Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday November 10th - Number 1055

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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 10th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc
1681 - Baptism: Amy LAWES-606, Jamaica, WEST INDIES

1833 - Birth: Loucetta J LAWS-30161, TN United States

1867 - Birth: Emma LAWS-17122,

1872 - Baptism: Charlotte LAWS-6239, Stratton Strawless NFK UK

1872 - Christen: Thomas William LAWES-2644, Felthorpe NFK UK

1876 - Birth: Annie Winifred LAWS-34522, Ryton DUR UK

1878 - Birth: William Hart LAWS-13803, Johnson, Kane Co. UT United States

1880 - Birth: John Thomas LAWS (Gas Worker) -20391, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

1895 - Baptism: Violet Lizzie LAWS-37752, West Ham ESS UK

1896 - Birth: George  LAWS (PVT US Army)-16705, 

1898 - Birth: Reginald Vincent LAWES (Clerk) -43150, Monmouth NJ USA

1901 - Death: Robert LAWS-7911, West Dereham NFK UK

1908 - Birth: Walter Garrard LAWS-35201, Blackheath NSW AUSTRALIA

1909 - Birth: John E LAWS (Builders Labourer)-42603, 


1707 - Marriage: John LAWS-6912 and Mary SIMMONS-6913, Duchideock DEV UK

1840 - Marriage: Glaister LAWS (Innkeeper) -4536 and Mary HOLIDAY-4537,
          Holme Cultram CUL UK

1854 - Marriage: James Loudon GORDON (Town Clerk) -34625 and Barbara LAWS-34644,               Brechin ANS  UK

1925 - Marriage: William Cornelius LAWS (Engineer) -7391 and Iris SANGER-26741,                         Wanstead ESS UK


1738 - Burial: Benjamin  LAWS (Infant)-6741, Clerkenwell MDX UK

1823 - Death: Bolitha LAWS-35875, Monroe, Elizabeth Co VA United States

1851 - Death: Hannah LAWS-30312, Westbury WIL UK

1917 - Death: John  LAWS (ARMY Private 45356)-6792, FRANCE

1981 - Cremation: Winifred Hilda LAWS-28162, Kent & Sussex Crematorium

1986 - Death: William Benjamin LAWS-14597, 

1989 - Death: Victor George LAWS (Australian Army) -11515, Surfers Paradise, QLD                         AUSTRALIA

2003 - Death: Robert Woodford LAWS-13460, El Cerrito, Contra Costa CA United States

2011 - Death: Howard Douglas LAWS-40830, 


1755 - Residence: John LAWS (Smith) -37594, Boyford SFK UK

1914 - Residence: Arthur WARWICK (Coal Office Clerk) -41321, Kentish Town MDX UK
          Enlistment  St Pancras MDX UK

1917 - Residence: Robert Thomas LAWS (Coal Miner Overman)-4678, Willington DUR UK

1930 - Will: Charles Watson LAWS (Fancy Draper) -2971, 



1821 - Marriage: Thomas CHARTERS-26248 and Sarah ROBERTSON-
          26249, Isel CUL UK


1905 - Death: Samuel Hart SCRUGGS-22507, Carroll Co MS United States

1941 - Death: Ethel Julia HILDGARD-11134, 

1948 - Death: Lena Stella PERKINS-19709, Mercer WV UNITED STATES

1957 - Death: James CASSELL-35484, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

1961 - Death: Albert Edward CRAWFORD-40605, 

John Robert Laws 1921-2008


The kitchen was decorated in the deco of the period. The matchboarding 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 ptretty 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 handsand 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 winterusing 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 definately 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 larer 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 spouiled 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 cdoalman would patrol the streets calling 'Coal' at intervals in the hope of casual customers. Much the same perhaps  as the 'butanero' deliovering 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 bt 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 thing in the cellar was the cold tap which didn't freeze even in the coldest snap when everybodies 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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