Do you have a link to these Ipswich photographs?

Amongst my other finds at the Fair in Woking on Saturday were two old photographs both taken by photographers in Ipswich in Suffolk.

The first was taken by WHITEHEAD and has the name Mrs Edwin MAKIN written in pencil on the back – are you related to a MAKIN family with links to Ipswich in Suffolk?

MAKIN front 13 5 17

MAKIN back 13 5 17

The second was taken by H WALTERS of 117 Crown Street in Ipswich and on the back is written lent by F PRATT – was this for a local Ipswich display and somehow the photograph did not make its way back to the lender.

Ipswich front 13 5 17

Ipswich back 13 5 17

Do you know an F PRATT?

If you can provide any information or could have any links to these Ipswich Suffolk photographs it would be great to hear from you.

Simon LAST

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Do you have a Grace Edith DRAPER in your family tree?

On a visit to the Postcard Fair in Woking at the weekend I found a lovely photographic postcard of a lady holding a baby which on the back says ‘ Grace Edith DRAPER aged 13 weeks’.

Grace Edith DRAPER front 13 5 17

Grace Edith DRAPER back 13 5 17

As you all now very well I like a challenge, so I bought this postcard to see if with further research I could establish who this Grace Edith DRAPER was and if possible reunite the photograph with a family member.

I feel the photograph has a 1910 to 1930’s look, so I have looked for all possible matching births during this time frame and have three possible birth matches for Grace with a middle initial of E:

The first is for a Grace E DRAPER in the March quarter of 1915 in the Erpington Registration District in Norfolk with a  mother’s maiden name of WOODROW.

This Grace E DRAPER married Frederick C JUDE in the December quarter of 1939 in North Walsingham Norfolk.

The second is for a Grace E DRAPER in the March quarter of 1920 in the Chelsea Registration District with a mother’s maiden name of WILSON.

The third is for a Grace E DRAPER in the December quarter of 1920 in the West Bromwich Registration District with a  mother’s maiden name of STILGOE.

This Grace E DRAPER married John DAVIES in the September quarter of 1940 in west Bromwich and this record shows her middle name as Emma not Edith so she can be ruled out.

However as the photograph prides no clues to a date or an area for the photographer the possibilities are quite open at this stage – so if anyone has any connection to a Grace Edith DRAPER in their family tree, then please let me know.

Simon LAST

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Typo – Farmlingham not Framlingham!

Using the old newspapers online frequently in my genealogy research, I am always searching for variants of words in case of mis-spelling etc. – therefore when searching for Framlingham stories I will also try Framlington or Framingham.

I was therefore surprised to find a letter in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent newspaper from Saturday 8th February 1896 sent from Farmlingham in Suffolk – the letter reads:

Oct 7th 1895

Dear Sir, – You will be glad to hear that the Teeth you fitted for Mrs Keen, two years ago, have served their purpose well. For eating and speaking, and as a means of preventing colds, they have been simply invaluable. Our great regret is that we did not seek your aid years before, especially as your charges was so reasonable.

Yours very truly

(Signed) Edward Keen – Congregational Minister.

Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Saturday 8th February 1896

This letter was sent as a testimonial to Mr Shipley Slipper who regularly published letters from grateful patients in the newspapers.

Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Saturday 08 February 1896

Looking at the 1891 census records Edward Keen and his wife Hannah Elizabeth and family lived at Hermitage Place in College Road in Framlingham – I hope she did not mind everyone knowing about her Teeth!

Simon Last

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Do you have a CRACROFT connection?

On my recent travels I found a fascinating photographic postcard showing a man and a lady who had both signed their names next to their photographs – E W and Cicely CRACROFT.

CRACROFT photo 19 4 17

As always I would like to find a family connection and reunite this photograph if possible – so do you have a CRACROFT connection?

Looking at the 1911 census records I found Edward Weston and Cicely Sophia Mary CRACROFT living at Hackthorn Hall in Lincoln ( see website:  – they had been married for 31 years and had no children.

CRACROFT 1911 census

Source Information: 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 19772

I then found the 1901 census record as below:

CRACROFT 1901 census

Source Information: 1901 England census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 3067; Folio: 26; Page 4

Looking for a marriage record I found that Edward Weston CRACROFT (AMCOTTS) had married Cicely Sophia Mary NEVILLE in Hackthorn in Lincoln on 24th April 1879.

Cicely died on 22nd January 1929 and Edward on 30th January 1933.

Therefore if anyone has any information or a connection to this CRACROFT family please let me know, as I would love to hear from you.

Simon LAST






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Another long shot, but could you have a connection to any of these old photographs?

In November 2015 I posted a blog post trying to reunite some old photographs I had  found when visiting a car boot sale in Bristol – sadly none of the photographs had names on them, although a few had numbers and they were all from various photographic studios.

Well amazingly I was able to reunite one of these photographs with a  descendant of one of these photographers STILLIARD & Co, which was a fantastic result and was a great surprise to the lady’s father, as she gave it to him as a surprise gift.

Therefore I have decide to post some more old photographs I have recently found hoping for the same result!

Could you have a connection?

Do you recognise a familiar face from your own family tree?

Do you have a particular interest in any of the photographic studios shown?

If you do please get in touch, as I would love to reunite any of the photographs if possible – although I know this is a long shot!!

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Wesleyan Methodist Photographer Portrait Gallery


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Hollis & Sons



Sydney Victor WHITE & Ernest E WHITE Reading and Basingstoke



Eastbourne Photographic Company – Clapham Common London


I hope to hear from someone with a  connection and will keep you updated!!

Simon Last        





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Are you a FRY from Cossington in Somerset?

Another of my recent old photographic postcard finds was one of a grave bearing the names of John and Martha FRY – who were they and where were they buried?

FRY Postcard

Well I do love a challenge!!

John  FRY died on the 3rd December 1909 and Martha four years later on the 15th April 1913 – without any middle initials or other clues could I discover who they were, where they lived and where they were buried?

I started by looking for the death records in 1908 and 1913 and I found the death registration for John FRY in the December quarter of 1909 in the Merthyr Tydfil Registration District.

From this I then found the death registration and probate record for Martha FRY,  who as I already knew died on the 15th April 1913 – her address is given as 18 Little Wind Street in Aberdare and the name of Henry William FRY a Seamen’s Missionary is given as the Executor.

FRY Probate 1913

Source Information: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

I then looked for Martha FRY on the 1911 census and found her as a widow, aged 77, living with her daughter Lucy E FRY aged 36 – their address is shown as 18 Little Wind Street in Aberdare, a match for the 1913 probate record.

FRY 1911 census

Source Information: 1911 Wales Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 32506; Schedule Number: 252

From this I then found Martha with her husband John FRY on the 1901 census with their daughter Lucy Emily FRY and john’s occupation is shown as a Surface Weigher at a Colliery.

FRY 1901 census

Source Information: 1901 Wales Census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 5036; Folio: 127; Page: 20

John was born about 1840 and Martha about 1837 and this 1901 census record shows John’s birth place as Cossington in Somerset, Martha’s as Cirencester in Gloucestershire and Lucy’s as Aberdare in Glamorganshire.

I then found the 1862 marriage registration for John FRY and Martha HALL in the March quarter of 1862 in the Merthyr Tydfil Registration District – did they meet in Wales or did they know each other before living there?

More investigation is needed – however if you have a FRY in your family tree originally from Cossington in Somerset who could be connected to this John FRY and you would like the grave photo for your family history records please just let me know.

Many thanks

Simon LAST  

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Seeking relatives of C W LAST of the Essex Regiment!

I have recently found and purchased two World War 1 medals from a medal fair in London that were awarded to a C W LAST from the Essex Regiment who had the Regimental number of 36758.
C W LAST medals
The most likely match I have found so far is a Charles William LAST born in 1899 in Walthamstow in Essex, the son of Charles and Alice Ann LAST.
Does anyone have a connection to this LAST family or any other information about a possible C W LAST who served in and survived World War 1?
Many thanks
Simon LAST
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