Sunday, July 03, 2016

LFR 3 July 2016 - Number 924

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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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from June 30, 3016
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                       Family Events for today 3rd July, from our database

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Family Events
1671 - Burial: Mary LAWES, MDX (St Dunstan in the East)
1757 - Birth: Thomas LAWS, Feltwell NFK UK
1786 - Birth: Thomas LAWES (Miller) Hurstbourne HAM UK
1797 - Burial: Elizabeth LAWES, Breamore HAM UK
1801 - Marriage: Henry LAWS (Merchant) and Charlotte Priscilla SMITH, Ipswich SFK UK

                                            St Nicholas Street, Ipswich SFK UK

1808 - Marriage: Thomas Osbourn SPRINGFIELD and Elizabeth LAWES, Norwich NFK UK

                                                 The Cathedral, Norwich NFK UK

1814 - Baptism: James LAWES,
1841 - Marriage: John Albert PARKER (Mariner) and Elizabeth LAWS (Spinster) Dover KEN UK

                                                   The Castle, Dover KEN UK

1847 - Birth: Matilda LAWS, Praire City, Rush Co, IN USA
1853 - Birth: Sydney LAWES, Bishopstone WIL UK

                                                      Bishopstone WIL UK

1864 - Baptism: William Henry LAWS, Staines MDX UK

                                               River Thames at Staines MDX UK

1864 - Baptism: William James LAWES (Gardener) , Booton NFK UK

                                                            Bootton NFK UK

1866 - Burial: Henry Alfred LAWS, (Infant)  Portland DOR UK
1867 - Marriage: Alfred Henry LAWS and Marian Sabina SKIPWORTH, Salisbury, South Australia
1871 - Marriage: Lewis LAWES (Ag Lab)  and Ellen C FORD, Coombe Bissett WIL UK

                                                      Coombe Bissett WIL UK

1880 - Birth: H Langdon LAWS (Merchant) Cincinnati OH USA
1883 - Birth: Jessie Ellen F LAWES, Odiham HAM UK
1884 - Death: William LAWES (Carpenter) , Ryde IOW UK
1893 - Burial: Mary Elizabeth LAWS, Fareham HAM UK
1897 - Marriage: Percy Edward LAWS (Bookeeper/Clerk to Paper Manufacturer)  and Lilla BYE,               Bromley MDX UK
1898 - Birth: Elizabeth LAWS, Sheffield WRY UK
1901 - Death: Lillian England LAWS, East Belt, Christchurch NZ
1902 - Birth: George Alexander LAWS, Frome SOM UK
1910 - Residence: Percy Maitland  LAWS (Clerk), Chicargo IL USA
1920 - Marriage: Andrew Thomas LAWS (Baker)  and Elizabeth Parker ATHEY, Ryton DUR UK
1923 - Residence: Henry William LAWS (Consultant Mining Engineer) , London Wall MDX UK
1927 - Death: Florence LAWS (Spinster living on own means) , Redhill SRY UK
1933 - Death: Mildred Emily LAWS, Hampstead MDX UK

                                          Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath MDX UK

1933 - Residence: Mildred Emily LAWS, Gravesend KEN UK
1938 - Residence: Harry Cyril LAWS (Tea Planter) , Roycroft, Hooks Hill Road, Sherringham NFK
1946 - Emigration: Douglas Victor LAWS (Sampler) LONDON to RIO DE JANERIO
1946 - Death: John James LAWS (Joiner) Sunderland DUR UK

                                                      Sunderland DUR UK

1948 - Marriage: Norman James Herbert LAWS (Managing Director)  and Betty Patricia HALLAM,           Birmingham WAR UK
1958 - Death: George LAWS, Sunderland DUR UK
1961 - Death: George Emanuel LAWS, Barnard Castle DUR UK
1961 - Death: Annie Priscilla  LAWS (Domestic Cook), Alcester WAR UK resided as Domestic                   Cook at Leamington Spa WAR UK
1976 - Death: Nelda LAWS, Anaheim, Orange CA USA
1979 - Death: Ernest William LAWES,
1989 - Death: Eveline Beatrice LAWS, Earlwood NSW AUSTRALIA
1990 - Burial: Willie LAWS (PFC US Army) , Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee WI USA
1997 - Burial: John H LAWS (Captn US Army Air Corps)  Denver CO USA

1713 - Christen: Sarah ARBOR, Clipson NTH UK
1736 - Birth: Maria WALPOLE, Westminster MDX UK
1788 - Baptism: Tyndall CHARTERS (Innkeeper at The Goat), St.Michaels, Torpenhow CUL UK
1833 - Birth: Dorethy Ann OLIVER, Winlaton DUR UK
1836 - Baptism: Ellen TANNER, Hullavington WIL UK
1842 - Birth: Emily Amelia PADDOCK (Manager of Pyjama Factory) , Clifton GLS UK
1872 - Birth: Charles WILSON, Noway
1881 - Birth: Elliott Theo WRIGHT, CA USA
1887 - Birth: Alison Fredericka WETTLAUFFER (Book Folder) , Hastings SSX UK
1893 - Birth: John Samuel WESTFALLEN (Cartage Contractors Carman) , Poplar MDX
1910 - Residence: Alice Harriet BOLD, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK
1910 - Birth: Walter George SCHNEKENBURGER-LAWS
1920 - Birth: Thelma May JENKINS, Townsville QLD AUSTRALIA
1929 - Death: Leopold George HOCKINGS, Manly NSW AUSTRALIA
1975 - Death: Hannah BLYTH, Norwich NFK UK
1956 - Death: Edmund  or Edward (Scenic Artist) GRIMANI, Hayes KEN UK
1989 - Death: Evelyn B SWIFT
2012 - Burial: Margaret Louise JONES, Gray TN USA


John Robert Laws 1921-2008


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.

The kitchen was decorated in the deco of the period. The matchboarding of the lower part of the walls was painted a light brown like the dresser, and the upper walls were done in a strong cream gloss. I'm ptretty sure there were lace curtains the same as the rest of the house. Just a touch of an earlier period was the fringe to the mantle piece where the tea caddy (an ornamental tin), the candlesticks and the spill jar stood. The fire guard had a nice brass rim at the top, well polished by the constant touching of handsand glistened from the fire and the gaslight. Behind it was the black kitchen range, a solid fuel stove with two ovens and a back boiler for hot water. Much of the cooking was done on it in the winterusing heavy old iron cooking pots which must have been heirlooms. It the only heating in the house till late afternoon unless the bedroom gas fires were used to dress by. The kitchen stove was lit at six in the morning  normally by Lottie, though I remember my dad doing it on one occasion  with me looking on. Everyone else must have been out of action I reckon.

The scullery next to the kitchen saved the yellowish shallow sink and the black iron gas cooker with its brass taps from spoiling the kitchen. It was definately a workplace. the built-in copper had a fire below it to boil the wash. the mangle was enormous with big wooden rollers to get the water out  before and after rinsing. the corrugated washboard had not yet been passed on to the skiffle group. Clothing must have been tough to withstand the battering. It all had to be ironed of course which was done on the kitchen table on the ironing cloth conveniently kept in its end drawer. Two heavy flat-irons were used one in use while the other was reheated on the gas cooker. No thermostats on these, a drop of spit on the finger applied to the hot iron would tell whether the sizzle was about right.

The one convenience, so to speak, about the scullery was the downstairs loo was entered from it. At that time they were normally out in the garden waiting for the first hard frost to put them out of action. Indeed so were most of those of the houses built in the larer building boom of the early thirties.

There was one other work area, the coal cellar, prohibited to the infant population. This too was better than the thirties houses which had coal bunkers in the garden from which the fuel must be fetched come rain snow or shine. The descent to the  cellar through a door in the hall passage was steep to go down and perhaps steeper to climb up laden with a bucket of coal, so some may dispute my feeling that it was better than going out in the rain.

The coal came into the cellar through the coal hole in the top front step which was recessed into the house to give a small porch with the iron cover of the coal hole in the centre. Four of five sandstone steps led up from street level and the coalman would carry his enormous sack up  and upend it over the hole. Needless to say, this spouiled the pristine cleanliness of the whitened step and was not a popular event. Personally I liked to see the patient carthorse observing the proceedings while digging into his nosebag and enjoying the enforced rest. Having delivered his orders, the cdoalman would patrol the streets calling 'Coal' at intervals in the hope of casual customers. Much the same perhaps  as the 'butanero' deliovering gas in today's Spain, though he needs no call, the clatter of his lorry enough to rouse the customers.

As well as the coal store there was plenty of space in the cellar with a sort of second room into which a feeble light filtered bt a small window below the 'front room' bay. I remember it as a junk store but maybe it was just things one couldn't throw away. Perhaps the most valuable thing in the cellar was the cold tap which didn't freeze even in the coldest snap when everybodies pipes were frozen and standpipes had to be put up in the streets.

To be continued tomorrow

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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