I've just moved in to Glemsford and discovered that my Great Great Grandmother and my Great Grandmother were both born and raised in the village. I'm assuming that it goes further back too. My Great Great Grandmother was Mary Ann Oakley (b. abt March 1854) her father was Thomas Oakley and he married Sarah Ann Byford about 7.7.1850. My G.G. Grandmother married John Brown and Sarah Jane Brown was born November 1873 in Glemsford, at some time during her childhood the family moved to Diss for work. Sarah Jane then married Arthur Saunders who became very prominent in the Co-Operative Society setting up a brush works in Leeds, Yorkshire, and travelled the world sourcing materials.
It is quite amazing to find myself in the same village that my forebears originated from as my partner and I have lived in very many places in the last few years such as Shropshire and France. We had no idea there was a Suffolk branch of the family!
Many thanks and kind regards
(but apparently, sadly, not related to the Wards of the Brewery! Although Wards are still brewing up in Sheffield where another branch of my family are from!)
(posted on behalf of Joanne Ward by Andrew Clarke. The Ward family are spread throughout the border parishes, and appear in mediaeval documents, but seem to have their epicentre around Long Melford. More information would be very much appreciated on the Byfords, Browns and Oakleys too)