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March 13, 2011

March 12 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 12   –   Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

My maternal grandmother, Lucy Sinclair (nee Dartnell), worked as a Court dressmaker when she was young and in the early years of her marriage to my grandfather, Frederick Sinclair.  As far as I know she did not go out to work while bringing up her five children.  Because of her experience as a dressmaker, she made all her own clothes and clothes for her children.  She also knitted many items and continued to do so until she was in her nineties.  She lived to the ripe old age of 101 and was always active.

This is a digital scrapbook picture I made of my maternal grandmother and I have shown it previously elsewhere on this blog together with other ancestors for the Carnival of Genealogy – Scrapbooking Your Family History.

Original photographs in my private collection and digital scrapbook page made by me - copyright 2011

I have absolutely no knowledge as to whether my paternal grandmother, Jane Read (nee Stapleton) went out to work and know nothing at all about any work she may have done before her marriage to my grandfather, John Read.  Sadly there is no one left that I could ask about this.

This is another digital scrapbook page I made for my paternal Grandmother Jane and is the only photo I have of her.

Original photograph in my private collection and digital scrapbook page made by me - copyright 2011

My own mother, Jean (nee Sinclair) has always worked until she retired.  My two brothers and I were what people used to call “latch-key kids”.   Obviously she had some time off when she had each of  us, but when she was at work, as an Accountant, there was always someone we could go to after school until Mum and Dad picked us up when they returned from work.

Mum frequently brought work home with her and I was always amazed at just how quickly she could add up very long columns of figures.  She never used a calculator, it was all done in her head.  Maths was my worst subject at school and although I can add up in my head, I could never do it as quickly as my dear Mum. 

We never suffered or felt bad because Mum was working when we were younger.  We had a happy childhood and there are no regrets because she was working.  I think Mum would not have been happy to be a stay-at-home Mum and I know that if I had had children myself, I’m pretty sure I would not have been a stay-at-home Mum either.  I don’t think this has been detrimental in any way to my brothers and I that Mum worked all through our childhood.  I know at times it was hard for Mum going out to work and looking after her home and family but she did it and is now retired and enjoying the life she has now.

This is a pic of Mum aged about 17

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

And another of Mum as she is now, this photo taken in November 2010 at her sister Lucy’s 100th birthday party.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011

 

Three very special ladies in my life.  My two grandmothers I miss very much and my Mum I love very dearly.

March 12, 2011

Surprises: My long-lost cousin called from New York!!

Filed under: My Cousin Heather, SURPRISES! — Tags: , , — rootsresearcher @ 3:37 pm

ooooh Wow, my cousin Heather just phoned from New York, but I missed her!!  I didn’t get to the phone in time, so she left a message and suggested I call her or she will phone back.  Buuuuuuuuut, she didn’t leave her number!!!!!  :-(

It must be the 1970s or early 1980s when we last saw each other and last spoke to each other, so I was absolutely thrilled to find the message was from Heather.  I would have phoned her back straight away but …

I’m really hoping she will call back today.  I’m sure we will be having a terrific chat about things, I’m sooooooo looking forward to it.

I mentioned Heather and there is a photo in my March 7 post for the Women’s History Month – Fearless Females theme.  Perhaps it’s long-distance telepathy that made her get in touch today?  :-)

March 11, 2011

March 11 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 11   –   Do you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

My female ancestor Esther Read (1817 – 1842) is the great granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Esther is one of a very large group of my ancestors from Quainton, Buckinghamshire, UK. 

Her parents are Steven Read (1782 – 1859) and his wife Ann (nee Lee) (1793 – 1853). 

There is not much I can discover about Esther Read.  In the 1841 Census (the year before she died aged only 25) she was living with her parents and siblings in Quainton.  Her father was a Publican.

I found a baptism for William Read in 1842, who was born to unmarried Esther Read.  Esther died in 1842 and I think that maybe she died as a result of having her son William.  I will get her death certificate to find out for sure how she died so young and also a birth certificate for William, just in case there is a clue as to his father, although I think that will be unlikely!!

I have not been able to discover yet what happened to Esther’s son but will keep on searching.

Sadly, for such a short life, there is not much to tell about poor Esther Read.

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.

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