Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Semi Random Search Anne Loane

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  The mission for this week was to write about your best genealogy day ever.  Since I already wrote about this in my post Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Best Genealogy Day Ever on 4 October 2015, I have decided to use one of his old missions this week.  I’ve chosen the mission from 14 September 2013.

1)  We’re going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight…what is your first name? [This is the easy part!]

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the first person in your alphabetical name index is with a surname starting with the first two letters of your first name (e.g., my first name is RAndall, so I’m looking for the first person with a surname starting with RA).  [If there are no surnames with those first two letters, take the surname after that letter combination.]

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It’s OK to do more if you need to – in fact, it’s encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

My first name is Lois, so the first two letters are LO.  The first surname in my tree starting with these letters is Loane, and the first person with this surname is Anne Loane.

Anne is a recent addition to my family tree, and is a direct ancestor.

My ancestral line is:

  • My mother, Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)
  • Her mother, Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948)
  • Her father, Harry Docwra (1866-1934)
  • His father, Alfred Docwra (1824-1903)
  • His father, Tempest Sell (1787-1861)
  • His father, Simeon Sell (1753-1822)
  • His father, Tempest Sell (1714-1769)
  • His mother, Bridget Tempest (1680-?)
  • Her father, William Tempest (b abt. 1650)
  • His mother, Anne Loane

A couple of weeks ago, when I was writing about the Tempest surname, I discovered a book that traced the Tempest family back to the 1100s (the link to the book is

I had traced my line back to Bridget Tempest who married Henry Sell in 1710, and this book had helped me to find Bridget’s baptism entry in London, and the names of her parents, William Tempest and Alice Markland.  The parents of William Tempest were listed in the book as Thomas Tempest and Anne Loane.

This book had shown that Anne Loane was the elder daughter of George Loane of Sevenoaks, Kent, and that Anne married Thomas Tempest on 6 November 1642.

In my search for records for George Loane, I found the following records on the National Archives website:

Reference:       C 6/13/199
Short title: Tempest v Loane.
Plaintiffs: Thomas Tempest.
Defendants: George Loane.
Subject: parcel of the manor of Whaddon, Cambridgeshire.
Document type: answer only.
Date:    1653
Held by:           The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:     Public Record(s)
Closure status:  Open Document, Open Description

Reference:       C 5/381/128
Short title: Loane v Tempest.
Plaintiffs: George Loane.
Defendants: Thomas Tempest.
Subject: marriage contract.
Document type: answer
Date:    [1613-1714]
Held by:           The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:     Public Record(s)
Closure status:  Open Document, Open Description

These records are not available online, but need to be ordered.  These appear to be two of the records that provided the information in the book about Thomas Tempest and Anne Loane, since the book mentions a marriage settlement in 1642, and an action Thomas took in 1653 to recover the residue of his wife’s portion.