Included here are articles and records pertaining to the origins of Roger1 and Abigail1, and to other Terrills (and variants) of England, even though we do not yet know how Roger1 may have been related to them.

Roger Terrell, witness to 1636 Surrey will

A Roger Terrill witnessed the will of a John Bythewood, of Walton upon Thames, Surrey, 15 June 1636.  This record is interesting because we have a quasi-record for our Roger1 Terrill, claiming that he was from Surrey and settled in New England about 1638.  The details of this will could lead us to the origins of our Roger1.  Click here to read the full story.

Christening record for (our?) Roger Tirrell, St-Giles-Cripplegate, 1605 (PDF, 310 KB)

(Note: John Tirrell of St. Giles Cripplegate was a shoemaker/bootmaker, according to other St. Giles Cripplegate parish records.  But what is that which appears to be given as his occupation in this christening record?  Can you read it?  Let us know!)

Newsflash! DOR member Rhona Brice of Lincolnshire, England, has deciphered John Tirrel’s occupation.  It’s “shomaker” (shoemaker), which is exactly what it was supposed to have been.  To see this, first notice the upside-down ‘L’ at the beginning.  This is an 's'.  You’ll see another like it in the occupation of the fourth person up from the bottom on the left, which is “husbandman.”  The second character, which like the ‘h’ in husbandman, looks somewhat like a ‘g’, you’ll find all over this page, perhaps most often as the ‘h’ in “John.”  The rest is not too difficult to see, except perhaps the ‘k’.  There are other “shomaker”’s on the page.  “Margerit daughter of Thomas West shomaker,” christened 7 Aprill 1605, is one.  There’s another on the third line above Roger.


England Maps

Many interesting maps can be found in the British Library’s Online Gallery collections, which include the Crace Collection of Maps of London and The unveiling of Britain.

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Tyrrell’s March, 1597

Tyrrell’s March, according to sheet music in a 1981 issue of the Tyrrell Family History Society (England) newsletter, was composed by W. O’Farrell in 1597. The following is a synthetic bagpipes rendition, played directly from the computerized (
using MagicScore School 5) sheet music, with the tempo increased substantially to keep the march from sounding like a funeral dirge. (Get your volume control ready!)

Tyrrell’s March (MIDI, 3 KB) . . . . . (Can’t play it?)

We don’t know how Captain Richard Tyrrell, a valiant and celebrated Irish chief in the rebellion against Elizabethan England, might have been related to our Roger Terrill (who would have been about a generation younger). It’s possible that they were not related at all—but we include the march and the following link to the related tale of Captain Tyrrell’s ambush of a small English army because they are interesting, and tell us something of life in England in Roger’s time. The tale is in the form of a ballad, by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1836-1883), an Irish-Boston physician and poet, and student of Irish history.

Tyrrell’s Pass, from Ballads of Irish Chivalry, by R. D. Joyce, 1908
(PDF, 23KB)

(CWT, June 2009)

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