Friday, July 08, 2016

LFR 8 July 2016 - Number 929

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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 8th 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
1792 - Baptism: Robert FORSTER, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1798 - Christen: Henry LAWS (Ag Lab) Beetley NFK UK
1801 - Baptism: William LAWS (Chief Manager at Distillery),
1815 - Birth: Mary Ann LAWS, Barnsville OH USA
1821 - Birth: William LAWS, Hoxne SFK UK
1824 - Baptism: William LAWS, Welches Dam CAM UK

1843 - Birth: Catherine LAWS,
1858 - Marriage: Robert BOND (Ag Lab)  and Caroline LAWS, Beccles SFK UK

1861 - Death: Alice LAWS, Escomb DUR UK
1887 - Death: Elizabeth LAWS, Whitby NRY UK

1887 - Birth: John Dore  LAWES (Railway Clerk, Yaxley SFK UK
1892 - Birth: Arthur Albert LAWS (RN K12116) Finsbury MDX UK
1894 - Birth: Charles Robert LAWS (PVT US Army)
1896 - Death: Benjamin LAWS, Johnson, Kane Co. UT USA

1900 - Baptism: Richard Thomas Henry LAWS, Bexley KEN UK
1901 - Birth: Percy Stanley LAWES(Lorry Driver) Fordingbridge HAM UK
1909 - Christen: Roy Campbell LAWES, Ryde IOW UK
1916 - Discharged: George LAWS (ARMY L/Cpl 3545) Hounslow MDX UK
1919 - Birth: Harry Ford LAWS, Howell MI USA
1922 - Marriage: Edward LAWS (Miner) and Mary MILLER, Easington DUR UK
1929 - Death: Rosie LAWS
1972 - Death: May LAWS (a widow) Chichester SSX UK
1978 - Death: Mabel Jane LAWS
1985 - Burial: Samuel LAWS (S1 US Navy) Riverhead, Suffolk Co NY USA

1851 - Birth: Frances Elizabeth DYKE, Rowde WIL UK
1874 - Birth: Wilhelmina D E STULPNAGEL Mecklenburg, Meckleburg-Vorpommern,                           GERMANY
1877 - Birth: James HENLEY (Corporation Employee)
1881 - Burial: George HATTON, Newnham GLS UK
1884 - Birth: Dorethy Elizabeth FANTHORPE East Dereham NFK UK
1895 - Birth: David Winder SMALL, Newport MON UK
1906 - Death: Isabella Mary DREW, Newcastle, NSW AUSTRALIA
1914 - Birth: Mabel C BUCK,
1946 - Death: Amy STRINGER, Gosforth WRY UK
1955 - Death: Lilian Gertrude GARRARD, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
1973 - Death: Elizabeth Sarah MUIR, Padstow NSW AUSTRALIA
1994 - Death: Luther RUSHING, Carroll Co TN USA


John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Part 6
There seemed to be a wider range of people then than there are now. There was no question or concept of equality. To me Mum was all important but to everyone Dad was 'The Boss'  and this nickname was used all the time between mother and her helper Lottie the maid. Lottie was a sort of auntie to me, having been part of the family longer than I had. This help was much needed by my mother not only on account of the houswork but because catastrophe had struck my parents when my sister Mary had suffered brain damage as a complication of meningitus. This happened at about the age of  threeafter which there was no further mental progress although she grew up physically but dumb.

Standards of living then were much lower then but in this respect we were fortunate, though everyone worked hard. It is my belief that most people were as happy then as now except where poverty and illness coincided. It is the presures of daily life that makes for unhappines and these were just different. In many ways it is the small comforts and conveniences that we would miss if we had to step back in time.

We did not have swarms of relations, the Victorian habit of enormous families had gone just in time. There were two maiden aunts, my fathers sisters, who lived together in the bottom part of a house off West Green Road. They worked in garment manufacture and their smallish rooms were cramed with too large furniture inheritated from my grandparents of the true Victorian era who I never knew. Some of it would be museum pieces now. There was a bed with a half tester rail over it and time to time they would occasionally come to tea on Sunday or to Christmas lunch. I remember a Christmas present of a little purse with two half-crowns in it, the old age pension was then just four of these coins, and although they were still working at that time, this was soon to be their weekly income.

My mother had just one sister, Alice who lived in Manchester, where her husband Jack was a lecturer in zoology. I only met him once, he had a nastly limp as a result of FRC service in WWI and he did not make old bones. Mother went and visited Alice after he had died and took me with her in her little car to help find thne way 172 miles according to the AA routewhich we followed. Alice had a nice house in a pleasant suburb but before long she returned to her roots in Devon and spent the rest of her years in Kingswear.

there was also my uncle Joe, really a cousin of my father though I think he had been brought up as a brother and was part of a trio of sailing enthusiasts with my dad and his younger brother Albert. The three of them used to go sailing in Devon and Cornwall and my father and Albert managed to aquire wives in the process. No doubt this put an end to the sailing but my father still liked to row and after he bought his first car in 1925 he would take me over to the river Lea on a Sunday morning and row from the boathouse at one lock up to the next lock and back. Being Sunday, the horse drawn barges were all at rest and the locks inactive. It was already partly industrial along the river , the canal really, but the marshes were open and flat , crossed by the long new concrete bridge of Lea Bridge Road which led on towards Epping Forest.  

Albert and his Cornish wife Louise were in Harbin, in the wilds of Manchuria  so we saw them very rarely, I only remember two occasions. A slow boat to China really was slow before the airlines and the Trans Siberian railway not a journey for the hurried or the timid though they went that way at least once.

Joe and his wife May  lived in a 1920's new semi in Palmers Green and were the relations we saw most. He was a keen gardener, which my father certainly wasn't but they were pretty good friends and Joe and May had Christmas lunch with us some yerars. To a child, Christmas was important of course and the old time way of feasting in the greatest abundance that funds permitted was still strong. there were no supermarkets and no domestic refrigerators of course but 'nouvelle cuisine'hadn't been heard of either. I do not think thatthere was asmuch obesity then as now, the ignorant did not have the means for it and most of the prosperous were working too hard to get fat. Beer was however proportionately cheaper a nd a few more men could be seen carrying the mark of it in their big bellies or red noses.

Untill school age there was not a lot of contact with adults outside the family. One saw the neighbours in their gardens from time to time but it was not till a little later that a family came next door whith whom we became friendly. The Kembles had five offspring, five daughters for starters the youngest in her late teens, and a son harry a bit older than myself with whom I became quite friendly. For some years we were regular cycling companions.


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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