Early uses of the ‘Backler’ name are found clustered in parts of East Anglia. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed researching the life and times of one branch of this family – the descendants of Samuel Backler, Vicar of Ashwell Herts, who died in Ashwell in 1720, his birth date suspected to be 1662, but that is unconfirmed.
Notable among his descendants are the five Backlers named ‘Sotherton’, two of whom were apothecaries, one a 19th century vicar, and two who did not survive childhood. Of these, I have traced the descendants of the apothecaries’ families (they were father and son), and in this blog will follow the fortunes of successful and rather less successful apothecaries, the above-named vicar, a convict artist, and the waxing and waning fortunes of the several daughters.
I have yet to find how this family links with the many early East Anglian families, and in later blogs (after I finish the above stories) I will explore early records, wills and more, to set out what I know and hope that others may help with the necessary links between ‘my’ family and the others.