UPDATE Photo Reunited – Are you related to Sarah Ann BROADBENT nee JONES from Salford in Lancashire?

A great old photograph postcard find at the Reading Postcard Fair yesterday was this lovely image of an elderly lady sitting out in her garden and even more exciting were some clues on the reverse!

BROADBENT 1

On the reverse was written ‘Great Grandmother Sarah Ann BROADBENT (Nee JONES)’ so it was obviously part of a families photograph archive at some point – the Photographer was Isaac Richards, 124 Northenden Road in Sale.

BROADBENT 2

I started my research by looking for a JONES to BROADBENT marriage and found only one possible record between Sarah Ann JONES and Thomas BROADBENT in the April quarter of 1852 in the Salford Registration District in Lancashire.

Knowing from the photograph that Sarah Ann BROADBENT lived to a ripe old age I searched the census records and found her as a widow aged 79 on the 1911 census, as below, living with her daughter Hannah DOOLEY also a widow and her grandson Frederick DOOLEY and niece Winifred BROADBENT a nurse, all living at 3 Vere Street in Salford.

BROADBENT 1911 Census

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 24071

Sarah Ann and Thomas BROADBENT had had seven children four of who were still living in 1911.

Hannah BROADBENT aged 24 had married Septimus DOOLEY aged 29 on 26th August 1876 in Broughton in Lancashire.

I then looked for the death of Sarah Ann BROADBENT born about 1831 and found that she died aged 86 in the January quarter of 1917 in Salford Registration District.

Do you have a connection to the BROADBENT, JONES or DOOLEY families from Salford in Lancashire, as it would be great to reunite the lovely photograph with a  a family member if possible – if you have a link please send me a message.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

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Posted in BROADBENT, DOOLEY, JONES, Lancashire, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Photograph, Postcard, Salford | 1 Comment

Looking for relatives of Mollie LAWRENCE!

Another Battlesbridge Antiques Centre find was this lovely old baby photograph which has written on the reverse – Mollie LAWRENCE aged 10 months in 1925.

Mollie LAWRENCE

Mollie LAWRENCE 1

The most likely birth registration I can find is for a Mollie K LAWRENCE in the July quarter of 1924 in Kingston Registration District in Surrey – mother’s maiden name is shown as GRAY.

I have then found Mollie on the 1939 World War 2 Registers living in Benfleet in Essex with her parents George and Annie E LAWRENCE – Mollie’s date of birth is given as 9th July 1924 and her occupation is a Camel Shirt Machinist – her father George LAWRENCE was born on 2nd November 1879 and his occupation is a Ships Joiner and his wife Annie was born on 4th September 1880.

The 1939 Register shows that Mollie’s surname changed to MATTHEWS and I have found that she married Harry A MATTHEWS in the April quarter of 1953 in Thurrock Registration District in Essex.

If you have a connection to the LAWRENCE or MATTHEWS families please drop me a line as it would be great to reunite this beautiful old photo with a family member if possible.

Simon LAST

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

 

Posted in Benfleet, Essex, GRAY, Kingston, LAWRENCE, MATTHEWS, Old Photograph, One Name Study | Leave a comment

Are you connected to the GEER family from Barnet?

Whilst at Battlesbridge Antiques Centre in Essex on Tuesday meeting up with my lovely friend Lynn from Lynn’s Waffles Blog we were both searching for old postcards and photographs, when we discovered two old shoe-boxes full of them!

Among them I found this beautiful old baby photograph which had written on the back – Martyn Edward GEER aged 5 months and 3 days 28th June 1924 – the photograph had been taken by McLennan 110 High Street in North Finchley.

Martyn Edward GEER

Martyn Edward GEER 1

After some quick investigation I discovered that Martyn Edward GEER ‘s birth was registered in the January quarter of 1924 in Barnet Registration District and that his mother’s maiden name was COLLINS.

The only GEER to COLLINS marriage that I have found so far is in the October quarter of 1916 in the Isle of Wight between Charles A GEER and Nora A COLLINS and from this marriage the birth of a son Augustus N GEER in the January quarter of 1918 again in the Isle of Wight.

If anyone has a link to the GEER family it would be great to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family member.

Simon LAST

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charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

Posted in COLLINS, GEER, Isle of Wight, North Finchley, Old Photograph, One Name Study | 2 Comments

Reginald Stephen COPLESTON Bishop of Colombo – an unexpected family photograph find!!

At the recent Shepton Mallet Postcard Fair there were several stalls selling old family photographs, as well as postcards, and as always I was on the search for any with writing or clues on the back!

On one stall I was immediately attracted by a beautiful family group photograph which showed several generations of what seemed to be one family and also included two men wearing ‘dog collars’

COPLESTON Photograph

– so imagine my delight when I turned it over to discover lots of writing and information about the people in the photograph!

COPLESTON Photograph reverse

The writing showed the family name to be COPLESTON and mentioned references to the Bishop of Colombo and the Judicial Commissioner, so before searching Ancestry for family trees containing the COPLESTON name I googled Bishop of Colombo and immediately found a whole Wikipedia page about Reginald Stephen COPLESTON and his family, career and even a photograph of him that matched with my photograph – to discover more on the family click this link COPLESTON Family

I then looked on Ancestry to see if I could find any family trees researching the COPLESTON family and although I found a couple of matches and messaged them, they seem to be quite distant connections at this stage.

My aim now is to find an Archive or Museum that would like to add this beautiful COPLESTON family photograph to their history of the family, so that it can be given a much wider audience – unfortunately there is no photographers name , location or date, but I am sure with more research it could be dated quite accurately.

I wonder who it belonged to and how it ended up at a Postcard Fair in Somerset!

Therefore if anyone knows where it could receive a very good new home please get in touch with me.

Many thanks

Simon LAST

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

Posted in Anne Elizabeth SHARPE, Bishop of Colombo, Calcutta, COLLEY, COPLESTON, Edith CHENEVIX-TRENCH, India, Judicial Commissioner, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Photograph, Reginald Stephen COPLESTON, Somerset, Sri Lanka | 1 Comment

Wedding photograph of Francis John KEAN and Mary SAVILE in Leeds in 1909 – are you related?

Another old wedding photograph postcard find I am trying to reunite also has useful clues written on the back to help with trying to identify the people in it, which could hopefully lead to it being reunited with a family member.

The photograph is of a bride and groom,as below:

KEAN Photo

On the reverse is written ‘With kind regards from Mr & Mrs F J KEAN’ with a date of 29th March 1909 and an address of 14 Blandford Grove, Blenheim Walk in Leeds, again as below:

KEAN Photo reverse

On a quick check of marriage records I have found that Francis John KEAN married Mary SAVILE in the March quarter of 1909 in Leeds Registration District, all which fits with the photograph.

I have the found the family on the 1911 census record, as below, and they know have two daughters Mary Frances Savile KEAN aged 1 year and Frances Mary Savile KEAN aged 2 months – Francis their father is aged 28 and his wife Mary aged 22. They are living at 78 Harehills Avenue in Leeds.

KEAN 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 26964 – Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

Francis John KEAN was born in Forest Gate in Essex and his occupation is shown as an Assistant to a Professor of Machinist Engineering.

Sadly I then quickly discovered that Francis John KEAN died on 25th November 1918 at the 2nd London General Hospital, possibly as a result of injuries from World War 1 and below are his World War 1 medal card and probate entry;

KEAN WW1

Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

KEAN Probate

Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

I need to investigate further to discover more about the story of this family, but in the meantime do you have a connection to the KEAN or SAVILE families, as it would be wonderful to reunite this lovely old family photograph with a relative if possible.

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

 

Posted in 14 Blandford Grove, KEAN, Leeds, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Postcard, SAVILE, World War 1, Yorkshire | 4 Comments

Wedding photograph of William TAYLOR and Mary Ann STAFFORD in 1913 from Rochdale – are you related?

Another old wedding photograph postcard find I am trying to reunite also has useful clues written on the back to help with trying to identify the people in it, which could hopefully lead to it being reunited with a family member.

The photograph is of a bride and groom,as below:

STAFFORD Photo 1913

On the reverse is written Mr & Mrs W HERRON Kind regards & many thanks for bets wishes from Mr & Mrs Wm TAYLOR Sept 11/13, again as below:

STAFFORD Photo 1913 reverse

On a quick check of marriage records I have been lucky enough to find a copy of the marriage certificate online, as below, that shows that William TAYLOR married Mary Ann STAFFORD on 11th September 1913 in St Mary’s Church in Wardleworth near Rochdale in Lancashire – William’s father is named as Charles TAYLOR and Mary Ann’s as Ezckiel STAFFORD.

STAFFORD Marriage 1913

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930

William is aged 23 and his occupation is shown as an Clerk and Mary Ann is aged 23 and her occupation is shown as a Cotton weaver – their addresses are shown as being in Rochdale.

Do you have a connection to the TAYLOR or STAFFORD families as it would be wonderful to reunite this lovely old family photograph with a relative if possible.

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

Posted in HERRON, Old Photograph, One Name Study, Rochdale, STAFFORD, TAYLOR, Wardleworth, Wedding photograph | Leave a comment

Beautiful WW1 photograph of the LOADES family from Norwich in Norfolk – are you related?

I recently found this beautiful old family photograph postcard which immediately sparked my interest because of the military uniforms the young men are wearing, so imagine my delight when I turned it over and saw that all the family names were written on the back!

LOADES family Photo

The names on the back were Joseph Robert LOADES, Caroline, Harry LOADES, Sidney Joseph and Alice Kate, but unfortunately there was no photographer named to try and work out a geographical location.

LOADES family Photo reverse

However on entering into the internet the name Joseph Robert LOADES, who appeared to be the father in the photograph, I quickly found the 1911 census record for the LOADES family, that showed that they lived in Norwich in Norfolk.

The 1911 census, as below, showed Joseph Robert LOADES as the head of the family aged 50 occupation a Piano Forte Tuner, Caroline his wife aged 47 and three sons Sidney Joseph aged 20, Walter Harry aged 16 and Reginald Ernest aged 13 – the family were living at 24 Brunswick Street in Norwich.

LOADES 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 11323; Schedule Number: 383 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census

Joseph and Caroline had been married for 21 years and had had four children, one of whom had sadly died.

I then found the marriage record for Joseph Robert LOADES to Caroline CHATTON, as below, on 25th April 1889 in Swaffham in Norfolk – Joseph’s father is named as Benjamin Titter LOADES and Caroline’s as John  CHATTON.

LOADES Marriage certificate

Source Citation: Norfolk Record Office; Norwich, Norfolk, England; Reference: PD 52/490 Source Information: Ancestry.com. Norfolk, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1940

The baptism records for their sons show that Sidney was born on 9th October 1890, Walter was born on 14th March 1895 and Reginald was born on 16th August 1897.

I could not locate Alice Kate at first, but then found that Sidney Joseph LOADES married Alice Kate PERKINS in the April quarter of 1917 in Norwich in Norfolk, which helps to date the photo to the middle of World War 1.

Seeing that the young men in the photograph were wearing uniforms I wanted to see if I could discover any information about their military service during World War 1 and quite quickly found that Walter Harry LOADES was killed in action on 11th September 1918, only a few months before the end of the war.

He was originally in the Norfolk Regiment, but later a Private in the Machine Gun Corps with Regimental number 42138 – the records show that he died at home, so maybe he was brought home from the front line with injuries.

Therefore it would not have been many months after this family photograph was taken that he was sadly killed.

Sidney Joseph LOADES survived the war and I have found that he died in June 1978 aged 87 in Norwich in Norfolk – his brother Reginald Ernest died in 1956 in Cambridgeshire and his father Joseph Robert died in March 1939 also in Norwich in Norfolk.

Below is the World War 1 Medal Card of Walter Harry LOADES:

LOADES WW1 Medal card

Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website.

As always if anyone has a proven connection to the LOADES family it would be fantastic to reunite this beautiful old photograph with a family member if possible.

Simon LAST

charnwoodresearch@virginmedia.com

http://www.charnwood-genealogy.com

 

Posted in CHATTON, LOADES, Norfolk, Norwich, Old Photograph, One Name Study, PERKINS, Swaffham, World War 1, WW1 Photograph, WW1 postcard | 3 Comments