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Jerry Hall

Series 12 - Episode 4 Jerry Hall

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Review

Jerry Hall reckons she has inherited her love of adventure from her ancestors: “I guess the pioneering spirit is in my genes,” she grins. But although she knows that her family started out in Oldham, Lancashire, before – at some point – emigrating to Texas, and that her great-grandmother had the exotic name of Parthenia, she knows very little else.

Hall’s investigations take her all over the US as she traces the movements of her pioneer ancestors, who at various times owned large chunks of farmland, often fighting native Americans in order to hang on to their newly acquired property. “I can’t believe such important information was lost all these years!” she gasps.

The trip certainly brings out the Texan in her and not just because the drawl becomes more pronounced. The outfits change, too, from raincoat and flat shoes in drizzly Oldham to Stetson and cowboy shirt in Kentucky. “Wild times,” is how she describes her family’s past, before adding, “It’s like a western movie.”

Summary

Jerry Hall sets out to discover how her father's family, who she knew were originally from Oldham, ended up in the United States, and her investigation takes her from the cotton mills of Lancashire to the plains of Texas at the time of the railroad. She also explores her mother's side of the family and discovers her ancestors' pioneering roots as they headed west across the United States at the time of the Frontier, and finds out about a connection to the original pioneer and American folk hero, Daniel Boone.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Jerry Hall
Director Russell England
Series Producer Kathryn Taylor
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