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Month: August 2014

Thomas Purcell and the Sinking of the Llandovery Castle

Thomas Purcell and the Sinking of the Llandovery Castle

Thomas James Purcell, was born in Liverpool on the 7th May 1886, the Son of Rose Anne Purcell.  Rose Anne married William Mitchell three years later in 1889 and the 1891 census finds Thomas living with his Mother, William, step brother William James and step sister Elizabeth.  Two more step sisters would join the family Esther and Margaret. By 1901, the 14 year old  Thomas was working as a Railway Carter, probably in Docks near the family home at 1…

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Word full Wednesday

Word full Wednesday

Just a bit of fun, inspired by Jill Ball’s new Geneadictionary. Click on the Solution link at the bottom, if you get stuck. By the way you should be able to print the page if you want to complete the puzzle. If you try it, please leave me a comment to let me know how you got on. G C R D N O I T A R G I M E S D Y N R T E S…

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National Family History Month 2014 Geneameme

National Family History Month 2014 Geneameme

Although not in Australia,  after my visit to Australia in February,  I now have a few Australian “mates” who are currently having “National Family History Month”,  a couple of them Jill and Pauline have posted Geneameme posts for the event and it seemed a shame not to join in so here are my responses to the challenge.   What are you doing for NFHM? Well I attended Jill Ball’s hangout event, revamped my Family History website and researched 3 of the people…

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Dead Man’s Pennies

Dead Man’s Pennies

“I once had a sweetheart, but now I have none, Since he went for a solider to carry a gun, What can you buy with dead man’s pennies?” Robb Johnson, from the Gentle Men Song Suite   While looking through the lists of events at our local theatre I saw an advert for a concert called “Gentle Men” which will be on in November, I was intrigued by the concept, as it was a song cycle of Robb Johnson’s Grandfathers’…

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Latin Roman Catholic Records

Latin Roman Catholic Records

Stephen’s Great Grandfather is an elusive soul, so when I decided to check Ancestry for some records in the Liverpool Parish, I was not surprised to have no match for William Albert Taubman. However a search for simply Taubman returned 7 records. JacobusTaubman 26 Jan 1855 11 Nov 1876 St Francis Xavier’s (Francisci Xavarii) EdvardiTaubman, Catharina Clegg Gulielmus AlbertusTaubman 16 Dec 1860 18 Sep 1875 St Francis Xavier’s (Francisci Xavarii) EdwardiTaubman, Annae Clegg JosephusTaubman 13 Sep 1868 18 Sep 1875…

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When Grandma worked in London

When Grandma worked in London

My family rarely travelled in the past,  but I knew my Grandmother Mullins (Mary Margaret Bowditch, known as Mollie)  worked in London in the 1920’s having been trained by her Grandmother and then loaded on a train to head to London when she was 14. I’d often wondered where she had worked and the other day, while looking through the Ancestry Catalogue I spotted the “London Electoral Role”,  and thought “Why not?”  and as luck would have it there was…

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I am a West Country Girl

I am a West Country Girl

When I stand up to speak at conferences or on training days,  I often open with the fact that my Ancestors come from Dorset in the south west of England.  This is not entirely true,  some come from Wiltshire and some from Devon,  but the vast majority come from the south and west of Dorset,  mostly clustered around Bridport and Dorchester. I always feel I belong to that area, despite having been born and brought up in Somerset when my parents…

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Four Weddings

Four Weddings

 Stephen Taubman married Jane Mullins at Kingsbury Episcopi Church in Somerset 30th August 1986  Alan Mullins married Joyce Crabb at Sydling St Nicholas Church 30th May 1955  Robert Taubman married Kathleen Coughlan in Liverpool June 1949 James Crabb married Nellie Record in Rampisham, Dorset 5th August 1918

Charles MOORE (1892-1915)

Charles MOORE (1892-1915)

If you search for Charles in my family tree, you will not find him, in fact if he had lived there would be no family tree here at all. Charles Moore was born in Donyatt in Somerset in 1892, the third child and eldest son of William and Bessie Moore. By the time my story starts William, Bessie and their 9 children are living at Elwell Farm, near Netherbury in Dorset. Charles is courting a girl called Nellie Record who…

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Grandad Mullins in the Dorset Regiment

Grandad Mullins in the Dorset Regiment

My grandfather Mullins was born Albert Jack Mullins on the 25th of February 1906 in Holywell, Frome St Quinton in Dorset. The second son of Henry Charles and Susan Mullins ne Pitcher (Pilcher). Henry was a lineman on the Yeovil to Dorchester line, Whose ancestors had lived in Evershot since at least 1825. If you do not know Holywell, Frome St Quinton and Evershot are close together in the rolling hills north of Dorchester. Jack, as he was known, grew…

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