Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday 12th November 2016 - Number 2057

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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 12th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1810 - Baptism: Margaret LAWS-23816, Gateshead DUR UK

1861 - Birth: Annie LAWS (Lodginghouse Keeper) -29925, 

1863 - Birth: John D LAWS-20492, 

1868 - Birth: Georgia Lee LAWS-30424, AL United States

1872 - Birth: Mabel Ellen LAWS (Servant) -7710, Camberwell SRY UK

1884 - Birth: Claude Douglas LAWES- (Machine Parts Salesman) 41560, Croydon SRY UK

1886 - Birth: Alice Mary LAWES-28364, Hollywater, HAM UK

1895 - Birth: Aiden LAWS (Labourer - RAF) -42246, 

1907 - Birth: Thomas Wayne LAWS-12204, 

1909 - Birth: Alan Leonard LAWS-37537, 

1909 - Birth: Len LAWS-35710, 

1909 - Birth: Alfred Leonard LAWS (Auto Engineer) -20779, Hanwell MDX UK

1912 - Birth: Robert W LAWS-42298, 

1914 - Birth: Herbert LAWS-36139, 

1917 - Birth: Charles George LAWES-37314, 

1730 - Marriage: Angelo ATKINSON-30416 & Rachel LAWS-30415, Somerset County, MD                 USA

1741 - Marriage: John FARNELL-1339 and Ann LAWES-1340, Pauls Wharf MDX (St Benets)

1776 - Marriage: William LAWES (Yeoman) -2385 and Ruth CARTER (Spinster) -2357,                     Stockbridge HAM UK

1821 - Marriage: William NICKERSON (Widower) -5062 and Elizabeth LAWS-5063, 
          Norwich NFK UK

1829 - Marriage: James LAWES (Ag Lab Retired)-2110 and Sarah Jane HERRINGTON                       (Needle Woman)  -2111, Bower Chalke WIL UK

1838 - Marriage: William BOGGAN (Miner) -8078 and Anne LAWS-8067, 
          Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1853 - Marriage: Henry LAWS (Shoemaker) -5914 and Susan BISHOP-5917, Lincham NFK               UK

1869 - Marriage: Robert LAWS (Ag Lab/Ploughman) -41244 and Mary SKIPPING-41246,                   West Dereham NFK UK

1910 - Marriage: A C LAWS-19800 and Alice WILLIAMS-19801, Pocatello, Bannock Co Idaho           United States

1925 - Marriage: William James NEWELL-36349 and Lillian Victoria LAWS-20774,                           Hamersmith MDX UK

1796 - Burial: William Robert LAWS (10 weeks old) -37741, Camden Town MDX UK

1921 - Death: Marie LAWS-20591, 

1923 - Burial: Russell Sidney LAWS (Infant Child 14 mth)-7122, Kirkley SFK UK

1956 - Death: Henry Thomas LAWS (ARMY Private 14162444) -26581, 

1958 - Death: William Deighton LAWS-39309, Heaton NBL UK

1980 - Death: Edna LAWS-13385, Ladner, New Westminster BC CANADA

1986 - Burial: Paul O LAWS (PFC US Army) -16787, St Louis MO United States

2003 - Death: Helen Irene LAWS-13479, Ullin, IL United States

1915 - Immigration:LAWS (Domestic / Spinster) -25735, Auckland NZ

1936 - Residence: Sarah Louisa LAWS (Dressmaker) -14851, Tottenham MDX UK

1861 - Birth: Emma DUNT-3442, Brooke NFK UK

1869 - Birth: John A WOODS-41472, 

1897 - Birth: Winifred Clara GRIMANI-22375, Camberwell SRY UK

1911 - Birth: William Stephen TYMON (Hairdresser)-16427, 

1908 or 1913- Birth: Odette Henrietta PASSEY (Language teacher) -31880, 



1887 - Death: Mary LANGLEY-6309, Snettisham NFK UK

2003 - Burial: Vera Elizabeth LANGTON-31630, Halesworth SFK UK

2003 - Death: Helen Irene PARMLEY-25078, Ullin, Pulaski County IL USA

2008 - Death: John Eric Edward ROBERTS-36405, Monks Coppenhal (Crewe) CHS UK


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008
Part 4.

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 over mantle 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 drop front 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 athlete. 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 siphon and the plated vegetable dishes sitting on the long lace 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 tablecloth 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 aspidistra sat in a magnificent state of growth on ornately carved ebony stand in the window bay, its pot enclosed by a handsome china jardinière 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 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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