The Abbs Family
Tharston to New Zealand .....

From Tharston to New Zealand! An email contact was received from Tracey in New Zealand:

"I have just found your website and you have made my day. My ancestor was Robert Abbs a farmer in Tharston in the 1800's and you have photos of his headstone and his wife Louisa's which I would never have seen if it wasn't for some kind person who has taken the time to photograph them all or even knew they were there. I live in New Zealand and although I have been to UK several times it is impossible to get everywhere that my ancestors were from on the off chance that there will be a headstone for them."

Several emails later, exchanging photos and other assorted information, it was decided that between us we would see what we could find out about the Abbs family. The information below is the results of our labours. It is an on-going piece of work so may well be added to over time.

The direct family tree line from Robert Green Abbs to Tracey and her daughter is:

Robert Green ABBS (1812 - 1880)= Louisa PYMER (1815 - 1891)
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George ABBS (1836 - 1872)= Sophia MASON (???? - ????)
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George James BARTLETT (1855 - 1885)= Sophia ABBS (1856 - 1922)
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Joseph DRISCOLL (1881 - 1942)= Mary Ann BARTLETT (1880 - 1956)
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Thomas Henry William DRISCOLL (1905 - 1973)= Lilian Rose MERCER (???? - 1964)
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Thomas Joseph George DRISCOLL (1940 - ????)= Delvene Anne ROCHESTER
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Lee Grant MEETEN = Tracey Ann DRISCOLL (1965 - living)
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Katherine Anne MEETEN (1996 - living)

Looking for information on the Abbs family at The Norfolk Archive Centre led to several references some of which may be pertinent to our research.

Tracey Meeton, the descendant of the Tharston Abbs family now living in New Zealand, has now completed a book on her family history. The section on the Abbs line is available here. If there is anyone who can further add to this through additions or amendments please contact us and we will share this with Tracey in New Zealand or make direct contact with Tracey at tmeeten@slingshot.co.nz.