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THE CUMPSTONS OF HULL – Master Mariners and their families

by Glenys Marriott

The tale of the Cumpstons of Hull follows the journey of a family from Westmorland to Kingston upon Hull and then outwards to the rest of the world, each generation building and learning from the experiences of the last.

The ups and downs and changes of family life are recorded here with empathy. Glenys Marriott skilfully manoeuvres the reader through a plethora of family history information through simple displays which enables a lot of information to be easily readable and understandable.

Each individual in the family is brought to life by a wide ranging variety of evidence, photographs and interviews all carefully referenced.

The mind boggling web of family inter-relationships is clarified by a clear numbering system, so the reader knows instantly from which original family an individual is descended. For example 1/2/3/4/7 would mean that 1 is the first generation noted, 2 is the second child of the first generation etc. This book would appeal to anyone interested in the seafaring history of the port of Kingston upon Hull and its associated trades in the 19th century. By using this book as a reference, it would give confidence and inspire a family historian to set down the layers and dramas of family life, thus creating their own piece of history. Novice researchers would gain a comprehensive view of the differing variety of resources available from which to glean information about their ancestors.

How lucky are the current Cumpston families to possess such an heirloom?

Pam Smith
Family History Tutor and Researcher
Associate Member of AGRA
Guild of One Name Studies 4961

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