Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Tuesday 8th November 2016 - Number 1053

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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 8th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1783 - Baptism: Christian LAWS-3627, Witchampton DOR UK

1794 - Birth: Mary LAWES-36370, Hurstbourne HAM UK
1826 - Birth: Hannah LAWS-2922, Welches Dam CAM UK

1828 - Christen: William LAWES-386, Holborn MDX UK

1835 - Birth: Sarah Jane LAWES-11980, Market Lavington WILUK
1884 - Birth: Vernon  LAWS (Commercial Traveller)-7971, Walworth SRY UK
1894 - Birth: William LAWS- (Sign Writer) 36513, South Shields DUR UK
1898 - Birth: Ada Elizabeth LAWS (Spinster)-31890, Bermondsey SRY UK

1903 - Birth: Leon H LAWS-25102, 
1910 - Burial: Thelma LAWS (Infant) -24856, Cabool, Texas Co MO United States
1911 - Birth: Doris Martha LAWS-28782, Pembroke PEM UK
1917 - Birth: Mavis I LAWS-42353, 
1918 - Birth: Garland  LAWS(SSgt US Army)16703, 


1824 - Marriage: Thomas Wing LAWS (Ag lab  Imate in Workhouse) -9282 and Elizabeth                   LAUD-26683, Whittlesey CAM UK

1835 - Marriage: Robert LAWS-11762 and Sarah Ann COLBY-11761, Norwich NFK UK

1835 - Marriage: Joseph STALKART-8097 and Ann LAWS-6717, Dover KEN UK

1845 - Marriage: Edward READ-543 and Sarah Ann Martha LAWES-542, Martin WIL UK

1846 - Marriage: Robert Phillip LAWS-13421 and Sarah MURRELL-23159, Caston NFK UK

1849 - Marriage: Henry BRYANT-12385 and Ellen LAWES-369, Fordingbridge HAM UK

1869 - Marriage: William George LAWES-196 & Fanny WICKHAM-198, Aldermaston BRK 

1876 - Marriage: Frederick LAWS (Printers Warehouseman) -26519 and Charlotte Ann                       MASTERTON-26518, Beccles SFK UK

1885 - Marriage: John LAWS (Laster)-25690 and Eliza Jane FARRELL (Milliner) -25691,                   Northampton NTH UK


1838 - Death: Ann LAWS-3027, Chatteris CAM UK

1848 - Death: William Ernest LAWES-34498, Brighton SSX UK

1918 - Death: Frederick Ernest LAWS (ARMY Sapper 47043) -5756, FRANCE

1926 - Death: Joseph Burton LAWS-33699, Johnson City, Washington Co TN United States

1933 - Death: James John LAWS (Tailor & Outfitter) -3770, East Dereham NFK UK

1934 - Death: Samuel Benjamin LAWS (Railway Porter / Groom) -3432, 

1950 - Death: Frank Albert LAWS (Civil Servant) -34800, Barnet HRT UK resided East Barnet           HRT UK

1994 - Death: Harold C LAWS (CM2 US Navy) -16711, 

2006 - Death: Glamas Elliott LAWS-41694, Jackson TN United States

2014 - Death: Albert George LAWS-42828, 


1860 - Ordination: William George LAWES-196, Reading BRK UK

1922 - Residence: Kathleen Anne SCRIVENER-23212, Dover KEN UK

1922 - Residence: Roland Victor LAWES (Millers Clerk) -20974, Dover KEN UK

1931 - Emigration: Dorethy Violet LAWS (Commercial Artist) -34018, Liverpool LAN UK

1930 - Emigration: Kathleen Marjorie Livingstone HODGSON-231, Cape Town, Western Cape,           SOUTH AFRICA resided formerly at St Janes Park MDX UK

1946 - Immigration: David B LAWS-39532, Southampton HAM UK

1946 - Immigration: Peggy Elise Borie LEECH-31467, Southampton HAM UK

1985 - Admon: Brenda Maureen LAWS-36178, Brighton SSX UK


1795 - Baptism: Harriet SNOAD-23477, Brookland KEN UK

1873 - Birth: Robert Charles William BRANT (Gunsight Maker) -14263, Birmingham WAR               UK

1907 - Birth: John LITTLE-28467, Birtley DUR UK


1766 - Marriage: Christian Vll King of Denmark 22611 and Caroline Matilda HANOVER-                   22610, Christiansborg DENMARK


1640 - Burial: Thomas LAWES (Vicar Choral) -1163, Salisbury WIL UK

1843 - Burial: Joseph CHARTERS (Joiner's Apprentice) -21837, Torpenhow CUL UK

1889 - Death: Melinda WOOLEY-5177, 

1921 - Death: Jane WOOD-16283, Hamilton Co FL United States

1921 - Death: Hannah ANDERSON-10810, Lloydminster SK CANADA

1991 - Death: Gladys May SAVILLE-14299, 

2012 - Burial: Lucille SMITH-40620, Malad, Oneida, ID United States



John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 1


The war had been over three years, the Kaiser's War that is. It was late afternoon on Christmas Eve and the sun had gone down for the day, the gaslight on and the fires lit, but of course I don't remember as I was the early Christmas present for my Mum.

When memory reaches back to it's furthest it is summer, there is a lot of summer in the early years, or so it seems. There are laburnams in flower in the garden and wooden toys with nodding heads, a swan and a rhino to be pulled along on wheels and always the sound of trains with smoke and steam.

Every morning just after ten there was the Flying Scotsman to watch go by and then there was shunting and banging all day and night that one slept soundly through, just as one now sleeps through the noise of the television. The smoke and soot annoyed my mum, but to an infant it was just an interesting smell which came and went, perhaps a little stronger when one climbed the railway fence to get a better veiw. A few missing palings made this easy even for the smallest child.

Over the fence was a narrow strip of unkempt grass often burnt in summer when a spark from a passing locomotive set it alight. at other times an unofficial path for railwaymen, children and burglars. The tracks lay about fifteen feet down from the grass, the land held up by a hefty retaining wall. Lots of tracks, maybe a dozen, with another track on a long bridge crossing them at an acute angle and takings trains from one side to the other without touching the fast line.

The land rose on the other side of the tracks, a steep tall grassy bank with a proper footpath along the top beyond the fence and even seats along the top. In the afternoon sunshine these would be occupied by mums and nannies with prams while the trains amused the vociferous offspring. It was not till later that I explored these distant parts, a sprawl of suburbia from the late nineteenth century broken here and there by parks and sports grounds.

More 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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