My wife and I are researching her Norfolk DUNCH ancestors. The earliest one that we can trace back to directly (although there were earlier ones in Norfolk) is Bartholomew (ca.1839-1786). His daughter Mary had an illegitimate son, Denmark DUNCH (ca.1783-1866). She then married Denmark's father, John DENMARK, and had many children, with wonderful names like Hamlet (who started a dynasty of at least 4 Hamlets), Elizabeth Queen and William King DENMARK.
Denmark DUNCH married Ruth LOVICK and was a waterman (Wherryman) whenever he described himself on parish registers or census forms, but he also ran several pubs in Norwich. Many of his descendents (male and female) had Denmark as a middle name, including his grandson Edgar Denmark DUNCH, who moved to Great Yarmouth and became a fisherman, marrying a widow, Louisa WIGG, nee LEE, who was nearly twice his age, and had three children already.
Their only child, Edgar John DUNCH was born three weeks before his father was killed in the great storm of October 15th 1881, which also caused the Eyemouth (Berwickshire) disaster. Edgar John moved to Newcastle and married Rose WARNES from Southwood (between Norwich and Yarmouth). My Wife's grandmother was born in Newcastle.
If anyone has any links to these families, or any information, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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