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March 7, 2011

March 6 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 6 – Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

I have not inherited anything directly from my female ancestors as such, but over time have been given something that was theirs.  A few years after my maternal grandmother Lucy Sinclair (nee Dartnell) died my aunts gave me two English bone china cups and saucers that were from her best china.  These are very pretty, decorated with pink roses and gold rimmed, but very delicate.  Because they were my grandmother’s I treasure them.

Quite a few years after my paternal grandmother Jane Read (nee Stapleton) died I was given an ornament of hers that always sat in her kitchen.  I remember always seeing it there whenever we visited my grandparents and after she died it still lived in the kitchen. 

When my grandfather John William Read died it passed to my Dad and then he gave it to me several more years later.  What is it you may be wondering?  It’s about four inches high and is a plastic (I think) Mickey Mouse! 

My grandparents never travelled away from their home in London so it must have been bought by them in London, probably even before I was born.  As it is Mickey Mouse I think perhaps they had seen something to do with Walt Disney.   When I received it, unfortunately part of Mickey’s face is missing, but there is no doubt it is him!  So, as this belonged to my grandmother, I treasure it.

March 5 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 5 – How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

I asked my Mum about whether she knew of how her parents met or how my Dad’s parents met but she does not know any details!  Apart from my 100 year old Aunt Lucy, there really is no-one else I can ask anything regarding my grandparents on either side of the family.

But, although I knew some of the details of how my parents met, I asked Mum to tell me something of how she and my dear Dad met.  She happily chatted about their meeting.

She was working in an office as an accountancy clerk and my Dad came to work there as an electrician, with some other men, doing various things in the offices.  They worked there for a number of days and obviously Mum and Dad started chatting to each other.  It seems my Dad kidded my Mum on by telling her he was married with five children and Mum thought “oooh, I wouldn’t marry him”!   (I have no idea why Dad pretended this and neither does my Mum)!!  Mum had stopped seeing her last boyfried seven months before meeting my Dad and seemingly she was still very unhappy at this situation and must have told my Dad about it.

He also kidded her on saying that of course she will never meet someone else as all she could think of was the ex boyfriend.  At the end of each day, my Dad would wait for my Mum and walk her home from the office, so they chatted, and chatted and then after a while they stopped off for a cup of tea in a restaurant and chatted and chatted and so it went on from there.  They obviously started seeing each other as a couple and eventually married and had three children.  They were still together until the sad loss of my dear Dad when he was aged 58.

March 4 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

I’m a bit late again doing this and the next two posts for Women’s History Month.  Partly because I could not find the blog prompts, but I’ve sorted that now!!  Partly because yesterday I had some internet connection problems again.  So, onto the next post for this theme.

March 4 – Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

I have a marriage certificate for my maternal 2 x great grandparents.  Lucy Cook married Robert Waterman Dickins in October 1852 at Trinity Church, St. Marylebone, London. (The actual day in October that they married is very unclear).

Copy Certificate in my private collection - copyright 2011


As this theme is more about our female ancestors I shall write here all that I know about my 2 x great grandmother Lucy Cook.  She is the daughter of Thomas and Jane (nee Prangnell) Cook and was born at East Tytherley in Hampshire, UK.  She was born about 1831 so was just about 21 years (or full age) as shown in the marriage details.  Lucy’s brother Silas and sister Elizabeth are witnesses to her marriage to Robert Waterman Dickins.

Lucy and her husband Robert only had one child, a daughter Lucy (as far as I can tell).

At the time of their marriage Lucy Cook was living in the “Trinity District” and her husband was living in Devonshire Place, London.

I don’t know of any family stories about their Wedding Day and as yet, have not come across any photos of either Lucy or Robert.

They married at Trinity Church, St. Marylebone (this is Holy Trinity Church) and because I did not know much about it, I searched for it on the internet and discovered that it became disused as a Church and was lately used as offices.  Now there are plans to turn it into a shopping arcade!

 I also found this photograph of it:

Copy photograph from BWCD Co.


It does not look like the church has it’s roof any more.  I’m pleased I found this photo and can now picture where my 2 x great grandparents were for their big day.  I really hope this church does not get turned into a shopping arcade!!!

March 4, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #9 – Sounds

Week 9:  Sounds.

Describe any sounds that take you back to your childhood. These could be familiar songs, jingles, children playing, or something entirely different.

I thought this would be an easy thing to write about, but having thought about it for a few days, there are only three sounds that I can come up with which I remember vividly from my childhood, although there must be other sounds that happened!

Firstly I remember very well the sound of the ice cream vans with their echoing, jingly, music  letting everyone know they are there.  We used to love running to get our ice-creams and always enjoyed them, although there were many times because of our little hands, the ice cream just fell out of the cone onto the road!!

As a little girl I completely loved one song in particular that I kept hearing on the radio.  It was Que Sera Sera (Whatever will be, will be) and I think it was sung by Doris Day.  I would sing along to it (and now I look back, I’m hoping not many people heard my attempts – I’m a dreadful singer)!!

Another sound that I remember very much (a song again) was whenever the TV series Robin Hood came on.  I can’t remember what day of the week it was or what time in the evening, but I think the star of the show was Richard Greene.  I loved the theme song too. 

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men,

Feared by the bad, loved by the good,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hooooooooood!

Oh dearie me, I’m singing this as I type it and am grinning like a Cheshire cat!!   :-)    And I can’t believe that I actually remember those words!  And I remember those words better than I do the words from Que Sera Sera!

I expect that after I post this item, all the other sounds from my childhood will come back to me, but none so vivid as the above!!

March 3 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

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March 3 – Names and Naming Patterns

We are asked if we have a first name that we share with one of our female ancestors or perhaps we were named after our great grandmother or our name maybe follows a naming pattern.  If not, then we are asked to show the most unique or unusual female name we’ve come across in our family tree.

My name is Christine and although I was not named after any particular ancestor I almost share the name with that of my paternal side of the family ancestor Christianah Read born about 1835 in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, UK.  Christianah is the 2 x great granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Christianah married Samuel Flitney in 1856 at Aston Clinton and they had eight children.

I haven’t seen a particular naming pattern within my family although I think the ancestors from way back in the 1600s – early 1700s were doing something like a naming pattern.

I’m told by my parents that my dear Dad chose my name as he liked it and Mum agreed to it also so they went with that for me.

March 3, 2011

March 2 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 2 – Photograph

For this post we are asked to post a photo of one of our female ancestors, say who is in the photo, when it was taken and why was this photo selected.

The photo I show here is for a female ancestor known to me as Aunt Kate because that is how my Mum and my Aunt refer to her.  Aunt Kate is Kate Tuck born about 1859 in Ablington, Wiltshire, UK.  She married Thomas Cousens (born about 1858 and referred to by the family as Old Uncle Tom)  in 1880 in Hampshire, UK.  They had five children.

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


I find it very interesting that my Mum and Aunt refer to Kate as Aunt Kate because in fact she is their 1st cousin twice removed!

This photo must have been taken about 1929 – mid 1930s but as yet I have not ascertained when Aunt Kate died or how old she is in this photo.

The reason I selected this photo is because I just think she looks a very nice person and I don’t have too many other photos of female ancestors that haven’t already appeared here in the blog.  I also wanted to do some more blog posts on my maternal side of the family.

March 1 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

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March 1 – Favourite Female Ancestor

For this first post in the series March – Women’s History Month, we are asked if we have a favourite female ancestor.  One we are drawn to or want to learn more about.  We are asked to write down some key facts we have already learned or what more we would like to learn and any goals and potential sources we plan to check.

It has been very difficult to choose my favourite ancestor but I decided on Rachel Read (c 1707 – 1803) of Oxfordshire.  Rachel is the sister of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read and it was because of her that I was able to find so many more ancestors and her and Cozens Read’s siblings.

As Rachel never married and had no children, she seemed to want to leave bequests to all her nephews and nieces so her Will gives so much information on names, married ladies with their husband’s names and even mentions her cousin Ann Cozens who lives with her, which helped confirm the parents of Rachel and Cozens Read and confirmed all the details I had for Cozens Read’s children.  Just wonderful.

There is a little mystery with Rachel though as I have not been able to find where she and her brother William Read were born/baptised.  I have searched a great deal and am continuing to do so, but I am thinking that their baptisms are lost in the gap years of some of the Parish Registers where for some reason they were not kept up.  I’m hoping other Wills will provide some clue one day.

I hope to find out more about Rachel Read too, other than that she was unmarried, died of a seemingly very old age and lived at Brimstone House/Farm in Tiddington, Oxfordshire.

March is National Women’s History Month

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As this is the month which is honouring National Women’s History, we are given a chance to feature our female ancestors which I think is a great idea, because they do get left behind a little when it comes to researching/writing about them and so on as I think many genealogists prefer to follow male lines.

Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist has come up with some blog prompts specially for this month of Women’s History.  The idea is to do 31 posts (one for each day of March) about our female ancestors.  There’s a different prompt for each day and so I have decided to give it a go, although I am coming in on Day 3!!  So today I will be doing three separate Fearless Female blog posts and then hopefully will be doing the others on the day they should be done.  I think this is going to be interesting.  :-)

March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Strolling Through The Woods

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This is a photograph of my two brothers, Alan and John, taken about the mid 1950s.

Original photograph in the private collection of my Mother - copyright 2011

Wednesday’s Child: Edward, Robert and Edward Read

For today’s Wednesday’s Child I am giving details of three of seven children of William Read (c1709 – 1758) and his wife Mary (nee Turner) (d. 1790).  William is the brother of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

William and Mary lived in a few different places while having their children, going by where they had them baptised (and/or buried).  Their first child, Edward was born in June 1737 at Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire, UK and died one month later and buried in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire.

I don’t have a photo of his grave as I could not find one, but here are some photos of the church at Stoke Talmage and the church at Wheatfield.

Stoke Talmage

Original photograph taken by me in Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire in 2000 – copyright 2011



Original photograph taken by me in Wheatfield, Oxfordshire – copyright 2011


Another child of William and Mary Read’s to die very young is Robert, born in 1738 and died in 1739 at Wheatfield, Oxfordshire aged just six months.

William and Mary then had another son they called Edward and he survived a little longer than his brothers.  He was born in September 1743 at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire and died one year and one month later in 1744 at Wheatfield.

It must have been a blessing for William and Mary to see their remaining four children survive and they lived on into their adulthood.


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