About Me

I first started researching my Family Tree in the early seventies.

After a long gap I took it up again in 1996 when I joined the Rugby Family History Group, for which I am now Webmaster and Projects Co-ordinator.

Although I am still interested in my other ancestral families, BURRELL, KNIGHTS, EVERARD as well as HANCOCK and FLETCHER, I became more involved with my paternal MADDER ancestors.

In 2009 I joined the Guild of One-Name Studies and registered the official Madder One-Name Study.

I am also a member of Rugby Local History Research Group.

Apart from family and local history, my main interests are gardens – my own and visiting others and painting.

When I can find the time I enjoy reading – mostly historical fiction.

I am married with two sons and one grandson



  1. I found your blog about the Bomber Boy to be most interesting. I am from a family of 5 Madders who were born and raised 30 miles from Brandon and we have never heard of any other Madders in the area. You do not mention where you are located, but we are having a Madder reunion in Winnipeg in 2 weeks and information like this is very interesting to all. Thank you for sharing your research.

    • Glad you enjoyed the blog.
      I assume the reunion is the one organised by Vicki Madder. I am in contact with her and other members of the family.
      Unfortunatly I cannot attend as I live in England, but I am writing a brief history for her to pass on to anyone interested.
      Her (and your?) branch is not the same as mine and the Bomber Boy – they split nearly three hundred years ago!
      You can read a bit about one of your ancestors in my post Samuel the Soldier.
      If you want to contact me direct, you can do so through my website http://www.madder-roots.co.uk
      I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. I have read your blog keenly as I became interested in the injustice which led to the execution of three innocent people on Leith sands in 1705. Your paternal ancestor (John Madder) was one of those. Have you any information on any living descendants of Thomas Green? I would be highly interested to know your lineage from John Madder. You have done an excellent piece of research; clearly a work of extreme dedication – well done!

  3. Hello Geoffrey
    I am not actually related to John Madder – as far as I know. We just share the same uncommon surname. When I got stuck with my own line in eighteenth century Norfolk, I started a one name study on all Madders and Captain John is the most famous.
    All I know about Thomas Green is that he didn’t seem to be married, at least there is no mention of a wife or children in his will (you can find it in the PCC wills, as well as the two written by John Madder.) He mentions a brother, John, and also his mother, Mary. His father must have died as Mary was now married to Thomas Ockley. There are also brothers and sisters both Green and Ockley. John Ockley or Oakly who was Midshipman on the Worcester was his brother. The family seems to have a connection with Caterham in Surrey. I haven’t investigated further.
    Glad you found my blog useful – perhaps one day I’ll write a book about the Worcester events.
    If you are interested in the period, there is blog by someone who is writing about the life of Thomas Bowrey, owner of the Worcester. You can find it at https://captainthomasbowrey.wordpress.com

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