Welcome to my Catchlove Family History Research web site.
This is the publication of my ongoing research into a small part of my own family tree that rapidly evolved into the history of the Catchlove families in Britain, which I hope may prove of interest to others researching the name.
On these pages are the results of my searches in census records, parish registers and other sources for the name of Catchlove, together with a synthesis which attempts to reconstruct the different family lines - along with all my unsolved questions! Since then, many others have contributed their own research, for which I am very grateful. Scroll down to find out more about the site and see what’s new, or use the menu on the left to explore.
There is no charge for using this site; the research is not funded and the webhosting is at my own expense. The information is for private family history research only and should not be used commercially. The accuracy of the information is not guaranteed and original sources should always be checked. Contact details are at the bottom of this page.
I have now registered the CATCHLOVE surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies, which brings with it the responsibility to research and publish as many instances of the Catchlove name as possible for future family historians, as well as to try to reconstruct family trees wherever possible.
Much of my information had been entered directly onto the website as I found it, so I will be spending the next several months (or longer!) creating a spreadsheet or two, detailing all the sources as far as I am able, to be submitted to the Guild.
Obviously, I have neither the time nor the money to travel the world collecting data (much as I’d love to!) and much is still not available online, so I would be grateful for any data you care to send me. Full credit will be given, of course.
The One-Name Study research material will eventually be left to the Guild of One-Name Studies so that when I go to meet my ancestors it will still be publicly accessible. (This website will cease to exist when I am no longer here to pay for webhosting!) If anyone would like to take over the study when I die, please let me know so that I can make provision with the Guild - hopefully that won’t be for a couple of decades yet, as there’s still a lot to do!
Last updated: 11 March 2014
Toni Mount (2007). Medieval Housewives & Women of the Middle Ages. Echoes from History. ISBN: 978-0-9555925-0-8
This is a tiny book which I bought direct from the author while attending one of her fascinating and entertaining talks to the public. It is one of those easy-to-read books you can pick up and read in odd moments and come back to later and although it is often tongue-in-cheek, it is the result of extensive scholarly research and covers a huge amount of information on all aspects of women’s lives. It describes the lives of housewives, female traders, gentry, prostitutes and nuns and covers such topics as marriage, childcare, food, health and law. Reading this gives us a better understanding of what life was like for our female ancestors six or seven hundred years ago.
In this little gem of a book Toni Mount draws on a wealth of historical sources including Magna Carta, Chaucer and women’s wills to demonstrate just how much power and responsibility women could wield.
Sue Ballard, Aug 2013
Much of how I have fit this data together is speculative. If you have further information and can either confirm my speculations, or guide me down a different path, I would love to hear from you.
Equally, if you have any questions I will do my best to answer - although I have attempted to put everything I know on this site, I don’t know whether it will actually make sense to anyone but me! All I am sure of is that, the more I find out, the more questions I have!
If you would like to contact me, please email me at:
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has contacted me so far, contributing information and raising even more questions.
Additional ideas, information and photographs have been contributed by:
Graham, Jeff, Kate, Don, Eddie, Diane, Glynis, Caroline, Sheila, Katrina, John, Gerry C, Gerry S, Lynda, Lucinda, Mary, John, Charl, Shirley & Doris.
Have you seen these useful websites?
Alan Godfrey Maps - a small company publishing historical Ordnance Survey maps at a very reasonable price, worldwide delivery - see the streets your ancestors lived in - highly recommended.
Expert Links - Price & Associates, a professional genealogist company, has published a page of links to FREE resources for researching your British ancestors - well worth checking out!
Don’t forget to check out the links on the RESOURCES page for genealogical resources, help starting your family tree, as well as background interest - including historical maps and directories.
Netley Military Cemetery - Netley Military Cemetery is the burial place for soldiers and hospital staff who died at the Royal Victoria Hospital, established during the Crimean War. There are no Catchloves that I am aware of, but it may be worth checking to see if any of your other ancestors died of their wounds at Netley Hospital and were buried here.
The Catchlove connection to Vegemite! See the Adelaide Catchloves page. Thanks to Graham CATCHLOVE for this fascinating addition. added: 11 March 2014
More detail about the life of Rosa CATCHLOVE and her third husband John PERYMAN. See the Adelaide Catchloves page. Thanks to Jeanette PERYMAN. added: 11 March 2014