Mystery Monday – The Jowetts in Basford Cemetery

I haven't done a great deal of research into the Jowett side of my family up to yet, other than a basic gathering of names from the Census and a handful of certificates. Browsing in the Nottinghamshire Archives some time ago I came across a memorial inscription in Basford cemetery, Nottingham for my 2x Great-grandparents Edmund … Continue reading Mystery Monday – The Jowetts in Basford Cemetery

Thomas May 1819-1874

My 3x Great Grandfather Thomas May seems to have had an eventful life.Born in Hinckley, Leicestershire in 1819 Thomas was the fourth child of William May & Catherine Townsend.William was working as a tailor in Castle Street at the time of Thomas's birth, he later became a master tailor & draper and hosiery manufacturer. He … Continue reading Thomas May 1819-1874

Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Sunday 3rd July 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great-Great Uncle Harold Richardson. Born in Nottingham in 1881, Harold was the eldest son of Robert Richardson & his wife Sarah (nee Percival). He had joined the army prior to the war, in 1911 he was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers and … Continue reading Military Monday – Harold Richardson

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

I've recently been searching for my Oldham family in Calais, France. My 3xgreatgrandparents Thomas Oldham and Harriet (nee Winfield) and their sons William and Thomas are missing from the 1861 UK census, but reappear on the 1871 census with five more children, all born in Calais between 1861 and 1870. The Archives of Pas-de-Calais had … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up

After finding my 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson's marriage to Edith Waby in 1922, the next step was to find a death certificate for him.I used FreeBMD again, restricting the results to between 1930 and 1975, which fortunately gave only one possible match, in 1965.When the certificate arrived, it showed that Percival and Edith were living at 72 … Continue reading Percival Richardson – A Follow-Up

Great-Great-Grandma Baker – The Story So Far

My Great-Great Grandmother Louisa Baker was born in Wilncote, Kettlebrook Staffordshire on 13th September 1852 and baptised the following December at St. Editha in Tamworth. Her parents were Joseph, a collier and his wife, also Louisa (nee Simnett).So far, I have found four siblings; Henry b.1849, Rebecca b.1858, William b.1861 and Sarah Ann b.1865. I … Continue reading Great-Great-Grandma Baker – The Story So Far

Travel Tuesday – Francis/Frank Jowett

I can remember my Grandmother telling me about her Uncle Frank emigrating to Canada when she was quite young.  He worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway for many years, a fact she was very proud of.I noticed recently that both Ancestry and Find My Past have very detailed ships' passenger lists available so I thought … Continue reading Travel Tuesday – Francis/Frank Jowett

Wedding Wednesday Follow Up – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

Following my previous post about Percival and Edith, I thought I'd have a quick root around to see what I could find out about her.From the marriage certificate I knew her father was John William Waby who worked as a gardener.  I started searching the 1901 census to start with and found them in Scothern … Continue reading Wedding Wednesday Follow Up – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

Friday Funny – Sir T.W. White’s Ball

The (Old) ExchangeWith Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be shopping and cooking for family gatherings. and feeling pushed for time.Spare a thought then, for the people involved behind the scenes at Sir T.W. White's ball in Nottingham in February 1849.Held at The (Old) Exchange, Nottingham, it involved enormous floristry displays, lace … Continue reading Friday Funny – Sir T.W. White’s Ball

Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby

One of my (many!) on-going areas of research is that of the Richardson brothers and how they faired during the First World War.My 2x Great-Uncle Percival Richardson was with the Royal Engineers in WW1 and I know he survived the war but I didn't know what happened to him afterwards.A few weeks ago, I found … Continue reading Wedding Wednesday – Percival Richardson & Edith Waby