Maternal DNA test sale

March 28th, 2014

FamilyTreeDNA is having a 4 day sale on maternal DNA testing, so if you have always wanted to check out your mother’s mother’s mother’s line and find a few cousins then this might be the time to do it. If you have multiple generations of Oxfordshire ancestry on your mother’s line then please register for the test via our Oxfordshire project If not, go through the main site or find a suitable project via the project search capability.

Sale prices are as below:

mtDNAFullSequence: Addon and New Kits – was $199 US Now $139 US

mtHVR1toMEGA Upgrade: Was $149 US Now $99 US

mtHVR2toMEGA Upgrade: Was $159 US Now $89 US

If you haven’t tried DNA testing at all and have many generations of Oxfordshire family, then do please check out our Oxfordshire project. We are looking for more members, so we can trace Oxon ancestry, especially via surnames. We already have some Minster Lovell connections, so help make it more!

New edition of Graham Kew’s book on Minster Lovell

November 8th, 2013

The second edition of Graham Kew’s book containing history, walks, photos and legends on the village will be ready for Christmas 2013, priced at £9.99. To pre-order please phone Graham on 01993 775262.Grahams 2nd edition book 2013

People from Minster Lovell in WWI/WWII – do you have any information?

June 26th, 2013

Do you have any information on any of these men? We are putting together a book for the upcoming centenary of the First World War on those from Minster Lovell who served in WWI/WWII (or any other conflict) not just those who died in war. Please contact us via the Contact section if you have anything you can share!

James Harold Abraham
Edward Alsopp
Frederick Baker
Mark Baker
Stanley N. Bayliss
Horace Arthur Blake
William George Lovell Blake
George Bowles
Ernest Broad
Edward/Edwin Broadist
William Samuel Bullett
Albert Edward Butler
Harold Vipond Butler
Ivan Brogden Butler
Reginald Henry Butler
Albert James Clapton
Douglas Reginald Clapton
Sidney Joseph Constable
Daniel Cross
James William Cross
Sidney Bernard Cross
Thomas Lovell Cross
E. Crutch
Cyril Job Dix
Harold George Dix
John Dix
John Whiting Dix
William Charles Longman Jarvis
John Jones
Harold William Jordan
Philip Belcher Jordan
Francis John Kinchin-Smith
Henry Percy Lay
(William Edgar) Arnold Lenderyou
Henry Lock
Herbert Lock
Horace Lock
Carl Lovedon Luckett
Harold W. Messenger
Leonard Messenger
W. Millin
A. Mott
Thomas Frederick Norridge
Thomas Charles Payne
Charles Lovell Phipps
Francis John Pratley
George Pratley
John Saunders
Lancelot Vivian Raymond Seeley
Clement Charles Stratford
Henry Charles Stratford
William Arthur Stratford
Cyril Viner
James Warner

DNA testing for Oxfordshire family history

June 14th, 2013

For all of you who are keen on getting your DNA tested, FamilyTreeDNA have a sale on upgrades for Y-DNA testing for Father’s Day. Details are below. Do please join our Oxfordshire DNA project at if you have a long Oxfordshire heritage (going back into at least the nineteenth century over 4+ generations) and are being, or have been tested. To get decent results for comparison we recommend the Y-DNA 67 test for your surname/male line and the mtDNA fullsequence for the female line. So far we have some Harris family results from Minster Lovell in the project – let’s get some more from the village.
Notice from
From June 12, 2013 through June 19, 2013, we will reduce the following prices.
Y-DNA 12 to 25 was $49 Now $35
Y-DNA 12 to 37 was $99 Now $69
Y-DNA 12 to 67 was $189 Now $148
Y-DNA 25 to 37 was $49 Now $35
Y-DNA 25 to 67 was $148 Now $114
Y-DNA 25 to 111 was $249 Now $224
Y-DNA 37 to 67 was $99 Now $79
Y-DNA 37 to 111 was $220 Now $188
Y-DNA 67 to 111 was $129 Now $109
To order an upgrade at these special prices you may log into your personal page with your kit number and password. Click on the “Order Upgrade” button located on the right side of the menu bar. Then click on the “Special Offers” button.

Richard Potter of Charterville House

February 23rd, 2012

Richard Potter, a well-known heather grower lived in Minster Lovell from about 1900 until his death in 1922. Does anyone know if he actually grew heathers on his property while he lived here? Minster Lovell doesn’t have the best growing conditions for heathers, but we would like to solve a mystery.

The Vipond surname

February 23rd, 2012

One of the war dead for Minster Lovell is Harold Vipond Butler (baptised 1900 in Minster Lovell, died 1918 Ipswich, buried in Minster Lovell). I often wondered about his middle name. His family come from Oxfordshire for many generations. Recently I was tracking another village family and traced the family back to a Lucy Vipond who was baptised 1823 in Hardwick, Norfolk and lived in Depwade, Norfolk all her life. Her son George Vipond Byles trained as a Wesleyan Minister and was based in Witney for a time. His son Donald was born there in 1902. There must be some connection between Harold Butler and these other Viponds. Does anyone know?

H.V. Butler

H.V. Butler

Minster Lovell family tree

January 4th, 2012

We are working frantically on the family tree and now have nearly 10,000 people who lived in Minster Lovell or were in some one connected to them. Do please send in any more information you might have as we want to get it all finished by late spring 2012 to publish it online. Family stories are especially welcome.

Talk on Charterville 23rd January 2012

December 27th, 2011

Graham Kew will be giving a talk on the Charterville site at Minster Lovell on Monday 23rd January at St Kenelm’s village hall at 7:30pm. A small charge will apply. Hope to see you there!

Migration to/from Minster Lovell

December 9th, 2011

We are still gathering information on people who have come to live in the village, even for a short time, and those who have left to go somewhere else, so do contact us if you have any data. We’ve had two extra families added to our database this month from the website. Next year we hope to publish our full family tree for everyone to see. We’ve just got about 50 more surnames to complete then all the error correction to do!

Charterville in Minster Lovell and War Dead

November 10th, 2011

We are hard at work on a map showing the whole of Minster Lovell (Old Minster, Little Minster and Charterville) with names of who lived in which house from the 1400s to 1950. Do send us any information you have. We are particularly trying to trace each owner of the original Charterville plots through the sale of them after the Chartist Land Company failed and up to the families in the 1950s. Although we have many names, the challenge is matching the names to specific plots. We want to have a big display in June 2012 for the village Jubilee celebrations.

The parish council has carved two extra names on the War Memorial for Minster men who were missed off originally and they will be honoured this weekend. There is one more – unfortunately too many people were named Lock in the village because there were two men called ‘H. Lock’  which is what is carved on the memorial. We have records of Horace Lock died 30/12/1917   and  Herbert Lock died  01/11/1918, so we just need to discuss what to do with their inscriptions. We are so grateful that these extra names are being added.