Australia to Grantham in search of her roots

Marian Spencer (centre) with Joyce Barnes and Peter Reichelt.
Marian Spencer (centre) with Joyce Barnes and Peter Reichelt.
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A QUEST to discover her family roots led a woman living in Australia to Grantham.

Marian Spencer, of New South Wales, Australia, was raised in London but emigrated to Australia in 1967.

In recent years she has taken up the increasingly popular hobby of genealogy but never imagined it would lead her to Grantham.

Marian said: “I’ve been researching my family history for some time now but I always thought my background all went back to Manchester.

“That’s what all of the census information told me.

“But I found the 1851 census which I’d never been able to find and I found my family name had been misinterpreted as “Minson” instead of “Musson”.

“I realised it had to be my family and that was the first time there had ever been a mention of Grantham.

“So I thought, as I was coming over to England to see family, I will have to go to Grantham to find my roots, so to speak.”

Marian got in touch with Peter Reichelt and Joyce Barnes from the Grantham branch of the Lincolnshire Family History Society and last Thursday (June 16) she met up with Peter and Joyce.

Their investigations took them to Grantham Library where they found details on Marian’s great-great-grandfather, Anthony Musson, born on April 19, 1782.

Marian’s next trip was to St Wulfram’s where Anthony was baptised.

She said: “Finally, I know where and when he was born. He was baptised here at St Wulfram’s in the font.

“I’m quite delighted. It’s another little piece in the jigsaw.

“I don’t expect to go any further back but you never know.”

The Grantham Branch of the Lincolnshire Family History Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is at 7.30pm on July 20 at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Hall.

Non-members are always welcome. For more information, go to