When I began this research, the internet had hardly started, nothing was
available online. My early English work was carried out on census records on
microfilm at the Public Records Office in Chancery Lane, from whence it went
to Kew. The post 1837 birth marriage & death records were found from
large index volumes, and parish records from microfilms in local record
offices. The major source for pre 1837 births and marriages was the IGI
database created by the Church of the LDS, then available in microfiche form,
by county. I used the ones at their London centre in Exhibition Road.
I was an early user of pc’s and lap top computers, having one in 1989.
I had my first web domain name by mid 1990’s, and, over the years, my website
has yielded many interesting contacts. The internet of course now has an
enormous amount of data on it, but a lot of the deeper investigations,
particularly in Jamaica, still have to refer back to original paper records.
These are, in the main, now gathered into sensibly organised record offices.
I have enormous admiration for the 19th & early 20th
century researchers who had to work from original records, scattered around
the countries. Much seemed to have been done from other usually privately,
published works. Many parish records have been indexed, the early ones,
especially in Jamaica, by the priests, who were probably not over worked!
Jamaica has become the area I have spent most time on: my research has
extended to cover the lives and history of the early Jamaican planters and
The families divide up into 4 volumes, one for each of my and my wife's
parents. Within these volumes, the preceding generations are divided into a
number of chapters. Brief details follow, with links to pages which guide the
reader to greater detail.
Descendants of Richard Maitland a merchant mariner trading between
England and pre revolutionary America; Richard’s and his son John, also a
mariner and later a planter and merchant in St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica;
John’s son became a planter in the west of the Island; his sons mostly moved
to England in the mid 19th Century. Several worked in the Far East
in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The Jamaican Maitlands intermarried with several other mixed race families.
The principle parts of the
Maitland volume include inter alia:
Richard Maitland (abt 1710-1779) and his
son, John (1745-1786/7).
Life and descendants of Francis Maitland of
Jamaica (b 1784).
Post Jamaica Maitlands, Chapmans & Cleugh's of
Newcastle, Carpenters of Devon.
Wrights, Sinclair, Hayle, Booth & Burton of
Other parts in the Maitland
Life of Donald Maitland (1918-1999)
General Jamaican matters, property etc.
Miscellaneous geographic & documentary
Maitland family wills, deeds, land grants &
some inventories, including Jamaican Documents.
Nichol & Wright families of Scotland, as
connected to 19th Maitlands.
Roberts of Jamaica, who married into our Wright
My father, Donald Maitland’s mother was a Poole from the USA
(Illinois & New England) and Ireland. This information includes an
extensive history of our branch of the Pooles and other New England families
written by her brother, Herbert Armstrong Poole, between 1905 and 1955.
The principle parts of the
Poole volume include inter alia:
Pooles, Cheesmans, Weeks, Rushmore.
Manchester, Ingols & many other early New
Armstrong of Ireland & Illinois.
Other parts of the Poole
cooke001 – Cooke family of New England
Dalrymple – notes of the Dalrymple family
(1st wife of J Armstrong)
edwdgray – Grays of Kent and New England
hptextal – Full Text of HA Poole’s history
ompoole1 – Otis Manchester Poole & his
family (Campbells, Hanburys etc)
poolapdx – papers of relevance to the
Rushmore – miscellaneous papers on the
Rushmore family related to the Pooles.
My mothers family, the Parkes from Willenhall and the English West
Midlands. They were the founding family of Josiah Parkes and Sons,
manufacturers of the Union brand of door locks. The other families came
mostly from Worcestershire and Warwickshire amongst which were the Copes,
Turners and Duntons.
The principle parts of the
Parkes volume include inter alia:
Richard Parkes to AJ Parkes – The
Willenhall Josiah Parkes family.
Lister – of Willenhall and Broseley,
Shropshire, England. They were originally miners in Broseley and later in
Willenhall and married into the Bradley, Palmer and Roper families.
Wilkes, Hemmings of Warwickshire - Arthur Parkes’s
Other parts of the Parkes volume are:
Power family married to Joy Parkes, cousin
of Rosemary Parkes.
Subsidiary to the Parkes section are the following files
jp&s – short history of Josiah Parkes
listapdx – various documents of general
interest to this family
parkapdx - various documents of general
interest to this family
parkes00 – AJ Parkes and his descendants
parkwill – wills related to the Parkes
rjlmtext – Life of RJL (Parkes) Maitland
Marie Blanche – Papers on the Maire
Egypt Letters – RJL (Parkes)
Maitland letters from Egypt
EAP to RJLM 1940's - Egypt
Alice’s fathers family, calling themselves Kirk-Owens
in Western Canada, but simply prior to then, Owen, were from Liverpool and
North Cheshire, who emigrated to Alberta, Canada before the 1st World War,
later moving to British Columbia; they include Quilliams & Branthwaites.
The principle parts of the Kirk Owen volume include inter
(Kirk) Owens – the Owen family of Liverpool and Canada, including
Quilliams (Liverpool), Branthwaites (Cumbria)
The Dolmans of Staffordshire - mainly of
the Burton & Lichfield area, who married into the Canadian emigrants.
Including Coleys, Waits, Trittlebanks
The Browns of Chester, - married into the
The Tates of Sussex – married into the
Dolmans and include Kings of Swallowfield, Berkshire.
Other parts of the Kirk Owen volume are:
Wills – wills of the Peter family of
Alice’s mothers family, the Chadwicks were from Southern Ireland,
probably Cromwellian incomers From Lancashire, and emigrated to Ontario,
Canada in the mid 19th Century. Her line later moved to British Columbia.
The principle parts of the Chadwick volume include inter
Family – Chadwick family from early Ireland to Canada
Stewarts - of Ontario and Antrim
Pakenhams - of Antrim
Henderson - of Ontario & Belfast
Other parts of the Chadwick
2 small chapters on Betty Chadwicks last 2 husbands:
Richard Vernon – brief ancestry of RL
Vernon of Hilton.
RS Thomas, the Welsh priest/poet
Chadwick appendix – general extracts of
relevance to this family
Cooper Chadwicks – Cooper Chadwicks of
Tipperary, who descended from the same Irish family.
Edward Marion Chadwick – background to EM
Chadwick, author of histories of the Chadwicks.
The Chadwicks of Guelph and Toronto and Their Cousins – Text version of
Edward Marion Chadwick’s work - Full text also held with coats of arms etc.
Stewarts - of Tyrcallen, Donegal, and
married into the Pakenhams.
stewart2 – later Stewart descendants in New Zealand – not online.
stewapdx – general extracts of relevance to
Hendersons - Hendersons from Belfast, one
of whom emigrated to Ontario, in the latter half of the 19th Century.
Gerald Draper – Gerald Draper’s work on the
Hendersons of N Ireland
Pakenhams of Langford Lodge, Antrim.
SECTION RELATING to THE WEBSITE and DATA FILES
Trees & Gedcom Files
There are a number of TIF, Gedcom and Family Tree Maker
files of all known individuals (about 11000), including a large Scottish
Aristocracy file. Most of these are Zipped.
I have also listed the whole family on several Gedcom and family Tree maker
There are a number of photographs in JPG format of family
For general information about the Clan Maitland and
other links, go to their website.
Also available are some Clan Maitland files:
captfred – Life of Captain Frederick Lewis
flm2life – Life of his son Admiral
Frederick Lewis Maitland
clan0001 – Clan Maitland Pedigree &
There is a complete list of our ancestors on the following
links. only direct ancestors are listed, but within the files, each ancestor
has a section under which is shown a descendancy as far as has been found.
The lists give name, generation and serial number, date and place of birth
and links to relevant text pages.
Maitland Ancestor List
(Kirk)-Owen & Chadwick
Poole Ancestor List (mostly US)
Complete Ancestor List
The links on the lists take the reader directly to the
file containing the details of the individual concerned. As the site is split
up into a number of relatively small files, it is not easy to search for
non-direct line names. They can, however be found by downloading a Gedcom
file if the reader has suitable software.
And for GEDCOM and other trees, see
A complete Family tree containing
both my lines and those of my wife. It is available as a CAD drawing, but
there is a link to the viewer for this programme.
Jamaica 1755 & 1804 Maps
26/4/2003: email address
02/12/2006: Maitland ancestry
22/9/2011: added more links
6/1/2015: rearranged as aaamhome
7/10/2015: Reformatted, reorganised to become opening page
for website and printed copy