Saturday, July 09, 2016

LFR 9 July 2016 - Number 930

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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 9th 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

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 housework but because catastrophe had struck my parents when my sister Mary had suffered brain damage as a complication of meningitis. This happened at about the age of  three after 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 pressures of daily life that makes for unhappiness 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 father’s 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 crammed 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 nasty 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 the way 172 miles according to the AA route which 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 acquire 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 years. 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 that there was as much 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 and a few more men could be seen carrying the mark of it in their big bellies or red noses.

Until 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 were not till a little later that a family came next door with whom we became friendly. The Kemble’s 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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