American visitors track their
routes to the Norman Conquest.
Mr Dunham stands outside Scrooby Church
Mr & Mrs Dunham from the US, recently visited Nottinghamshire to
trace their ancestors and visit the places from their roots. Having
already carried out extensive research before the visit they were able
to ascertain that an ancestor, carrying the Dunham name, left the shores
of the UK just 20 years after the famous Pilgrim
Fathers set sail for American in 1621, prior to which he lived in
Scrooby and thus was probably part of the Separatist Movement.
However, it was possible to trace the family line back further to the
'Dunham's' in Dunham-on-Trent and probably right back to the Norman
Conquest in 1066 when a certain 'Gregoire de Dunham' was assigned as the
Knight to the village by William the Conqueror.
During the stay, the Dunhams stayed in Dunham
House in Dunham-on-Trent, which although renamed from St Oswalds
House only 30 years ago, has been a Rectory for over 300 years.