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DearAncestor,-Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
you did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago
spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you.
We are suspending operation of the LAWS FAMILY REGISTER
from June 30, 3016
We will work on our LAWS FAMILY TREE
This Blog will continue
All LAWS Enquires arw still welcome
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We have excluded records of living people to protect their Privacy -we are not showing births after 1920 or marriages after 1940 these are only available to members of the register
If you are interested in anyone listed here, email us with the name, date and reference number, and we will happily do a look up, you might even get a whole tree!
This blog will also appear on our Facebook page, please come visit us, We will be happy to help with your LAWS/LAWES research, and in certain instances we may be willing to undertake private research on your behalf.
1748 - Birth: John LAWS, Billerica, Middlesex Co. MA USA
1755 - Christen: Sarah LAWS, Walpole St Peter NFK UK
1772 - Birth: Edward LAWS, Feltwell NFK UK
1783 - Christen: Hannah LAWS, Hevingham NFK UK
1803 - Baptism: Richard LAWS, St Botolphs, without Aldgate MDX UK
1805 - Marriage: Edward LAWS and Maria Ann COLYER, Lympne KEN UK
1815 - Death: Brightin LAWS,
1839 - Marriage: Joseph IGGLESDEN and Elizabeth LAWES, Hawkhurst KEN UK
1842 - Christen: Ann LAWS, Chatteris CAM UK
1845 - Marriage: David (Tide Waiter - H M Customs) BRADEN and Catherine Richardson LAWS, Berwick upon Tweed NBL UK
1873 - Birth: Frederick James LAWS (Ag Lab) Horsford NFK
1889 - Birth: Lily Maria LAWES, Felthorpe NFK UK
1892 - Death: Charlotte LAWS (Spinster) Stamford LIN UK
1899 - Marriage: Harry Vashnine LAWS (Bootmaker) and Alice Maud PARKS, Peckham SRY UK
1909 - Birth: Frederick A LAWS, Gundagai, NSW AUSTRALIA
1913 - Birth: Anderson L LAWS (PVT US Army) ,
1914 - Birth: Donald Earl LAWS, Loveland, Larimer CO USA
1916 - Death: Robert LAWS (ARMY Corporal G/2270)
1917 - Death: Warner James LAWS (Millwright Engineer), Exning SFK UK
1918 - Birth: Mary Josephine LAWS, NZ
1919 - Birth: Alene Louise LAWES, Washington PA USA
1925 - Death: Edith Jane LAWS (Spinster) St Audrey's Hospital, Melton SFK
1939 - Death: Robert Henry LAWS (Cattle Yardman) St. Audrey's Hospital, Woodbridge SFK
1943 - Death: Wilfred Percy LAWES (RN Petty Officer C/JX 229343) Royal Navy (HMS Osprey)
1943 - Death: George W LAWES (Sgt US Army) ,
1947 - Death: William LAWS, New Meadows Idaho USA
1974 - Death: Margaret LAWS (MOMM1, US NAVY) ,
1978 - Admon: Clarence Henry Joseph LAWS, Isle of /Wauchope
1986 - Death: Wilford Derby LAWS (Jnr) Orem, UT or Provo, UT
1988 - Death: James M LAWS,
1988 - Burial: Robert A LAWS (Cpl US Marine Corps), Raleigh National Cemetery NC USA
1992 - Death: Edith Grace LAWS (Hospital Orderly), Basingstoke HAM UK
1790 - Baptism: Eleanor CHARTERS, Torpenhow CUL UK
1859 - Death: Thomas MORGAN, Carelton Co ONT CANADA
1862 - Baptism: Maria Fiske SADLER (Domestic Servant) Bassingborn CAM UK
1862 - Baptism: Maria Fiske SADLER (Domestic Servant) Bassingborn CAM UK
1914 - Birth: Dianne Kay MURPHY,
1919 - Birth: Alene L SMITH BUCHANAN,
1948 - Burial: Lisa KEATING, Rookwood NSW Australia
1974 - Death: Margaret Mary DONOVAN,
1979 - Death: Tracy Porterfield STOREY, Glen Cove, Colman Co TX USA
A CHILD OF THE 1920's
AS SEEN FROM THE 1990's
John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Generally in the elementary school we did all our lessons in the same room but we did have a purpose built room for woodwork. This was well equipped with benches and hand tools and we got a useful grounding in using them. For me it was one of the most enjoyable lessons.
The other children at the elementary school were a very normal mix and a reasonable standard of behaviour was enforced anyway. In the playground our play was of course rowdy but there was little real fighting, there was more interest in playing ‘Flickhams’ with cigarette cards. These were in good supply as most men smoked and every packet of fags had a card in it. Later the interest changed to collecting the sets of cards and swapping them to make up sets which are now almost antiques.
Most of my classmates were friendly but although we visited each other’s houses to play, few friendships were long term, because of the need to change schools and move house. Just before I had to take the grammar school entrance exam we moved house from Harringay to Whinchmore Hill so I had to take the exam in the new area. Until my time at elementary school ran out a few months after we had moved, mother ferried me to and fro daily in her little car to carry on in the same school till the term was finished and the exam done.
The move to grammar school was a move to another world. After all we were in the thirties and 1929 and all that was slipping back behind us. The move to Southgate was a move into another world and meant that none of my friends moved on with me to the same school.
It was of course an elitist world and the grammar schools were reckoned next in line after the ‘Public’ schools though there was no guarantee that the boy who left the elementary school at the age of fourteen would not become a millionaire quicker than any of them. He would not become as bank clerk or a civil servant however he was saved from being a fighter pilot in the forties.
Within the schools, competition and achievement were what mattered and although the arts and manual skills were not ignored any more than games, there was never a thought that these had in any way the importance of the academic subjects.
The grammar school was based on a large house, or small mansion set in substantial grounds converted to playing fields. A purpose built extension doubled the number of rooms and included proper lab facilities. This also provided a large assembly hall with a good stage as well as a separate gymnasium and woodwork and domestic science rooms. The ‘old building’ as it was known would have been a wonderful home in its day. It dated from the early nineteenth century and sat in a high position looking out over the lower land of the Lea valley, a sea of houses by the thirties but a green and pleasant land in earlier days.
It was basically a two storey house but with a complete basement half sunk in the ground below it and an attic storey half in the roof above. The grand front door led into a circular foyer before giving access to the central hallway where the circular theme continued with a grand staircase to the first floor. This did not go on up to the servants quarters above, which were served by a small spiral stone stairway which went from basement to attics. There were perhaps ten rooms large enough to serve as main classrooms with a number of others used as library, staff rooms, studies etc. The basement still contained a kitchen and its main area was used as a dining room for the twenty or thirty pupils who lived some miles away and were allowed the privilege of school dinners. This part of the basement also served as a music room if the main hall or stage were unavailable. A separate building near the main gate which had probably served as a stable block had been made into two physics labs with an art room above. There were no sign of the stables or coach house; their site may have been covered by the ample bike sheds, the school bus not having been invented. Alongside the bike sheds was a dovecot up on saddle stones, no longer the home of doves, it was probably used as a store by the two grounds men who kept the playing field as immaculate as the gardens, which no doubt kept by a team of gardeners before them. There was a walled large kitchen garden which had one wall removed and then had been desecrated with asphalt to provide a playground and tennis courts. Around its walls the beautifully trained espalier apple and pear trees had survived to bloom in the spring without the hope of ripening fruit in the autumn.
Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine
Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.
Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypy.
Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine
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