Search For A Relative

Listed below are a few families who have contacted the website in a search for their relatives. If you are able to shed any light, please feel free to make contact.

Paul Patrick McVeigh

I’m wondering if you could possibly help me trace information on my cousin Paul Patrick McVeigh who I believe resided in Scarning and passed away in 2019 ( possibly October.) I don’t know his wife’s name. She may be also deceased.

I would be very grateful for any information you may be able to give me to help me continue my research.

Best regards,

Eugene McCann
07876 633690

Nellie Wilkerson

The following is from Brent Eastwood from British Columbia, who is trying to find out more about the Wilkerson family. Brent owns this watercolour painting of Scarning Church.

“The painting, dated 1920, was done by a Walter James Baber.  You can find online other works by this artist. My mother (Duncan, BC, Canada) also owns two of his landscape works of unknown locations if anyone would like to solve those mysteries.

The church painting belonged to my great grandmother, Nellie Wilkerson (born in 1888), who came to Canada as a young woman  (1907ish?). She was born in Shipdham to a William James Wilkerson and Julia Wilkerson. We know so little about the Wilkerson side of the family tree and would be delighted if anyone could shed some light on it.”

If you know anything about this family, please contact Brent Eastwood –

James & Sarah Sherman

To anyone who can provide some helpful information. I am researching for an old friend and have found a James Sherman & Sarah Sherman, who I believe to have been my friend’s Great, Great Grandparents, living with their son and daughter at Battersea, London, in 1871.

The Census return has James Sherman born 1815 at Scarning and Sarah Sherman born 1831? at Raynham. The chances of James & Sarah both coming from Norfolk, meeting and marrying in London are not good. I therefore presume they would have married in Norfolk before moving to London.

Their son, also James Sherman, is given as being born 1858 at Pimlico, London, meaning they would have married and moved before or up to 1858. James Sherman born in 1815 is given on the 1871 Census as a “Farrier”.

I have not been able to find a marriage record for a James Sherman and a  Sarah in Norfolk or London at anything like the right time. The only other conclusion is that James & Sarah never married.

This is a real long shot, but hopefully, someone out there will have some helpful information.

Regards.  Brian Ekins –

James Andrews

In January 1945, a British Mosquito, which had taken off from Swanton Morley, crash-landed in Scarning near Broadway Farm. The plane was loaded with bombs and ammunition. The pilot and co-pilot were trapped in the burning wreckage and would have died had it not been for the prompt action of Walter Ward, James Andrews and Herbert Farrow, who risked their own lives to pull them out moments before the plane exploded. The men were each awarded the British Empire Medal for their gallantry.

A relative of one of the men is trying to find out more about him. In 1945, James Andrews was living at 2 Council Houses, Scarning. Before that, he lived at Fen Road.

If you have any information about James Andrews, or the events of January 1945, please contact Antoinette Thorpe.


Antoinette Thorpe writes:

“I was clearing out my Godmothers home and came across a British Empire Medal awarded to a James Andrews who lived at 2 Council Houses Scarning, with the boxed medal were several letters written between 10th Jan 1945 and the 7th May 1945. One from a Wing Commander from RAF Station Swanton Morley, one from a Will Spens Regional Commissioner Cambridge and one from the Permanent Under-Secretary of State at that time.

All the letters were showing their appreciation and admiration for James Andrews. He had apparently run to a burning plane and rescued two officers, in the words of one of the officers, James put his own safety last as there was a great danger of exploding petrol tanks and ammunition. For this, he was awarded the medal. He clearly had saved these two men’s lives.

Along with the package were some photos of who we assume to be James Andrews and a silver tankard with an inscription from the rescued officers. One was FLt Harold White D.F.C and the other FLt Michael Allen D.F.C. Of the Royal Air Force.

We do not know who this young man was but would love to trace any of his living relatives to pass over his medal.”

Update – 12/2/14

“I thought I would let you know, I have had contact from the Grandson of one of the other young men who were involved in the rescue. There were three of them all receiving B E Medals. Unfortunately, he is unable to help with tracing James descendants, however, his Grandmother has lived in Scarning all her life and is now 92 she may remember the Andrews family, he is going to ask.
However we are having a really nice dialogue, thank you.
Kind regards”



Ruth Eglen from Mutzig in France would love to hear from anyone who has an interest or who can help to trace her family. She says:

“We have managed to trace our family back to Richard Eglon and Elizabeth Cooke/Cocke, married in Scarning 12 October 1698. Richard was born in 1680, but after that, the trail has gone cold! I don’t know if Elizabeth was from Scarning, or further afield – haven’t been able to find anything more about her.

My branch of the family has now become Eglen, and mostly still live in the Norfolk area – although I now live in France. I was wondering if anybody has any further information you could add – maybe there are Eglons/Egglins/Eglens etc (or any other variations of the name!) in the cemetery? Or perhaps Eglens (etc) still in the village.”


Sheila Parker [nee Walpole] wrote:

“Hello, I just wish to say what an interesting web site that has brought such joy to me through your information and old photo’s. Many of my ancestors resided in and around Scarning, my father being born there in 1907. Sadly both his parents died in 1911& 1916 when he was a small boy and are buried in the Parish Churchyard so the old lovely pictures give me a real insight into what the village was like in their time. The 1918 School picture is a special delight as there is a chance he could be on it!  On the 1921 voters list, I found both my Great  Grandmothers! Hester Draper and some of her family including Great Uncle Sam who I remember visiting us when I was a little girl. Hester Walpole and two of her sons along with Rachel who I have yet to find if she is a daughter or daughter in law. Also, there may be a new connection, when time permits I shall do more research as my father’s stepfather was a William Mayes and Arthur and Florence on the list may have been Williams parents?

Being a bookworm myself I think the old copies of books and records are wonderful and how fortunate they have been kept for future generations. The more I look at the school photo 1918 I am convinced the boy (front row right-hand side of the left-hand window) is my father as he would be aged 11 in October of that year and always had a lovely mop of curly hair. Dabbling with a little poetry I had written of the joy with earlier Census of finding, via the Internet, both the Grandparents I never knew and now, fortunate enough to be able to view the 1911 Census it has been magical to be able to have a record of my father and his parents together for that one and only time with his father dying in July that same year and his mother in 1916.

How good to see both the old and now renewed twenty-first century Village Hall still in use, a great asset to your village social life.”

George & Mary Cross & Martha Rogers

Dale Wiseman is interested in finding out about some of his ancestors who lived and worked in Scarning for about 100 years. The family in question is that of George Cross, his first wife Mary and his second wife Martha Rogers, who lived for a long time at the Carpenters Arms. They lived in Scarning between 1800 and 1900.

If anyone has any information or are related please could they contact him



Brian Stanley (mother’s maiden name Cuthbert) has been researching his maternal grandparent’s line and has discovered that they originate from Scarning in the late 1780s. The name is originally recorded as Cudbird in 1841 but it transforms in later years to Cuthbird, Cathbert and finally Cuthbert. The earliest record is of Susannah Cudbird born in 1786 a widow living at Daffy Green with her son Samuel born in 1819 and daughter Hannah born in 1826.

David and Mary Cuthbert were his Great grandparents and he in turn was the grandson of the Susannah born in 1786. David lived in Scarning until the late 1870’s when he moved to London and became a policeman. Sometime between 1901 and 1911, he retired to Bressingham. Brian has discovered that Susannah was married to a David Cuthbird and they had twins David and Sarah – both baptised on 31 Oct 1819. In the Parish Register, the name is spelled Cuthbird. He suspects the variation in spellings is a result of the local accent at that time.

He wondered if any local residents had any information on the origin of the name or the family.


Charles Frederick Browne

Robert Stockwell writes

“Whilst working on my family tree I found a relative living in Scarning and then I found your website, which contains lots of very interesting historical information about the village. I was therefore wondering whether you or anyone else has come across Charles Frederick Browne and his family or anything about Chestnut Farm in any local documents or photos? Chestnut Farm and the Browne family are shown as residents in the 1911 Census. Frederick 43 widower, Archie 16 son, Stanley 14 son. Also Lizzie Leonard 47 and Louise Clark 14 niece. I’ve also attached the census details for New Inn, which is shown on your site. Those listed might well be some of the people shown in the image. Whether you have any information or not… may I thank you in advance for your time.”

Henry Hart & Elizabeth Hammond

James Hart writes

“Dear Residents of Scarning,
Greetings to you from a long-lost descendant of Scarning. My name is James Hart, and I am a resident of Cary, North Carolina, USA. In researching my family tree, I have discovered that I am descended from one of the earliest Englishmen to come to the New World, from your village. The information I have tells me that I am descended from Henry Hart, born in Scarning in 1595. He married Elizabeth Hammond, also of Scarning, who was born in 1601. They were married in Scarning before immigrating to Virginia in 1634. Henry Hart was the first Englishman of that surname to arrive in America.

I would think that this fact would make his ancestry of interest to many people here in the USA, yet very little is known about his early life or the family he may have left behind in Scarning. I noticed several citizens with the last name Hammond in Scarning’s 1901 census, but none by the name of Hart. This led me to wonder about his family and become even more curious about his early life.

I was wondering if anything is known about Henry and Elizabeth there in Scarning, and if there are any records of Harts living in the area in the early 1600s. I would appreciate any information that might be available. I am curious about the history of Scarning, particularly what was happening there in the 1620s that would lead my ancestor to take ship with his wife and travel to a new and unknown land. If you have any information that you think may be of interest to me, please forward it to Thank you for entertaining the curiosity of a far-away relation. I hope to travel to Scarning soon and see your village myself. Sincerely James Hart”

Adcock family

Charmian Woods is interested in the Adcock family, in particular, Abel Adcock who died on the 13th of November 1914 age 75, at Podmore Scarning, Mary Ann Adcock, his wife who died in 1926, and also Albert his son, and Lily P Adcock his son’s wife, she noticed by looking at the links on this site, that they were on the 1921 electoral roll. And she knows that Albert and Lily are buried in St Peter and St Paul church.  She hopes to find out where Mary Ann and Abel are buried and to get in contact with anyone that is related to them, She has done some research back on the Adcocks so far to around 1760, and has a few BMD certs as well, that she would love to share with fellow relations. Her e-mail address is, She hopes to come to visit Scarning at some point, once she has done some more research.