Photoblog: Conyers Chapel and All Saints Church

The origins of All Saints Church in Sockburn stretch back to antiquity. Higbald was crowned Bishop of Lindisfarne in here in 780 or 781, and Eanbald was made Archbishop of York here in 796.

The majority of what was the church is now in ruins. The still standing portion, called Conyers Chapel, is considerably younger. It is named after John Conyers, who lived in the 13th century, and is my 27G Grandfather.

His stone effigy can be found in the …

Photoblog: Sockburn, England

Sockburn is a village in County Durham, near Darlington. It is contained within a loop of the River Tees. Today, it consists of little more than a 19th century mansion and the ruins of an ancient church.

The history of Sockburn goes back at least as far as 780, when Higbald, Bishop of Lindisfarne was crowned there. Soon after 1066, it was settled by Roger de Coigniers, my 33G Grandfather.

Earlier this month, my wife and I were honored by …

Conyers Family Connection

I’ve always been interested in genealogy. Both sides of my family have done considerable research, and have documented lines going back to about 1600. Not too shabby.

A few years back, when speaking to my maternal grandmother about her family tree, she told me she knew there was something notable about her ancestors, but didn’t know (or remember) what it was. She was the baby of the family by several years, and by the time she and I discussed it, …