Like most extended families, the Tattersfield Family has branched out geographically over time. The most significant branching appears to have taken place around the turn of the 19th Century. It is hoped the current DNA Project will show whether or not there was a single Tattersfield family who lived in Dewsbury until the late 1700s, and spread in the subsequent two generations to found branches in several nearby parts of Yorkshire and elsewhere.
The pages below give some details of the various Tattersfield branches that ensued. By far the most numerous was the branch in Heckmondwike, which lies a mere 3 miles from Dewsbury. Other Tattersfield family branches appear – at various distances from Dewsbury – from the early 1800s, in York (35 miles), Hull (64 miles), Leeds (11 miles), Rochdale, Lancs. (25 miles) and Mirfield (3 miles).
While these distances may seem small from a modern perspective, they were sufficient, over time, for the branches of this diaspora to forget one another. However, there is strong genealogical evidence of relationships to be found in the Early Dewsbury Family Tree (Charts 10 and 12).
Now, in 2020, research has commenced to examine the Y-DNA markers of male Tattersfields from the various branches, in an attempt to prove or disprove the genetic connections.
The last page below this one gives details of the London Branch of the Tattersfields, whose connection back to Dewsbury is much less certain. It is likewise hoped that results of Y-DNA analysis for descendants of the London Branch will help eventually to clarify the relationship.
Results of the Tattersfield Y-DNA project are expected later in 2020, and will be reported on separately on this Website. Regardless of the end result, it is already remarkable that descendants of several of the main Tattersfield families are collaborating, over 200 years after the Tattersfields in Dewsbury went their separate ways, to answer the fundamental question of whether and how all Tattersfields are related.
Header Image: The branches of the famous Angel Oak tree on St John's Island, South Carolina, convey some of the complexity of studying the genealogy of the Tattersfields! Dale Dudley / Shutterstock.com