I was recently interested to see an original old Will for sale on EBay with a connection to F G Ling Solicitor’s in Framlingham and having made a bid was successful in winning the item.
On receipt and closer inspection the Will is for George Pridie a Retired Customs Clerk who lived at D’Urban’s Farm in Framlingham and who died on 26th April 1898 aged 81.
I discovered that George Pridie was born on 3rd February 1817 in Pendleton in Lancashire and was the son of James and Susannah Pridie (nee Legge). On the 1881 census George is unmarried working as a Customs House Clerk and is living in Chadwell St Mary with his Housekeeper Alice Jane Savill and her family.
However by the 1891 census they had all moved to Framlingham and were living at D’Urbans Farm and George was now aged 76 and his occupation was shown as a Retired Officer of Customs.
George died in 1898 aged 81 and is buried in Framlingham Cemetery and the 1901 census shows D’Urban’s Farm as unoccupied and Alice Jane Savill and her family living in Ipswich.
George never married and had no family and his Will left his personal estate and effects to Alice Jane Savill his housekeeper.
The Will was written on 10th March 1888 and was witnessed by Thomas Morton Capon and Herbert Meredith Capon.
I am therefore intrigued to find out when and why George Pridie moved to D’Urban’s Farm in Framlingham from Chadwell St Mary in Essex and if he had any other connections to the town.
If anybody has any information I would be interested to hear from them.
At the Exodus Genealogy Conference in Hinckley last weekend I found two fantastic Stowmarket Suffolk related books called ‘Serving You Through The Years’ on the second hand book stall a snip at £1.50 each and they have loads of Suffolk surnames in the back including LAST:
Harry COLE was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1855 son of Alfred COLE , a shoemaker and Mary Ann BARNARD. He married his wife Anna Maria LAST who was born in 1855, daughter of William LAST, a bill-poster, at the Parish Church in 1873. In 1880 Harry took over the old established cabinet making business of Mr William BAILEY in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket.
Harry and Anna had three children namely Alfred William, who was born January 1874, Emily born 1876 and Percy Charles born 1879.
If anyone is connected to Anna Maria LAST or her descendants please let me know!
Knowing my previous research into the Framingham men who died in World War 1, I was recently sent a copy of a newspaper article dated 10th November 1973 by Tish King regarding the World War 1 story of a resident of Framlingham called ‘Kitten’ CARVER who survived the War and came back to Suffolk.
Liking a mystery as I do, I decided to try and find out more about ‘Kitten’ CARVER and his life and family in Framlingham before he went off to fight for his Country in World War 1.
However I have looked for CARVER’s in Framlingham on the 1911 census and have not found a family or individual that could possibly match and therefore wonder if he came from another village or town to work on a farm in Framlingham between 1911 and 1914.
It is a fascinating story of bravery and survival and if anyone can help to shed any light on who ‘Kitten’ CARVER was and possibly why he was known as ‘Kitten’ then I would be very interested to hear from you.
I have recently acquired three photograph postcards all addressed to a James Powell at 44 Dudley Street in West Bromwich, which I would like to try to reunite with a member of the Powell family if possible – for more details or if think you can help just let me know – many thanks
As part of my Aldeburgh Suffolk WW1 research I am looking for anyone with information or old photographs of the villages of Slaughden and Hazelwood – many thanks!
I recently bought an old family holiday photo album from the 1920′s on EBay and in the back are two mystery WW1 photos – one of some men with what looks like the surname FRIMLEY written underneath and one of the War Memorial in Carlisle Cathedral to the Cumberland Artillery Howitzer Brigade 42nd Division – I am trying to find a connection between these photos or establish the correct family name – can anyone help?
I have now set up a tree on Ancestry for all 75 LAST’s killed in WW1 and their families and I am looking for people connected to these names to hopefully add more information and photos to my research for 2014 – please spread the word and check out the tree – thank you!