Rampton Family History Report
9 April 2017
Written by Carol Merrell
Goals for March 2017
- To finished the editing project for the Henry Rampton Book. It is finished.
Some hard copies of pictures were sent to us by family members for this book and need to be returned. Jean Nelson, Helen Reeder, and I have sorted through the pictures. I am in the process of contacting family members for verification of ownership and returning the pictures. We also found among the items sent, a third version of a diary/life history of Henry Rampton originally given to his son, George Albert Rampton. This needs to be transcribed and added to our collection.
- To begin searching for all the descendants of Sarah & John Norgate 1767-1836, the grandparents of Henry Rampton. I found an interesting story I wanted to share about Frederic John Bull, a grandson of John Norgate. See Chart.
I will continue to work on the Norgate line. I believe it will take several years. There are many, many Norgate families in the area and it is difficult to place individuals in their correct families.
New research projects for 2018:
- I have been contacted by a cousin, Gill Piper, from Australia, who is a descendant of Richard Kersley and Elizabeth Staples. He has shared his records on his Kersley line with me. He also believes that Elizabeth Staples is not the daughter of George Staple and Mary Plummer of Kent, England, 70 miles away. I agree with him. There is no proof of relationship. She simple has the right name and is born in the right time period, but in another county 70 miles away. Gill and I have found 12 other Elizabeth Staples within a 50-mile radius of Herriard where Richard Kersley and Elizabeth Staples were married. These Elizabeth Staples are also born in the right time period. Gill and I are going to divide and conquer by researching each possible candidate and their families in hopes of finding a connection.
- I have also been contacted by Pauline Gale from Southampton. She is a descendant of Edward Rampton. Edward does not have a recorded christening record. He has no proof of parentage. She believes he is the son of Thomas Rampton and Katherine Kersley (or a brother to Jonathan Rampton.) His birth year is 1769, calculated from his burial record. This date makes him fit nicely in the birth order between our Jonathan Rampton 1768 and Jane 1771. There are 3 ½ years between the two siblings. It is possible.
Someone has already added Edward to the Thomas & Katherine Kersley Rampton family on FamilySearch. I plan to do descendancy research on this line also.
My Relationship to Frederic John Bull
Elizabeth Norgate William Norgate
Henry Rampton Lucy Ellen Norgate
Jane Maud Rampton Frederic John Bull
Ada Alice Hinman 8 children
Ada Jean Thorpe 25 grandchildren
From the obituary of Frederic John Bull, “For many years Mr. Bull had possessed a firm faith in the Lord and to him the resurrection promises and a future life in the Kingdom of God and its establishment on earth was the source of all hope and joy. May his loved ones also be comforted by these scriptural promises.” 26 Mar 1942 (90 years old).
I had the assignment from our last meeting to look into a blog page/website for our HRFA. We need a place to post Arlene’s research, Henry Rampton’s diaries, missionary letters, etc., reunion info, and meeting minutes. The only person I know to get expert advice from is my daughter, Brooke (34 years old). This is what she does for a living.
Jay told us in our last meeting that it would cost $2,000 to set up a new website. Brooke said it was true if we were starting from scratch, but there is another option. I told her to go ahead and write a proposal for the family to discuss at our meeting today. This is her proposal.
“Saturday April 8, 2017
I am Carol Merrell’s daughter, Brooke Banta. I’ve been working with Blogger and WordPress for 8 years with my own business Leelou Blogs I do not build websites from scratch but customize coding and themes within the WordPress and Blogger Frameworks. Both Blogger and WordPress are very user friendly and will allow for multiple authors to post on the site. Making it easier for the Rampton Family organization to delegate updating the site including the minutes, calendars, and genealogy information. With the full website built from scratch, it’s difficult to teach others how to use it as well as trusting that they won’t modify anything they shouldn’t be. WordPress and Blogger have built in limitations for users so that they cannot modify the website functionality or design.
From what my mother and I discussed about the website, I do not recommend using Blogger for a family website. It is built as a blog which is an online journal. While modifications can be made to make it act more like a website, it has limited options for integrations for calendars and other multimedia. It is a free option, but Blogger will limit the things that a website can be used for. It is only as secure as your google account.
I would recommend using a self-hosted WordPress site. The security for it is a lot better than Blogger. WordPress has a lot more options for communication, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and a multitude of Plugins that can be used easily to create photo albums, calendars, family trees, etc. It is also VERY user friendly in comparison to built-from-scratch websites. So, WordPress does require Self hosting which costs $3.95 per month or $47.40 per year. As well as the domain purchase of $15 a year.
In looking over the things that would need to be coded and customized, I can design the website for $600 whether its Blogger or WordPress. I can help my Mom build up the information that you would like on the site. I typically charge extra for site maintenance and for helping post information, but would be more than happy to help do it for free. I can help keep the site running smoothly, answer questions, and help everyone get the training they need to use it.
Between the hosting ($47.40), domain ($15), and website design ($600) the initial cost would be $662.40. Then the cost would be around $63 dollars a year for hosting services.
Please let me know if you have any questions.