UPDATE: Photo reunited – Are you connected to Richard Gregory THOMAS or Mary Carruthers MURDO?

UPDATE: I have today received  a lovely phone call from a lady whose Grandmother was the sister of Mary Carruthers MURDO who has never seen this beautiful old wedding photograph before – it will soon be on its way to her in the post to be reunited with the family archive, which I am absolutely thrilled about.

I have just received this message via email – 17th July 2020:

Hello Simon

I received the post card of Mary Carruthers (MURDO) Thomas and Richard THOMAS today. My grandmother was called Doris Wannop MURDO.

Just to let you know that I have found out on Ancestry and other sources that Mary MURDO’s mother was called Mary CARRUTHERS and her father William MURDO.  I have also found out that Mary ( great grandmothers) father was called Alexander Learmonth CARRUTHERS born in 1811 in Linlithgow, Scotland – his mother was called Jean RAMSEY and his father John CARRUTHERS, and her mother was called Elizabeth TWISS born in Rostherne Cheshire and they married in Lymm Cheshire in 1839.

Thank you very much again. 



If anyone else has a connection to the MURDO or CARRUTHERS families then please send me a message as my new contact would love to hear from you.

Many thanks



Another fantastic old photograph postcard find was this lovely old image of a couple on their wedding day with clues on the back:

R G THOMAS wedding photo postcard

On the reverse of the postcard is written ‘ With Mr & Mrs R G THOMAS’s Compliments 16th June 1913’, but unfortunately no clues to the area or publisher.

R G THOMAS wedding photo postcard reverse

Some initial research on Free BMD showed a marriage in the April to June quarter of 1913 between Richard Gregory THOMAS and Mary Carruthers MURDO in the Birkenhead Registration District.

The 1911 census, as below, showed Richard Gregory THOMAS aged about 26 living in Chester with his parents Richard and Mary THOMAS and siblings Percy, Ethel, George, Charles and John – father’s occupation was shown as a Professor of Music whilst Richard was an Accountants Clerk.

R G THOMAS 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 21851 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

The 1911 census for Mary Carruthers MURDO showed her aged 21 living in Manchester and working as an Asylum Nurse.

The 1939 World Two Register showed Richard and Mary THOMAS with two children Doris and Richard living at Hoole in Cheshire.

Richard Gregory THOMAS died in the April quarter of 1945  aged 58 and Mary Carruthers THOMAS nee MURDO died in the January quarter of 1971 aged 80, both in the Chester Registration District.

I have found a possibly family link on Ancestry and have sent a message to the tree owner, but if you think you also have a connection please send me a message as I would love to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member if possible.

Many thanks

Simon LAST



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