So That's Where I Get It From

March 8, 2011

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)!!  ;-)

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

Filed under: FEARLESS FEMALES, MARCH - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 12:03 am

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

Filed under: FEARLESS FEMALES, MARCH - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 11:44 pm

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.

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »

The Silver is the New Black Theme. Create a free website or blog at


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 35 other followers