Pontings of Berkeley & Kensington, London

I have been researching my Ponting Ancestry for over 15 years. This website was originally based on the two volumes of the family history that I wrote predominantly for immediate family members although copies are lodged with Gloucestershire County Records Office and Kensington Public Library. Further background to my research can be found in the introduction. I have now added further sections for my Barton and Veness ancestry, both of which I have been researching for much longer. 

Since this website has been published I have been contacted by a number of distant cousins who have allowed me to share their stories which has added significantly to the site. Where information has come from others I have tried to give credit for this in the text. I am very happy for anyone to share information from this site, although an acknowledgement would be nice, and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone else interested in any aspect of this research, whether this is to share stories, correct errors or fill in gaps. Please contact me at caroline@ponting-family-history.org

When I first started writing up my family history I liked to include a reference to support every fact, birth, marriage, death, etc, but this quickly became cumbersome, so I have stopped and have recently started deleting some of these early references. Today everyone is much more aware of the 'normal' sources of family history research so, in future, only where a fact comes from an unusual source will I make reference to that source.   

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What's New

June 2021 - Vol III - Appendix M - Wood has been expanded somewhat. Another interesting Barton/Wood connection uncovered.  

May 2021 - Further information added to Vol. IV - Appendix H - Stranack including some interesting Belgium connections.  Extracts from "Frant - a Parish History plus more added to Vol. III - Appendix I - Crowhurst. Plus some additions to Appendix H  - The children of George Ponting & Hester Cullimore

January 2021 - Further information added to Vol. IV - Chapter 11 - about James Veness and Margaret Cornford, particularly about their children. Plus some updates to Chapter 12 - James William Veness and Charlotte Edith Pocock.

November 2020 - Volume III - Barton has gone through major re-organization. Hopefully all parts "make sense" and links now work correctly.   

October 2020 - Further information relating to Hester Ponting, daughter of George Ponting and Hester Cullimore (Appendix H

August 2020 - Google search bar added to homepage. 

March 2020 - Further  information and photos added to Ann Ashton nee Ponting and her descendants in "The children of  William Ponting and Fanny Jones" (Appendix C)

January 2020 - Chapter 14  - "The children of Dudley and Grace Ponting" expanded to include photographs from Arthur's descendants and some of my family's personal memories.

June 2019 - Further information and photos of John Jones Ponting's children (Chapter 9) including "Aunty Sissie's journal"

April 2019 - Further information added relating to Frederick Hewitt Ponting, son of John Jones Ponting (Chapter 9). 

June 2017 -  Further information added relating to Hermina Ponting, Iris Ponting, grandchildren of John Jones Ponting (Chapter 9). Finished (for now) Volume III (Barton) & Volume IV (Veness)

May 2017 - Further information and photos posted relating to Mary Ponting Merrett and her children in "The children of James Merrett and Martha Ponting" (Appendix D). Further information and pictures of the Foxwells in "Jones of New Park" (Appendix K)

April 2017 - Further information and photos received relating to William Ponting and Jane Evans and their family  in "Children of George Ponting and Hester Cullimore" (Appendix H)

March 2017 - Further photos added to many pages, particularly John Jones Ponting (Chapter 9), William Ponting (Chapter 10). Further information and photos received relating to Marion Jones Daniell and family - Children of William Ponting and Fanny Jones (Appendix C).  Started work on Volume III (Barton) & Volume IV (Veness). Both still works in progress.

January 2017 - Website published. Lots more information relating to John Jones Ponting's children (Chapter 9), Dudley James Ponting (Chapter 13) and Grace Florence Pyne (Appendix N) than previously known.