25 Jan 2004
From: Alex Askew
Does anyone have any further information of this line?
Descendants of James Ianson
1 James Ianson b: 1843 in Firby, Bedale, YKS Census: 1881 aged 28 at
Fighting Cocks, Low Dinsdale, DUR Occupation: 1881 Pipe maker, Brickyard.
. +Sarah Jane b: 1862 in Langley Moor, Brandon, DUR, m: Bef. 1881 Census:
1881 aged 19, wife at Fighting Cocks, Low Dinsdale
........ 2 Emily Janson b: 1882 in Fighting Cocks, Dinsdale, DUR Census:
1901 with her aunt Bessy Slater King at Medomsley*
........ 2 John Janson b: 1883 in Darlington 10a 28
........ 2 Annie Janson b: 1885
........ 2 William Janson b: 1889
........ 2 Lillian Janson b: 1891
........ 2 James Janson b: 1893
........ 2 Ada Janson b: 1897
........ 2 Edward Janson b: 1900
*Bessy Slater was my great grandmother and I wish to explore the link.
3 Oct 2003
From: Dane Eunson
Those that claim the Eunson's as Viking in Orkney are false they are
unaware of the true origin of the Eunson family. The Eunson's derive from
a Alexander Ewenson who entered the Orkney Islands about the year 1502,
he was a tenant of Suthergard. Ewenson is the Anglicized version of the
surname MacEwen, Son of Ewen. The reason for the mix up is the fact that
the name Johnson is pronounced basically the same way as Eunson. As well
as many Eunson Orcadian's are unaware of the break up of Clan MacEwen in
the year 1432, which forced the MacEwen's to dispearse throughout the country
of Scotland. Everything from Yewnson's in the Shetland Islands to the Euenson's
in Perthshire. Eunson looks very much like a Scandanavian surname and I
have met many Eunson's in Orkney, they are extremely stubborn accepting
that they are Scottish in Origin.
I doubt any connection between your surname and the Eunson Surname.
Private First Class, USMC
19 Nov 2003
From: Martin Eggermont in Guisborough
hello Dr Ille
Having previously mailed you regarding Leonard Percy I'Anson. I find
myself still digging for more without much success.
However going through the records of the Middlesbrough North Eastern
Daily Gazette of 8.5.1915 I found an entry regarding the death of Joseph
Preston I'Anson of 78 Harford St, Middlesbrough, husband of Elizabeth,
late of Leeds
Its not much but I hope it helps you somewhere in your study
20 Sep 2003
Reply to David I'Anson from Stuart McKears:
[the previous letters in this discussion are
in the jan-jun archive -click here
Thank you for your interesting reply about Kathleen I'Anson.
I suspect that the reason why you couldn't find the 'Villa' in Thornton
Steward is one of perception. The 'Villa' is a farmhouse as Kathleen was
It certainly was still there when I made a detour while travelling back
from Scotland about a decade ago and I took some pictures of it. Currently,
even though I'm certain I turned up those pictures this year, I'll be dammed
if I can find then. I will continue to look.
The location of the "Villa": As you drive into the village there was
a phone box on your left. Behind that you will see an opening leading down
and away from the road. Follow that track which I think was the original
farm entrance and you will come to a house which faces out across the dale.
That is the "Villa". It probably worth going through the local paper archives
looking for a farm sale '52 or '53 and getting a copy of her will.
The farm, I believe, was quite large with all that land in front of
the house belonging to the I'Anson farm. While I was there as a babe in
arms, 1943 to 1945, I do have very vague recollections of later
visits and of the dairy with large containers of milk cooling, I'm told
about sitting on the stairs during the pig killing and there are some pictures
of me haymaking complete with pitchfork! I will also look for those
as they should show whether they were taken before or after my accident
- post 1947.
I'm afraid that my mother's dementia means that she only spasmodically
remembers things but I will continue bring it up in conversation. However,
Kathleen was my grandmother's generation which is, I think, how we
voluntarily evacuated from Bromley, Kent to Thornton Steward.
As it turn out this was a good move as while I was in Yorkshire with
my grandmother, one Saturday? while my mother was at home, there was a
V1 attack. When the engine cut out, my mother dived for the Morrison shelter
(the under table shelter) only to find my grandmother had packed all her
china into it. She was half in, half out when the V1 came down two doors
away killing the neighbours.
The back wall of our house came down a Ma sticking out of shelter was
thrown into back garden with minor injuries. Had I been there, 25 months
old, things might have been different. So the "Villa" and Miss I'Anson
will always be remembered in this family.
I hope this information helps, I would be most interested to hear more
about this branch of the I'Anson's. I will sort out photos butI do have
rather a large collection.
My personal site, www.mckears.com, contains a page about the McKears
If you're on broadband, have a look at www.curesti.com my latest project
which has absolutely nothing to do with the I'Anson's but I might as well
get a plug in ;-)
All the best
2 Oct 2003
From: M. Cunningham
What a fascinating web-site! My congratulations for all the enterprise
dedication it represents...
Does anyone out there have information on the descendents of Frances
l'Anson (The Lass of Richmond Hill) and Leonard MacNally?
11 Nov 2003
From: Tom Bewley at Balliol College, Oxford.
Am trying to find out what has become of Charles I'Anson, b. 2 Nov.1934,
History student at Balliol College, Oxford 1953-4 and 1957-61; later Head
of History at Kettering GS.
Any leads welcomed.
Tom Bewley, Balliol College Publications Officer
From: Mike I'Anson
As promised when I last wrote, I'm attaching some photographs from our
recent visit to North Yorkshire. The reference numbers (#) refer to those
used in 'The Descendants of Capt. John I'Anson' on the website.
I actually took many more photos which I can post onto the Kodak website,
as well as those attached, if anyone would like to see them. You
can order prints direct from Kodak, over the internet which are of a pretty
high quality. They're not very expensive and I think they still have a
special offer going, where the first ten are free. If you're interested
please e-mail me and I'll arrange access for you.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these; please feel free to put them on the
website as I'm sure they will be of some interest to those I'Anson's who'll
never get the chance to visit the area themselves. For anyone who
is close enough to visit, of course, it's well worth the effort as the
Yorkshire Dales are extremely beautiful anyway. The highlight of
our visit was definitely St Oswald's Church Hauxwell; it's a beautiful
little church and I was quite surprised to find it so well cared for.
Not surprisingly, fundraising is an issue for them, so I've included a
copy of a 'friends and neighbours' leaflet, in case any I'Anson's would
like to make a contribution of any kind. These may be sent to: Mrs. S.M.
Bailey, Hon. Treasurer, St. Oswald's Church PCC, Rose Cottage, Hauxwell,
Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5LS, United Kingdom (cheques payable to "St
Oswald's, Hauxwell, P.C.C.")
[N.B. I haven't yet
figured out how to put a PDF file onto the website so can't give you the
leaflet. Sorry! MLI]
Incidentally, while I was there, I also bought an interesting booklet
on the history of the church, which dates back over eight hundred years.
It does actually mention John I'Anson of Hauxwell as being 'an ancestor
of Frances I'Anson, the Lass of Richmond Hill'. I'm sure these could also
be supplied at a fairly modest cost to anyone who's interested.
With best wishes,