Links to the families of Wansbury, Plummer, Lane & Streatfield from West Kent & Surrey.

The known surnames of persons in this group to 5th cousin level are; Wansbury, Cansfield, Lane, Peak, Streatfield & Gates.

A descendant of William Wansbury, #261 & Emma Dinah Lane, #249 from Shoreham, Kent, is Emma Kate Stevenson #8266, (3rd cousin). There are other trees with links to the Wansburys but their DNA tests show NO connection. Somewhere around Robert or Richard Wansbury #540 or his father William Wansbury, #2103 the link is broken. Where and why this is is not known at this stage.

In the case of the descendants of Elizabeth Wansbury, #2105 who married Thomas Cheeseman, #2106 I suspect that a number of Cheesman lines, a very common name in the area, claiming descent from Elizabeth Wansbury are mistaken as there is no DNA link to other DNA tests also claiming to be linked to this couple. Just to make matters more complex a DNA match to Lydia Port, #8132 married to Sidney Thomas Stringer, #8120, who is a descendant of Elizabeth has shown up. This is via Jane Stevens, #8115, her mother Jane Bashford, #7982 and her mother Elizabeth Cheeseman, #7878. Lydia had a son, Charles Port, #8133 with an unrecorded father before marrying and Jessica Connor has a match to her but also to my DNA. Sidney Stringer is, I think, most likely to be Charles Port's father based on these results.

In another case there is a DNA test that suggests a link to Sarah Jane Wansbury, #7790 who is said to have married George Blundell but there is NO DNA link in trees said to have this link. This may be because there are several possible candidates for Sarah and George, the Blundell family in Kent is very large.

The other names that may be connected to the Wansbury families on Ancestry so far are Boyes, Ryder & Healy but need more work.

A link to John Streatfield, #585 & Mary Gates, #586 of Sevenoaks, is from a line to Frederick John Thorogood, #8334 (5th cousin, once removed), a line I had not explored before and a good confirmation of the tree back to this pivotal pair.

Descended from children of Dinah Streatfield, #244 and James Lane, #243, are links to descendants of four Lane children of Henry Lane, #547. These are Jesse, #814, William, #815, Elizabeth, #881 & Josiah, #4999. The descendants of Elizabeth are all in New Zealand from her marriage first to George Towersey, #2158 and then William Dunn, #2163. A number of tests on both Ancestry and MyHeritage show links to Hutchings too from the same source.

Other surnames linked to the NZ connections are Hutchings, Passfield, Keever & Buchanan.

Page updated on 27/9/19.