Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday 14th November 2016 - Number 2059

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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 today 14th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc
1765 - Baptism: Jane LAWS-22464, Bower Chalke WIL UK

1808 - Baptism: Isabella LAWS-20170, Gateshead DUR UK

1810 - Christen: Jane LAWS-5829, Gosport HAM UK

1823 - Birth: Susanna LAWS-27888, 

1842 - Birth: Ann Martha LAWS-2960, Wareham DOR UK

1852 - Birth: Benjamin LAWS (Ag Lab) -8449, Cawston NFK UK

1858 - Birth: Catherine Elizabeth LAWES-252, Walworth SRY UK

1876 - Birth: Walter Fruen LAWES (RN 166301 RM Cpl 1st Class) -2413, Tooting SRY UK

1889 - Birth: Ulysses Simpson LAWS (MA3 US Navy) -16692, 

1899 - Birth: Doris LAWES-24541, Cardiff GLA UK

1903 - Birth: Florence May LAWS-35911, 

1903 - Birth: Archibald Cyril  LAWES(Newsagent) 23214, Dover KEN UK

1905 - Birth: Reuben Arthur LAWS-28819, Cheriton KEN UK

1906 - Birth: Jane Ann LAWS-13705, Easington DUR UK

1913 - Birth: William Hart LAWS-13806, Richfield Sevier UT United States

1761 - Marriage: Thomas MARSH-17591 and Ann LAWS-17590, Elmstead KEN UK

1801 - Marriage: John LAWES-12868 and Frances POOLE-12869, Odstock WIL UK

1825 - Marriage: Austin LAWS- (Gardener) 4433 and Mary WARNES-4434, Lambeth SRY UK

1906 - Marriage: Tom Emmerson MATHER-20043 and Hannah Allison LAWS-20036, 
          Morpeth NBL UK

1928 - Marriage: Archibald Cyril LAWES- (Newsagent) 23214 and Mabel Kate SAVILLE-                    23215, Dover KEN UK

1630 - Burial: James LAWES-2134, St.Peter at Gowts Lincoln LIN UK

1856 - Death: Sarah Ann LAWS-36440, 

1884 - Burial: Anna Elizabeth LAWS-2637, Felthorpe NFK UK

1916 - Death: Walter LAWS (ARMY Rifleman R/13167) -22347, 

1965 - Death: John Leonard Miller LAWS  (Dock Worker) -21529, Cottingham ERY UK
          Residence: Kingston Upon Hull ERY UK

1982 - Death: Arville LAWS-33287, Carroll Co TN United States

2003 - Death: Linda Carolyn McCoury LAWS-13092, Heaton, Ashville NC United States

2015 - Death: William F LAWS Welder) -43013, Bloutville TN United States
          Residence:Greenville TN United States


1867 - Birth: Martha ELLIOTT-23194, Aldbrough ERY UK

1906 - Birth: Leonard Sidney WEBSTER-35566, Norwich NFK UK

1908 - Birth: Ada Lucille MUIR-42915, Crisfield MD United States



1842 - Death: Eliza BRIGNELL-10741, St Marylebone MDX UK

1868 - Death: Elizabeth MCMINN-12426, Rivenhall Cottage, Gatehouse of Fleet KCB UK

1900 - Death: Lisa KEATING-26802, Campleltown NSW AUSTRALIA

1925 - Death: Flavius Josephus VEAZEY-40295, Durham NC United States

1973 - Death: Arthur Thomas NEAL-12834, Southend-on-Sea ESS UK

1993 - Death: Elsie Madelaine HUNTER-12555, Kingsford NSW AUSTRALIA


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 7

Until school age there was not a lot of contact with adults outside the family. One saw the neighbour in their gardens from time to time but it was 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. The tradesmen were the people who are impressed on my memory. Delivery was order of the day despite shopping on an almost daily basis. The milkman had an open backed float with churns in it and would dip the milk out with a long handled measure into your jug. It was not long till he graduated to a horse and cart with four wheels and milk in glass bottles with cardboard tops but in very hot weather, despite two deliveries a day, you still had to boil the milk soon after delivery before it went off. My mother used to tell me that when she lived in Devon as a child they had their own cow and that after milking she would separate the cream which she loved and churn the butter. That was all gone for town dwellers of course, but in the grocers shop the butter would still be scooped up and patted into shape instead of arriving in oblong paper packets. The grocer delivered as well and his man would arrive at the door step and jog the memory with a verbal list of commodities delivered in a rapid fire voice rather like a market auctioneer."Salt - Pepper - Vinegar-Mustard" he would fire away and then take up his list at the same point after he had been interrupted with an item. The baker's man pulled a two wheeled handcart with a rounded top and a leg at the back so that it didn't tip up when he let go. He would delve into this for the loaf you wanted, warm and crusty and certainly not wrapped or sliced! The postman was distinctive in his blue uniform with red piping and his odd little flat hat, almost a helmet. He did not bring a load of junk mail for the dustman to take away again, and what he delivered today had been posted yesterday except from foreign parts. It is odd to have no memory of a butcher delivering at that time, perhaps my mother preferred to select our meat in the shop. There were certainly butchers boys to be seen on their delivery bicycles with a basket on the front, whistling their way around the streets. Later, in the thirties we had a butcher who would call early and then would come back with the meat in time for lunch. Going by the name of Sam Collins he was a big beefy fellow with a perpetual grin who was everybody’s friend. There were street traders in the twenties as throughout the ages. A muffin man came along the street at weekends ringing his handball with a cloth covering a tray of muffins and crumpets on his head. From time to time a knife grinder would come along with a grinding wheel attached to the front of his bicycle and worked in some mysterious way from the pedals. He called as he came, offering his services and out would come the women with their carvers and kitchen knives to sharpen. Most doorsteps were sandstone anyway so there were plenty who managed well without him. In the High Street there were those who offered oddments from doorways, matches and lemons spring to mind. Along the gutters the sandwich board men, walked, enclosed in their advertising matter or calls to repentance, sometimes singly sometimes in threes or fours in a straggling crocodile. Occasionally there was an organ grinder on the corner of a side street, winding his handle and his mechanical music would add to the general street noise. There is an impression of noisiness in the High Street. Apart from the street traders there were trams clattering on their steel rails, horses were iron shod and so were the wheels of most of the carts. Lorries vans and cars were less well silenced and there was even the occasional Steam traction engine. However there were no motor scooters and the few motorbikes did not roar around.    

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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