Royden Family History Pages

Current Research

Royden Family History Pages

Although there is an emphasis on the descendants of Alexander Royden of Chester (c1660-1721), it is intended that this site will cater for all Royden's worldwide. What is displayed on the site is only a fraction of what has been researched and not all is linked into Alexander's family. This site is far from complete (if that can actually be achieved) and will constantly be added to, so it is always worth coming back if the page lacked detail on your first visit.

Can you help with any research? Do you think your family could be linked? I would be grateful for any information on Roydens no matter how small. Would you like to submit any information for inclusion? Please email me if you have suggestions.

Recent Additions

Charles Royden (1881-1918)

Killed in action, near Arras, France, 22nd March 1918
A biography of Charles Royden, Royal Field Artillery.

New biography and photographs of WWI battlefields and cemetery. However, much more has been discovered since compiling this history and a new study is on its way.

Current Research

Thomas Royden & Sons, Shipbuilders

Currently researching and writing a history of the Shipbuilders and the family. Trying to collate as many images and information about the vessels built at the yard. Plus a history of the family (Roydens of Frankby). Any information about either gratefully received.

William J. Royden

Brother of Charles (above). Fought in the Great War in the Liverpool Scottish, returned home to be married and return to his job as a manager of a local yard. Struck down with Malaria only months after returning home from the war, while on a business trip to West Africa. His new wife took him to live out his last days to her family home in Newcastle Emlyn, South Wales, where he died in 1920.

Shawn Royden of New York

The addition of Shawn's family to Alexander's tree was the first to result entirely from the use of the internet. Shawn emailed me after coming across my local history web site to enquire if there was a possibility of us being related. After he gave me details about his immediate family, which included the crucial fact that his grandfather was orginally from Liverpool, the odds began to increase. His grandfather was John Henry Royden who had arrived in New York around 1917/18 as a merchant seaman. He may have been seeking a new life away from war-torn Europe. In fact John was already on my tree and was my great-grandfather's brother. Shawn now had his ancestry back to c1660 in an instant!

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