A Visit to Abbots Leigh, Somerset....
Fred Cooper on a showery day stands in front of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh, where his wife and her ancestors rest.
In the late autumn of 2011, distant cousin Fred Cooper, who married into the Somerset, England Hollyman family, took my wife, Barb, and me on a tour of Hollyman sites west of the Cathedral city of Bristol, England.
Readers of this blog will remember that from 1554-1558, one John Holyman, served as Roman Catholic bishop of the Bristol diocese. John Holyman as born in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, and after a dangerous career in the priesthood during Tudor times, held the Episcopate during the reign of Mary Tudor.
Fred pauses by a Hollyman family memory stone. In honour of his beloved late wife, Sheila Wallace Cooper, whose mother was a Hollyman, Fred has gathered an impressive amount of genealogical data on her family. At his passing, Fred intends that a copy of the massive work on Somerset Hollymans goes to the Bristol archives.