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Finding too many HEMSLEY distractions

15 Apr

My diversion up my HEMSLEY line was only meant to be a brief family tree gap filling exercise over Easter, but it is rapidly turning into a major project. Hopefully today I can draw a temporary line underneath it and return to my MITCHELL and KINGHORN research.

It is also getting dangerously close to wrecking my plans for a trip to the West Sussex Record Office (WSRO) this weekend. Not only do I need time to finalise my plans/goals for my visit to the WSRO, but the HEMSLEYs are pulling me in the opposite direction.

Naturally I want to go and visit Blackboys (the hamlet in Framfield parish) where the HEMSLEYs lived, but there is more urgency in this case because Gun Farm (formerly The Gun Inn and home of my 3x great grandparents) is up for sale as a development opportunity. Although I expect the economic situation will delay any development, I would still like to get out there and get some photos soon.

Hopefully somewhen in the next four or five weeks I can get out to Framfield and Blackboys, not only to visit Gun Farm but also Framfield church, where I am sure that there will be lots of gravestones to photograph and monumental inscriptions to transcribe.

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