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January 31, 2011

Ancestor Anniversaries: Frederick Sinclair

Today would be the birthday of my maternal grandfather Frederick Sinclair.  I loved him very much and still miss him terribly.

He loved to keep scrapbooks and had loads of them.  It was always a delight when I was a child and older, poring through them.  Grandpa would put anything and everything in them, there did not seem to be an order of topics.  If he liked the look of it he would cut it out of where he saw it and stick it into his scrapbook.  There were also news items, photographs, all sorts.

The photos of Grandpa that I show here have been on the blog before, but I have very few photos of him, so hope I am forgiven for showing this again.  (It was used for the Carnival of Genealogy – Scrapbooking Your Family post).

Photos in my private collection and shown here digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2011


June 6, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Stephen Read

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Time for another of my Ancestor Anniversaries.  This time it is to mark the Baptism on this day in 1715 at Caversham, Oxfordshire for Stephen Read.  Stephen is the son of Edward Read and his wife Mary Fairbrother and is the eldest of their four children.  Stephen is also the cousin of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

No matter how much I have searched, I have not been able to discover anything else about Stephen.  I know that he is not buried in or around Caversham, so maybe did not die as a baby or young child.  I have searched the Oxfordshire Marriage Index and know if he lived that long, then he certainly did not marry in Oxfordshire (if he married at all).  I haven’t come across anyone who could be this Stephen Read in Buckinghamshire either, so it looks like there is more searching to do for him!!

These Ancestor Anniversaries are certainly helpful in reminding me of those ancestors I need to follow up on.  If I come across anything else about Stephen then I will certainly add it to this blog – perhaps I need to make a “Long Lost Ancestor … ” section?

June 5, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Edward Read

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This latest Ancestor Anniversary is to mark the Baptism on this day in 1737 of Edward Read.  Edward is the nephew of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and is the son of William Read and Mary Turner, their first child.  Sadly there isn’t much to tell about Edward as the poor little chap died when only about 6 weeks old.  He was Baptised in Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire and within those six weeks he was buried in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.  His parents had only been married about a month when he was born.

The church at Wheatfield, Oxfordshire where Edward is buried. The church is in the middle of a field.  (Please excuse the poor quality)

Original photograph taken by me in 2004 and in my private collection - copyright 2010

May 28, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Lucy Dickins

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Today’s Ancestor Anniversary marks the Baptism on this day in 1854 of my maternal great grandmother Lucy Dickins.  Although she was born and died in London her Baptism took place in East Tytherley, Hampshire which is where Lucy’s mother’s family were from.

Lucy was born 29th March 1853 in Shoreditch in London and her parents moved to a few different places.  She married Edward George Dartnell on Christmas Day 1874 in Lambeth, Surrey and they had five children, one of which was my dear Gran, Lucy Sinclair.  (Just out of interest, the father of Lucy’s husband is the one mentioned in the Surprises! Category in the menu on the right who worked at the Atheneum Club).

Lucy died aged only 41 in 1894, and her husband went on to marry two other ladies later, but that’s another story!!

We are lucky to have a family bible which belonged to Lucy.  The inscription inside the front cover reads:  “Miss Lucy Dickens  from her affectionate Mother   March 29th 1865”   which would have been on Lucy’s 12th birthday.

I remember when I was much younger, my dear Gran mentioning her mother, and how I wish now that I had paid more attention to what Gran was saying as I really can’t remember the things she told me about Lucy Dickins.

May 26, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Gordon Alexander Sinclair

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Today’s anniversary marks the death of my uncle Gordon Alexander Sinclair in 1931.  He was only 23 when he died, the Death Certificate says Consumption which I believe is what we know as TB.

My Mum was only 4 years old when her brother Gordon died.  She remembers him with much fondness but does not know too much about him as she was so much younger.  Uncle Gordon’s only other living relative that he knew, his sister Lucy, will very soon be reaching her 100th birthday and she does not now remember a great deal about him.

My uncle Gordon Alexander Sinclair at c 22 years old  (about 1930)

Original photograph in my private collection copyright 2010

 Although I never met him, like my Mum, I too have a great fondness for my uncle Gordon.  I think it such a shame that he died so very young and so missed out on maybe marrying and having a family of his own.  I’m sure he would have been a very favourite uncle to me if he lived long enough for me to have known him.

There is very little information that I can say about uncle Gordon that I have managed to glean over a few years from my Mum and my Aunt.  I do remember once coming across a photo of him tucked into a draw when I was a child at my grandmother’s house and asked her who he was.  She just said “That’s Gordon” and put the photo to the back of the drawer and shut it tight.  Gran never talked about uncle Gordon when I was around!

I know now that she was very upset still after quite a number of years and just could not talk about him.

Uncle Gordon played the saxophone and had his own small band, about four of them.  The band used to perform in entertainment places at night – he did not get the chance to give up his day job working in a bank.

My uncle also used to really enjoy playing tennis, and he owned a motorbike too.  Apart from that there is very little else that I know of my uncle.

I know of course that it can never happen now but I certainly would have liked to have known my uncle, he seems to have had some fun in his short life.

May 20, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Ann North

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Today is the anniversary of the death of my 2 x great grandmother Ann Read (nee North) in 1886 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.  Ann was born in Towersey, Buckinghamshire in 1835 and married John Read in 1856 in Aston Clinton.

They had 9 children, the first being my great grandfather Thomas William Read  (see photo in Ancestor Photos – Paternal Side). 

I have found one record that shows Thomas William was actually born on Ann and John’s Wedding Day, which must have turned out to be a very busy day for all concerned!!  I’m not sure this is actually correct so will try to obtain a copy of Thomas William’s Birth Certificate!!

May 19, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: Johnson Moyle and Sophia Laity

A second Ancestor Anniversary today, this time it is to remember the Wedding Day of the Grandparents of my partner Paul, Johnson Moyle and Sophia Laity on this day in 1894 at Helston Register Office, Cornwall.

Johnson was born in 1872 at Helston and died, also in May, in 1957 at Camborne, Cornwall.  His wife Sophia was also born in Helston in 1872 and died the same year, only a month or two apart from her husband, in 1957 at Blackwater, Cornwall.  And until I just typed these details here, I had not realised before that apart from a few months, Johnson and Sophia were the same age as each other almost exactly until their deaths!!

This is the main street in Helston, Coinagehall Street, during the 1800s

Obtained several years ago from the internet - copyright unknown but please let me know if it is yours!!

On his Birth Certificate Paul’s Grandfather is named Johnson Moyle, but by the time he marries Sophia, the Wedding Certificate shows his name as Johnson James Moyle.  We have no idea where the James came from, but Johnson’s Grandfather was called James, so maybe he adopted the name?

Johnson and Sophia had 5 children and although I don’t know roughly when this was, Johnson spent some time sparring on occasions with the famous Cornish Boxer Bob Fitzsimmons who was also born in Helston (1863 – 1917).


Ancestor Anniversaries: Joseph Frederic Elliott

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Today’s Ancestor Anniversary is to remember the birthday of Joseph Frederic Elliott who was born this day in 1857 in Fingest, Buckinghamshire.

By the time he was 27 years old, he was widowed and then at that age married for the second time in 1884 at Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire  to Lucy Rose who was a fair bit older than him at age 39 when they married.  As far as I have discovered so far Joseph and Lucy had one child, Annie, born in 1886.

The 1881 Census shows that Joseph’s first wife was called Esther aged 22 and they were living in Northchurch, Hertfordshire.

This is a photo of Joseph and Lucy on their Wedding Day at Long Crendon in 1884

Photo in my private collection copyright 2010

You can see the full wedding photo on the Paternal Side Ancestor Photos

I can’t help thinking that Joseph looks very sad in this photo and if you zoom in, it looks like he has a faraway look in his eyes and it is almost as if he was wanting to be somewhere else!  Maybe this wedding brought back memories of his first wedding?  I hope his marriage to Lucy brought him some happiness.

I have more researching to do regarding both Joseph and Lucy, so it will be interesting to see what became of them.



May 18, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries: John Wheatley

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Today’s Ancestor Anniversary is to remember the birthday of John Wheatley in 1829.  John is the brother of my 2 x great grandmother Sophia Wheatley who married Edward Stapleton about 1835.

Apart from that I know nothing else about John Wheatley.  I am finding it quite sad that there is so little known about some of those connected to my family and hopefully I will gain more information about John as time goes on. 

At least he is not forgotten!!

May 17, 2010

Ancestor Anniversaries – Elizabeth Rose

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I have a second Ancestor Anniversary today, this time it is the birthday of Elizabeth Rose born in 1775 probably at Eythrope Park Farm at Upper Winchendon, Buckinghamshire.  She is the daughter of William Rose and Mary Read and Elizabeth is the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

Elizabeth is one of 7 children and married her cousin Robert May in 1800 at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.  Robert is the son of Richard May and Jane Read.  Jane is the sister of Elizabeth’s mother Mary.

I have only so far found one child from the marriage of Elizabeth Rose to Robert May and so there is a fair bit more searching to do!!

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