For ages I've been trying to get my family history stories into some semblance of order.
At last, I've made a start but it's not on this website.
You might like to check out Writing Our Family History and see how I'm getting on.
I didn't intend two month to pass before I shared this YouTube video (see previous post) but here it is at last.
It was a great surprise to find that the YouTube film includes my husband Michael's Auntie Fan.
We didn't know Aunt Fan was in this film.
It was shot sometime in the 1960s and apparently is part of stock film from Pinewood Studios.
We just stumbled across the clip when we were trawling YouTube for film clips of the old East End.
The market is Watney Market in London's East End where Aunt Fan had a fruit and veg stall.
This photo is in her younger days; by the time the YouTube film was made she'd put on a bit more weight!
Aunt Fan wasn't really Michael's auntie. She was actually Michael's father's cousin and his mother's best friend. But from an early age Michael knew her as Aunt Fan and that's how she remained through out his life.
Aunt Fan was really Francis May Magnus, born in 1904. Her father was Simon Magnus who, surprise, surprise, was in the fruit and veg trade too.. Fanny's mother was Elizabeth Jane Craze.
In 1940, Fanny was married to Edward James Stillwell who was also born in 1904. Ernie was born "over the water" in Bermondsey which was why he was known in the East End as Bermondsey Ernie. To Michael he was just Uncle Ernie.
In 1934 Fanny gave birth to the couple's only child, a daughter, Rosa. Sadly, Rosa became ill and died in 1947.
Fanny worked on her market stall until she was well into her fifties. She remained good friends with Michael's mother, Rose, for the whole of their lives although they occasionally fell out over something or other.
Ernie died in 1978 but Fanny lived on until 2000 when she died aged 96.
The YouTube clip lasts for only a couple of minutes and if you blink, you might miss Aunt Fan. But if you stop the film at 0.30 and move it forward frame by frame you'll find her at 0.36 - 0.37. She's the woman with the sweeping brush who leans back to try and get into the shot. Laughing! Which she did a lot.
Well, I hope you managed to spot Aunt Fan.
The photo below is Aunt Fan, on the right, with her friend Lizzie.
I think the clothes look like late 1950s although the woman behind them is wearing a dress that is more like the mini-skirt length of the 1960s. Of course, there's no-one alive now to ask.
Michael's mum is the third woman in the second photo. "Bermondsey Ernie" is standing on Aunt Fan's left as you look at the photo and the other man is Lizzie's husband, Jacko.
No information about the occasion or where it took place. The chairs look as though they might have seen better days.
This photo was snapped at mine and Michael's wedding in 1976. It was a lovely, hot summer's day and L - R Fanny, Ernie and Rose had made the trip to Yorkshire the day before. It was the furthest north they'd ever travelled (on British Rail, of course) and they always said they'd enjoyed the experience. During World War II Fanny and Rose were evacuated to Nottinghamshire where they were employed in a munitions factory. That was the furthest north they'd been until they came to our wedding. There's more about our wedding somewhere on this blog and also here on one of my other blogs.
Thanks for visiting my website and reading my blog today.
In the previous post I offered a free copy of my ebook Writing Your Family History On-Line and over twenty readers downloaded a copy. If you were one, I hope you found the book interesting / useful and if you missed the offer the book will be free again at the weekend. (Saturday and Sunday June 2nd and 3rd 2018). Details of the book here.
You might also like my Cabbage and Semolina Blog or my daily blog challenge 3sixtyfiveblog. Hope to see you there.
All best wishes,
In July last year I posted my final blogpost and signed off from Writing A Family History Blog.
I'd been diagnosed with advanced colo-rectal cancer and was about to commence chemotherapy. The cancer had spread into my liver and pelvic bone and I didn't think I would be doing much family history ever again.
Well, my NHS doctors, nurses and support staff have been magnificent and the advances in medical science have given them some marvellous drugs with which to try and control the cancer. So far I'm responding well to the treatment and the side-effects are manageable.
I've continued to write an occasional post on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog https://cabbageandsemolina.wordpress.com/ and I've been writing my daily blog again since November. https://3sixtyfiveblog.wordpress.com/
Now I've decided to kickstart my Writing A Family History Blog as well.
So, I hope you'll come back and visit whenever you can and see how I'm getting on.
I already know what the first post in my re-awakened blog will be. It's about Michael's Auntie Fan who you can meet on the East End Family Photos page and I think you'll be rather surprised at what I've discovered.
I've re-arranged the pages on the website and added a couple of new ones. There's a Contact Form on the Home Tab if you want to share stories or ask questions and a link to my Books website too.
To celebrate my return to Writing A Family History Blog I'm making my Writing Your Family History On-Line ebook FREE to download on Saturday March 31st. Did you know that you don't need to buy a Kindle to read Kindle Books. Follow that link to my Cabbage and Semolina Blog for more information or just go straight to this page on the Amazon website.
Writing Your Family History On-Line received a lovely review from genealogical mystery writer, Wendy Percival last year. Her Esme Quentin mysteries make perfect reading for Family History enthusiasts who enjoy detective work - and who doesn't?
Many thanks, Wendy, and to the other two reviewers of Writing Your Family History On-Line as well. So, don't forget: you can get a free copy of the book on Saturday March 31st to read at your leisure.
And thankyou for reading my blogpost and visiting my website today. Hope you have an enjoyable Easter and that the weather wherever you live isn't too awful!
This is my final post on Writing a Family History Blog.
I've developed some health problems which have disrupted my blog writing career.
I'm trying to keep my Cabbage and Semolina Blog updated so you might like to check out Don't leave it too late.
I've enjoyed writing my blogposts and hope you've enjoyed reading them.
Very best wishes,
Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood has received some lovely reviews on Amazon recently.
Many thanks to all readers and reviewers.
Cabbage and Semolina:
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK