I am a great, great,niece cousin to John Thomas Arkell. My gandfather was Charles Arkell,My father was named Charles Henrey Arkell. I remember My grandmother always talking about the Arkell family. John went back to England became a farmerof barley crops which led to the brewery at swindenfrom there on it branch out all over that part of england. My cousin who lives in oxford has been there, and the present owner is from Australia, this same cousin has been doing research on the Arkell family in the u.k. and he believes our name comes the hamlet once known as Arcle (thats how it was spelt in the middle agers) all thats left now he says is a bridge over a stream. its in herefordshire.I came to the u.s.a. as a G.I.bride in 1955.but go back home as much as possible. My cousin keeps in touch we me as much as possible and knows where to go to get all the records which he has done for me. He belives he could research the Arkells back to nearly the roman times.