Sunday, July 17, 2016

LFR 17th July 2016 - Number 0938

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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. 



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from June 30, 3016
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                       Family Events for today 17th July, from our database

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Family Events
1621 - Marriage: John WIGG-1841 and Elizabeth LAWES-1840, Cringleford NFK UK
1724 - Death: Robert LAWS-34630, ENG
1727 - Burial: Aaron LAWES-25941, North Bradley WIL UK
1783 - Marriage: Thomas LAWS-8160 and Esther EAGLE-8217, Wangford SFK UK
1807 - Birth: John LAWS (Butcher Mariner) -32240, Ryton DUR UK
1809 - Birth: Isabella Eleanor LAWS-3902, Portsea HAM UK

1814 - Burial: Sarah LAWS-24299, Portsea HAM UK
1825 - Baptism: David LAWS (Farm Servant) -13429, Chatteris CAM UK

1847 - Birth: Jane Loudon LAWS-3017, Barrasford NBL UK
1850 - Birth: Isaac Logan LAWS-11212,
1858 - Death: Willard LAWS-36441,
1863 - Marriage: Richard LAWS-26513 and Eliza FRANCIS-26512, Beccles SFK UK

1863 - Birth: Edward  C LAWS (House Furnishers Asst) -13608, Diss NFK UK
1865 - Birth: Thomas Arthur LAWS-19497, Costessey NFK UK
1871 - Birth: Sallie L LAWS-13916,
1872 - Burial: Alfred Cannell LAWS-37907, Isleworth MDX UK

1875 - Death: Ann LAWS (Widow) -10601, Waterloo Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NBL
1885 - Birth: Grace R LAWS-34707, CA USA
1889 - Birth: Frederick John LAWS-15579, Swannington NFK (St Margarets)

1892 - Birth: Benjamin LAWS-38276, Johnson, Kane Co. UT United States

1896 - Birth: Albert Leslie  LAWES (Shipping Agent)-27145, Liverpool LAN UK
1904 - Baptism: Alice Florence LAWS-34322, Parkstone DOR UK
1907 - Birth: Winifred Ivy LAWES-32717, Kensington MDX UK
1907 - Death: James Henry LAWS (Bricklayer) -3150, Folkestone KEN UK

1911 - Burial: William Frank LAWS (Foreman Shipbuilder) -8602, Dutton Park, Brisbane QLD                   AUSTRALIA
1914 - Death: Thomas Samuel LAWS (Fish Dealer) -18184, Croydon Park, NSW AUSTRALIA
1914 - Birth: Jasper Jewell LAWS-11299, Mendoza, Caldwell, TX United States
1915 - Birth: Gallashaw LAWS-18244,
1916 - Death: Earl Donald  LAWES (ARMY Private 10561)-22187,
1918 - Birth: Sammye Carol LAWS-26601, Texarkana, Bowie Co TX USA
1961 - Death: Calvert Edward LAWES-40278, Marylebone resided at Maida Vale MDX UK
1964 - Death: Helena Emily Sarah LAWES-34348, Dorchester DOR UK
1981 - Death: George Emanuel LAWS-29398,
1993 - Death: Mary H LAWS (T3 US Army) -16610,
1997 - Cremation: Joy Elaine LAWS-22122,
1997 - Burial: Joy Elaine LAWS-22122, Dunedin NZ
1997 - Burial: Aaron Benjamin LAWS (CPL, US Marine Corps) -16627,
          Riverside National Cemetery CA United States
2003 - Death: Leslie Edward LAWS-21709, Shoal Bay NSW AUSTRALIA
2007 - Residence: G LAWS (Bankrupt) -31423,
2007 - Death: Harry Puddington LAWS (Director of Forestry) -27802, Riverview Health Centre,                   Winnipeg MB CANADA
2008 - Death: Allen Thomas LAWS-41719, 

1747 - Baptism: William POTT-20076, Elmstead ESS UK
1836 - Baptism: Catherine CHARTERS-14159, Aspatria CUL UK
1854 - Birth: David HOWITT- (Ag Lab) 26799, Castle Bytham LIN UK
1880 - Birth: Lillian ROWE-22452, CON UK
1887 - Burial: John DAKER-23547, Stanley cun Wrenthorpe WRY UK
1898 - Birth: Iris SANGER-26741, Wanstead ESS UK
1900 - Birth: Mavis A CLAYTON-14702, Corowa, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
1942 - Death: Eva PARKER-14223,
1975 - Death: James Lynn PALMER-29099, Butler Wash, San Juan Co UT USA
2003 - Death: Laura Leah THOMAS (substitute teacher) -12162, Iredell Memorial Hospital,                       Statesville NC United States
2006 - Death: Irene ICENHOUR-23544, Hickory NC USA


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 20
Food was important. For some it was in short supply; for all it was seasonal and generally less wide ranging than it is now. Until the coming of the fridge, for us in the early thirties, keeping food fresh in summer was a problem and a variety of methods were used, The larder was mandatory in all houses built from the nineteenth century until quite recently, in large houses it became a small walk in room.

Meat was often given special accommodation in a small ‘meat safe’ with perforated zinc sides to keep out the flies. This stood outside the house in the shade often near the back door. In hot weather milk would be boiled as soon as it was delivered and in summer generally it was stood in a shallow tray of water with a cover of muslin or terra cotta to soak up the water and keep it cool. These methods must still be in use in a few households but they are bygones for most of us.

It was not always summer however and in winter it was normal to eat, more as well as to wear more cloths, to keep out the cold of poorly heated houses and workplaces. Quantity was of more importance than quality, not that wives and mothers were less interested in quality, simply which standards were lower and money went further if you only cut away the inedible rather than all the rough bits. It was widely recognized that if bread was a bit hard it would be ‘harder where there’s none’.

Our household was fortunate that ‘pater familias’ was ‘a good provider’ in the language of the day. Moreover, my mother was a good cook though she would have turned her nose up at squid or octopus and olives or wine vinegar were never seen in our larder.

Even the slightly exotic like sweetbreads or whitebait were reserved for father on his evening return from work, probably being reckoned ‘not good for children’ quite apart from the cost. The roast joint was the important mainstay of diet, more often than not, a sirloin of beef which turned up for Sunday lunch with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, greens and, a nice rich gravy. The joint would sometimes be mutton , it was not called lamb till much later. Pork was much less frequent, being reckoned to be  somewhat hazardous, though with how much reason I don’t know. It seems an oddity that on the other hand pork sausages were esteemed above beef which were considered in today’s parlance a bit down market.

Sunday’s joint turned up as cold meat on Monday, and would be used as hash or mince the next day or two depending on how much was left. Cold meat would be served up with hot vegetables. I do not remember any salad in my diet as a child.

Season controlled the selection of vegetables, fresh from the greengrocer not frozen from the supermarket, Cabbage was the standby; peas, runner beans, carrots sprouts and spinach came in their turn though I didn’t learn to like spinach till many years later.

There were also unidentified greens or the like, Very occasionally asparagus appeared on the Sunday table pandering to father’s fancy taste. I do not think it really belonged the Devon cuisine, that was my mother’s mainstay. Later in the week, when the joint was gone, there might be stew or sausages and occasionally fish until  Saturday when it was invariably steak and kidney pudding, a good winter warmer if ever there was one.

‘Afters’ too were often good sustaining stuff, stewed fruit and custard were popular in season and sometimes dried apricots or prunes at other times. The real favourites however were the apple puddings or blackcurrant puddings closely followed in popularity by Apple Charlotte or bread and butter pudding with a good leavening of raisins.

Suet puddings with dried fruit such as plum duff or roly-poly of the standby syrup  pudding came along from time to time but were not quite a regular feature. Pastry was popular and fruit would more often be served in a pie than on its own. There was of course no ice cream at home as there were no domestic freezers. Tinned fruit was a special but was readily available. Cream was brought round by the milkman once the changeover to bottled milk had taken place and sometimes took the place of custard to everyone’s delight.  

Even father, who was a good trencherman, did not feel the need of cheese and biscuits at the end of Sunday lunch.

Part 21

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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