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According to family tradition Catherine Swynford (1350-1403), widow of Sir Hugh Swynford, daughter of Sir Payne of Guienne Roet, mistress and third wife of John of Guant was an Adey ancestor. Can this be proved?
A listing of Men of Arms in Paynswicke in 1608 has no mention of anyone with the surname Adey, Ady, Adye or anything similar, the 1623 Visitation of the Heralds to Gloucestershire notes that John Adie of Teynton, Teuxburey was not a gent but mentions no other Adeys and the tax assessment for Painswick in 1641 has no Adey families. Later in the 1600s we find references to John Adey owning property and land in and around Painswick. Where did John Adey of Painswick come from?
In 1684 Ralph Adey occupied the Crowne Inn in Painswick. A Ralph Adey died in Paynswicke in 1727 leaving a widow Hannah. Presumably this is the same Ralph Adey who occupied the Crowne Inn? Is he related to our Adey's?
In about 1714 John Ady of Paynswicke died leaving a widow, possibly Jane. Are they connected to our Adey's?
Humphry Repton's sister Dorothy Repton married John Adey, thought to be a solicitor from Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 31st July 1769 at Saint George Tombland, Norwich. Humphry named his eldest son John Adey Repton in honour of John Adey. It seems that John Adey lived in Norwich but his family came from Lichfield, has anyone traced this family?
In 1780 new church bells were installed at St Anne's Church, Bewdley, Worcestershire. One of the bells is inscribed "Nathaniel Adey Bridgewarden". Nathaniel Adey was also the bailiff of Bewdley in 1770, 1776, 1780 and 1783. Is he related to our Adey's? The Times for 28th April 1787 contains a marriage announcement which reads as follows: - On Monday at Kidderminster, Mr Charles Wright, ironmonger at Bromsgrove, to Miss Adey of Bewdley. Parish records show that Fran Adey married Chas. Wright of Bromsgrove at Ribbesford Church, Bewdley, Worcestershire on 16th April 1787. This is probably the daughter of Nathaniel Adey, has anyone traced this family?
Percy Linnell Adey was born Scarborough, Yorkshire 1879. He is reputed to have been a spy during the First World War, to have been a walking racer and to have travelled the world. He entered the USA several times, worked in the merchant navy, and died in Los Angeles in 1965. Does anyone have any further information about him? Does he have any surviving family anywhere?
The 1891 census shows Caroline Adey aged 8 living at the St. Pancras District Foundling Hospital. Is she related to our Adey's?
F Adey was a first class cricket umpire. According to www.cricketarchive.co.uk he umpired Gloucestershire v Australian Imperial Forces in 1919 and Gloucestershire v West Indians in 1923. Is he related?
At the time of the 1901 census there were a large number of Adey households in the Midlands, in particular in Staffordshire. Is there any connection? Does anyone know the origins of these Adeys?
There is a large Adey family from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire not far from Painswick. Is there any connection?
Do you have any photographs of people or places mentioned in this website? If so please contact me.
If you have an Adey family tree or website online please contact me and we can arrange reciprocal links. If you have an Adey family tree on paper I would be interested to receive a copy because I am trying to build up a complete Adey family history.
If you have a Painswick website online please contact me and we can arrange reciprocal links.
I am also researching my mothers Kinipple family and I would be interested to hear from anyone with the same interests.
Thanks are due to all who have given their time to answer my endless questions, to those who have sent me copies of documents and photographs, to the church who lent me an irreplaceable old book, to those who have shared their research with me and to my late cousin Frank who many years ago gave my father the hand written papers which later aroused my interest and which form the basis of this research. Thanks are also due to my family for putting up with my obsession, the visits to out of the way places and the graveyard searches.