Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last will and Testament of John BECK

I wonder what happened to all this. Would love to know who Mrs Elizabeth TODD is - she ended up with the family bible!!!


I John BECK of Old Brentford in the parish of Ealing in the county of Middlesex formerly carrying on the trade of Linen Draper but now of Gardening do constitute this my last will and testament 

first I give and bequeath to Mrs Elizabeth ? TODD a large family bible

the residue of my property of any or what description that shall or do belong to me at my decease but particularly the household furniture in the dwelling house formerly in my possession as tenant but now tenanted by Mrs Edmund TREDAWAY at which place I now reside the following goods furniture described as follows viz -
  • Goose feather bed
  • 4 good ditto ditto
  • 5 bolsters & 4 pair pillow
  • 5 Bedsteads
  • 3 Mattress
  • 3 Bed funitures
  • 5 (8?) pair sheets
  • 6 pair blankets
  • 6 quilts
  • 6 pair pillow cases
  • 2 large Table Cloths
  • 6 small ditto
  • 1 Double Chest of Drawers
  • 1 Bureau
  • 1 large Mahogany table
  • 3 small Mahogany tables
  • 3 Deal ditto
  • 1 Wainscot ditto
  • 1 Dozen Rush bottomed chairs
  • 6 Mahogany chairs
  • 1 ditto ditto
  • 1 stand
  • 1 painted ditto
  • 1 night chair
  • 1 knife Cast
  • 1 dozen knives and forks
  • 3 tea trays
  • 1 small ditto and Bread Basket + 2 decanters & stands
  • 1 dozen Glasses
  • 6 (runners or rummers) of Salts Cut Glass
  • 2 sets of China cups & Saucers & full set of Blue & White Dinner Service
  • 2 large trunks
  • 4 looking glasses and 1 dressing Glass
  • 40 books various and one Large Family Bible
  • 2 Tea Chests
  • one pair Plated Candlesticks
  • 6 Brass ditto
  • Large Copper
  • 5 Stoves
  • 4 sets Fire irons
  • 4 Fenders
  • 2 large Carpets
  • 3 pair bedside ditto
  • 2 hearth rugs
  • copper coal scuttle and copper tea ? kettle and 2 ? watches with the fixtures of the shop

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Great read

This is such a good read, (print is a bit on the small side).

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New books at the Library

There are a lot of new 'Family History' books at the library.
Here is one

Go and browse shelve 929.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The ASHER family

The ASHER Family left - right
 Walter Herbert (Bert) b. 31/07/1893 Lincoln 
Alfred E (Ern) b. 1892 Lincoln
William (Sgt Royal Marine Artillary) b.1865 Potter Hanworth
Laura (nee HUTTON) b.1869 York
Laura Cecilia (Polly) b.1905 Portsmouth

Monday, November 23, 2015

1939 & all that!

The 1939 register that was taken on the 29th September (six months after my Gran had died) has thrown up some more info on the Bobbett family.

Arthur J Bobbett male born 6 November age 60 married Publican retired
Maria A Bobbett female born 12 September age 77 married Incapacitated
Cecily M Batson female born 2 August age 67 widow  Paid Domestic Duties
How do I know Cecily is part of my family? She is the younger sister of Maria (nee Jackson), my Gran, Emma Louisa family. So - my great Aunt.
The address is 36 Kingston Road, Teddington, I wonder if this is the house I went to. Maria (who I called Auntie Marie) died in 1941, Arthur died in 1945 & Cecily died in 1954.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

message from Find My Past

An important announcement from Findmypast
Dear Angie,
We always want our members to be the first to hear our marvellous news, and today I’m delighted to let you know that on Monday 2nd November 2015, the 1939 Register will be made available online for the very first time, only on Findmypast.
Simply put, it’s the most comprehensive survey ever recorded of the civil population of England and Wales. With the lives of 41 million people captured in one day in September 1939, it’s a fascinating snapshot of a nation on the eve of war.
The 1939 Register contains the names, addresses and occupations of everyone in England and Wales at the time, and was used as the basis for rationing, identity cards and, in post-war Britain, the NHS.
You’ll be able to discover unique insights into where your family was and what they were doing when the register was taken at the outbreak of World War II, and we cannot wait to make this monumental collection available to

Thursday, September 10, 2015

National School Register

Found today on Find My Past

National School Admission Registers & Log-books 1870-1914 Transcription

I was looking for William Cotchin FAUNCH - not sure if this was him under W FAUNCH.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Henry Gerald Seymour BUTLER

My dad was born 18 August 1904 in Croydon. 

That's him on the left, his brother Ted is on the right.
He went to Bristol Grammar School in 1919 for a short time.
He travelled to Jamaica in 1927, '28 & '30

In 1934 he was the manager of a shoe shop, having served his time in his fathers shop in Bath.

He married my mother Cecily Maud Beck on 2nd June 1934.
When the 2nd world war began he enlisted in the Royal Artillery, and served in India as a Regimental Sergeant Major.

On leaving the army he became a 'butler' to a number of high class people.
When we came out to Australia in 1969 he went back to the shoe trade.
He died on the 27th January 1992.
For more on the history of the Butler Family click here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Writing a Family History

After our Ancestry group on Wednesday we will be chatting about writing family history. 
A very informal look at the way you can proceed! Later in the year we will be having visiting writers but for now it is just me. You can read some of my BECK, BUTLER & ROSE history by clicking on the surnames. 
The Family Search site has some good tips here.
See you there, Angie

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Help with Irish Records

Very interesting for those of you who are seeking Irish records.
It is on Find my Past click here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Writing you family story

If you have gathered facts about your family and now want to weave a story about one or more of them. I will be on hand to help for an hour (after the Ancestry session on Wednesday) 22nd July 4pm on at the Library. In the meantime there are some places on line for you to look 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One of mine

Newspaper report 21 December 1863 "At Calne inquest on the body of the male child of Louisa Sage, single woman, who had come home from service in London and was confined without medical assistance. In two days afterwards deceased was found dead by the side of the mother in bed. The Jury returned an open verdict."
I don't know what open verdict means. I wonder what happened to Louisa, she was 20 years old. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Interesting blogs

Australian blog with interesting people alive & dead!
An American blog called A Grave Interest is here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Holiday over! 

Starting tomorrow 2-4 Two Rocks Library. 
Please pass this on to anyone interested,
hope to see you all, Angie