Since my cousin has generously put his astonishing history of our family into the public domain, I thought I would whet your appetites with some extracts. I could go on doing this for years as it is a huge work, but will look out for bits you will enjoy. Today, an introductory piece.
The plan of this book is straightforward. In Chapter 1 a general discussion, based on
documents of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, of the probable origin (in the Devonshire parish of Buckland Monachorum) of the Tapson name is followed by a preliminary account of the dispersal of the Tapson family from their Devonshire homeland. Chapters 2 to 4 present detailed evidence about the lives of family members living in the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Centuries. The Eighteenth-Century and Nineteenth-Century descendants of the branch of the Tapson family introduced in Chapter 4, to which the great majority (if not all) of present-day Tapsons belong, are
investigated in Chapters 5 to 9 and Chapter 10 Part 1. Chapter 10, Part 2, deals with Strays, a few individuals, or small branches of the Tapson family, who are not descendants, or have not yet been proved to be descendants, of the Tapsons of Chapter 4. Although no account is given of Tapsons born after the Nineteenth Century, most Tapson readers should be able to lock into the family tree provided they can trace their ancestors back to that century, a comparatively easy task.
A comprehensive work indeed. It can be seen in full and downloaded without charge at: