The aim of ‘From Lancs to the Levant’ is to provide a platform for sharing information on the various branches of my family ancestry. I have been researching my family history for many years and until now, have shared my finds with interested relatives and fellow researchers via email. This isn’t a particularly efficient method as it potentially excludes other people I don’t know, who are researching the same or similar strands, or those with related subject interests who could expand our knowledge.
Why Lancs to the Levant?
Well my father’s family all came from the county of Lancashire, England. Their older roots however were in Scotland, Ireland and other parts of Northern England. The key surname lines I am interested in include MCMELLON, (MCMILLON/ MCMULLEN), CARR and COTTON.
My mother’s family came from further afield. Her maternal ancestry is firmly rooted in Cornwall and the family names of TAYLOR and FAULL.
Her paternal line however, consisted of expatriot merchants from Malta who settled in Constantinople (Istanbul) and Smryna (Izmir) in Turkey during the nineteenth century. At that time, the Eastern Mediterranean was known in the West as the ‘Levant’, so non-Turkish residents of that area, and in particular, the trading community, were known as ‘Levantines’. The key names in this branch include CALLUS, GRISCTI (GRISTI) and POUHALSKI (PUCHALSKI). I am also interested in a number of families associated through marriage to other siblings. These include BURGUY and VAN MILLINGEN.
It will take me a while to build up the content for each surname area of course but I hope readers will find this site of interest and will return regularly for updates. Please feel free to contact me to comment on any of my pages or posts.