Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 13th November 2016 - Number 2058

to  the
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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 today 13th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1780 - Birth: Ann LAWES-779, Drayton NFK UK

1848 - Birth: Emma Louisa LAWS-12422, Great Yarmouth NFK UK

1863 - Birth: Emma Elizabeth LAWS (Kitchen maid) -3433, Horstead NFK UK

1864 - Birth: Henry Capel LAWS (Road Sweeper)-6285, Chalvey BKM UK

1872 - Birth: Lucy Rosaline Downing LAWS (Spinster) -7955, Costessey NFK UK

1880 - Birth: Margaret LAWS (MOMM1, US NAVY) -20627, 

1896 - Birth: Ernest Harold LAWS-31888, 

1907 - Birth: Joseph Warren LAWES-35772, Streatham SRY UK

1909 - Birth: Evelyn Joy LAWS-22205, Richmond on Thames SRY UK

1911 - Birth: Lurlene LAWS-29094, Diaz, Galeana, Chihuahua MEXICO

1913 - Birth: George Stanley LAWS-23798, Coonabarabran, NSW, AUSTRALIA

1705 - Marriage: George LAWS-8133 and Susanna CASTLE-8146, Capel le Ferne KEN UK

1736 - Marriage: James LAWS-3661 and Eunice HOSLEY-3662, Billerica, Middlesex Co. 
          MA United States

1785 - Marriage: Matthew LAWS-6980 and Anne GREY-6981, Southwark SRY UK

1807 - Marriage: Jesse SPALDING-19575 and Sarah LAWS-19574, 

1818 - Marriage: John Gitten LAWES (Tea Dealer) -11696 and Frances CARTWRIGHT-11824,           Aldermanbury, City of London

1853 - Marriage: James LAWS-16495 and Ann BROWN-16496, Beccles SFK UK

1867 - Marriage: James M SPRINGER-33326 and Mary Elizabeth LAWS-13821, 

1905 - Marriage: Don Burton LAWS-25447 and Nancy THOMAS-25448, 

1920 - Marriage: Cyril Edgar LAWES (Tea Broker) -29541 and Maud DEAVES-29540,                       Wimbledon SRY UK

1867 - Death: Thomas LAWS (Labourer) -41559, Acrise KEN UK

1876 - Death: Mary LAWS- (Widow) 7787, Norwich NFK UK

1886 - Death: Isaac LAWS (Coal Miner) -20159, Thornley Colliery DUR UK

1886 - Burial: Wightman  LAWES (Scholar)-11419, Felthorpe NFK UK

1898 - Death: Almina LAWS-20578, United States

1914 - Death: Stephen LAWES (ARMY Private 6879) -22230, 

1918 - Death: Frank Cadwell LAWS-25143, Camp Mills NY United States

1936 - Death: Sarah Louisa LAWS (Dressmaker) -14851, Smithfield MDX UK

1941 - Death: John James Horatio LAWS (Dining Hall Attendant -38993, Leigh on Sea ESS UK

1946 - Burial: Robert Henry LAWS (Company Secretary) -7166, Stepney MDX UK 
          (MY GRANDFATHER)

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

1958 - Death: Charles Walter LAWES (RN 362363) -24455, Southsea HAM UK

1961 - Death: Alfred George LAWS (Bricklayer) -3140, Folkestone KEN UK

1978 - Death: Christeene Maree LAWS-14551, 

1985 - Probate: Matilda Florence LAWS-43009, Ipswich SFK UK

1994 - Death: Alice M LAWS-25104, 

1997 - Death: Andrew LAWS (CE2 US Navy)-16641, 

2003 - Death: Diann Flowers LAWS-20637, 

1861 - Military: William LAWS (Grocer / Innkeeper / Coal Merchant) -6976, 

1916 - Enlistment: Frederick Hayward LAWES (ARMY Private 62748) -28772, 

1731 - Baptism: Thomas JENNINGS-32695, Wakefield WRY UK

1880 - Birth: Margaret Mary DONOVAN-16779, 

1901 - Birth: Mabel Kate SAVILLE-23215, 

1911 - Birth: William FRANCIS-28771, 



1854 - Death: John PEEL (Caldbeck huntsman) -19647, Ruthwaite, near Ireby CUL UK
         (Related to my wife Lorna)

1913 - Death: Dorthy Hannah DICKESON-20035, Bomarsund NBL UK

1929 - Death: Louis Jules Henri BRUDER (Watchmaker) -39459, Brighton SSX UK

1960 - Death: Lily Priscilla OWEN-41140, Sleaford LIN UK

1996 - Death: Eileen CONNAH-22641, Sheffield WRY UK


A Child of the Twenties

A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 5.
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.

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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