Thursday, July 07, 2016

LFR 7 July 2016 - Number 928

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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. 



We are suspending operation of the LAWS FAMILY REGISTER
from June 30, 3016
We will work on our LAWS FAMILY TREE
This Blog will continue
All LAWS Enquires arw still welcome

                       Family Events for today 7th 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
1662 - Baptism: Elizabeth LAWES, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

                                                   Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1776 - Death: William LAWS, Feltwell NFK UK
1820 - Baptism: Stephen Lot LAWES, Andover HAM UK

                                                  St Mary's Andover HAM UK

1837 - Birth: Joseph LAWS, (Coke Drawer)  West Auckland DUR UK
1843 - Birth: Francis Edwin LAWES (Reverend) , Aldermaston BRK UK

                                                       Aldermasrton BRK UK

1844 - Marriage: George LAWS (Labourer) and Ann SCOTT, Wareham DOR UK

                                                         Wareham DOR UK

1849 - Marriage: Richard Willoughby LAWS (C J Navy Retired)  and Elizabeth WILSON, Calcutta             INDIA (later divorced)
1855 - Christen: George LAWES, Costessey NFK UK

                                                          Costessey NFK UK

1856 - Marriage: Thomas Wing LAWS (Ag lab  Imate in Workhouse)  and Martha W NICHOLS,                Whittlesey CAM UK
1864 - Occupation: J F  LAWS,(Mate on Ship)
1867 - Birth: George William LAWS, Bungay SFK UK
                                                            Bungay SFK UK    

1872 - Birth: Charles John LAWS, (Twin)  Mansfield VIC AUSTRALIA
1872 - Birth: William Sampson LAWS, (Farmer)  Mansfield VIC AUSTRALIA
1872 - Baptism: Herbert Freeman  LAWES (Brewers Labourer) Booton NFK UK
1875 - Baptism: Ernest LAWES (Scholar), Lea HER UK
1885 - Birth: Arthur Ernest LAWS (RN 212394 Leading Seaman) Leyton ESS UK
1887 - Marriage: Alfred Stenning LAWS and Marian Anna KEMP, Coulsdon SRY UK
1888 - Marriage: Joseph FITCHES and Emma  LAWS (Servant / Spinster), Icklingham SFK UK
1890 - Birth: Walter A LAWS (Gary Fire Fighter) Crown Point, Lake Co IN USA
1893 - Birth: Beatrice Mary LAWES, Cardiff GLA UK
1893 - Birth: Sidney Evans LAWS (RN J6089) , West Ham ESS UK
1906 - Birth: Veronica LAWES, British Columbia CANADA
1909 - Birth: Beatrice Emma LAWS,
1909 - Birth: Reginald George LAWES, Andover HAM UK
1914 - Birth: Ronald John F LAWS, Norwich NFK UK

                                                The Cathedral, Norwich NFK UK

1917 - Death: George  LAWS, (ARMY L/Cpl 3545) Kensington MDX UK
1917 - Death: William Maitland LAWS (Grocer Provision Dealer)  Gateshead DUR UK
1929 - Marriage: Alfa Riddell BARTON and Lurlene LAWS, Blanding UT USA
1929 - Death: William George LAWES, Mayfield SSX UK

1934 - Marriage: Percy William Herbert LAWES (Railway Officer) and Muriel TURNER
          (Mothers Companion) , Whitby NRY UK

                                                     Whitby harbout NRY UK

1951 - Death: John Arundel Stead (Engineers Labourer) LAWES, Leeds WRY UK
1960 - Death: Arthur Alfred LAWS, (Egine Erector / Electrical engineer)  Lincoln LIN UK
1965 - Death: Frederick LAWES, Lyme Regis DOR UK
1965 - Residence: Frederick LAWES, Uplyme DOR UK
1996 - Death: Thomas Edward LAWS,
1997 - Death: Thomas Arthur William LAWS, Torbay DEV UK
1997 - Death: Aaron Benjamin  LAWS(CPL, US Marine Corps) Solano CA USA
2000 - Death: John Franklin LAWS, Valparaiso, Porter IN USA
2003 - Burial: Billie Jean LAWS, Fulton MO USA
2004 - Death: Eddie Earl Snr LAWS,

1799 - Baptism: Mary Isabella KING, Chaldon SRY UK
1827 - Death: D'arcy WENTWORTH (Irish Surgeon & Highwayman) Homebush, Sydney, NSW
1830 - Baptism: Matilda BREWER, 
1891 - Birth: John George LAVENDER (Miner)  Gateshead DUR UK
1897 - Death: John BRAWLEY, Poolville, Parker Co TX United States
1897 - Birth: Frances Lillian SEELEY, Brumby LIN UK
1909 - Birth: Florence Mary WILLINGHAM
1919 - Emigration: R MOONEY (RNR) , Noth Sydney, Nova Scotia CANADA
1931 - Death: Charlotte Ann MASTERTON, Beccles SFK UK
1971 - Death: Thelma Sarah MCDONALD, Bundara NSW AUSTRALIA


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

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 tning 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.

If the cellar was inelegant, the other rooms were much better. After the kitchen, the  most used room for living was the 'front room' often called the dining room. today it would be called the living room but room usage in middle class houses was different then, mainly due to the lack of central heating. In cold weather a fire would be lit in the front room in the late afternoon on weekdays or well before lunch on weekends. Its heat output could only be controlled  by stoking it up or letting it burn down with a little bit of draught control at the front and the alternatives of feeding it with lumps or slack.

The tiled fireplaces of the thirties and forties had not arrived, the fire was ornamented with tiled inserts on either side, enclosed by an iron surround. Above it the overmantle enclosed a big mirror and supported a heavy green onyx clock in a Palladium style  with a gilt dial and ormolu mounts. If this were not enough, it was flanked by a pair of blue-brown Doulton glazed vases which served as spill holders.

It all belonged to a rather earlier age, even at that time, the product of a rather late marriage before WWI of a couple raised in late Victorian times. Furniture was good and solid, even a dining chair took a bit of lifting, but there was no fear of it wearing out or falling apart and the room was big enough to hold a lot of it. As it was really a living room rather than a dining room, the fire had a large overstuffed armchair on either side and there was a matching sofa along the opposite wall. One recess beside the chimney breast was occupied by a tall glazed mahogany bookcase and the other held a dropfront coal scuttle which provided a little table top beside the chair. An enormous mahogany sideboard sat against the wall opposite the window, the back of its tall overmantle filled by a mirror. tapered square columns supported the tester style top on which stood a reproduction bronze statue of an athete. I suppose the original statue must be greek but although some thirty years or so later I spotted a full size replica in a public park in Liege, I remain in ignorance.

Ornaments abounded and on the sideboard were an epergne for fruit and flowers and a couple of silver plate and glass urns which never contained anything. More useful was the plated silver stand to hold the soda syphon  and the plated vegetable dishes sitting on the long lacey cloth. 'Cleaning the plate' was a regular chore and but one of many labour intensive housekeeping of those days. There was of course a heavy mahogany dining table and half a dozen chairs for the main purpose of the room. Apart from mealtimes, a dark crimson chenille tablecoth with a fancy fringe all round covered the table and in the middle stood another epergne, plated and just for flowers this time. Last but not least the obligatory aspidestra sat in a magnificent state of growth on an ornately carved ebony stand in the window bay, its pot enclosed by a handsome china jardinaire of deep blue and white. from this window at dusk the lamplighter could be seen on his rounds lighting the gas street lights one by one with a long pole he carried over his shoulder.  

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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