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So far, it all starts with John Pullen (b. 1758)'s and Elizabeth Clark's marriage at St. Peter's Church in Ipswich, Suffolk County. As far as I know they had one child, a son called Henry (b.1801). Henry married Elizabeth Ambrose (b. 1806, or so, in Colchester) at St. Leonard's Church in Colchester (Essex). They had 12 children. Most of the Pullens lived in a small town near the sea on the banks of the river Colne called Wivenhoe. This proximity to the open sea was fortunate, since most of the family were mariners. Most of Henry and Elizabeth's children married mariners, or the children of mariners, shipbuilding and seafaring being the principle industry in Wivenhoe.
Here are some of the unions: Eliza married John Bedlington, a Kentish sailor, and ended up in York, Edwin married Louisa Wade, Rosina married George Cook and Mahala married Frederick Nicholl from Jersey Island.
One of Harry and Eliza's sons, Henry Peacock, married Mary Layzell and had approximately 10 children. All lived in Wivenhoe and were sailors, carpenters or teachers. Alice married into the powerful Harvey family and Jane into the Wadleys. Many of their descendants still reside in the Wivenhoe area. Frank Edgar (b. 1872) (my G-Grandfather) was a teacher and confirmed nature enthusiast. He set off on a few voyages before marrying, including one up the coast of British Columbia in 1908 with his friend Fred. Living for some weeks in a small boat, they gathered furs and met many strange characters along this newly colonized area. Frank returned to teach in England and married Jane Hamilton Rennie in 1910. The call of Canada, however, was too strong and Frank and Jane packed up their belongings and moved to Whonnock (B.C.), where they farmed and raised champion chickens. Their three children, Henry Edgar, Isobel Mary and Edith Grace enjoyed life in a small house that still stands on the banks of the Fraser river, just above the Lougheed highway. Edith (my grandmother), an agile egg catcher due to her father's chickens, met Andrew Drewry in Whonnock, where they married. They moved to Victoria (B.C.), then Kamloops and had two daughters, Jean Mary and Anne Isobel. Jean, another nature enthusiast, met Joseph Gerrath at UBC and moved to Guelph, Ontario, where they had two children, John (me) and Janet, during the Nixon and Ford administrations (otherwise known as the "Trudeau Years").
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