The Backlers are just one line from my mother’s genealogy. My great-great grandmother was Susannah Mary Backler, great-great grand-daughter of Samuel Backler of Ashwell, Herts. Susannah’s daughter, Susannah Mary Boulding, emigrated to the United States in 1867. I migrated the other way in 1962. The Backler family provides rich fodder for the family historian throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This blog is my way of telling the stories of the descendants of Samuel Backler and his son Sotherton, whose origins were almost certainly in East Anglia.
Another ‘Backler’ blog – http://www.raybackler.com – looks at many different Backler families elsewhere in England. Ray and I so far have not managed to connect up our various families, nor have either of us confirmed connections with the many Backlers in Haverhill, Suffolk. I feel sure that back in the mists of time, many of these families come from the same origins, possibly across the North Sea in the Low Countries, and then in East Anglia.