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March 11, 2011

March 10 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 10   –   What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

As far as I know religion has not played a significant role in my family.  We are C of E (Church of England) which is the Anglican denomination.  But we are not really churchgoers apart from attending Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals.  It’s not because we are not religious in any way.  We all have our own beliefs and as one family member puts it, “I don’t have to attend church to show my religious beliefs or pray”.

I have not really come across any particular females in my ancestors who were anything other than churchgoers.  I have several male ancestors who were Church Wardens for their churches.

But, there is one female ancestor, that I have already mentioned here in this theme for Women’s History Month for March 8th, who probably did serve her church in some capacity.  That is Annie Humphreys, whose diary extract I have mentioned in a post for March 8th and also under my menu for Pages, Old Documents.

In one of Annie’s extracts dated January 1866 she says: 

Jan.:  Went to a “Dorcas” Meeting at Stockwell Lane, a great many ladies present. Worked until 8.

Stockwell Lane is in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, UK and as I did not know what a “Dorcas” Meeting was I looked it up on the internet.  The Wikipedia states the following:

Dorcas Society

A Dorcas Society is a local group of people, usually based in a Church, with a mission of providing clothing to the poor.

So it looks as though my ancestor Annie Humphreys did serve her church although I have no idea if she continued attending “Dorcas” Meetings, as I have not seen her Diary for myself.

March 10, 2011

Surprises! – I have another Award!! One Lovely Blog Award :-)

Filed under: AWARDS, One Lovely Blog Award, SURPRISES! — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 12:26 am

 

I’m delighted and very honoured to have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys.  Thank you so much Aillin for this lovely surprise.  :-)  :-)  :-)  (See, it’s making me smile a lot)!!

We are given very few rules for accepting the award and they are as follows:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link. 

2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

The 15 other blogs I have chosen to pass the One Lovely Blog Award on to are mainly fairly new ones to me and I have chosen them because I have found them interesting, helpful, and always a pleasure to visit.  Some also combine scrapbooking with their genealogy, which is something I like very much and some cover research in the UK, as I do.

Congratulations to the following 15 blogs, I’ve enjoyed my previous visits to your blogs and look forward to visiting you many times again.

1.   Pete at A Brummie Family Tree

2.   MarDi at A Hoyt Family Genealogy

3.   Liz at Entwined Roots

4.   Sue at Family Folklore Blog

5.   Anita at Family Tree Rings

6.   Ros at GenWestUK

7.   Julie at Grave Encounters

8.   Cheryl at Heritage Happens

9.   Kim at Heritage Heart

10.   Kathryn at Kathryn’s Quest

11.   Rosemary at London Roots Research

12.   Renee at Renee’s Genealogy Blog

13.   Denise at The Family Curator

14.   Jennifer at The Scrappy Genealogist

15.   Vicki at World War II London Blitz Diary 1939-1945

Many thanks again Aillin for choosing my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.  :-)

March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Dad’s Shipmates in 1945

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Wordless Wednesday — Tags: , , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:27 pm

I have two photos taken in 1945 that have been passed to me by my Mum, of my Dad and his shipmates from when he was in the Merchant Navy during WWII.

My dear Dad is the second from the right as you look at this photo, but is not in the second photo.  I would love to find out what happened to his shipmates and just wonder how I would begin to search for them?  The third pic is of the reverse of the second photograph where four of Dad’s friends have signed it.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

Reverse of original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

Wednesday’s Child: Sister and Brother – Ann and Thomas Lovegrove

My ancestor Betty Read, the niece of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read married Thomas Lovegrove in Great Haseley, Oxfordshire, UK  on 7th October 1769.  (Betty is my female ancestor for today’s March 9 post for Women’s History Month – Fearless Females).

She and Thomas had six children but sadly lost two of them.  Their daughter Ann was born in 1775 but died less than a year later in 1776.  In 1778 two years after Ann died, Betty and Thomas had a son Thomas (named after his father).  Sadly he died in 1790 aged 12 years old. 

Ann and Thomas junior are both buried at Great Haseley and when we visited the churchyard there it was amazing to find that nearly all the tombstones were completely unreadable through the ravages of time.  So we did not find exactly where Ann and Thomas (or any of my numerous ancestors) were buried, but we know they are there somewhere.  They won’t be forgotten.

Sadly for Betty, her husband Thomas died just two years after his son.

March 9 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 9 – Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

I decided to show the Marriage Licence for my ancestor Betty Read who married Thomas Lovegrove.  Betty is the niece of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

Here is a copy of the Marriage Licence:

Copy of original document in my private collection (obtained from the Oxfordshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

This is a transcript of the above document:

                                                                                  October 6th 1769

 Appeared personally Thomas Lovegrove and made oath that he is of the parish of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford of the Age of Thirty four years and upwards and a Batchelor And intends to intermarry with Betty Read of the same parish of the Age of Twenty Three years and upwards and a Spinster

 To this Deponent not knowing or believing any Lawful Lett or Impediment by reason of any Precontract entered into before the Twenty Fifth Day of  March 1754 consanguinity Affinity or any other lawful Means whatsoever to hinder the said intended Marriage and Prayed a Licence to Solemnize the same in the parish Church of Great Haseley Aforesaid and and further made oath that the usual place  of Abode of him this Deponent hath been in the said parish of Great Haseley for the space of Four Weeks last past

Same day

the said Thomas Lovegrove

was sworn to the truth hereof                                                 Thos. Lovegrove

Before me

             T. Cox T …(?)

Betty Read married Thomas Lovegrove on 7th October 1769, the day after Thomas signed this document.  I know Betty and her family were from around Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (which is where they married) and thought that Thomas’ family were also from there.  But this document shows he only lived in Great Haseley for the previous four weeks, obviously to get the Licence, so I wonder where he was living before.

This Licence also shows that Betty was only 23 when she married although Thomas was a bit older at 34 years old.  A fair sized gap in age between them!  Betty and Thomas went on to have 6 children and I am including two of their children in this week’s Wednesday’s Child post.

I have another document concerning Betty (Read) Lovegrove, a Discharge of Legacy, dated 1804 when she was now known as Betty Burgess, having married again after Thomas Lovegrove died.  I have shown this Discharge of Legacy previously on the blog (under the Pages section, Old Documents, Discharge of Legacy), but will show it again here as Betty is my female ancestor for this day and I have the two documents concerning her!

The Discharge of Legacy:

Copy of original document in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

And the transcript for this document:

We William Burgess of Great Haseley in the County of Oxford Labourer and Betty his Wife – one of the Nieces and Legatees named in the Last Will and Testament of Rachel Read late of Tiddington in the Parish of Albury in the same County Spinster deceased DO hereby acknowledge that we have this day had and received of and from Michael Read of Lower Winchendon in the County of Bucks – yeoman a Nephew and the Devisee named in the said Will of the said Rachel Read the full sum of Thirty Pounds in Satisfaction and Discharge of the Legacy of that amount which by the same Will is given to she the said Betty and directed to be paid within six calendar months next after the Testatrix’s Decease As Witness our Hands this 11th Day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

Betty Burgess

Witness, Edward Read; the mark X of William Burgess

 

Betty married William Burgess on 14th May 1796 at St. Martin’s, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK  (four years after Thomas Lovegrove died).  Betty and William did not have any children together.

Betty lived a long life for those days, 74 years and because it was the Discharge of Legacy for her that pointed me in the direction of many of my other ancestors, she has become rather special to me.  :-)

Update to March 7 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

When I was writing the post for March 7 in this series, for some reason WordPress were having some technical difficulties which were preventing the uploading of photographs to our blog posts.  So for that post I mentioned that I will add the photo later when I was able to.

This is just an update to say that I have now been able to upload the photograph I wanted to use for that post.  And it also means that I have slightly changed the wording of the post too.  :-)

March 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert and Mary Read

Yesterday for Amanuensis Monday, I gave details of a Memorandum concerning my ancestor Joseph Read.  Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is about Joseph’s father, Robert Read (1740 – 1799).  Robert is one of the sons of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and is who I am descended from.

Robert Read married Mary Lee (1740 – 1828) in 1767 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK and they had eight children.   Robert was a Tallow Chandler (I expect he did very well with this occupation as everyone needed candles to see by once it got dark) and he also owned the Cross Keys Tavern in Market Square, Aylesbury.  (You can see a pic of this here on my blog).

Original photograph taken by me at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011

 

As you will see the inscription can barely be seen.  This is another of my Read ancestor’s tombstones on the wall in the Lady Chapel of St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  (In other Tombstone Tuesdays I have shown the stone for Robert’s daughter Catherine James and also the stone for her husband, James James).

A few years before I took this photograph another “new” cousin had kindly sent me the inscription and from this you will see just how much has now become lost over time!

To the memory of

Robert Read

Late of this Town

who died the 2nd August 1799

and

Mary his wife

who died March 20th 1828

Aged 89 years

 

I think it is very sad that most of this inscription is all but disappeared, but at least I know what was on the stone and those details are noted in various places as well as on this blog now.

March 8 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 8 – Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

I was thinking that maybe I could not write something about this as we have no diaries, journals or anything like that from any female ancestors.  But, then I remembered that a few years ago a “new” cousin sent me extracts from the diary of one of our shared ancestors, Annie Humphreys. 

I actually have a transcript of the extracts here already on the blog under the Pages section – Old Documents – Transcript of Diary Extracts (where you will also find transcripts of the diary extracts of Annie’s husband John Hughes Cox) but I will show Annie’s diary extracts again here in this post as it is for this theme.

The Diary was that of Annie Humphreys (1843 – 1909) who later married John Hughes Cox (1841 – 1913) whom she writes about in some entries.  They married in 1866 at Haddenham Baptist Chapel, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, UK. 

Extracts from the Diary of Annie Humphreys – 1864

July 1864: Mr. Edward Clark called and I saw the dear little baby for the first time. Mr. Wm. Clarke and Mr. Shrimpton called. Aunt and Uncle Rose from Eythrope drank tea and supped with us. John tells me his Mother is very poorly.

July 24th: At Lane End. Mr. Butcher there and Mr. Robert Munger. John and I went a walk to Bitchendon. The scenery is truly picturesque.

July 25th: John and I went through Leighton Buzzard to Woburn where we left the horse and chaise and walked in the park and gardens. We to Brogborough to Mr. Checkleys.

July 26th: John and I had a nice ride to Bedford. James Checkley living at Brogborough now.

July 28th: Returned to Lane End. Mr. and Mrs. Cox were gone to a party at Cranwell. I can truly say the more I see of my friends at Lane End the more I like them.

July 30th: Mrs. Cox of Bitchendon has kindly invited me to make one of her party at Velvet Lawn. Poor Mrs. Little has met with a sad accident by setting fire to herself.

Oct. 17th: Today I suppose Miss Dodwell has changed her name into Mrs. Rose. I hope they will be happy and think in all probability they will. I believe them to be much attached to each other.

Feb. 1865: John Rose from Aylesbury preached. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clarke and John came. I think Mrs. Clarke such a very nice young lady. I really do not know where to look for her equal.

Jan.: Went to a “Dorcas” Meeting at Stockwell Lane, a great many ladies present. Worked until 8. Met Miss Carrie Clarke of Haddenham. Aunt from Pinner has persuaded Papa to have his likeness taken, so have been to Mr. Paynes, Aylesbury. Mr. W. Rose from Haddenham came.

That is all I have of extracts from Annie’s diary and so wish I had more.  The cousin who sent the above has sadly died and I know he had more extracts, a photo of Annie and John and other bits and pieces of great interest. 

I just don’t know if it would be the right thing to do to now ask his son what was done with my cousin’s genealogy research, photos, documents etc..  What do you think?  Should I ask?

March 7 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 7 – Share a favourite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

I’m sure over the years both my Mum and my Grandmothers cooked many wonderful meals for us but there hasn’t seemed to be any favourite recipes passed down to us!

So, I will mention here instead about one Christmas meal, about 1970-ish, that I won’t forget.  Here is a photo taken at that time:

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

The reason this meal was special is because it was at a time when my Aunt Winnie Tucker (nee Read) came for a visit from her home in Bermuda.  My dear Dad last saw his sister when he was about 11 years old or so and so for him this was a really special visit. 

The photo  shows my parents, my Grandfather John Read (who also was seeing his daughter for the first time in many many years), my brother John, (my other brother Alan was taking the photograph) and my cousin Heather (Aunt Winnie’s daughter), who was meeting us for the first time in her life, so, it was a very special and memorable meal for all of us.

(My Dad is at the end of the table, near the Christmas tree.  His sister (my Aunt Winnie) is next to him one side and his father (my Granddad) is sitting next to him the other side.  My cousin Heather is between my Grandad and myself and my brother John is sitting next to Aunt Winnie and my Mum is at the end of the table nearest the camera.  (On my lap is Susie, on Mum’s lap is Bobo and wandering about somewhere nearby was Dora – our three Poodles).

After the brief visit with Aunt Winnie, she went back to Bermuda and we have never seen her again.  Sadly she died a few years ago, but I am thrilled that I had the chance to meet her and Heather and also thrilled that I have one special photo to treasure of that very wonderful occasion.

March 7, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Memorandum of an Agreement – Joseph Read and Acton Chaplin – 1815

Filed under: Amanuensis Monday, DAILY BLOGGING THEMES — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 11:41 pm

Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.

John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.

A few years ago I was able to go to the Buckinghamshire (UK) Record Office and take photos of some of the accounts and letters of my ancestor Joseph Read (1779 – 1856) of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  Joseph is the grandson of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and the son of Robert and Mary (nee Lee) Read, who I am directly descended from.

Today for Amanuensis Monday I show a Memorandum for an Agreement that Joseph signed with Acton Chaplin regarding the purchase of land.

Photograph of original document taken by me at Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011

 

The original Memorandum carried on to the back of the above page:

Photograph taken by me of original document at the Buckinghamshire Record Office - copyright 2011

 

Transcript of the above document:

Memorandum of an Agreement made this nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifteen Between Acton Chaplin of Pitchcott in the County of Bucks Esquire of the one part and Joseph Read of Aylesbury in the same County Yeoman of the other part.

Whereas the said Acton Chaplin hath contracted and agreed with the Trustees and Executors of the last will and testament of Acton Chaplin Esquire his late Father deceased for the purchase of divers freehold and leasehold Messuages Lands and Hereditaments and amongst them of the leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land hereinafter mentioned with the Appurtenances

Now it is hereby agreed between the said Acton Chaplin (party hereto) and Joseph Read as follows

That the same Acton Chaplin and all other necessary parties shall and will on or before the twentieth day of June next convey and assure unto him the said Joseph Read his Executors and Administrators or whom he or they shall direct or appoint All that leasehold close piece or parcel of arable land situate lying and being in the Township of Aylesbury aforesaid called Crown Leys containing by admeasurement Thirteen acres three roods and thirteen perches together with the crop of Beans now growing thereon and all Appurtenances thereto belonging -

That on the execution of such conveyances the said Joseph Read shall pay for the purchase of the same the Sum of seven hundred and eighty pounds with lawful Interest thereon from the said twentieth of June to the completion of the purchase in case the purchase shall by any means be delayed after that day

That the said Joseph Read shall be let into immediate possession of the said premises and pay all Taxes and outgoings therefrom from Lady Day last up to which time all outgoings shall be cleared by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors

That the Expences of making out the Title shall be paid by the said Acton Chaplin or the said Trustees and Executors and those of the Conveyances by the said Joseph ReadThat in case it shall happen that the contract so entered into by the said Acton Chaplin with the said Trustees and Executors shall not be carried into effect by reason of any defect of Title to any part of the premises so agreed to be purchased by the same Acton Chaplin or otherwise then this present Agreement shall be void as to the said Sale to the said Joseph Read and in that case all just allowances shall be made in respect of the occupation of the said Crown Leys to be settled by Arbitration in the usual way between the parties in case they should differ about the same

As Witness their Hands

Acton Chaplin 

Joseph Read

  

At the time this Agreement was signed, Joseph was 36 years old (one year older than Acton Chaplin).  Joseph was married and five of his ten children were born by the year he signed this document.

Joseph Read was a farmer or Yeoman as it states here, but he also owned a brickmaking factory in Aylesbury and by the time of the 1851 Census he was employing 90 people (it’s unclear whether this is men, women, or something else) and 6 Labourers.

I researched the other gentleman he signed the Agreement with and was unable to find out very much about him.  Acton Chaplin was born on 7th June 1780 and baptised on 19th June 1780 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.  His parents were Acton Chaplin and Ann Sherriff and they married at Aylesbury on 25th August 1776.

I am also trying to discover the land or property known as Crown Leys in Aylesbury, but so far haven’t discovered anything yet.  (But then that maybe only because I have very recently started to look)!!  ;-)

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