The Explosive Misfortunes of Emily Dracup

This Dracup family history post records the mostly unfortunate life experiences of Emily Dracup (1857-1919), my first cousin, three times removed. From a very early age she earned her living as a piano teacher, managing to avoid throughout her life the unremitting toil of service or manual labour.  But she seems never to have performed … Continue reading The Explosive Misfortunes of Emily Dracup

George Enoch Dracup (1869-1946), Master Mariner

. Three years ago I published the sad story of Derek Dracup, a young submariner who perished in 1944, aboard the ill-fated HMS Stratagem. Derek was almost certainly drawn to the sea by his grandfather – George Enoch Dracup – who must have told the young boy many tales of his life as a ship’s … Continue reading George Enoch Dracup (1869-1946), Master Mariner

The Other Zillah Dracup (1830-1885)

My post about the first wave of Dracup emigrants to the United States featured Zillah Fieldhouse, nee Dracup (b.1828) who followed the Mormon Trail from Bradford to Utah in 1866. She was descended from Nathaniel Dracup’s oldest son, John (1752-1824), her parents being Nathan (1802-1870) and Betty Dracup, nee Bottomley (b.1802). But she had a … Continue reading The Other Zillah Dracup (1830-1885)

Abraham Dracup, Clogger, and the Dracup Clogging Dynasty

  This is the story of Abraham Dracup (1805-72), an ordinary working man whose otherwise very ordinary life was marked by three life-changing experiences. It describes the rise and fall of a small dynasty of Bradford cloggers, headed by Abraham and encompassing his brothers, sons and nephews. Abraham was a contemporary of his slightly older … Continue reading Abraham Dracup, Clogger, and the Dracup Clogging Dynasty

Derek George Rendel Dracup, Submariner

. This is the story of a young submariner, a stoker on board HMS Stratagem, who was killed during the Second World War. Derek Dracup was a very distant relation of mine – a sixth cousin I believe – but his untimely death has haunted me since I first found him in my family tree. … Continue reading Derek George Rendel Dracup, Submariner

A Dracup dynasty is founded in India

This post is about the formation of a Dracup dynasty in Nineteenth Century India. It updates some of the material in a previous post – Dracups emigrate to…India (April 2016) – correcting errors and adding further detail derived from subsequent research. More specifically, it: Revisits some details in the life of Isaac Dracup (c.1770-1835), the … Continue reading A Dracup dynasty is founded in India

Dracups emigrate to the United States: The second wave

.   This is the latest in a sequence of posts dedicated to the formation of a Dracup diaspora during the Nineteenth Century. Previous episodes have documented the arrival of our surname in: India, where soldier Isaac Dracup served from 1798, married and later returned to live with his wife after being pensioned off in … Continue reading Dracups emigrate to the United States: The second wave

Dracups emigrate to…Canada

. This is the second in a series of posts describing how Dracups from England established themselves in other parts of the world during the Nineteenth Century. Part two is about how one Dracup emigrated to Canada, so establishing a major branch of the family there. Part one was about the arrival of Dracups in India. … Continue reading Dracups emigrate to…Canada

Dracups emigrate to…India

. I have developed, updated and corrected the material below in a subsequent post - A Dracup dynasty is founded in India - published in January 2017. . This is the first in a series of posts describing how Dracups from England established themselves in other parts of the world during the Nineteenth Century. Part … Continue reading Dracups emigrate to…India

Dracups Head South!

. This post describes how three Dracup brothers moved southwards from Great Horton in the 1850s, settling in Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Bedfordshire. The three in question were sons of Eli Dracup (1799-1837) – Ephraim (1828-1888), Jonathan (1832-1878) and Eli (1837-1928). Eli is my great-great-grandfather. . The brothers’ parents The previous episode in this genealogical series … Continue reading Dracups Head South!

Nathaniel Dracup, a Methodist Pioneer

. This post draws together what we know about Nathaniel Dracup (1728-1798), the most celebrated of the early Dracups in England. My previous genealogical post, ‘The Earliest Dracups’, discusses the children of George Dracoppe, our first known ancestor. His youngest son, John (1596-1673) also called his eldest son John (1627-74). The latter’s second wife, Sarah … Continue reading Nathaniel Dracup, a Methodist Pioneer

Where the Earliest Dracups Lived

My introductory post sets out what we know about the earliest Dracups in England. This companion piece provides some further detail about the places in which they lived. George Dracoppe was married in Ripley, North Yorkshire and at least four of his children were born there. It seems that part of the family remained in … Continue reading Where the Earliest Dracups Lived

The Earliest Dracups

  This first genealogical post reviews the limited information available online about the earliest recorded Dracups in England..BackgroundSince 2010 I have built up a series of family trees using My Heritage Family Tree Builder. The most substantial covers both sides of my family in the UK. There are also far less developed trees devoted exclusively … Continue reading The Earliest Dracups