Thursday, July 14, 2016

LFR 14 July 2016 - Number 935

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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 have suspended the LAWS FAMILY REGISTER
from June 30, 3016
We will work on the 
This Blog will continue
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                       Family Events for today 14th July, from our database

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! 

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Family Events
1723 - Christen: Anne LAWS-7068, Wood Rising NFK UK
1753 - Birth: Lucy LAWS-3669, Billerica, Middlesex Co. MA USA
1808 - Birth: Henry LAWES (Shoemaker) -593, St Marylebone MDX UK
1812 - Christen: William LAWS Agent & Farmer 200 Acres) -34528, Ovingham DUR UK
1829 - Marriage: William LAWS-7995 and Elizabeth HESFORD-8244, Newington SRY UK
1854 - Birth: Rosanna Margaret LAWS-12423, Great Yarmouth NFK UK

1859 - Marriage: Charles THICK-20134 and Ann LAWES-12857, Bower Chalke WIL UK

1863 - Birth: William E LAWS-42354, Croydon SRY UK
1866 - Death: Frances LAWS-4027, Carelton Co ONT CANADA
1868 - Birth: Curtis Lee LAWS (President of a Newspaper) -22878, Loudoun County VA USA
1873 - Marriage: Leonard  LAWES (Coachman)-2207 and Mirriam Jane REDFORD-2208,
          St GHS MDX UK
1875 - Will Proved: George Wing LAWES (Draper) -1668,
1892 - Birth: Edward LAWS-38201,
1894 - Birth: William Thomas LAWS-19386, CA USA
1898 - Birth: Alice Amelia LAWS-20771, Peckham SRY UK
1909 - Birth: Graham Stephen LAWES (Ironmonger) -40315, Northampton NTH UK
1910 - Birth: Janet Alma Scott LAWS (Shop Assistant) -12092, Leyton ESS UK
1916 - Death: W H  LAWS (ARMY Private 19369)-22353,
1920 - Death: Edward Robert LAWS-31730, Lopwell DEV (Found in River Tavy)
1920 - Death: Ronald James LAWS-31729, Lopwell DEV (Found in River Tavy)
1928 - Marriage: Leonard William LAWS-6710 and Grace LILLY-6711, Cairo IL USA
1929 - Marriage: Redvers Roberts Henry LAWS (Civil Servant)-15768 and Ethel Kate BROWN-                 33434, Wimbledon SRY UK
1932 - Immigration: Frank Henry LAWS (Tea Planter) -8529, LONDON
1932 - Immigration: Ethel Annie Louise LAWS (MYER) -8528, LONDON
1932 - Immigration: Albert LAWS (Tobacco Agent)  -7167, LONDON
1949 - Death: Percy Murray LAWS-11499, Brisbane QLD AUSTRALIA
1960 - Death: Goethe Grecian LAWS-33283, Carroll Co TN USA
1972 - Burial: May LAWS (A widow)-42157, Bognor Regis SSX UK
1972 - Burial: Wilhelmina Minnie LAWS-42145, Southland NZ
1984 - Death: Cressie Miriam LAWS-19424, Stradsett NFK UK
2004 - Burial: Betty LAWS-16849, Burnsville, Yancy Co, NC USA

1846 - Birth: Catherine CARLYON-3184, St. Keverne, Helston CON UK
1880 - Birth: Ethel Elegra Mary HERRINGE-25038, Goulburn NSW AUSRALIA
1882 - Birth: Claude Marvin MCDOUGAL-30409, NC United States
1886 - Birth: Bertha Carrie BLAKE-42216, Lowestoft SFK UK
1886 - Birth: Christine B UMBRICHT (Hotel Bookeeper) -28501, Paris FRANCE
1890 - Birth: Vera Therasa PARNELL-31465,
1901 - Birth: Catherine O'NEIL-11557,
1914 - Birth: Eileen TREVIS-29318, Brimington DBY UK
1916 - Burial: William OSWALD-27218,
1918 - Birth: Donald George BROWN-36061, North Lilydale
1920 - Death: Gertrude Edith CRANDLE-37260, Lopwell DEV (Found in River Tavy)
1934 - Marriage: Frederick Royal SHAW-9155, Crowland CAM UK


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 16
Holidays at that time meant the seaside, and the seaside meant the East Coast, Sunshine, East winds sand and icy grey sea.

June was the preferred month, until school became important enough to interfere. My mother packed vast quantities of clothing in a big cabin trunk, which must have gone on ahead; it certainly didn’t come in the car with us. It took a good three hours to cover seventy odd miles to the coast. 

Bypass was an almost unknown word and certainly wasn’t applicable to even the Essex county town of Colchester the first time of two that we went that way. One was built in the next couple of years but now some sixty odd years later has been virtually absorbed into the town to be replace by the (now hardly adequate) A12.

We went to Clacton on the first holiday I remember and the sand and the seafront were the attractions. The next year it was Little Holland (Now Holland on Sea) where there was more sand and no seafront and I spent the whole holiday on the beach. After that it was always Walton on the Naze. 

Here we would have some rooms or latterly a house and we would stay for a month, though my father had only a fortnight of holiday and was only with us at weekends the rest of the time. We used to have a beach hut near the pier and would swim in the icy North Sea in blazing sunshine. It must have been here that I learnt to swim, taught by my mother, tuition later reinforced and widened by lessons at school. 

There was a stone-built breakwater in front of the beach huts and with the run of the tide along the coast there was deep water on one side and sand at the water’s edge on the other.  Facing the deep side was a platform diving board and a springboard where one could display a considerable lack of skill combined with great enjoyment.

The deep water was only there at high tide of course and so the tides controlled the way the day was spent. In the youngest bucket and spade days low water was in demand but once I could swim strongly it had to be high tide. Not far from the diving boards, rafts were anchored to give a point to swim to and even sit on, The young cannot sit still however and so it was climb out and dive back in again and swim back to base to start again.

It was never crowded at Walton. Holidaymakers were squeezed off most of the beaches at high tide but there were soon big stretches of smooth virgin sand again and on one of these a beach artist would claim a large pitch well overlooked from the promenade.    He would draw his pictures on the hard damp sand and set his hat to catch the pennies thrown from the prom. Perhaps he doubled as a pavement artist in the winter. 

The un-crowded beaches were ideal for flying kites and even permitted the continuous swinging of a tethered tennis ball hung on long elastic between a pair of poles. On one holiday I remember a less space consuming toy was rampant, the yoyo, and these spinning discs on strings were in every hand rising and falling, spinning and circling to show off the skill of the owner.

South of the pier was the sunniest part of the cliffs and here and there, were tiers of beach huts rising behind the prom from which one could watch the world go by or change for a swim. The beach hut was not only for swimming from but also for sitting in the sun sheltered from the east coast wind, very rarely for sheltering from rain, and for making tea and eating snacks and ice cream. 

I was much better at eating than the sitting but would sometimes stay and watch the sailing barges gliding serenely along the coast, their big red sails filled with the east wind. It was not so funny for them when it really blew hard. Distress flares would go up with a noisy boom and the lifeboat went out from its anchorage by the end of the pier. Even in the summer of holiday time this was not all that unusual.
As well as sailing barges there were paddle steamers which called at the end of the pier. These came from Tower Bridge by way of Southend on Sea, and then sailed away into the far distance north to unknown Yarmouth perhaps. These were best watched from the end of the pier itself where the bump could be felt as ropes were thrown and contact made with the big paddle wheels churning in reverse. On the pier too there was entertainment. The man who rode a bike off the high diving board was always worth watching, but the children’s concerts were pretty corny, even for kids.

Part 17
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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