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Re: BIRKETTS Co DURHAM ENGLAND MID 1800's
Posted by: Louise Birkett Date: October 11, 2001 at 14:14:53
In Reply to: Re: BIRKETTS Co DURHAM ENGLAND MID 1800's by Mike Birkett of 218

Lesley and I have established a connection and are both now looking for Francis Birkett and Eleanor Oglenby (or Ogleby).

However, in my family the legend about Birkett being a Viking name is one I grew up with. It comes from a birch tree and he was the man who sat under or in a birch tree. I don't know if that means if they were some kind of shepherd - or if they were the lookout men for the Vikings. (Given the state of the eyesight of the current crop, if that was the case they were probably looking for America!!!)


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