Hi everyone, The earliest of my ancestors whom I can be certain of was John Fare. John Fare has to have been born sometime prior to 1685, as John Fare of Layton married Jennet Crookall of the Poole in the parish of Poulton on 27-02-1703/4 at All Hallows Church, Bispham, Lancashire (source: Lancashire parish records). Layton is nowadays a suburb of Blackpool in Lancashire. John Fare, a yeoman of Layton died in 1729 and was buried 3-06-1729 at All Hallows Church, Bispham. I haven't found a record that states his age at the time that he died. However, we can be certain this is the same John Fare, as probate records dated 1-12-1729 for John Fare of Layton, Bispham (source: Lancashire Archives ref: R35A/9) show that the estate of John Fare was valued on 28-11-1729 at 31 pounds and 1 shilling and that the estate was administered by his widow Jennet Fare and Cuthbert Crookall of Poole within Marton. The copy of the handwritten probate record doesn't seem to name anyone else of interest, such as their children. Jennet died as Jennet Fare (a poor widow) of Layton and was buried 27-02-1742/43 at All Hallows Church, Bispham, Lancashire (source: Register Burials: 1720-1753, page 31, entry 8) This is all fine and well, but where and when were John Fare and Jennet Crookall born, and who were their parents? I have not been able to find a baptism record for either of John Fare or Jennet Crookall. Nor have I been able to determine how Jennet Crookall is related to Cuthbert Crookall. It is interesting though, that in the generations following their marriage, Cuthbert Fare is a common name. Prior to this marriage between John and Jennet there don't seem to be any Cuthbert Fare's in the Lancashire records. This makes me wonder whether Cuthbert Crookall could be Jennet's father and/or brother. Note that a Cuthbert Crookall of the Whiniheyes married a Sarah Bankes of Layton on 25 Jul 1706 at All Hallows, Bispham, which is just a few years after Jennet Crookall married John Fare. There is a family tree in familysearch however that is clearly wrong, as John Fare cannot have married at the age of 12 and his alleged father is also far too old and so is Jennet Crookall!!! So that tree should be discounted entirely. I do have a reasonable theory as to who John Fare's parents are, but was wondering whether any of you Top Dog experts might come to a different conclusion. Given that the Fare family lived in the Fylde district of Lancashire for many generations, and many of them were small independent farmers (yeoman) I think it is most probable that John's parents were also from thereabouts, but to date I haven't considered whether there could be any possibilities outside of Lancashire. Note that Fare can be alternatively spelt ffare in some of the handwritten records, the ff being handwriting for the capital F as some records also spell February as ffebruary. Fare and Fair and Faire may also be the same name.