Serle Family
Descendants of George Searl and Sarah Harris of Kenton, Devon, England (married 1697)
Three other Searle families from the same area of Devon

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It is a tradition in our family that we are descended from the same family as that of the Abbot Serlo (1036-1104), "a man of strong will and high personal character" (Dictionary of National Biography), chaplain to William the Conqueror and Abbot of Gloucester, where he laid the foundation of the cathedral.

The name Serle is, according to 'Surnames of the United Kingdom' (Hy. Harrison), derived from the Norman 'Serlo'.

Various relatives appear to have spelled their names Searle and Searl (in many cases the spelling was a clergyman's interpretation) and in some cases two or even three of the variations were applied to the same person.

At a certain point in our family the spelling Serle became constant, as the following pages show.


The direct line to Libby is (1) George Searl & Sarah Harris, (2) George Searl & Jone (3) George Searl & Mary Tucker,
(4) James Serle & Agnes Dunsford, (5) James Serle & Mary Southon,
(6) Walter Henry Serle & Kate Grocock, (7) Percival Serle & Dora Beatrice Hake,
(8) Katharine Beatrice Serle & John Sampson Grierson.

Photos from trip to Devon 2010 - Libby & Fred Shade

Recent Changes

Photos of James Serle, Mary Southon, Eliza Serle and Joseph Andrew added on generations 5 & 6 and the photo page, added 6 Apr 2018

The wedding of Jock Grierson and Betty Serle on generation 8 added 19 Jan 2018

Contact Libby Shade for further details
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

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The information given will be referenced by official documents, family bibles etc.
Information that is uncertain or unreferenced will not be published.
For privacy of the present generations, the family tree will halt at the generation born around the start of the 20th century.
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