Saturday, July 02, 2016

LFR 2 July 2016 - Number 923

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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. 

John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 2


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.

We looked out that way one sunlit evening and saw the majestic airship the R101 floating gently south towards London, France and their appointment in Samarkand.

our garden was not very large, a rectangle with a concrete path round the patch of grassto leave a border for plants and little trees. A little extra bit was squeezed in at the side of the back of the house before the narrow sidewayout to the front. Inside the rectangle of the path the grass had half a dozen little apple trees round the edge. The plants elude my memory, only the laburnams stand out clearly always in flower with a prickly rose bush under one of them.

One went into the garden at the side of the back door from the scullery down a couplw of sandstone steps. Only in very warm weather was the double back door of the bay window in the kitchen opened for regular use. I opened onto a paved patch across the garden which caught the afternoon sun. For some time I had a white albino rabbit in a hutch in the garden. It had a wire netting run from which it would burrow out if not carefully supervised.

Our house was a semi, built of London stocks in the late 1800's, one of the better houses almost at the top of the hill. We lived there till I was ten, so being an inquisitive  child, I learned to know the area better than the palm of my hand.

As an infant the day was spent in the kitchen, a pleasent enough room lit by a bay window with a half glazed double door to the garden. It was heated by a black-leaded built-in kitchen range with an oven to the side and a back boiler to heat the water. This had to be lit every morning if the weather was cold and if it were lit it would be used for some cooking. the kitchen was lit at night by a single central gas light, a soft sypathetic light without the brilliance of the electricity which came later. candlesticks were on the mantle piece for bedtime. Mine was enamel but my mother had a more elegant one, once silver plated but already polished down to the brass, I still have it.

The kitchen furnishings were plain and useful. A large deal table with an end drawer and covered with a tablecloth. one leg very tatty from being used as a acatching post by the cat. Bentwood chairs, comfortable enough but a little creaky, one an elbow chair the rest plain but with the usual pressed pattern on the seat. A built-in brown painted dresser with drawers and cupboards below and a slightly mixed collection of plates on edge on the shelves with the cups hanging from hooks on the front. Meals were usually taken in the kitchen except at weekends when lunch (called dinner) and tea were taken in the dining room. fortunately the kitchen was a good sized room and a child could run about and play on the floor with little impediment.

The cat which had used the table leg as a scratching post was known by the unlikely name of Ma. It appears that I christened it with the only word in my vocabulary at a very early age. It was an undistingushed tabby which would catch the occasional unwary mouse but would spend more time snoozing in front of the fire. It seemed that every house had mice at that time. Food was more acccessible before fridges and freezers.


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from June 30, 3016
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                       Family Events for today 2nd July, from our database

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Family Events
1693 - Marriage: Nicholas LAWES and Elizabeth MODYFORD (Widow of Samuel BARRY) ,
1732 - Christen: Jane LAWS, Mitcham SRY UK
1813 - Marriage: James MARCHAM (Servant)  and Mary LAWES (Spinster) , Andover HAM UK

                                                          Andover HAM UK

1817 - Birth: Charles Herbert LAWS (Australian Army) Chinchilla QLD AUSTRALIA
1820 - Birth: Phoebe LAWS, London LDN
1827 - Burial: Thomas  LAWS (Infant), Fincham NFK UK

                                                         Fincham NFK UK

1857 - Marriage: James Henry Forest LAWS (Engine Fitter)  and Eliza RAMSEY, Newgate                         LONDON UK
1876 - Baptism: Ernest Albert LAWS, Holloway MDX UK
1877 - Marriage: George LAWS and Lydia Mary HARDING, Westend by Southampton HAM UK
1881 - Death: Robert LAWS (Prisoner at Hockwold NFK) Leichhardt, NSW AUSTRALIA
1886 - Birth: Larkin Lester LAWS, TX USA
1890 - Birth: Adeline LAWS, (Dairy Work)  Heddon on the Wall NBL UK
1901 - Birth: Sarah Ann LAWS, South Shields DUR UK
1908 - Death: Emma Mary Ann LAWS,
1910 - Marriage: Joseph Robert  LAWS (Builders Labourer)  and Alice COOKSEY, West Ham ESS           UK
1912 - Marriage: Herbert Joseph SINFIELD (Coster)  and Eleanor LAWES, Holloway MDX UK
1913 - Birth: Reginald Stallwood LAWS, 
1915 - Birth: Wilbur Francis LAWS, Star Ranch, Juab, UT USA
1918 - Birth: Edith Gladys LAWS
1918 - Birth: Bernard Patrick LAWS, West Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
1918 - Death: Len LAWS, Broken Arrow, Tulsa OK USA
1925 - Death: Vilda LAWS, Blanding UT USA
1932 - Death: Christopher LAWS, Murton DUR UK
1940 - Death: Mary Etta LAWS,
1944 - Death: William Norman LAWS (ARMY Gunner 14355551) ,
1946 - Death: Almon Doddridge LAWS, Los Angeles CA USA
1950 - Death: Edwin Lawson  LAWS (Wholesale Grocer & Provisions Mcht), Woodbridge SFK UK
1951 - Death: Fred LAWS (Railway Shunter 5713 LNER) , Peterborogh CAM UK
1953 - Death: Mitchell  LAWES (PFC US Army),
1966 - Death: William  LAWS (Bricklayers Labourer), Dartford KEN UK
1970 - Death: Dorethy Alice LAWS, Cronulla NSW AUSTRALIA
1977 - Death: Charles LAWS,
1985 - Death: Samuel LAWS (S1 US Navy) ,

1862 - Birth: Wilhelmina Pauline OEHM, Rosenthal SA
1868 - Baptism: Elizabeth CHARTERS, Torpenhow CUL UK
1875 - Birth: Laura Lillian RHODES, Mulmur ONT CANADA
1887 - Birth: Richard Arthur STAPLETON, Illogan, Portreath CON UK
1892 - Birth: John Bartlet CHARTERS, Bramley WRY UK
1892 - Birth: Elisabeth Alice Frances BROWN, Kensington MDX UK
1904 - Birth: Marjorie Jean BURNS,
1918 - Birth: Winifred SNYDER, Modoc IN USA
1935 - Residence: Kathleen Marjorie Livingstone HODGSON, emigrated from Liverpool LAN UK

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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