Bitton Families


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Here is a list of researchers with families from Bitton. Click on the family names within their entries to link to the family page.

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Anthony is researching his BUSH family of London, known to descend from a James BUSH (abt 1739-1816), Bristol Burgess. He's recently learned that James was bap 1703 Bitton, a s/o George and Susannah and is trying to learn more of this branch of the Bitton-area family.

Bob is researching his WILMOTT (and variants) ancestors of Bitton and surrounding areas in and before the 1600s.

Brian      Website: Morgan, Hopes, Cook, Sanders, Woodhouse, Gully & Gulwell
The HOPES/HOPE (informal local one-name study), ROSE, LEGG and HARDING ancestors are documented in Bitton, Upton Cheyney, GLS and North Stoke, SOM back to the early 1700s. Please select the link to my website to see the many additional details including the definitive famous JOHN GULLY b 1783, pugilist, Derby winner, industrialist and MP, JOHN GULLY the New Zealand painter, the 'rank and file' GULLY/GULLEY family, as well as CHAMBERS, COOK, ETTLES, FARR, FISHLOCK, GAY, GLEED, MORGAN, and WHITE.

I have several family links to Bitton parish. Some of the names taken from my family tree who lived in the area are: BROWN, JOHNSON, COOL(E), POOL(E), NICHOLS, GOOD, OSBORNE, HATHAWAY, HENDY, BATEMAN, & HUNTER. I have parish entries and census records.

Carolyn is researching her BRYANT and ILES families of Oldland and Bitton.

FLOOK is my only surname with a direct connection to Bitton. Other Bristol surnames of direct descendents are JEFFERIES in Siston and Mangotsfield, LOVELL in Staple Hill, COX in Mangotsfield & St George, WOODINGTON in St George, and ROGERS in Pucklechurch.


Clare researched, but is no longer actively reseearching, WILLIAMS families of Bitton, Oldland, Keynsham, Kingswood, Saltford and Bristol. Also researched local Brass Works and Brassworkers. My husbands ancestor, Joseph WILLIAMS, was a "Roller in the Brass Works" who lived and worked around Bitton and Saltford between 1802 and 1842. She believed Joseph (b. abt 1776?) is related to the other WILLIAMS brassworkers found in the local area, and was trying to make the connection to Joseph's parents.

I live in Australia and I'm researching WILMOTT (WILLMOTT, WILMOT) and MEAD families in Bitton. My information so far has come from census returns.

David's Oliver John THOMPSON, is of the Publow family that was part of the migration to Selly Oak, WOR (now WAR)


emmapalmer (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk
Emma is researching her PALMER family.

My research on PRATTEN, FRY and JONES of Bitton is shown on the above website links.

Hugh (news about genealogy)
His LAPHAM one name study can be found at
Hugh died in December 2009. As of February 2011, his blogspot and one name study links were still active. He researched the LAPHAM family in Bitton, Bath and elsewhere.

My direct GULLY family came from Oldland, Longwell Green and Willsbridge and I would be happy to share what I know of the family both in Bitton and here in Adelaide, South Australia, where they settled in 1857. I know of other Bitton Gully descendants here in Australia who would also be interested.

I am researching the following families in the Bitton area - OLLIS, HOLCOMBE/OAKHAM, WILMOTT, LONG, STONE, BRYANT, HARRIS, BROWN, PEACOCK, BRAIN and PANELL. The OLLIS and WILMOTT families are my main research interests and I am always looking for more evidence for and information about the origins of the various immigrant brassworking families (including the OLLIS family) as it has not yet been properly established from where they came or precisely when.

Jo is a member of the THOMPSON families from Bitton, Publow, Newland, via 1805 Hannah THOMPSON, d/o cousins Sumption/Nancy.

Joan, born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, was a SARGENT, dau of Christopher & Eva nee ELLIS. Her father was one of twins born in Madison, Wisconson, USA. Her area names are LEONARD, SARGENT and WEBB.

John Crates
John maintains records of CRATES worldwide and has a network of fellow researchers all with an interest in, or connection with, the CRATES name, and is always ready to help persons who find they have links to CRATES in the past. His objective is to try to connect the several Crates families living around Bristol in the 1700s, most of whom were brassworkers; also researching LOVELL of Bitton and Mangotsfield.

John Farthing
John is researching his BUSH and HAINS families from Bitton and BAGGRIDGE from neighboring Siston, who migrated to Skewen Near Neath, Wales, apparently following the copper industry. He's also interested in the copper industry, because of the history of brass, zinc and copper processing in the Bitton / Siston area.


Josephine researched, but is no longer actively researching, the BRIGHT, GREEN, and NICHOLLS families of Bitton, and the GULLY, HAYMAN, HANCOCK, JEFFERIES, ROGERS and SPICER families of Oldland/ Longwell Green. She also researched the ROGERS and BRYANT families of Hanham.

Ken is a member of the growing THOMPSON family from Newland to Bitton and Publow, via 1846 William Henry/Rachel (nee LEWIS).

I have been researching the name BARNES from Long Ashton. I have acquired several wills relating to the Barnes family at Bitton as I wondered if there was a connection to my family.

I am trying to learn where my GGGgfather, Thomas BUSH, (1799 - 1842, Portsmouth) came from. Research to date suggests he may have had origins in Wiltshire. I can also be contacted for information regarding Bushes in Bradford on Avon, Wilts and Portsmouth, Hants, as well as the Bush aka Deulwyn connections to medieval pedigrees of Wales.

Leah is researching several families: HYDEN/HAYDEN - Bitton, Upton; LINTERN - Bitton, Upton Cheyney; BRIGHT - Cold Ashton; BRAIN - Bitton; PARSONS - Bitton, Publow; LEE - Bitton, Siston; CRYER - Bitton.


Lee died in March 2010. She researched the CLARK, DERRICK, FRANKHAM, SHALLARD, and FOWLER families, mostly in Keynsham, 1640s-1830s, with some of those families having early connections in Bitton. She also looked into the early history of the Brassworkers, from around 1700, and the Keynsham Baptist Church, from around 1800. Her ancestors, John CLARK (1782-1844), a basketmaker, and his wife Hannah DERRICK, were among the original members of that church in 1807. Hannah's ancestors were brassworkers and steelmakers.

Les is researching his BUSH family, the earliest being abt 1785 James, b Bristol per censuses.  He is also conducting a One Name study on the name BUSH, which you can access via the GOONS link above.

Leon is researching his BUSH family from Bitton. Associated Bitton names are TORRANCE and HICKS

Linda is researching her BRITON/BRITTON families from Bitton/Kingswood.

I am primarily researching the OLDS family of Bitton, Oldland and Hanham who were originally from Stapleton.

I'd welcome contact from any of you researching the COATES of Stanton Drew.

Margaret's Mary Thompson LEWIS migrated to New Zealand. Her Bitton families are: LEWIS, NAISH, THOMPSON

Marion has been researching the CATER family for many years.

My current email will vary, but is always updated on my webpage. This is a gateway to my various web pages including genealogy where each family has a separate page. Family trees and all data I have can be downloaded directly from each webpage. I have been researching for nearly 30 years and have collected all references for a number of Bitton families as informal One Name Studies.


Marsha's families are documented in Bitton and surrounding areas from the early 1700s onward. Her direct names are: BERTRAM, BUTLER, BUSH/BUSHE, COATES, COSTER, EATON, ENGLAND, LEWIS, MEERE, NAISH, PAYNTER, SUMPTION, THOMPSON. Associated names are: BRIGHT, CATER, HIGNELL Please visit the name pages for additional information.

You may also contact Marsha for the families of Roy, who passed away before we completed this project. His grandparents, Mary Jane MEERE and George KIBBLE, married 1877 in Walcot, Bath, Somerset. The KIBBLE name originated around North Cerney in Gloucestershire. Connected names: PASSMORE, SHILLARD, HABGOOD, PARKER. These names range from Bitton, Nth. Cerney to Chippenham in Wiltshire.

Martin is researching the THOMPSONS that moved to Birmingham by 1861 to continue working in copper. Researching: BUSH/BUSH, COSTER, FLOWER, MEERE, PENNY, THOMPSON and YENDALL (in Somerset, Devon and Bham, and included on pages for: BUTLER, CATER, COATES, ENGLAND, PAYNTER, SUMPTION. Also interested in all aspects of the copper industry in the Bristol and Birmingham areas, especially Elliots Metals in Selly Oak.

Matt submitted photos of the Tollhouse at Stanton Drew from the 1930s, when his Ggrandfather, Frederick RICH lived there. He's interested in learning more about the Tollhouse, his RICH family and the JS Fry & Son Company, where Frederick worked for over 40 years.

Maureen is researching her JEFFERIES family of Bitton, the earliest of which are Josiah and Maria b. about 1790.

Meghan is a descendant of the BRAIN family of Bitton, and is researching Gloucestershire and Welsh BRAINs.

Michael is the great grandson of Sidney Thomas BUSH, who ran the Upton Inn at Upton Cheyney during the first half of the 20th Century. His Great Great grandparents, Sidney and Selina BUSH, ran the Union Inn, Oldland during the late 19th Century. So far Michael has traced his line back to Samuel BUSH, blacksmith who d. 1809 and m. Rachel NAISH in 1766 in Bitton. Any information regarding Samuel's parents would be most welcome.

Michael's line links to the THOMPSON family in Bitton by the marriage of Samuel's son, John BUSH (abt 1767 - 1823) to Mary THOMPSON in 1793, Bitton."

Michelle is researching the PARKER family of Bitton and the surrounding areas beginning with the late 1600s. The names associated with her research are: BUSH, BUTLER, CLARKE, SMALLCOMBE, WHITTINGTON.

Nancy is researching her DAVIDGE connections to ILES and SHORT of Bitton.

Nick is researching several local families: BUSH, BUTLER, COSTER, SUMPTION, and THOMPSON. He's also interested in information about the copper industry in the Bristol area.

Pat's families were in Bitton and the surrounding district throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and maybe before. She has most information about the LONG and SHORT families. Her main interests are: BRYANT, BURCHELL, HARDING, HARRIS, HAYNES, JARRET, LONG, PRIGG, SHORT, SHILL. Additional contacts with Publow and Pensford bring in the following names: BAILEY, COLES, GULLICK, SAUNDERS, WILLIAMS, WILLIAMSON.

Peggy is trying to help a friend with their ancestry and has now reached Bitton. She is looking for any information on the names: BURCHILL, JEFFERIES, PALMER and PAYNE.

Paul is researching his BROOKMAN family, from Churchill, Stock, Burrington, Somerset, documented in Bitton in the 1871 Census and later in Bristol. Associated families are GODFREY and VOWLES.

The names from the family history of my wife and I which I have done most research on from, say, 1800 to date are : HARRIS, JEFFERIES, BATEMAN, WILLIS, MILSOM, WEST, BRITON, BUSH, FUDGE, BARNES, STONE, ANDREWS. On some of these names I have got back to the late 1500s.

Rhonda is trying to identify her Isaac YOUNG and Jane, nee PERRY, who immigrated from Publow to Australia in 1850.

Richard's Anna Maria Charlotte THOMPSON, is of the Publow family that was part of the migration to Selly Oak, WOR (now WAR)

Richard Sweet
Richard is researching his SWEET family from Bitton. Associated names are BRAYNE and NICHOLLS

Rosemary has been researching the BUSH/BUSHE family, particularly the branch of the family that was active in Alveston. Some associated names are: BERTRAM, COATES, ENGLAND, PAYNTER

Sarah has been researching her husband's BUSH/BUSHE family for many years and now has a database of several thousand Bushes who lived and worked in the Somerset/Wilts/Glouc area from the 1400's onwards. Her names include: BENNETT, BERTRAM, BUSH/BUSHE, COATES, ENGLAND, JAMES (of Bristol), PAYNTER.



Tim researched, but is no longer actiely researching, the ancestors and siblings of his great-grandfather William BRYANT, born 1850 in St. George, married Anne MOSS in 1875, and migrated to the U.S.A. in 1880. Tim is also interested in the siblings of William BRYANT and Anne MOSS, as well as the associated MILSOM and JENKINS families.

Wayne is researching the YOUNG family from Bitton.

Image at top of this page; Peasants frolicking, c. 1506. Courtesy of Medieval Woodcuts Clipart Collection


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