An amateur genealogist has turned the search for information on a women who died without a will into a book about three families.
John Daffurn, 67, of Rock Terrace, Stamford, decided to launch an investigation after discovering the estates of 10,000 people left unclaimed as they had not written wills.
He picked a name at random from a Government list: Isabel Greig, nee Campbell. John explained how his search began.
“Isabel had died in 1995 and my search quickly established that she had been born in Argentina and that her father was John Campbell, a rancher. However, three John Campbell’s emerged as potential fathers for Isabel and in the process the remarkable histories of these three families were uncovered.
“From Prussia and the lowlands of Scotland to the pampas of Argentina and the trenches of the Somme, their stories unfolded, as the attempt to identify the father of the illegitimate Isabel continued.
“In a show of patriotism each of the John Campbells or their children returned from Argentina to fight for the British in both World Wars, and documents unearthed told of families being torn apart by war and of the inevitable death and suffering of those involved in conflict.
“Seeking John Campbell follows the three families, from the early Scottish migrants to Argentina in 1825 to the end of World War II, as I seek to identify Isabel’s father and discover any living heirs.”
John Duffurn is now retired but previously worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has also held a number of voluntary roles. In November 2013 he broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled by train in 24 hours.
Seeking John Campbell will be released on February 3. The author will hold a signing at Walkers Bookshop in High Street, Stamford, from 11am to 1pm on February 7. Visit www.johndaffurn.com.