Thanks for that Nigel. I knew of Jerome & his wanderings - though not that book.
His grandson Hercules is, I am convinced, g.grandfather to my gggggrandfather - if I can ever prove it! The travelling/trading connection continued in Jerome's family as his grandson Hercules & his sons were in the wool trade as clothworkers (making it) and Mercers (trading in it - taking woollen cloth to the middle east, exchanging it for cotton cloth - which was then taken to the far east & exchanged for spices) & were at one time in the early C18 'merchants of Legorn' i.e Livorno in Italy (just east of Genoa). My gggggf (of whom I know very little) had the family name Richard & his son was a literate woolcomber (unusual in the 1760s!) in Herts. in the village where the family had wealthy(ier) relatives by marriage - the Sadle(i)r family.
Given the HORSEY pre-deliction for being entrepreneurs who were excellent at losing money, I believe that my RICHARD is related to them & although impoverished, education continued to be important in the family - a throw back to more noble days.
Hey Ho! Will I ever make that connection? I've been trying for 15+ years!!! Because they were always travelling, it's very difficult to track down records! If you have any other info tucked away - I'd be grateful for it.
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