17/11/04 Oldest Photographs: Mary Hannah Dunn and John Shepherd, my gg-grandparents (taken around 1890) and their daughter Margaret Ann Dunn Shepherd, my g-grandmother (~ 1910). Provided jointly by my long-lost second cousins Beverly Hemmings and Margaret Rutherford.
01/02/04 Oldest Wren photograph to date. My gg-uncle Daniel Wren and his wife Mary Isabella Stonehouse. Many thanks to Joan Pattison
This site contains the information gathered by Mick and Rosie Wren about their ancestors for their children, Vicky, Lucy and Polly Wren.
Recent family names include Wren, Parkinson, Fenney and Lee. See the surnames page for a complete list. Currently the Wrens go back to Cumbria around 1800, the Lees to Lincolnshire in the 1780's, the Parkinson's to Lancashire in 1828 and the Fenneys to 1544 (that's 15 generations from my children to Richard Feney and his wife Jane Thirlwynd!) also in Lancashire.
Click on a surname to see the respective family tree.
Ironically, I've recently discovered that the male Wren line stops with my ggg-grandfather Joseph Wren the 'bastard son of Mary Wren'. I doubt if we'll ever know who Joseph's father was and what surname we might have inherited. Genetically though it doesn't matter. We're still Wren descendants as well as descendants of dozens of other families.
The background page explains how this interest and this site came about. The photo album contains some of the key photographs relating to our history. There are plenty of other photographs throughout the site. The links page contains links to other sites of interest to Wren researchers and general genealogists.
I'd like to make a special mention to five researchers without whom this site would be a mere shadow of what it is:
The other special mention goes to my darling wife Rosie for putting up with my growing obsession.
This site will grow as my research progresses so please keep coming back. You might want to add it to your favourites.
If you want to get in touch then please email me.
Mick Wren 17-Nov-2004.
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