Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday 20th November 2016 - Number 1065

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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 20th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc
1715 - Baptism: William LAWS (Shopkeeper) -17677, Diss NFK UK

1737 - Birth: Thomas LAWS-3663, Billerica, Middlesex Co. MA United States

1763 - Christen: Tristram LAWES-11956, Ryton DUR UK

1796 - Baptism: Isabella LAWS-20167, Gateshead DUR UK

1881 - Birth: Ella LAWES-22577, Brooke Twp., Lambton County, ONT CANADA

1885 - Birth: Minnie Dora LAWS-23020, Mt Vernon, Franklin Co TX USA

1889 - Birth: Maud Myrtle LAWES-22583, Brooke Twp., Lambton County, ONT CANADA

1890 - Birth: Jay LAWS (Tailors Merchant) -24883, Girard KS United States

1892 - Birth: Percy Sydney LAWS (Art Dealer/Photographer) -8689, Littleport CAM UK

                                             Littleport Cambridgeshire UK

1900 - Birth: Esther LAWS-41768, 

1900 - Birth: Charlotte LAWS-34874, Ashford KEN UK

1907 - Birth: Azile Alice LAWS-38652, 

1916 - Birth: Winifred Daisy Rosina LAWS-41891, Portsmouth HAM UK

                           HMS Victory - Nelsons Flagship in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard 

1916 - Birth: Edward James LAWS-22265, Mutford SFK (RD) UK

1919 - Birth: Alice Evelyn LAWS-27558, Timaru NZ


1620 - Marriage: James BRESSINGHAM-1888 and Elizabeth LAWES-1889, Lammas NFK UK

                                                     Lammas Norfolk UK

1815 - Marriage: George LAWES-171 and Sarah PAYNE-172, Portsea HAM UK

1874 - Marriage: Arthur LAW(Millers Labourer) -4363 and Ann Elizabeth WALKER-4338,             Feltwell NFK UK

1898 - Marriage: Thomas Frederick PRIEST (Labourer) -41156 and Sophia LAWS 
          (Laundry Maid) -5611, Earlsfield SRY UK


1859 - Death: Christopher LAWS (Master Mariner of Frigate "Pollock") -32496, 

1859 - Death: Thomas LAWS (Mariner) -3368, 

1862 - Death: Elizabeth Jane LAWS-35172, Chippengale NSW AUSTRALIA

1881 - Death: Elizabeth Mary LAWS-2860, Tenby PEM UK

1890 - Death: Thomas Atkinson LAWS (Master Nurseryman)-3396, Ingate Road , 
          Beccles SFK UK

                                        River Waveney at Beccles Suffolk UK

1894 - Death: Thomas James LAWES (Railway Stationmaster) -210, West Hill Villa, 
          Epsom SRY UK

1898 - Death: William LAWS-16512, 

1917 - Death: Reginald Arthur LAWS (ARMY Private 78657 Tank Corps) -8305,
          Louverval Nord FRANCE

1925 - Death: George LAWS (Coachman Dom) -4826, Bushey Heath HRT UK

1927 - Death: Benjamin Palmer LAWS (Coachmaker) -3373, Kingston SRY UK

1939 - Death: Orval LAWS-36008,

1949 - Death: Kate Elizabeth LAWS (Ladies Maid)-5517, Faituck NFK UK

1958 - Death: Arthur Ernest LAWS (RN 212394 Leading Seaman) -15257, 
          Portsmouth HAM UK

1961 - Death: Trevor Charles LAWES-40290, Boston LIN UK

                            The Boston Stump, St Botolphs Church Boston Lincolnshire UK

1981 - Death: David LAWS-33338, 

2002 - Burial: John D LAWS-10892, Gastonia NC United States

2004 - Burial: Eric Charles LAWES-40609, Fareham HAM UK


1898 - Residence: Sophia LAWS (Laundry Maid) -5611, Earlsfield SRY UK

1733 - Baptism: William PECK-29573, Figheldean WIL UK

1865 - Birth: William James CORNWALL-29731, Clapton MDX UK

1886 - Birth: Ada Eliza AYRES-33875, Strood KEN UK

1918 - Birth: Mellie Viola JONES (retired Nurse & homemaker) -17929, 
          Vilonia, Falkner Co AK USA


1915 - Marriage: Frederick Robson CHARTERS (Army Private 37627) -14162 
          and Leah TEALE-14163, Bramley WRY UK
          My wife's maternal Grand-parents


1778 - Burial: Elizabeth MILLER-14482, Bromfield CUL UK

1787 - Death: Elizabeth FISHER-17676,

1883 - Death: Julia HAMMENT-6152, Cliffe KEN UK

                                              The Cliffe Fort KENT

1895 - Birth: Violet Fanny KING-24211, Hastings SSX UK

1897 - Death: Joseph CLEGG (Watchmaker & Photographer) -14898, Stalybridge CHS UK
           My wifes Grt Gret Grandfather)

1980 - Death: Francis ANNETTS-36222, Salisbury WIL UK

                          West front, Salisbury Cathedral Cathedral Wiltshire England

1999 - Burial: Mabel KNOX(retired teacher ) 12298, Baton Rouge LO United States

2002 - Death: Kathleen Edith SEXTON-20360, 


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

The large playing field had room for several football and hockey pitches or for cricket in summer as well as grass tennis courts. Sport was encouraged and every Saturday morning there were a big turnout of teams to compete with other schools. 

I was no good at football and played in the fifth eleven which regularly lost by astronomical scores. Cricket was a little better and I reached the second eleven without any great success.

The one sport that interested me was swimming. Having learnt to swim at elementary school, I continued to enjoy it and as the years went by more and more public pools opened up. The first one I used was the old indoor pool at Wood Green. 

I do not know when this one was opened buy my mum & dad had used it before my time. I first used it before I could swim properly and I was so small that the water in the shallow end came up to my chin. Being an indoor pool it was heated. The only other indoor heated pool I came across was somewhere in Tottenham, where I went and swam in a inter school gala, the details of which escape me. 

The first of the ‘new’ open air pools was the Hornsey pool situated between Crouch end and ‘Ally Pally’. It was fine in the summer sunshine and Harry and I used it a few times before we moved away from Wightman Road. After that we cycled out at weekends to the new pool at Enfield which was more spacious, after swimming we cycled back more slowly with protesting muscles.

Having moved to Southgate, most of my swimming was done in the open air pool at Barrowell Green. This was an old pool and a little cramped but I spent many happy hours there (instead of doing my homework). The pool was supposed to get a bit of heat from the dust destructor furnace next door but this must have been minimal as the temperature in the early part of the season was often 60-61F, 

All our school swimming was at this pool and we could get cheap tickets at school (one old penny) for use out of school hours. Unless it was raining, when you could have the pool almost to yourself, there was always a crowd of school friends there, sunning, swimming, fooling and flirting. 

It was a sign of the changing times in the thirties that while this old pool had no car park, just a cramped bicycle area, the new pool at Enfield had a large car park. The latest pool completed in my schooldays was at New Southgate in Durnsford Road. This was the only one I knew with full height high diving boards. This kept the pool noticeably colder than the others and it did not become popular except in very hot weather

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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