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Obituaries – Mullins and Record

Obituaries – Mullins and Record

I have been doing some more Newspaper surfing and in doing so came across a couple of Obituaries.  The first is for Harry Mullins, who is already featured in a 1936 article.  I particularly liked the quote: “Mr Mullins commenced working life as a water boy for Mr T Conway’s father his death at the age of 87 removes another link with the past his knowledge of Evershot before the great fire on September 26th 1865, of the Fete days,…

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My First Job

My First Job

On Twitter this week I saw a suggestion by GeneBloggers “November 14: Do you remember your first job? Where was it and what type of work did you do?” Well I suppose my first real job,  as opposed to picking up apples for the neighbours was working in the Cafe at the old Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park.  I got the job thanks to my Aunt Rita, who already worked there as her husband was the dairyman on one of the…

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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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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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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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James Crabb of Sydling St. Nicholas

James Crabb of Sydling St. Nicholas

James Crabb was born on 11th April 1883 at Loscombe in the parish of Netherbury, to the south of Beaminster in Dorset. His family were farm workers and he, his brother (George) and father (Issac) moved to Sydling St. Nicholas when they were offered the tenancy of South View, a small-holding belonging to Winchester College. This lies to the north of the Sydling, on the left hand side when coming from Maiden Newton. Here they lived in the large house,…

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The Great Fire of Evershot

The Great Fire of Evershot

Evershot. Dreadful fire. Twenty houses destroyed. From the Western Gazette, Friday 29 September 1865 On Tuesday last, a dreadful fire, which was not extinguished until nearly twenty houses had been destroyed, and more than a hundred people had been rendered homeless, occurred in this little town. Summers Lane is a somewhat narrow thoroughfare leading out of the main street of the village in a southerly direction, towards Cattistock. On Tuesday, at noon, this lane contained several houses, but only one…

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