28 July 2015

From Gill to Kempton...?

Still tidying up my friend's Kempton family file and, as ever, I keep getting sidetracked into following another line down....

This time I was confirming information that I'd found on the Yelland family tree on Ancestry, and going down the Kempton/Bayes line in Norfolk.  Most people were being co-operative and allowing themselves to be found relatively easily and I moved down to the Gill family in Norwich.

Thanks to the wonderful FreeReg people I have found lots of Gills and noted them accordingly.  But now I'm a bit confused.  Henry Gill, son of William and Elizabeth (nee Bayes) was born in Norwich in 1842 and learned to be a tailor.

In November 1881 he married Alice Boreham in Thorpe-next-Norwich and they begat four little Gills in Norwich during the next seven years.

And then the family went to Canada in 1891: to Montreal, to be precise.  But.  Henry sailed in the name of George Kempton, and the rest of the family also had their surname changed to Kempton.

They moved on to Winnipeg, in Manitoba, and Henry/George & Alice begat a further three children - all named Kempton.  And the family remained Kempton, with all trace of Gill obliterated.

Now I know that anyone can change their name, but I have to admit that I'm intrigued......

More soon.

5 July 2015

How many Legges......?

Meanwhile, in the tidying-up department, I thought I'd check through my Kempton file for extraneous personnel.  And discovered quite a few Legges who could come under the category of 'Not wanted on Voyage'.....

I am, by nature, a bit of a hoarder and quite happily collect people with the right name and place of birth - to be filed and possibly welcomed into the fold at a later date. What I really ought to do is either a) desist in this habit or b) put a different reference field in for ease of later access. 

I have, of course, done neither of these things with my extra Legges so I'm treating them as unwanted interlopers and deleting them. 

I may be some time.....

More soon. 

21 June 2015

Confusing my Thomases.....

So there I was, just checking through my Kemptons and I found a Thomas identified, in his marriage report in the paper, as 'son of John, of Ely'. Regular readers of this nonsense will realise that I'm about to say 'but I already have a Thomas son of John'.....

Had I got them the wrong way round? 
Well, further clues seemed to support this possibility: when he died his will was probated by Frederick Helmore Kempton,  who really was a son of John. 

So I've just spent a 'few' minutes swapping Thomas, son of George, for Thomas, son of John!  Complicated but, whilst I'm cross that I got them wrong, I'm pleased that they're now I'm the right place. 

Probably......

More soon. 

17 June 2015

Great War Centenary: Joseph Glew

Joseph Glew was my fifth cousin three times removed.  He was born in Peterborough in 1892, the son of Richard, a coachman, and Matilda (nee Culpin) and the family must have moved quite soon afterwards as he was christened in Farnborough, Hants, in April of the same year.  He remained in Farnborough at least until 1911 when he was listed in the census as a servant at Minley Manor in the town.

By 1915 he was a lance-corporal in the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers having enlisted, inexplicably, in Ayr.  He died on 16 June 1915 and, having no known grave, is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

We will remember them.

11 May 2015

Great War Centenary: Henry Haylock

Henry Haylock was my second cousin twice removed and was born in Grimsby in 1874, fifth of the ten children of John & Elizabeth (nee Langford).  He married Florence Crane in Nottingham in 1899 and they had a son, Eric, and a daughter, Beatrice. 

Henry joined the Volunteer Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment circa 1894 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1910.  The Battalion went to France on active service on 2nd March 1915.  He died at Messines Ridge on 11 May 1915, as a result of wounds received during a trench raid.  He is buried at Packhorse Farm Shrine Cemetery in Flanders

The Leicester Chronicle* has a couple of reports from soldiers who were also with the 1st/4th Leicesters at the time:-  ".....the Germans attacked one of our trenches with bombs soon after midnight, killed several, including Captain Haylock, and took the trench for a short while."   "Sergeant E Carr, of C Company, first 4th Leicesters, writing to his father, ...... refers to the death of Captain Haylock, and pays high tribute to his bravery.  He says: "Last night (Monday May 10th) it was very quiet in the firing line until about 11.30pm, when some of the Germans crept up to one of the trenches and dropped some bombs there.  Soon after it was hell on earth, for we thought we were going to be attacked.  I am very sorry to say their bombs killed one of our officers and a sergeant, and wounded several other non-commissioned officers and men.  No doubt you will soon know who this officer was.  He was very popular with the men and we are all grieved to know that he is dead.  He was badly hurt, but he was game to the last, telling the men not to let the Germans take the trenches."

From the same edition comes the official announcement: "Killed in action, in Flanders, on Tuesday, the 11th inst., Henry Haylock, Capt. 1.4th Leicesters, dearly loved husband of Florence (Dolly) Haylock, of Gaywood, Stoneygate-road, Leicester and third son of Mr and Mrs J W Haylock, of Thornleigh, Regent-road, Leicester.  Buried in Belgium, where he fell."

We will remember them.


*Edition dated 22 May 1915, found via the British Newspaper Archive


8 May 2015

Great War Centenary: Harry Nicholls

Henry Thomas Frederick Nicholls, to give him his "Sunday Best" name, was born in Newmarket in 1895, sixth of the eight children of George & Rosa (nee Fordham).  He was my third cousin three times removed and lived with his family in Queen Street, Newmarket.

In the 1911 census he was aged 16, and listed as an errand boy.  By 1915 he was a Lance-Corporal with the 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, having enlisted in his home town.  

He was killed in action on 8th May that year in Flanders.  Like so many others he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

We will remember them.


29 April 2015

Tidying......

Despite my resolution to post more to the blog I've been even worse so far this year. I think this is because I've been trying to go back to the beginning.....

The beginning of my research,that is, the twenty-or-so years  ago when I started looking for great-uncle Ben Langford.  Yes, there is so much more data online now but I've also noticed a serious lack of references in my data and, indeed, a few mistakes so I'm trying to check it out. 

And I'm thinking about changing the software I use: TMG has been great but the company has now retired it and there are no more updates or support. So what shall I use instead?  And how will I keep my website going as it uses a companion product?

TNG, The Next Generation looks good and sorts out the website problem at the same time. But I had problems when I first tried to set it up on my website server and does it only run there or on the computer?  I've confused myself!!

It's good to move forward with this sort of thing but it may be a while until I unscramble my brain cell in this!

More soon.