This little routine is always a bit exciting, for I do not know which family I will be working on next, I knew it would be a family from my paternal line as the last family, the Meavy's, are part of my maternal line, but the name of the latest family I did not know.
Putting the file on my desk I eagerly opened it only to find that the papers inside numbered four - yes four, and the name of the family was Smith. My mood dropped slightly as you might imagine, because you will know as well as I that Smith is the commonest name in England and today, John is the fourth most popular christen name the Smiths like to call their newly born sons. Things haven changed much - John Smith was my 8th great grandfather!
John's daughter was Susannah, the last of my Smiths, on her marriage my family line follows the family of Needham. Susannah and Thomas Needham were married on the 30th May 1739 in the Parish Church of Barkby in Leicestershire