I am trying to bottom out stories that my family was connected to the West Indies via the name of Tench, Cope and Woodruffe sometime before 1860.
Can anyone please advise how I may go about researching this either directly or indirectly.
Is there anyone else following these names and particularly that of Tench as a John Tench b1840 in Dudley, Worcestershire was described in the obituary of a daughter as a "Sugar Boiler" - he was a confectioner by trade but stories abound in the family of relations in the West Indies.
Kind regards. Michael Tench