Gravestone of Robert and Hannah Burnell

Burnell Family Tree

This website details the family history of one branch of the Burnell family which can be traced back to Roundhay (now a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire) in the mid 17th century.

It also covers the ancestors of two of the youngest members of the Burnell family - Matthew and Peter, grandsons to Martin Burnell, the author of this site.

For five generations the family lived in the village of Little Ribston in the West Riding. The picture shows the burial place of Robert and Hannah Burnell in the churchyard in Spofforth - the local parish church.

The earliest ancestor so far traced is John Burnell, who was one of two brothers living  in Roundhay from at least 1632. It is not known for certain where he was born, but he may well be linked to Burnells living in Leeds itself around 1600.

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Origin of the name
Geographical distribution
12 generations
Little Ribston
The Rich Uncle
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