Ah well. It was a good episode, but as a Kingston, I'm naturally disappointed that it spent no time at all on Alex's Kingston ancestors.
For anyone who is interested, here is a bit of info about her Kingston ancestors:
- Alex's grandfather was identified in the programme as Charles Kingston (1911-2000). Charles was born in Dulwich, the fifth child of Edward Kingston and Winifred Sawyer. Edward, like several of his brothers (and in-laws; see below) was a butcher by profession; there used to be large numbers of Kingston butcher shops around south London, but they're almost all closed now.
Edward was the fifth of eight children (six boys, two girls) of Charles Kingston and Helen Bosworth of Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Charles and Helen's graves could still be seen in the churchyard of Lidlington old church (which is now demolished) in 1995. Lidlington is where John Bunyan was from, and the hill down ito the village is thought to be the model for the Hill of Difficulty in Pilgrim's Progress. There were several family intermarriages with the Crouch family of Lidlington.
Charles' family received a visit at some stage from a John Samuel Kingston who was researching his own family tree (and had a family tradition of butchers). What John Samuel did find was husbands for two of his daughters; Charles' fourth child, Frederick, and sixth child, George, married two of John Samuel's daughters (also called Kingston). This makes the family tree difficult to draw
John Samuel may have been inspired in his search by his mother, Catherine MacCallum, who was able to trace her own ancestry back to a MacCallum (of Glenlyon) who fought at Culloden.
Charles Kingston was active in the church, and he passed on his faith to several of his children. George Kingston (my own great grandfather) was, for a time, the head of all the Elim Pentecostal churches in England.
There isn't much known about family scandals. There was a falling out between two of the butchers (father and son) over the use of the 'Kingston butchers' name; there were a couple of illegitimate children; and there is a rumour that a village policeman confessed on his deathbed to having committed a couple of murders that he himself investigated!
Finally, some recent DNA tests have established that this branch of Kingstons were based in Paulerspury in Northamptonshire in the late 1500s, and that all the Kingstons in two villages in county Cork in Ireland are descended from a single member of this group of Kingstons; a Samuel Kingston who went to Ireland with Cromwell. The DNA testing also revealed a haplotype that is passed down the male line that is Anatolian in origin; perhaps there is a Roman soldier in our ancestry way, way back?