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Devon / Temple Lodge Home for Inebriate Women in Torquay
« on: Monday 25 February 19 15:12 GMT (UK)  »
I am researching the Temple Lodge Home for Inebriate Women in Torquay, which was operational from 1891-1927. It was run by the Church of England Temperance Society. It was located in Castle Road, where the EF boarding school now is.
Admission registers no longer survive, but using the 1901 and 1911 censuses, newspaper reports and minute books, I have compiled a list of 64 women who were patients at this establishment and am researching their lives. If anyone has any information about Temple Lodge or anyone who was a patient there, I would be very interested to hear from you. Liz

I started tracing my family history about 10 years ago and discovered that my great grandmother Ivy Edith was surnamed Willsman. I didn’t realise just how unusual a name it was/is until I started tracing her ancestral line. I also became aware during census searches etc that the surname seemed to be Devon-centred.

I believe I have finally found the link between my Willsman family and the Welsman family of Sidbury. I have started a One Name Study on my great grandmother’s surname of Willsman, and have set up a DNA project, to establish if the Willsman and Welsman families are linked. The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and so on back in time. So only men bearing the surname Welsman, Wellsman, Willsman or Wilsman have the right DNA. This might also be able to tell us if the name is connected to any Welshman families.

A DNA project is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, such as which lines are linked, are all people with that surname related, etc. The test is a harmless genealogy test using a cheek swab (like an ear bud) of a man’s cheek cells, the test result is a string of numbers, and reveals no medical or personal information.

I have started a DNA Project for the Willsman, Wilsman, Welsman and Wellsman surnames, which can be found at
The goals of the project are to:

• Discover information to help with our family history research
• Discover which family trees are related
• Discover information to help with brick walls
• Confirm surname variants
• Validate family history research
• Get on file a DNA sample for trees at risk of extinction of the male line
• Discover information about our distant origins

The study’s Profile Page on The Guild of One Name Studies website is here -

I’d love to hear from you!

Liz Jones

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Denman One Name Study & DNA Project
« on: Wednesday 02 January 13 14:54 GMT (UK)  »
My name is Liz Jones and I have started a Denman One Name Study and associated DNA Project at Family Tree DNA. I have been researching the history of the Denman surname since 1999.  Through my research I have become very interested in the history of the Denman name and its origins, as well as tracing my own Denman line.

A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. The project is just getting started, and we expect to have many exciting discoveries. Participating is an opportunity to
uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname. Are all people with the surname Denman related? Where did the name originate? I can’t promise
you the answers to these questions but by contributing to the study we will all
learn more about the name.

Early indications are that there are at least two lines of origin of the Denman surname.

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this simple cheek swab test, and you should bear the
Denman surname, although if you believe there is a Denman or variant in your direct male line, despite having a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male Denman in your family tree to take the test and represent your tree, such as your father, brother, uncle or cousin.

Tests ordered through this project are charged at the special group rate which provides a substantial saving on the standard FTDNA price. By the way, I don’t work for Family Tree DNA, nor do I benefit financially – I’ve just volunteered to start and administer the Denman project
in the hope that it will be of help to Denman researchers.

You can have a look at the Profile Page for my One Name Study here -
Further information about the DNA Project is available here:, or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact
me using the same link or via this message board.

Kind regards
Liz Jones

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