This tree takes root primarily from the marriage of Will Chapman (b1906) to Hilda Webster (b1910).
Will and Hilda had two sons, William (b1937) and John (b1942) who now have their own familes who in turn have their own tree branches; these are entered where known but most of the tree concerns itself with tracing the ancestral trees back in time from Will & Hilda.
Will's line, the Chapmans, orginated in Cornwall whilst Hilda's, the Websters, took root on the other side of the country in Norfolk. Fascinating in itself how quickly the two families on opposite sides of the country came together; reflecting the progress of the industrial revolution no doubt. The tree paints a story of many hardships, orphans and workhouses but also some early successes. By and large, it is encouraging to note that whilst we came from very working class roots, the current generation is largely middle class and it seems the norm now to have higher education of some form.
In the process, starting in England and Scotland, we now have cousins in many parts of the world, as far apart as Europe, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and the USA & Canada.
At the top of the tree - which goes back 13 generations to 1450 - we have a handful of great grandparents who have spawned almost 7,000 named individuals and we hope this tree will encourage other relatives to add their details. There must be many more cousins to find.