I started looking at my Nottinghamshire based Oldham family back in 2012 and came up against a bit of a brick wall. My Great Grandmother was Alice Oldknow Oldham the daughter of William Oldknow Oldham (1854-1886), the son of Thomas Oldknow Oldham (c1834-1904). My problem has been in finding a baptism for Thomas – there just isn’t one! In the 1841 Census he is living … Continue reading The Troublesome Oldhams ….
Way back in October/November last year the UK probate office reduced the price for its Wills (1858-1996) from £10 to £1.50 – a huge saving. Not surprisingly it was overwhelmed with requests for Wills, so I held off applying for the ones I was after for a few months. I eventually requested seven in total, all direct ancestors, and they arrived pretty quickly. My 2x … Continue reading Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way ….
Following on from my previous post on William Jowett (1853-1910) and his wife Eliza Wright I have now received the certificates I ordered from the GRO. Their marriage record shows that they married, after Banns, on the 17th December 1870 at St Mary & All Soul’s church in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire. William was working as a twisthand and notes his father as Edmund Jowett, an engineman, … Continue reading A Jowett Burial in Basford Cemetery… Continued
On my earlier visit to Basford Cemetery I found two headstones relating to my Jowetts. The first was that of my 2x Great Uncle, William Jowett William is the son of my 3x Great Grandparents, Edmund Jowett and Sarah (nee Morton). I don’t have a birth certificate for him, but I do have his baptism, which took place on the 26th February 1854 at Wilne, … Continue reading A Jowett Burial in Basford Cemetery
Quite some years ago my Great Aunt Joy gave me a gorgeous Nottingham lace bedspread that had been designed by her Grandfather, William Bucknall (1861-1937). Joy thought it had been made for display at a London exhibition, but was unsure of any details and I haven’t yet been able to place it. I’ve since found out about as much as I can about him, all … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Grandpa Bucknall
My Great Aunt Joy’s sporting exploits . . . Continue reading Wordless Wednesday … Sporting Times!
There are a couple of websites that have set out to document burials and graves in cemeteries worldwide and make them searchable online. I’ve been a member of both of them for a good while, but haven’t ever contributed or used them extensively. I went into Nottingham the other week for a talk at the archives, so I took the opportunity to go a bit … Continue reading A Cemetery Visit ….
There’s a few photos of this lovely little girl in Great Aunt Joy’s albums. From what I can find, I think she was born Joyce J Wood in Dorset in the first quarter of 1937. I’ve found a possible marriage for her, to James A Wescott in the third quarter of 1955. Most likely Moira and Sylvia Holland. I haven’t been able to find their … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Great Aunt Joy’s Youngest Friends …
I thought I’d more or less sorted out how my Nottingham Jowett family fits together. But whilst browsing through the baptisms for St. Leodegarius church in Nottingham I found two Jowett baptisms I hadn’t seen before; Edmund in May 1837 and John Edwin in March 1839. What concerned me was that their parents’ names were Edmund and Sarah Jowett – the same as my 3x … Continue reading Sorting Out The Jowetts …