Friday, July 01, 2016

LFR 1st July 2016 - Number 922

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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. 



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John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 1


The war had been over three years, the Kaiser's War that is. It was late afternoon on Christmas Eve and the sun had gone down for the day, the gaslight on and the fires lit, but of course I don't remember as I was the early Christmas present for my Mum.

When memory reaches back to it's furthest it is summer, there is a lot of summer in the early years, or so it seems. There are laburnams in flower in the garden and wooden toys with nodding heads, a swan and a rhino to be pulled along on wheels and always the sound of trains with smoke and steam.

Every morning just after ten there was the Flying Scotsman to watch go by and then there was shunting and banging all day and night that one slept soundly through, just as one now sleeps through the noise of the television. The smoke and soot annoyed my mum, but to an infant it was just an interesting smell which came and went, perhaps a little stronger when one climbed the railway fence to get a better veiw. A few missing palings made this easy even for the smallest child.

Over the fence was a narrow strip of unkempt grass often burnt in summer when a spark from a passing locomotive set it alight. at other times an unofficial path for railwaymen, children and burglars. The tracks lay about fifteen feet down from the grass, the land held up by a hefty retaining wall. Lots of tracks, maybe a dozen, with another track on a long bridge crossing them at an acute angle and takings trains from one side to the other without touching the fast line.

The land rose on the other side of the tracks, a steep tall grassy bank with a proper footpath along the top beyond the fence and even seats along the top. In the afternoon sunshine these would be occupied by mums and nannies with prams while the trains amused the vociferous offspring. It was not till later that I explored these distant parts, a sprawl of suburbia from the late nineteenth century broken here and there by parks and sports grounds.


                       Family Events for today 1st July, from our database

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Family Events
1695 - Marriage: John LAWES-1101 and Mary RABEN-1102, Litchfield STS UK
1703 - Will: Henry LAWS (Master Mariner) -36874,
1746 - Death: John LAWS-13099, Shotley Crofts DUR UK
1759 - Baptism: Jane LAWS-25746, Shaftesbury DOR (Holy Trinity) UK
1770 - Birth: Matthew LAWS-13699, Ryton DUR UK
1838 - Marriage: John Thomas LAWES (Shepherd) -12867 and Elisabeth Anna LANEHAM-12866,           Bishopstone WIL UK

                                                     Bishopstone WIL UK

1839 - Birth: William George LAWES-196, Aldermaston BRK UK

                                                    Aldermaston BRK UK

1841 - Marriage: Thomas DRAPER-598 and Jane Turner LAWES-595, St Marylebone MDX UK
1862 - Will Proved: James Samuel LAWS (Butler) -7516,
1872 - Will Proved: Sarah Ann LAWS (Spinster) -9709,
1873 - Burial: Alfred LAWS-16632, San Antonio National Cemetery TX USA
1875 - Occupation: William LAWS (Mate on Ship) -27178,
1882 - Marriage: George LAWS (Storekeeper)-36511 and Elizabeth Ann DE REDDER 
          (Shopkeeper Glass And Paints (Divorced) -36512, South Shields DUR UK
1886 - Birth: Raymond LAWS-35429, Wareham DOR UK

                                                             Wareham DOR UK

1892 - Birth: John Evans LAWS (RN J1150) -24401, Plaistow ESS UK
1897 - Marriage: Swinburn J LAWS-21935 and Frances BERG-21936, Crown Point, Lake Co IN               USA
1906 - Baptism: Nellie Louisa LAWS-34323, Church Knowle DOR UK
1909 - Birth: Eva LAWES-35770,
1909 - Death: Thomas Charles LAWES-20291, Greenland Dam, Kalkee. Horsham, VIC                               AUSTRALIA
1911 - Marriage: George Herbert LAWS (Superintedant Headlights Ventalation) -40133 and
          Harriet BUTLER-40134, Kings NY NY USA
1914 - Birth: Harold Glenfield LAWS-33248,
1914 - Death: Cyril Vincent LAWES-17725, Mayfield SSX UK
1916 - Death: Thomas LAWS (ARMY Private 29/116)-22336,
1916 - Death: Richard LAWS (ARMY Private 30171) -22324,
1916 - Death: Isaac  LAWS (ARMY Private 20/1491)-22289,
1916 - Death: John LAWS (ARMY Private 20/1074 ) -16762,
1916 - Death: Anthony LAWS (ARMY Private 23/609) -5691,
1920 - Birth: Maurice Jackson LAWS (Australian Army) -12933, Mildura VIC AUSTRALIA
1922 - Marriage: Albert John LAWS-27376 and Florence Ellen SMEAD-27377, VIC AUSTRALIA
1922 - Marriage: Albert George LAWS-22522 and Florence Elaine SMEAD-22523,
1944 - Death: Rose Alice DUNKASON-31007, Fulham MDX UK
1949 - Death: Lincoln Dahl LAWS-19400, Los Angeles CA United States
1950 - Death: Albert LAWES-39074, London WC1
1950 - Residence: Albert LAWES-39074, Willesden MDX UK
1983 - Death: Helena Olga Marion LAWS-3717, Brisbane QLD AUSTRALIA
1983 - Death: Alice Isabella LAWS-3708, Brisbane QLD AUSTRALIA
2001 - Death: John LAWS (Civil Servant) -24711, Warrington LAN UK
2005 - Death: Lucy Betty LAWS-16527, North Belmont NSW AUSTRALIA
2009 - Death: Eric Murray LAWS (Bono Vacanta) -36797, Harborough Magna WAR UK
2014 - Cremation: Norman LAWS-40506, Whitley Bay NBL UK


1766 - Marriage: John LUTTRELL-4609 and Elizabeth OLMIUS-38335, 
1798 - Baptism: Joseph LARMAN-29149, Enfield MDX UK
1805 - Baptism: Sophia CORY-3510, Stratton Strawless NFK UK

Stratton Strawless NFK UK

1827 - Marriage: John SCOTT-28172 and Maria TEALE-28171, Dewsbury WRY UK
1861 - Baptism: William Robert ALLEN (Stevedore) -22690, Scarborough NRY UK

                                                       Scarborough NRY UK

1890 - Death: Mary Elizabeth MADISON-30316, Marshall, Calhoun MI United States
1898 - Birth: Kate Jolliffe PRANKERD-33229, 
1916 - Death: John Herbert FOLEY-31516, FRANCE
1916 - Birth: William HUGHES-23112, West Derby LAN UK
1920 - Birth: Vera Marjorie KELLAWAY-27124, DOR UK
1977 - Death: Emma SMITH-14556, 
2012 - Death: Margaret Louise JONES-39235, Gray TN USA

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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