This is currently a website under construction.
It essentially consists of the family tree of Robert Stock, born
about 1671, in Essex. He married Maria Bambrick in Hempstead on
14th April 1696. After Maria died in 1705, Robert married Martha
Jackson, again in Hempstead, on 12th September 1706. His third
marriage (possibly illegal) was to Mary Jackson in or around Fleet
Prison London on 6th July 1714.
The 'scope' of the tree is to record all known activity (births,
deaths, marriages, census information etc.) of the descendants of
Robert Stock. However, no research has yet been done to extend the
tree very far into female marriages. All known female marriages
are recorded together with the husband and all their children. But
the 'fate' of those children is not recorded on the tree - even if
known. This is a practical point and not a philosophical one. The
amount of research work involved has been very substantial - even
for the "Stock" line. To develop the tree similarly for
hundreds of other surnames would involve an untenable amount of
effort at this stage.
Given that scope, this family tree comprises around 3,200
individuals (and growing). Although I am the self-appointed 'chief
scribe' and guardian of this tree, it is the combination of a lot
of effort by a lot of people. In other words, parts of the tree
were discovered by "living relatives" on the tree who
have volunteered their own part of the tree - only validated,
referenced and recorded by myself. My thanks go to them all
in making this tree possible.
In particular, however, this Stock Tree owes a lot to some early
researchers who dug out the backbone of the tree. These include
Sandra Stock in New Zealand, and Lesley Stock (now Lynch) in
Sunderland. Without their pioneering work, much of the tree might
have lain hidden for ever.
More people who belong to this tree remain hidden. This is due to
some unknown marriages, incomplete and uncertain parish records,
and unexplained absences from census data. The search will
continue, as will the development of this site. Meanwhile,
additions, corrections, or comments are always welcome, and can be
made by using the link above. One thing currently missing is
images of census sheets, certificates, and a few photographs. All
factual data gleaned from the census is, however, included in the
The site will develop once the author has done more research and
developed some web creation skills. This may take some time!