Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Wednesday 9th November 2016 - Number 1054

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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 9th November

 BIRTHS baptisms etc
1613 - Baptism: William LAWS-34619,

1822 - Birth: John LAWS (Ag Lab) -2920, Chatteris CAM UK

1835 - Birth: Willard LAWS-36441, 

1842 - Baptism: John LAWS-21961, Great Yarmouth NFK UK

1845 - Baptism: Jane Frances LAWS-4932, Stepney MDX UK

1879 - Birth: Arthur James LAWS-5555, Croydon SRY UK

1896 - Birth: Maud M LAWS-34535, Oregon

1898 - Birth: Cecil Edgar Charles LAWS-14856, Southend-on-Sea ESS UK

1912 - Birth: Hilda A  LAWS (Stats Clerk for Bacon Board)-42237, 

1914 - Birth: Evelyn Mary LAWS-35803, 

1742 - Marriage: Henry LAWS-22838 and Elizabeth ASTERN-22839, Great Wenham SFK UK

1802 - Marriage: James ROFE-21287 and Sarah LAWS-21286, Wymondham NFK UK

1829 - Marriage: William Durrant LAWS (Master Mariner) Widower & Disabled by                           1861)-7925 and Ann WOODROW-17574, Great Yarmouth NFK UK

1829 - Marriage: Thomas CHRISTMAS (Master Mariner)-3390 and Anne LAWS-3389, 
          Great Yarmouth NFK UK

1832 - Marriage: Richard CHAMBERLAIN-8432 and Mary LAWS-7985, Newington SRY UK

1862 - Marriage: Benjamin LAWS-8258 and Mary Emiline MCCALLUM-8259, 
           Rawdon, Hants NOVA SCOTIA CANADA


1873 - Death: Benjamin LAWES (Farm Bailiff)-38174, West Lavington WIL UK

1917 - Burial: Henry William LAWS (Stoker 1st Class K/25137) HMS "Erebus" -22288,                     Sangatte, Pas de Calais FRANCE

1917 - Death: William Frederick LAWES (ARMY Private 37535) -22242, 

1926 - Death: Christina LAWS-17029, 

1931 - Burial: Stephen Arthur LAWS (Farmer/Butcher) -4236, Wareham DOR UK

1935 - Death: George William LAWS (Miner & Conveyor Puller)-17040, Knight Memorial                     Hospital

1941 - Death: Emanuel LAWES-38979, Wisbech CAM UK resided at Tydd St Giles CAM UK

1949 - Death: William LAWS (Cowman) -34449, Hilgay NFK UK

1953 - Death: Robert Turner LAWS (Chauffeur & Omnibus Driver for a hotel) -17288, 
          Wisbech CAM UK

1989 - Death: George Stanley LAWS-23798, Wauchope NSW AUSTRALIA

1997 - Death: Addie Lee LAWS-20418, 

1998 - Burial: Ray Bernard  LAWES (RAAF)-12981, Brisbane QLD AUSTRALIA

2003 - Death: Donald Earl LAWS-13087, Leesburg FL United States

2003 - Death: Verna Alma LAWS (Clerk)-3272, Shepparton VIC (Mooroopna Valley Aged Care )





1959 - Death: Bessie Hazel PUDDINGTON-34746, York Co, NB CANADA

1973 - Death: Muriel TURNER (Mothers Companion) -1231, Middlesborough NRY UK

2002 - Death: Florence AYERS (Widow) -10912, Taylorsville NC United States


John Robert Laws 1921-2008

Part 2


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.

We looked out that way one sunlit evening and saw the majestic airship the R101 floating gently south towards London, France and their appointment in Samarkand.

our garden was not very large, a rectangle with a concrete path round the patch of grassto leave a border for plants and little trees. A little extra bit was squeezed in at the side of the back of the house before the narrow sidewayout to the front. Inside the rectangle of the path the grass had half a dozen little apple trees round the edge. The plants elude my memory, only the laburnams stand out clearly always in flower with a prickly rose bush under one of them.

One went into the garden at the side of the back door from the scullery down a couplw of sandstone steps. Only in very warm weather was the double back door of the bay window in the kitchen opened for regular use. I opened onto a paved patch across the garden which caught the afternoon sun. For some time I had a white albino rabbit in a hutch in the garden. It had a wire netting run from which it would burrow out if not carefully supervised.

Our house was a semi, built of London stocks in the late 1800's, one of the better houses almost at the top of the hill. We lived there till I was ten, so being an inquisitive  child, I learned to know the area better than the palm of my hand.

As an infant the day was spent in the kitchen, a pleasent enough room lit by a bay window with a half glazed double door to the garden. It was heated by a black-leaded built-in kitchen range with an oven to the side and a back boiler to heat the water. This had to be lit every morning if the weather was cold and if it were lit it would be used for some cooking. the kitchen was lit at night by a single central gas light, a soft sypathetic light without the brilliance of the electricity which came later. candlesticks were on the mantle piece for bedtime. Mine was enamel but my mother had a more elegant one, once silver plated but already polished down to the brass, I still have it.

The kitchen furnishings were plain and useful. A large deal table with an end drawer and covered with a tablecloth. one leg very tatty from being used as a acatching post by the cat. Bentwood chairs, comfortable enough but a little creaky, one an elbow chair the rest plain but with the usual pressed pattern on the seat. A built-in brown painted dresser with drawers and cupboards below and a slightly mixed collection of plates on edge on the shelves with the cups hanging from hooks on the front. Meals were usually taken in the kitchen except at weekends when lunch (called dinner) and tea were taken in the dining room. fortunately the kitchen was a good sized room and a child could run about and play on the floor with little impediment.

The cat which had used the table leg as a scratching post was known by the unlikely name of Ma. It appears that I christened it with the only word in my vocabulary at a very early age. It was an undistingushed tabby which would catch the occasional unwary mouse but would spend more time snoozing in front of the fire. It seemed that every house had mice at that time. Food was more acccessible before fridges and freezers.

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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