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Any Gurney Connection?

This article was published in November 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Born and brought up in Dunstable, little did I realise until very recently that one side of my family came from Eaton Bray and were in fact part of the Gurney clan.

My great great grandfather Thomas Stevens married Elizabeth Gurney at Eaton Bray Parish Church in December 1849. Elizabeth was a local girl and in the 1841 census she was living at Church End, Eaton Bray with her parents - father Matthew (aged 40), mother Sarah (also 40) and her siblings Mary, William and Anne. When she married Thomas it looks like she had two children already, Naomi and Priscilla and by 1851 she, her two children and Thomas were living in the Comp and he was a shepherd. They also had three children together, Jesse, Sarah and Edward and it is Sarah Stevens who is my great grandmother.

I then found the family had moved to Dunstable by 1861 and were living at the Rising Sun public house in Edward Street.

I just wondered if there was anyone else who might be doing some family history work and had found that they have any connections with this branch of the Gurney family - or even the Stevens'. If so I would love to hear from you (please use the contact page).

Source: Focus, November 2007