The oldest known grandfather of us all. But where did he come from?
The surname is not shown in any local West Sussex records prior to Francis "appearing"
in first Chidham(1687), and then Bosham(1693) where he married, firstly, Mary WILES
and, after a 5-year marriage and Mary's death, Elizabeth CUPIN.
Discovery of land rentals by Francis in early 1700s at Bosham indicates that he was
involved in agricultural/smallholding activities in an area of the County that was
rich agricultural land and may give us a reason for him coming to Chidham/Bosham
area in the first place
The same and similair sounding surnames are recorded during the 16/17th century in:-
names such as Karvell, Carvell and Carvill are recorded
particularly in South Hampshire at Romsey, Twyford, Hursley, Bishopstoke, Eling,
Millbrook, Beaulieu, Fawley, Wellow, Upham where Kervil is often seen - but no likely
Francis birth yet found
Isle of Wight
several parishes, but a search of all parish records has not revealed a Francis.
Unfortunately many records on the Isle have not survived
isolated entries in Canterbury
isolated entries in Lowestoft. 17th century herring fleets were known to trade from
East Anglia to the South Coast