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* The Raven Family originating from Norfolk & Suffolk*

Updated April 9, 2006

I am researching the RAVEN family tree which is on the paternal side of my mother's family tree.

I started in 2004 with only my mother's birth certificate to go on. It has been a fascinating journey with several interesting and curious discoveries along the way. A few skeletons have eventually emerged from cupboards and I have been very lucky to find living relatives all who have been very helpful, some more than others.

I aim to find out more about HERBERT ROBERT RAVEN, born in Norwich, Norfolk, UK in May 1901. He was something of a character and has been called a "lovable rogue" by one member of his family and something less charitable by another! So far I have discovered two trials, two proven marriages and possibly another.

He had two known aliases. The first was ANTHONY RAY which he used in Ireland in the late 1920's and early 1930's. The other was TOM BUTCHER which he used at later date. Herbert Raven is known to have married a LYDIA BUTCHER and had two sons, possibly ROBERT and ANTHONY BUTCHER born probably in the 1930's or 40's. Whether Lydia's maiden name was Butcher, I do not know as I haven't discovered a marriage certificate yet. I do know they are supposed to have lived in Margate, Kent at some time.

Other names I have in the tree are DAWSON, WHISTLER, WHARFE, ROYAL, STEMPER and TOWLER among others.

If anyone has any information, especially on HERBERT ROBERT RAVEN, however insignificant it may seem, I would appreciate them contacting me. Thank you in anticipation.

Andrew Jell

Andrew Jell

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