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. 

25 February 2015

.... And thanks to...

.... The Northamptonshire Baptisms, newly discovered on Ancestry, I  able to revise Charles and Sarah's offspring total to ten - seven girls and three boys. 

Sadly I suspect that the newest-discovered children will also be on the Northants Burials index....so I'm off there next. 

More soon. 

Once they were lost.....

But now I am pleased to welcome Charles Culpin, his wife Sarah Manley and their descendants into the family!

That is to say, they have been sitting patiently in my 'Culpin Strays' file awaiting their chance to make a break for the main database. And, finally, they've convinced me that they belong....

I believe Charles to be the grandson of Charles & Sarah (nee Monk), via Thomas who also married a Sarah. 

Chas and the former Miss Manley begat six children between 1839 & 1859 in Warmington, Northants, then moved closer to Peterborough. 

And now I must continue to add their details....

More soon.