of his daughter Mary Gertrude who married Edmund Harry Denton in 1950. Worth checking. Vincent D

  14. Hi to all
    I’ve just read the comments on this page after doing a little research into the Duggleby name. I thought I’d just mention that some of the US immigrants were also in Australia for a time. I have been researching a Marjorie Duggleby daughter of John Henry (1857-1935) who emigrated to Australia in 1886. According to the death index John Henry’s parents were John Paul and Mary Piercy. I believe they were at Bestwick Hall during the 1840-1870 era. In 1889 there were 2 other Duggleby immigrants to Australia and they went to same area & I believe were cousins of John Henry. These were Michael age 19 and Alfred age 17 making them born c 1870 and 1872. Looking through online records I believe these were sons of Alfred Waldby and Mary Hannah Simpson and are the same ones who went to Davenport Iowa. Michael married while here in Australia in 1893 and eldest son born here the following year. Then they went to New Zealand where a daughter was born and that was followed by a trip back to England and birth of a son before they went to Iowa abt 1903. Alfred must have gone to Iowa earlier since he married there in 1897. There is a record of an Alfred dying in Australia in 1941 possibly same area as the others had lived but I am still to find more information there as he is supposed to be a son of John Paul and Mary Brandom. With a different mother recorded I don’t know if he is the Alfred brother of John Henry who was born at Bestwick in 1861 or if he is another family again, If anyone has information to show that there is another John Paul or if John Henry’s father also married a Mary Brandom I’d really appreciate hearing about it.
    Thanks Carmel

    • Hallo Carmel. As you have worked out John Henry Duggleby is from the mainstream Beswick line of the Duggleby family. His father John Paul Duggleby was one of 11 children born to Thomas Duggleby and Ann Jefferson (who are my great grandparents). There is a great deal of research material already in existence on this branch.

      John Paul and Mary (Piercy) had 10 children, In about 1883, three of the children emigrated to Australia: John Henry and his younger twin brothers, Edwin and Alfred and they initially settled in Queensland. In 1887, they were joined by two more Duggleby cousins (albeit from an early generational link)–Michael Waldby and his younger brother Alfred Waldby Duggleby. As you say they were the sons of Alfred Waldby Duggleby and his wife Mary Hannah Simpson. They were from the “breakaway” Cottam branch founded by John Waldby Duggleby the forbear of the very substantial group which later settled in Davenport Iowa.

      So at this stage (1887) it seems there were five Duggleby men in Australia, two of whom were called Alfred. In 1888 John Henry married Emma Ann Green and they had five children, one boy and four girls (including the Marjorie mentioned). Michael was the next to marry, in Brisbane (the date I have is 23 August 1892) and his wife was Allys Mary Gore. Soon after his brother Alfred went back to England and in 1893 he emigrated to the USA with another brother Johnson Duggleby arriving on 10 July 1893 and settling in Davenport, Iowa.

      Back in Australia, Michael and Allys’ eldest son, Alfred Francis was born on 26 May 1893. Sometime in 1894 it seems that he and his cousin Edwin decided to move on to New Zealand and we know that Michael’s second child Irene Louisa May was born at Napier, NZ on 11 January 1896. Meanwhile in 1895, Edwin was admitted to a mental hospital in Christchurch NZ and 15 months later on 31 January 1897, he was found dead in tragic circumstances well documented in contemporary newspaper reports. Whether Michael and his family were still in New Zealand is doubtful but certainly he was back in England for the birth of their third child, Stanley Zealand Duggleby at Malton on 3 May 1897. Sadly he died just over one year later. Michael and Allys had seven more children, three of whom were born in Yorkshire and the last four in Iowa after they had emigrated to the USA arriving on 10 May 1903.

      The final bit of the jigsaw concerns John Henry’s brother Alfred who married Lillian Manktelow in Queensland in 1910. They had four children and he is the Alfred who died on 26 February 1941. Some of this information is based on official records, other bits from the recollections of Michael Duggleby in conversation with my father Bernard Waldby Duggleby during visits to England in the 1930s (Michael died in 1940). I hope it will prove helpful. There is much much more, if you would let me know your email address via Chris. Best wishes Vincent Duggleby

      • Thanks Vincent,

        This is a super review. Carmel would you mind letting me know if it is OK to forward your e-mail address directly to Vincent. By the way if any visitors to the site wish to communicate with me in confidence (and do not have my e-mail address) please just add the word ‘Confidential’ at the top of your comment and I will make sure that the content is not published without your prior permission. As a precaution I have set up the site so that I have to approve all comments before they are published on the site (this is necessary to allow me to filter out the approximately 50 spam ‘comments’ I get on a daily basis – most of which appear to be promoting Viagra!). This will explain why sometimes it may take a day for comments to get published – depending on my connectivity during my travel.
        Please continue to use the site for this excellent communication – you are helping to bring the global Duggleby community ever closer together,

        Kind regards from Bavaria,


        • Just a one liner from me this time. The date of Stanley Zealand Duggleby’s birth confirmed by an in memoriam card was 3 November 1897 NOT 3 May. He died on 25 March 1898. Regards Vincent.

    • Hi Carmel, My name is Dan Stuart and I am the Great Great Grandson of the Alfred Duggleby and Mary Hannah Simpson. The Alfred Duggleby that married Mary Hannah Simpson and the Alfred that went to Australia are the same person. He did not die in Australia. They both did go back to England and eventually on to Davenport Iowa the ended up in Indiana. I don’t know if you happen to be on Ancestry.com or not but I have several pictures of Alfred along with some family history. I would love share any information. Thanks, Dan Stuart

  15. Hello Chris. I am a Duggleby descendant also. I come from Alfred W Duggleby who left Cottam to move to Davenport, Iowa. I actually lived in Davenport for a short time myself as my husband attended Palmer Chiropractic College. At the time we lived there I was unaware that my Great grandma Gladys E Duggleby was from Davenport. My grandfather was Howard Kerr, I’m not sure but perhaps he is the brother of Ray Kerr mentioned above. My great Aunts are Ruth and Lois. I would love all the information that you are willing to share with me about the Dugglebys. I am fascinated with all of the comments that I have been reading on this site. It is great to find all who seem to have such a wealth of knowledge concerning our family heritage! Would you kindly include me on your continuing work. Thanks! Deborah

    • Welcome Deborah,
      It is great to hear from you. I will add the info you kindly provided to the website and if any of our ‘Duggleby USA’ experts have anything which might be of interest I am certain they will let us know via the site. Please keep in touch.
      Kind regards,

      • I apologize for not sharing the meat of our Duggleby records with you earlier. I thought that it was pretty much common knowledge to all. I have some journal entries of the Dugglebys who came to the US, quite a bit of geneology on the Duggleby pedigree chart as well. I am more interested in what happened in England before they came here. If you would like the info. I would be happy to share. This line has made geneology easier than others as they were very good record keepers.
        Talk to you Soon,
        Sincerely, Deborah

    • Hallo again Chris and others, especially Adam who filed about six months ago re the Bishop Wilton link which you share. The reason for this note is that a very interesting DNA result recently turned up on the Coverdale family DNA Project website. I am in contact with the co-ordinator and although he is not able to reveal the identity of the sample kit, it would suggest that the father (or grandfather) of the mysterious Thomas Duggleby (born 1780) may in fact be a Coverdale as the sample is identical to Henry Coverdale (1706-1776)(and by extension to his sons) who lived in Cottingham. There is plenty of evidence that the Dugglebys of Cottingham were living cheek by jowl with the Coverdales and there are certainly some unexplained Duggleby illegitimates around 1780. There were also at least three later marriages with Coverdales including Adam’s great grandfather Alfred Wilfred Duggleby who married Ada Hannah Coverdale in 1909.

      Not everyone approves of or agrees to DNA testing, but I wonder if you, Chris or Adam, knew that you might hold a very important key to whether the Willerby Ebberston/Cottingham branch is directly connected further back to the Beswick Dugglebys. We already know (courtesy XXXX) that those Dugglebys whose oldest ancestor is John Duggleby (1638-1714) of Beswick are genetically related. We also know that those whose common ancestor is Thomas Duggleby (1780-1846) are not genetically related to the Beswick Dugglebys and belong to a different haplogroup.

      But while one branch of the Dugglebys was established at Beswick in the 1600s, another distinct branch was located at Willerby/Ebberston notably John Duggleby (1675-1728) who had two sons, Bryan (1712) and David (1722). So far as I can check, these two brothers had four direct male descendants born in the late 1940s and early 1950s who in turn produced male descendants, living today. If the readings were the same as the Beswick Duggleby then genetically (leaving aside the possible Coverdale connection) we are indeed one family. Equally it is possible that the division took place between 1100 and 1500 Since there was no recognised system of surnames before the middle of the 14th century, it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions although I would hazard a guess that the Willerby/Ebberston/Cottingham line (if it is indeed distinct) was in Yorkshire before the Beswick line evolved. Perhaps some of us are indeed pre 1066 Vikings and others came over with William the Conqueror. Best wishes to all Vincent D.

      • Fascinating Vincent,
        I did actually participate in the DNA testing carried out by our dear mutual friend just prior to the Duggleby.info site going off line. However I did not receive much detailed information about the results before losing contact. I do know that one of the problems at that time was actually getting many Duggleby volunteers to participate in the project. As usual with these DNA projects the full picture is only given to the project ‘owner’. If we could get hold of those results it might help to shine more light on your questions. Did you also participate in the testing (I seem to remember it occurred around 2007 just after I returned from living in Asia)? Should any visitors to the site be able to furnish more detailed information regarding the testing I am certain the extended global Duggleby clan would be very interested.

        Please keep up your endeavours Vincent.

        Kind regards,

        PS. Let us not forget that William the Conqueror, like his Anglo-Dane opponent Harold, was also a Viking (despite the modern misconception that he was a Frenchman, William was descended from the Norse warrior Rollo, who was granted Normandy by the French king Charles the Simple in 911). I suspect we are not going to escape our Viking heritage. Certainly my Father John and his sister June both have Dupuytren’s contracture, the inherited disease of the hands known as the ‘Viking Disease’ – an affliction common among Scandinavians and shared with prince Joachim of Denmark. It prevents the fingers from being straightened out and makes it difficult to grip things. I wonder how many members of the global Duggleby clan also have this ‘Viking’ condition – it tends to show itself when we are in our 40’s and is initially more predominant among males but later the distribution between the sexes becomes equal.

        • Really interesting to have your comments, Chris. I did not participate in the 2007 test because I wasn’t asked. That in itself doesn’t matter because my brother and I are unquestionably part of Beswick line. The point at which the Beswick line splits into the “mainline” Beswick Dugglebys and the “breakaway” Waldby Dugglebys does not, thankfully, provide a problem. This is because the father of the (in) famous(?) John Waldby Duggleby was Stephen Duggleby. It was his mother Rebecca Waldby who has fascinated researchers over the years. As it happens I have done a lot more work and have now unearthed evidence which although not conclusive gives a much fuller picture of what was going on behind closed doors. John Waldby was oblilged to became John Waldby Duggleby (on his own admission) and he then set out to found the “Cottam” dynasty and perpetuate his mother’s surname–with considerable success it has to be said. However, Chris: it must be the case that you and Adam have virtually identical DNA so we should have corroboration of the link to your ancestor “Ebberston” John. What we then need is (say) two Beswick Dugglebys. I could certainly be one and we then need another volunteer (there should be plenty of possibilities). Do we match or don’t we? If we do we probably get another couple of hundred years, before the waters are muddied pre 1400. Yes, of course, you are right about the William’s Viking connections. I am curious about the migratory patterns from the 8th century which brought Dugglebys from Scandinavia via Scotland to Ireland. Ultimately they moved across to the York area and the village of Duggleby came into being, before William’s lot suppressed the potential Viking uprising in the 1080s. At which point it becomes very complicated but I have visions of a few Dugglebys heading north pretty quickly, while some “new”Dugglebys took over any land and assets which were up for grabs. Incidentally our family does not have a record of Dupreyrens. Could it be that William’s Vikings are less likely to carry the condition that the ones who remained in Norway and Denmark?

    • Hi Deborah. Contact Lois in FL. She has a copy of the CD “Relatively Speaking” and also one that was put together by Earl called “The Earl Duggleby Story”. I believe there is also one about the life of Alfred (Earls father). Some interesting stories about the escapades of Mike and Alfred.

  16. Cross fingers but I believe that by sheer chance I may have solved a mystery that has been puzzlilng me for many years: Who exactly were the first Duggleby emigrants to the USA in the 1820s–how did they get there and what happened to them. Of course I realise that someone else may have reached the same conclusions but if so I am not aware of it. Before setting out the evidence, could I please appeal to anyone who has been researching during the period in question(perhaps Bonnie or someone who knows the whereabouts of Ellen) to get in touch. It would be a pity not to have a thorough peer review before the full storycan be told–or maybe it already has been and I just haven’t been in the loop. Vincent D.

    • The earliest Duggleby that I am aware of (without doing a lot of research) is William Stephenson Duggleby b.August 14, 1803 in Beswick and migrated to NY on August 4, 1835. I have visited his grave at Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica NY. His son, John Thirsk Duggleby born in Beswick also migrated some years after his father. He was a civil war veteran and buried in the same cemetery. If Vincent can give me a name of a previous Duggleby who migrated, I will check to see if I have any information.

      • Thanks Bonny for checking in. It is a long and complicated story prompted by my quest over many years to solve the mystery behind the entry in the 1830 Ohio census, which included Bryan Duggleby and four unknowns. We know that Bryan was born in Patrington (about 1813) and that his brother John (b 1805) also emigrated (and settled) in New York but not at the same time. John was still in England when he married Dillah Pickering at Bishop Wilton in April 1833 (see Ellen’s note on rootschat 22 June 2012 when appealing for information on Dillah’s birth to which there was a positive response that she was born in Huggate). I believe John left for New York soon afterwards slightly earlier than William Stephenson D since their first child Mary J was born in the US in 1834. As WSD was from the Beswick line whereas John and Bryan were from the Ebberston/ Cottingham/Patrington line, they were probably unaware of each other. As you know the other early emigrant was William, one of Ellen’s forbears who married Sarah Voorhees in the USA and was the father of Henry H.Duggleby who connects with PapaDugg. I would like to share my findings first with you and Ellen which I believe you will find really interesting, However, they will have to be set out in far greater detail than can be accomodated here, so you have the opportunity to follow up the sources for yourself. Chris has my web address and he has my permission to pass it on to you so you can contact me direct if you so wish. Many thanks. Vincent D

  17. Hi

    Just thought I would add to the Duggleby tree… My Name is Charlotte Duggleby and I’m married to Tristan Duggleby who’s father is Michael Duggleby who’s brother is John Duggleby who lives at Beswick hall. Tristan and I have two daughters.
    I’ve found it very interesting about the history of the Duggleby tree. Please let me know if I can help in the future.

    • Hello Charlotte,

      Thank you for making contact and welcome to our global virtual community of Dugglebys and others interested in the Duggleby ‘clan’, its history and the area in Yorkshire in, and around, the village of Duggleby. Let’s keep in touch and please do not hesitate to use the Duggleby History page as a posting board for exchanging messages with others interested in the growing international Duggleby ‘community of interest’.

      Kind regards from a rather snow-bound Surrey,


  18. HI Diana Collier here. Jemima Ann Duggleby (dau of Alfred Waldby Duggleby) was my gggmother, making me on the American side. All the Duggleby’s came to Davenport, IA and I did the original research on the family in 1975. If I can help fill in the American side, would love to help. Thanks!

    • Hi Diana,
      It is super hearing from you. You are way up there on my choice of people to touch base with once big-oil puts me ‘out to grass’ and I can spend more time on my dream hobby: to help continue to charter the global Duggleby clan. Let’s keep in touch. All the best season’s greetings to you and yours.
      Kind regards,

    • Hi Dianna. I’m sure I’ve seen your research and think I’ve met you also. There are so many of the American Waldby Dugglebys it’s hard to keep track. I met Earl in Medaryville some years ago and he gave me a lot of detail on that branch of the family. I still keep in touch with Lois Foster and Ruth Duggleby (Don’s wife).I stayed in Wad and Ramona’s house when I went down there for Earl’s funeral. They had many wonderful old pictures and stories about the family. I think Ellen captured most of this information in her reports. I have a copy of a photograph of Alfred’s wife on the porch of the old farmhouse with the whole family surrounding her, including a chicken in the front yard. Alfred’s photo is hanging on the wall behind her. I believe Judy, Wad’s daughter has the original.

    • Diana, My name is Garrett Duggleby, and my family was from Davenport Iowa. My father was Reginald Duggleby, who had around 8-9 brothers and sisters. My Grand mother was Gertrude Garrett Duggleby and I think my grand father was Alfred Duggleby, who owned a butcher shop in Davenport. He died before I was born. I remember the Colliers from our family reunions..maybe Dorothy Collier.

      • Hi Garrett,
        Welcome to the ‘pin board’ and thanks for taking the trouble to post a response. Diana – over to you.
        I never cease to be amazed at the size of the earlier Duggleby generations: although my sister, Helen, with her own addition (with a little help from husband Ignacio!) of 8 Spanish ‘Dugglebys’ in Malaga clearly has no intention of breaking with this tradition. I must check with my father John if he can recall any Duggleby butchers from amongst his own uncles in and around Hull (around the 1940’s).
        Kind regards,

        • Chris, My father was born in 1903 in Davenport Iowa. My Grand father was I believe one of three brothers who came to Canada from Yorkshire, probably in the1870’s. I was in the army (US) in 1970 and visited Driffield and Malton where I met a Dentist name Duggleby. We visited Duggleby about 5 years ago. There is alot of history in that area, especially Neolithic and Iron age. During the last Ice age, there was a land bridge between that area and the European continent, which they are now calling Doggerland. The Romans named the Tribe in the Driffield area, the Parisi, which had a lot of similarities to the Parisi that were found around Paris. I am currently interested in the DNA mapping being done in England, because it would allow you to track the Duggleby’s to other areas where these tribes came from/migrated o during the last Ice age. England is fasciating because there is so much of this old history that has been preserved.

          • I couldn’t agree with you more Garrett, I was amazed to almost stumble over a local prehistorical burial mound here in Surrey when I went jogging one morning. Many people here do not even know they exist. If you are interested I included some information and pictures in one of my blogs last summer (here is the link: https://chrisduggleby.com/2012/05/06/prehistoric-britain-or-more-precisely-prehistoric-woking/). I am thinking of adding some more detail about my family tree and history going back to Sir Henry in future blogs which might provide the global Duggleby community with some potential touch points. In addition some of the related documents just make interesting reading – like the last Will and Testaments of my Duggleby ancestors from the 16th Century. Just need to find a little time – my day job helping to address international issues with Joint Ventures in the Oil Industry is a little intense at the moment!
            Watch this space….
            Kind regards,

  19. I think I maybe related as my family tree descends from William Duggleby 1804 but goes down the George Duggleby 1834 line. The family is still near to Hull. Sydney Duggleby died when my dad was about 7. I believe I am the last Duggleby on that branch!

    • Thanks for getting in touch Adam,
      So if my records are correct we have a mutual great, great, great grandfather: William Duggleby the shoe maker (born 1804 died 1876). William had three sons: George, William, and John (my great grandfather 1834-1911), and six daughters: Mary, Elizabeth, Jane, Matilda and Hannah. I believe George was born on October 4th 1843 and passed-by on December 3rd 1925. He was married to Ann Hodgson and their children were Richard, William, George and Alfred. Alfred had four children: Cyril, William, Sydney and Edith, with Sydney being your grandfather via your father Christopher J. Duggleby. Does this fit in with your own records? I will pop a photo of my own father John Duggleby (75 this year) onto the Duggleby History page to see if you can spot any resemblances with your own father. My elder son Alex, who now lives in Vienna was born one year before you (recent photo in the blog article about my sisters wedding in Spain).
      Keep in touch cousin!
      Kind regards,

      • Yes that is correct. I have quite a lot of the family tree for myself built. I can send you it if you like? Would be good if you could send what you have too to save me finding out myself any known living relatives! Obviously my tree will show you the living relatives in my close family if you don’t already know them!
        If you send me your email I can send you some pictures of the family!
        Thanks for getting back to me! Hope to speak more soon.

        • Hi Adam,

          Some stuff will be on the way as soon as press ‘send’. If it does not arrive safely please let me know. By the way I was also born in Hull (well in a nursing home in Cottingham to be precise). Both of my parents are from Hull but moved down to the Midlands in search of work. I have fond memories of Hull – there used to be a big toy shop (Dugglebys) at the end of Spring Bank (probably before your time?) which convinced me as a child that I was part of a really important clan (well they had millions of toys!). I am not sure what happend to the toy shop. In a professional capacity I have visited Salt- End many times over the last 30+ years.

          Greeting from the Alps,


      • Back in 1982 I was corresponding with Pamela Duggleby born 1925, who was a great grand daughter of John Duggleby(1834) and Ann Wilson. She provided a family tree of that branch and some interesting background to the Dugglebys of High Catton and Low Catton in the 19th century. Apparently when Ann died in 1881 he married his housekeeper Elizabeth Piercy so she brought up his children. You probably know it all anyway. Regards Vincent D

  20. I believe I am related back from William Duggleby 1804 as my tree descends from George Duggleby 1843. Not sure what that makes us though!

  21. For those that are keeping track of other Dugglebys living in Bavaria, my wife Ginny and I just settled in Garmisch-Partenkirchen last month and are loving life! I am on the faculty at the George C. Marshall Center’s College for International and Security Studies and we will be here for at least three years. Chris, if you’re ever close by give me a shout. COL Rob Duggleby, United States Army.

    • Rob, its great to hear you and Ginny have settled into Bavaria. Together with Pascal, Monika and myself we now have 5 Bavarian Dugglebys (and my elder son Alexander is based in Vienna, so he is almost in Bavaria). Make the most of those three plus years they will be over before you can blink (I have stopped buying wardrobes – I have everything in plastic boxes on wheels which can be stacked and moved at a moments notice!). It’s nice to see the weather is also doing its bit to make you both feel welcome. Schöne Grüße aus Bad Feilnbach! Chris.

  22. What a shame to see no one coming forward since June with any Duggleby news. Oh well; as xxxx said several years ago, there are only about half a dozen serious researchers out there. Just to add to Bonnie’s mention of the death of Angela Duggleby: she died on 19 July 2008 and her funeral took place on 28 July. There was a full report in the Driffield Times with names of all who attended. The deaths of other Dugglebys in the area in recent years can be found on the website iannounce.co.uk.

    • Many thanks Vincent, its good to see one of the ‘six’ keeping the Duggleby heritage banner held high. For other visitors to the site please do not hesitate in using this forum to simply keep in touch with the other Dugglebys around the world. If you have any news about what is happening within your own branch of the global family please let us know. I am personally always fascinated to see that despite being spread-out all over the world we often have quite striking similarities and mutual interests in our careers and hobbies. I wonder if we have any other fans of Japanese music out there (please see my latest article about Onitsuka Chihiro).
      Regards from a sunny day in Bad Feilnbach,
      Chris Duggleby.

  23. I’m happy to see someone carrying on the Duggleby family history. I worked with XXXX for several years putting together the 1300 page genealogy report called Relatively Speaking. I can tell you we did not use any research but our own and everything was documented. We saw the original Lockington PR at Beverly Archives. We met with the residents of Beswick Hall and were privy to all their original documents as well.

    • Thanks for getting in touch Bonny,
      I have heard many great things about you and the work you have done on the Duggleby family history. Most (nearly all) of the information in relation to my own heritage came from the report you refer to (I had access to volume 1 – published July 2004 which included a 330 page PDF of the family tree). In addition, before our dear friend went off line I was able to review the documents in relation to my own ancestors and was very impressed (and highly interested) by the transcripts of the documentation. For a period these were accessible on line which was very helpful. My contribution here is really very minimal and my main concern is to try and ensure all of this excellent work is not lost for future generations. If this site can be of help please do not hesitate to let me know.
      Best regards,

      • Hi Chris
        Sadly to say, I have not dabbled in the Duggleby family histopry for quite some time so don’t have much to add to the family tree.. I’ve been busy with mo mother’s Lithuanian family history, a total nightmare with the name changes and multiple spellings. I am sad to report that Angela Duggleby of Beswick Hall passed away a few years ago. I don’t have the exact date. On a happier note, the youngest son of John and Angela has married.

  24. Hi Chris and others interested in getting things going again after the demise of the Duggleby website. Sad that XXXX seems to have “disappeared” or at least no longer communicates. Although she deserves huge credit for her efforts on the internet, I must put on record that almost all the early work was originally done by my father Bernard Waldby Duggleby who started researching the family back in the 1920s. I gave XXXX copies of his research including family trees deating from the 14th century and the early photographs which have been circulated I have to say without my specific permission. I admit I am not particularly good with computers preferring paper copies of original material and to this end (in recognition of my father’s work) in 2005 I published a limited edition of a book called “Days Beyond Recall–a brief history of the Duggleby family” from the Viking era to the end of the 19th century including migration to the USA and elsewhere. I originally hoped that we might establish some sort of newsletter for those interested in exchanging news and ideas and solving some of the remaining mysteries. For example, whatever happened to Rebecca Waldby — “mother” of the modern Waldby Dugglebys? There is so much more we could do. With best wishes to all. Vincent Duggleby

    • Hi Vincent,
      It is really super to hear from you. I hope you don’t mind but I have taken the liberty of editing out the name of the person you referred to – I prefer not to name somebody in the website without their prior permission. I am sure there will be a lot of interest in your limited edition book and if I receive any enquiries I would happily forward them to you. I am pretty certain that none of your early photographs are included on this site – most of the ones here have been taken by myself (which probably explains a lot!). I guess the best way for people to see them is via your book? Clearly we all owe a great debt to the research done by your father. Please do not hesitate to use this portal if there is anything you would like to communicate to the wider Duggleby community (the same goes for all Dugglebys around the globe). I intend to keep this page of my site specific to Duggleby family (and village) related matters.

  25. Yes please Chris include us. Richard and I , with our two daughters and grandson attended the 2004 reunion and had the great pleasure of meeting Sue’s father, Ray Kerr. He and Richard had a very interesting two days talking about flying and as two pilots there was a meeting of minds. They also concluded that they were cousins. Please convey our very best wishes to a great guy. Would Sue like our email address so Richard can communicate with her and Ray? We are happy to share our email address.
    We live in Yorkshire, between Harrogate and York and are related to the Waldby-Dugglebys.
    Our daughters are keen to retain the family name – one becoming ‘double-barrelled’ on marrying and both including Duggleby in our grandsons’ names. Hopefully this will assist future generations.
    Originally from Scarborough,two of my uncles emigrated to Canada in the early 1900’s .

    Many thanks for starting this up again.
    Regards to all
    Richard and Suzanne Duggleby

    • Hi Richard and Suzanne,

      I have forwarded the e-mail address separately. Like the idea with the double-barrelled name – with such a long heritage it would be a shame if future generations lose touch with their Domesday Book roots.

      Best regards,


  26. Hi Chris
    ich schreib Dir in Deutsch, damit Du es nicht vergisst. Interressant was ich so gelesen habe. Bin durch Zufall auf die Seite gekommen. Da ich auch mit paar Worten erwähnt bin freut es mich.
    Habe ja auch einen kleinen Betrag zur Duggleby Familie geleistet.

    Hoffe Du hast schöne Osterfeiertage

    Gruss von einem Duggleby in Oberbayern

    • Liebe Monika,

      Es is ist super daß Du bei `Duggleby History` dich gemeldet hast und deinen Betrag (und Beitrag) war sicherlich nicht klein. Ich wünsche dir auch einen schönen Oster (und an alle Besucher die deutsch sprechen),

      schön Gruß,


  27. Hi Chris Please continue to include me. My Dad , Ray Kerr, went to the reunion in the UK and just loved it and everybody. He wasn’t well for the reunion at my cousins in the USA. Were you at those reunions? He’ll be 90 in Jan. and is doing well. I’ll share this info with him when he comes home in May. Thanks again, Sue PS My grandmother was a Dugggleby and a fabulous woman. She would appreciate you doing this.

    • Hi Sue,

      I am afraid I returned from living in Asia too late for the reunions so I was not present. It sounds like everyone had a great time. Judging by the correspondence over the last couple of days we certainly have a global coverage of the Duggleby clan. There aren’t too many of us but we do get around. It probably has something to do with the Viking genes. One day I must do a survey of how many of us have blond hair and blue eyes (take a look at my sister’s children on the blog from 2 weeks ago – blond kids in southern Spain)! My sons and I all started out blond but darkened with age. Let’s keep the heritage alive.


  28. Hello Chris,
    Thank for getting in touch. I appreciate you hosting this site and becoming a focal point for the Dugglebys. Can we send you things that may be of interest to everyone?
    I was born in Canada, have British citizenship and live in France near Bourges. My grandfather came from Yorkshire. I am descended through him from Catherine Duggleby Dalby Dales.
    I have a genealogical site http://cousins.charbonniers.org and a more general site
    Thanks again.

    • Hi Janet,

      I would be only too pleased for those related to, or interested in, everything ‘Duggleby’ (the family or the village) to use this site as a pin-board for exchanging information or simply to ‘keep in touch’. We have a global reach: in just the last 24 hours I noticed visitors from 14 different countries. Thanks for providing contact details for your sites which I for one will certainly be visiting. I am also happy for you to include a link to this site if you wish.
      By the way, did you get snow in your part of France overnight, I am looking out at a landscape which has acquired a carpet of about 10 cm of beautiful white snow (not sure if I will be so positive when I try to fly back to the UK later!)

      Best wishes,

    • I too am a descendant of Catherine Duggleby Dalby Dales. I assume Janet is from the Dalby part, as I’m from the Dales part of this very interesting woman. I have a lot of info on my grandfather Philip Dales in Canada if anyone is interested. Most of this was omitted from ‘Relatively Speaking’ as there just wasn’t enough room for everything.

  29. Hello there Chris,

    Thought I’d also drop you a line to let you know that we are still out there. My families branch is mostly around the Market Wieghton area where most of them still are. At the moment I’m in Greece, wifey and I are in the middle of a years tour of Europe after leaving the RAF last summer, We have the northerly return leg to complete by Sept.
    There was also a Colonel Duggleby in the Army although I can’t remember which Regiment/branch.


    • Thanks Nick,
      Nice to see another Yorkshire entry in the Domesday Book (‘Wicstun’ as it was known in 1086) is well represented by the clan. I hope you have a great time in Greece, I have fond memories of the place because I met my wife on one of the Islands: romantic evenings in the restaurant with dictionaries (we couldn’t speak each other’s language – added to the fun).

  30. Hi Chris,

    I received your email re Duggleby history. I have compiled a substantial amount of Duggleby genealogical data as well thanks to XXXXXX (UK) and XXXXXXX (MI, USA). Were you at the Duggleby UK reunion in 2004? Just wondering if we have met. As you are already aware, my son Rob will be stationed in Garmisch soon. Maybe you can arrange to meet each other.

    Robert Wade (Bob) Duggleby
    Columbia, SC

    • Thanks Bob,
      It looks like we have similar sources for our genealogical data. By the way sorry I removed the names of the two people you refered to but I prefer not to publish their names in the comments section without their prior consent. Always happy to meet Dugglebys although I have to admit my lifestyle can make logistics very challenging. Rob is coming to a great part of the world,

    • Sir, if you are the retired Military Commander of Darmstadt Military Community, I was friends with your daughter Laura, through my work with the Performing Arts Ctr on Cambrai. I hope all is well with you and yours, if I have got this correct. Best Regards,
      Sp4(hon disch) Roger Walsh Jr
      440th sig Bn Dec 84 to Mar 88

  31. Thanks Chris for getting in touch. Found it very strange when (the Duggleby.info) website disappeared. Has anyone heard from (the Author)? Keep up the good work, us Duggleby’s need to stick together!

    • Thanks Jan,
      I hope you don’t mind but I removed references to the duggleby.info site’s author before publishing your comments. I prefer not to refer to anyone in this site comments section without their prior permission. I have tremendous respect for the Lady you mentioned and if I hear from her I will of course let you know. Hopefully this site will help to provide a little Duggleby ‘glue’ (and also some fun),
      Kind regards,

  32. Thanks for reaching out! My name is Robert Wade Duggleby, Jr., (go by Rob) and I’m a Colonel in the U.S. Army. We’re headed to Bavaria for our next assignment. Where exactly do you hang your hat between the months of March and October? Are you of the American or British side of our distinguished clan?


    • Hi Rob,
      I think you would describe me as belonging to the UK side (I was born in Yorkshire but later moved south). My siblings and I are doing our best to bring the Duggleby genome into southern Europe. My sister (and her seven children) is based in Southern Spain. As for my Alpine retreat: I have one son based in Vienna and another mid-way between Munich and Salzburg so this region is where I tend to focus my summer weekend activities (when I am not being dragged across the globe at short notice by the ‘RiskBusters’). Good luck with the assignment – it’s a great part of the world to be in.

  33. Great to find not everything about the Dugglebys has been lost. It is such a shame the (duggleby.info) website was ‘lost’.
    Really interested in everything Duggleby (my mother was one) and would love to be in touch with other Duggleby relations. Christine

    • Hi Christine,
      Perhaps we can use this site as a kind of pin-board where people who have an interest in the global Duggleby community or the village history can keep in touch and share news,

  34. Thank you for thinking of us. It was very sad when the “Duggleby.info” website disappeared.

    • Thanks for your comments. I agree absolutely with your sentiment and also felt a piece of history had disappeared when the original site went off line. The ‘Duggleby.info’ site was a super idea and the amount of diligent work that went into gathering information about the Duggleby’s dating back over 900 years was commendable. Let’s keep the Duggleby clan in touch (for Sir Henry’s sake!). Chris

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