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Distin Family Devon England / The world ...Interesting!maybe?
Posted by: Christopher Distin (ID *****1526) Date: August 07, 2006 at 11:37:46
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Hello All,
After Carrying on my Research for a few years on and off ( mostly off) I've found out lots of interesting info about the Distin Family and the name Distin.
The Distin Family was basically confined to the Devon area of England for centuries, (Distons, Distans who seem to be another branch if not from devon are ,ie spelling mistakes not included) only the stray one or 2 moving away further, The Joseph who seems to be the main USA Ancestor included.
My Family who come from the south of Devon (and still live there) didn't even know themselves how some of the Distins were related. So how hard does this make it for us trying to get info on Distins from centuries ago.
An example being in my Home town of Ashburton,Devon where there was an "Distin" Ironmongers, and my Gran always used to tell me that we weren't related. After my research I found out that we were! although not "Direct" There are even Iron Drain covers still in the village with "DISTIN & SONS" on the top. How cool!!
I believe the name to originate from a Town in North England called DISTINGTON.
I have pictures of this town sign, and of the drain cover and of the Ironmongers shop,if anybody is interested i can send them via email.
There was also the Distin musicians, who also originated from devon, family moved to Londonand ended up in the USA making instruments. and not forgetting "DISTIN LAKE" and "MOUNT DISTIN" both in Canada i believe.
Anyway I have traced my tree back to 1760 up to now and although not searching active at the moment I thought that this info may interest some and keep the fire burning.
Happy searching to all "DISTINS"

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