I was excited when the 1939 Register was launched at the end of last year but quickly disappointed too. (See my previous post).
I received an email the other day from Find My Past saying that from mid February 2016 access to the 1939 Register would become available as part of the regular annual subscription.
Now that seemed more like it but it reminded me that I still had some credits purchased when the Register was launched.
The credits were set to expire on 31st January so I made a note to use them before then.
However, I forgot until 11.30am today when I went on the site. And, annoyingly, they'd already expired. Presumably they were set to implode one second after midnight on the 31st rather than one second before midnight on February 1st. Oh well, it's my own fault I suppose for being disorganised. But if unlimited access wasn't in the pipeline I'd be spitting feathers now.
Before I realised my credits had expired I was looking at my Ashworth grandparents record.
I don't think it's going to tell me anything I don't know already but you never know!
Realising the Ashworth record was going to remain closed to me until February 16th, I re-visited the records I'd unlocked previously. I scrolled down my Buckle grandparents record to the "Read All About It" section which includes relevant newspaper cuttings of the day. I hadn't bothered to look at this previously because I have a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives and have searched lots of newspaper accounts from Royston already. I was rather surprised (to say the least ) to find that the three clippings all referred to Royston in Hertfordshire NOT Royston in Yorkshire.
At least the map and stats related to the correct place!
The male occupations list was interesting.
Top, as I would have expected, was coal hewer (below ground).
Second, more surprisingly, men who were retired.
Unpaid Domestic duties,
I wish they'd given more details about the numbers in each category. The population of the village was over 12,000 living in 3,000+ households so I don't think I'm going to have the time to go through every record in order to find out.
Roll on February 16th and hopefully some good results when all the records are unlocked.
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To celebrate Burns Night:
a blogpost that traces our Murray ancestors back to Scotland.
There are almost 97,000 individuals with the surname Murray presently living in the UK.
The name is Celtic and is a regional name from Moray in northeastern Scotland meaning ‘sea’ + ‘settlement’.
I'm Cathy Murray and I'm a Murray by marriage to Michael Murray.
Michael is the son of Rose Murray (1908 - 2006).
Rose was born in London and you can read more about her here.
Rose is the daughter of Maurice John Arthur Murray (1880 - 1940).
Maurice was born in London and you can read more about him here.
Maurice is the son of James William Murray (1845 - 1918).
James was born in London and you can read more about him here.
James was the son of John William Murray born in London in 1815 but is still one of my "brick walls" for a death date.
John was the son of David Murray (1779 - 1846).
David was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was a mariner and settled in London where he married and brought up his family.
David was the son of James Murray of Aberdeen, Scotland. James died in Aberdeen in 1803. He was married in Aberdeen to Helen Booth in 1769.
That's as far back in time as I've managed to get to find evidence of our Scots ancestry. But there's no doubt in my mind that Michael can wear his Murray tartan tie with pride.
To all readers in Scotland - Happy Burns Night!
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On 24th January 1852, Mark W. Starling and Mary Ann Heyson were married at the parish church of St Leonard, Beaumont cum Moze, Essex.
Mark and Mary Ann Starling were my husband's great great grandparents.
Mark was 25 years old and accompanied at the wedding by his brother Robert Starling, an agricultural labourer.
Mark was also employed as an agricultural labourer.
This photograph of an agricultural labourer was taken in 1894 and is Thomas Pitkin of Swanbourne (1826-1910). As Mark was born in 1827 Thomas Pitkin was his contemporary. If Mark had continued to work in agriculture maybe he would have dressed like this too.
But for reasons unknown, Mark and his wife Mary re-located to the East End of London some time before 1871.
At the time of the wedding Mary Ann worked as a dress maker. She was accompanied to the church by her father, William Heyson, a Dealer (although what he was dealing in is unknown).
Mark had lived with his grandmother, Susan Starling, since he was a child as both his parents had died before he was four years old. His brother Robert lived with other relatives until old enough to go to work as an agricultural labourer and take lodgings. He died in 1853 shortly after Mark and Mary Ann were married.
Susan Starling died in 1858 reputedly aged 96 years and I think it's a safe bet that Mark and Mary Ann started their married life living with Nan.
Their first child, Robert, was born in 1852 followed by Stephen in 1855.
What happened next is unknown to me but a few years later the family had left rural Essex and gone to live in London.
The family lived at 36, Morris Street in Shadwell and Mark was working as a coal whipper; Robert was working as a docks labourer and Stephen had become a book binder.
In 1881 Mark and Mary Ann had moved to 40, Morris Street, with their son Stephen. Mark was still working as a labourer but no longer, apparently, with the coal whippers. Stephen continued to live at home and work as a bookbinder and Robert, married and with children of his own, had moved out and gone to work as a coal porter.
By 1891 Mark and Mary Ann had moved round the corner to 35, Upper Chapman Road. Unfortunately Stephen had died in 1885. Although he continued to work as a general labourer up to the 1890s, Mark died in 1894 aged seventy four years. Clearly his decision to stop being a coal whipper was the right one.
Mary Ann died three years later. Both Mark and Mary Ann ended their days being supported by the parish union, hopefully in the infirmary and not the workhouse and they were buried privately although exactly where isn't known.
Emma Jane Gooding was born on 15th January 1871. She was the younger daughter of George and Ann Gooding who already had a daughter, Minnie, born in 1865. At the time of Emma's birth George was employed as a joiner and was in the process of establishing his refreshment rooms business.
They lived at 28, Market Street in Bacup, a small cotton mills town on the Lancashire / Yorkshire borders between Burnley and Rochdale.
When she was old enough, Emma Jane was employed as a waitress in her father's refreshment house at 28, Market Street, Bacup. It had become known as Goodings Dining Rooms and also provided bed and breakfast. Apparently Goodings Dining Rooms became the Commercial Hotel, a beer house and dining rooms.
Emma Jane was my great grandmother and I am delighted to have this photograph of four generations of the family in my possession. The toddler is me and I'm guessing the photo was taken in about 1952. My mum would have been about twenty five years old; granddad in his late forties and great grandmother Emma Jane Gooding would have been just over eighty. She died a few years later and I can't say I have any memory of meeting her but I love having the evidence that I did.
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