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  1. Thank you so much for your comment, it’s very appreciated. It’s been awhile, but soon I’ll continue documenting Dad’s diaries and transcriptions.

  2. I too am a member of the Tapping clan, a descendant of John Tapping & Elizabeth Gawdrey. This site was a wonderful find. I would like to add my thanks to Mark who helped me years ago and set me on the right path with some vital information. I now have a ‘tree’ of over 900 ancestors.

  3. Hi Mark,

    I’ve been researching a relation who was stationed on Lundy Island as a coastguard, and came across information about the naturalist and diarist Bruce Frederick Cummings [1889-1919] who wrote under the alias W. N. P. Barbellion.

    I think your Edith Mary Tapping may be mentioned in his diaries, published as `The Journal of a Disappointed Man’ in 1919.

    http://www.pseudopodium.org/barbellionblog/book.php@cat=7.html

    The extract is as follows…

    June 9, 1909
    `The governess is an awfully pretty girl. We have been talking together to-day and she asked me if I were a naturalist. I said ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘Well, I found a funny little beetle yesterday and Mr S—— said I ought to have given it to you.’ Later, I felt she was looking at me, so I looked at her, across the beach. Yes! it was true. When our eyes met she gave me one of the most provokingly pretty smiles, then turned and went up the cliff path and so out of my life — to my everlasting regret. Return to-night in a cattle steamer.’

    Edith Mary Tapping is listed as governess in the household of Mr Saunt and his family on the island two years later in the 1911 census. So if Edith was on the island in 1909, she might well have been the lady mentioned. She was the only governess on the island in 1911. Cummings was at the time about 20 years old. He died in 1919 of multiple sclerosis.

    Regards, Wendy

  4. It great to know what my gran went through, some is different to what (mum) Jane had told me.

  5. Fantastic finding out history about my father-in-law.

  6. Fantastic site. I imagine Mark to be very proud of your efforts here. Thank you. Going back to John Tapping (1712-1793) and Elizabeth Gaudrey (1713-1793), your family descend from their son William Tapping (1757-1830), whereas we descend from his brother Thomas (1741-1804). So very distant relations but relations nevertheless!!!

  7. This is a great site. Mark provided me with a lot of help when I started to research my Tapping Family. I know that he has written a lot of interesting articles for various journals and it would be great to see them replicated here. I didn’t know he had passed a way – very sad but this site would be a great celebration of his work and memory.
    Thank you – Ken Tapping

  8. Great website – I did not know your dad personally but we all know who he was and what he did.

  9. What a wonderful memorial you’re creating.
    I’ll certainly be back on a regular basis!
    Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Evelyn in Montreal

  10. My father was born 6/1/23 in Cooksville, Illinois USA. He was a member of the 111th Field Artillery BN., 29th Inf. Div. I enjoyed your father’s story about Seaton Barracks. My dad was stationed there from Sept 43 until he embarked for Omaha Beach on D-Day. He got together every summer with many of his Battery buddies. I heard many fond memories about Seaton Barracks around a campfire when I was growing up. I commend you for your project of releasing your father’s diaries and memories. I really enjoyed them. Thank you.

  11. Well done on this effort. It makes you realise what people considered relevant to note down in their personal diaries at the time, and for you and your family, you can look at it even if the diaries happen not to be close by – all you have to do is access your blog! Great effort!

  12. This is so stunning, I can’t wait to ready more!


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