I was contacted recently by someone who had found an old postcard that had the addressee as Mrs Fallowfield, Station Road in Framlingham – they were keen to discover who this person was and if she was related to them and wondered if I could help and if this was enough information to go on!
Liking a challenge as I do I started by looking at marriage records for a Fallowfield to a girl in Framlingham (assuming she may be a local) and found a marriage record for an Agnes Mary Goodwin to a George Fallowfield in the Plomesgate Registration District in the April quarter of 1882.
So I now knew Mrs Fallowfield’s maiden name was Goodwin and could trace her birth to Framlingham and the census records before she married.
The 1871 census showed Agnes aged 15 living with her parents Charles and Mary Goodwin in Woodbridge Road in Framlingham with brothers Henry, William and Frank. George Goodwin’s occupation was shown as a Carpenter.
From this census I could now look for Agnes’s birth and found this as the July quarter of 1855 in Framlingham.
Moving forward again the 1891 and 19011 census records both showed Agnes and George living in Bury St Edmunds with their children.
In 1905 Agnes was back in Framlingham visiting her Goodwin family and it was then interesting to see that the postcard was posted from Bury St Edmunds, which matched with the census information.
The 1911 census showed George (a Draper and Shopkeeper) and Agnes now married for 28 years living with a daughter Madeline aged 26 and a son Donald aged 16 still living in Bury St Edmunds.
I finally found that Agnes Fallowfield died in the April quarter of 1926 aged 70 in Bury St Edmunds and from this discovered her probate record which gave more information about her children.
It just goes to show how much you can learn about someone from a name and address on a postcard and it is interesting to know that many postcard selling websites now sell cards not only by the picture on the front, but also by the names on the back – great if you are looking for cards to match your family tree!
Therefore it also turns out that this postcard is not connected to the person’s family tree who asked me to research it, so if a relative of the Goodwin or the Fallowfield family would like it for their family history collection please contact me and I will send it on accordingly.