Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday 11th November 2016 - Number 1056

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 "We Will Remember Them," 

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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Family Events from our database, for today11thNovember

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1804 - Birth: Robert LAWS-3845, Kirkwhelpington NBL UK

1817 - Birth: Jane Turner LAWES-595, St Marylebone MDX UK

1818 - Baptism: William LAWS (Labourer) -12075, Roydon by Diss NFK UK

1855 - Birth: Mary Edith LAWS-27864, Licking Co OH United States

1878 - Birth: George Nixon LAWS (Army)-16760, Ovingham NBL UK

1888 - Christen: Nelson Wake LAWS-(Sailmaker) 16389, Sunderland DUR UK

1891 - Birth: Alfred LAWS (Shoemaker) -15684, Norwich NFK UK

1900 - Birth: Ernest William LAWS (Fireman NFS)-15899, Hintlesham SFK UK

1903 - Birth: George John Scott LAWS (Greengrocer/Smallholder)-12087, West Ham ESS UK

1908 - Birth: Ernest Augustine LAWS-27477, Le Cren Street, Timaru, New Zealand

1909 - Birth: Elizabeth A LAWS-17420, 

1911 - Birth: Constance Agnes LAWS-38196, 

1919 - Birth: Ivy Hilda LAWES-35771, 

1744 - Marriage: Thomas CARTWRIGHT-1436 and Anne LAWES-1435, 

1754 - Marriage: Samuel LAWS-11943 and Elizabeth ROSEWELL-11944, Littleton SRY UK

1816 - Marriage: John BATTERHAM-11729 & Maria LAWS-4635, Tilmey St.Lawrence NFK             UK

1849 - Marriage: Samuel  LAWS (Lab)(Widower)-24141 and Sarah MAREHAM-31650,                       Litcham NFK UK

1861 - Marriage: Andrew DOYLE-18359 and Elizabeth LAWS-18358, Woodburn NBL UK

1889 - Marriage: Samuel  LAWS  above (Lab)(Widower)-24141 and Elizabeth SEAMAN
 (Widow) -31656, Litcham NFK UK

1922 - Marriage: Joseph (or John) Walter LAWS-2666 and Hazel BEST-2687, Rock Springs,               Sweetwater WY United States

1828 - Death: James LAWS-25840, Ellingham by Bungay NFK UK

1907 - Death: Robert Bartholomew LAWES (Army Major) -31952, Dover KEN UK
          but Burial at Kingston upon Thames SRY UK

1911 - Burial: Leonard B LAWS-16771, Leavenworth National Cemetery KS United States
          (Plot: 16, R11/GR10)

1918 - Death: Arthur John LAWS (Clerk)-26216, FRANCE

1919 - Death: Mary Jane LAWS (Widow) -8268, Forest Gate ESS UK

1935 - Death: Frederick William LAWES-24549, Lidcombe NSW AUSTRALIA

1941 - Death: William LAWS-38997, Wisbech CAM UK

1947 - Death: Mary Ada LAWS-41469, 

1951 - Death: Romulus Don LAWS (Candidate for U.S. Rep 7th District NC) -20647, 
          Moravian Falls, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

1958 - Death: James Bowmaker LAWS-41018, Ryhope DUR UK

1960 - Death: Charles John LAWS-42126, 

2001 - Death: Robert James LAWS (Jnr) -12461, Stanford, Santa Clara CA USA

2002 - Death: Caroll LAWS-12452, 

2007 - Death: Alice L LAWS-40931, Plant City FL United States

1874 - Occupation: Charles LAWS (Apprentice on Ship) -27176, 

1941 - Residence: William LAWS-38997, Wisbech CAM UK

1958 - Residence: James Bowmaker LAWS-41018, Murton DUR UK

1680 - Christen: Susanna CASTLE-8146, St. Mary's, Capel Le Ferne, Kent, UK

1828 - Birth: Mary Ann (Polly) LOWE-3647, Washington IN United States

1829 - Birth: Augustus R TUCKER-13829, NC United States

1903 - Birth: Stephen LOCKEY (Consultant/ Production Engineer) -35640, Gateshead DUR               UK

1909 - Birth: Elizabeth A ATWOOD-14041, Pelham NH USA

1753 - Marriage: Benjamin CHARTERS-14147 and Eleanor MACHELL-14151, 
          Torpenhow CUL UK


1791 - Death: Thomas RUMBOLD- (Governor of Madras)9406, 

1868 - Death: Robert BEICHTELER (Net Maker) -39354, Hoxton MDX UK

1915 - Birth: Leila WHEELING-32682, Wilkes Co NC United States

1948 - Death: Ellen BATTY-4, Battersea SRY UK

1972 - Death: Aletha Homina BELLWOOD-25341, Atherton QLD AUSTRALIA

1974 - Death: Alice Eliza SANDYS-8110, Fleet HAM UK


A Child of the Twenties

A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

The kitchen was decorated in the deco of the period. The match-boarding 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 pretty 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 hands and 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 winter using 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 definitely 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 larger 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 spoiled 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 coalman would patrol the streets calling 'Coal' at intervals in the hope of casual customers. Much the same perhaps as the 'butane' delivering 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 by 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 tuning in the cellar was the cold tap which didn't freeze even in the coldest snap when everybody’s 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 crypt

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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