Please see Acknowledgments listed below due to space.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Images from "Genealogy of the Claypoole Family of Philadelphia, 1588 - 1893"

Below are scans from my personal copy of Rebecca Irwin Graff's Genealogy of the Claypoole Family of Philadelphia, 1588 - 1893, published privately for the author by J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1893.

I have only included photos that show scenes from England.  The illustrations are of a high quality, and show the Manor House, Gate House, Chapel, and Coat of Arms.

The structures are somewhat (although only cosmetically) different today than they were in the 1890's when these photographs were (presumably) taken.  The Manor house was at that time derelict and had served as former farm house, and the chapel, which is part of the Norborough village church of St. Andrew's, was not built by or for the Claypoole's; although the family tomb is located in it, the Chapel was built about 200 years before the tomb was erected.  I hope to present a more thorough history of the Church and Manor house as well as photos from the 1990's when public access was granted to the interiors of both for the sake of my Mother and Father who were touring the UK at the time.  In the church photo you will see the tomb of Sir John Claypole, and a glimpse of the main church is visible through the arch, the church in circa 1890 was still in regular use, you will see features from earlier modifications to the church from the late 17th or 18th centuries in the presence of high walled boxed pews in the main church (just visible in the photo).  These are gone today, and would not have been there when the Claypooles were resident in the village.  In the post I had earlier believed the church to be closed, but Barry Chapman reports that it is still in use, which is very good news.  The Church can be visited if you are in the neighborhood, I highly recommend it.

The lovely engraving of the coat of arms lacks the Latin motto, "Nil Desperandum" or Never Despair, and is uncolored.


  1. Eric, Thanks for the scans from your copy of Rebecca Irwin Graff's 1893 work. I visited St. Andrew, Northborough in 2008 and in August 2010, was able to gain access both times (key obtained from the Veterinary Surgery in Church St./Rd.) and from the evidence I saw, services appear to be continuing at St Andrew. Barry

  2. O, glad to hear it. I had tried to contact the church a year or so ago with no luck, and from the Peterborough Diocesan web-page, I had the impression the Parish had dropped into in-active and was closed, so that is really good news. Thanks for sharing it, I'll update the post to note it.



This will be far too brief to begin with, so please forgive me if I ommitt anyone or anything, but there are really too many, but I wanted to thank those who were first or foremost in the process that lead to the creation of this blog.

First my Mother, Fay Anne, who opened my eyes to the richness of our family history, and my father James who ensured that I could proceed down this path.

My grandparents Merle and Alice who personified the good old ways.

My Aunts: Judy, Shirley and Nancy for helping and sharing at all times.

My great Aunts and Uncles, especially Dorothy, Vern, and Beatty without whom so much information would have been lost.

The congregation of Franklin Union Baptist, who opened their attics, minds, and hearts to me.

To Evelyn Claypoole Bracken without whom we could hardly proceed into the past at all (or perhaps receded?!).

To the many cousins who share so often so much.

And most recently and most especially to Barry Chapman of Tasmania, Australia and Kathie Young, who have together resolved something that had truly begun to puzzle me, and whose excellant research is summarized on the Claypoole Family website. And to my sister Erin, who helped stoke the fires of memory.

I will add and update specific thanks and acknowledgments in the places where they are most appropriate. Especially for contributions to original research. I hope to properly credit all researchers original work, and/or to thank those who have allowed me to see and share historical sources whether they are stories, documents, or artifacts.

Also I hope to properly list and acknowledge any secondary sources of information, so that others may check, rethink, verify, and explore the threads of this story.

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