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Blog Archive: March 2009


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Categories: Purcell

Well here is something to be passionate about!

My name is Rodgers, my Mother’s maiden name is Broadwood and her Mother’s maiden name is Purcell. It was always a generally accepted belief in our family that we were descendants of English composer, Henry Purcell. It was not until my good friend, composer Judith Bingham, who between commissions likes to indulge her interest in genealogy, took on the scraps of paper that thus far had formed our family history, that the truth has actually emerged! And, yes, she has been able to trace my ancestry directly back to Henry Purcell who it would seem is a many times great Uncle. The book Judith has produced is a fascinating read back to Sir Richard Purcell (b.1455) and on to Henry Purcell (the elder, d. 1664) and to his sons Daniel, Henry (himself) and Edward, and to Henry Purcell the elder’s brother, Thomas. Coming down the centuries we also encounter William Purcell who was a carpenter on the Bounty in 1788-89 at the time of the great Mutiny. He is listed in the ship’s log as being ‘loyal’, so that is one black sheep averted!

I’m having a wonderful time reading up on all these fascinating characters so am probably likely to bore you to death abut it all!

More about me here!

Sarah Rodgers

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