Joseph Rhodes – a blameless life?

(This is the second in a series of posts about my patrilineal Rhodes ancestors. The first post can be found here ) It is a feature of genealogical research that the better behaved one's ancestors were, the fainter the footprint they leave in the historical record. This aphorism certainly applies to my 5th great-grandfather, Joseph... Continue Reading →

Miles ye bastard

The earliest of my Rhodes ancestors for whom I have documentary proof is Miles Rhodes (my 6th great-grandfather) and his first appearance in the historical record was an act of extra-marital sex. As a proud Yorkshireman, it is immensely gratifying to know that the surname 'Rhodes' has a long and ancient association with God's own... Continue Reading →

Uncle Jack: FA Cup legend

When Jack Hargreaves (my great uncle) took to the field for Yeovil Town at 3pm on Saturday 29 January 1949, he was just over two hours away from footballing immortality. It was FA Cup fourth round day and non-league Yeovil, a rag-tag assortment of part-timers and old pros like Jack, were hosting mighty Sunderland. At... Continue Reading →

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