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June 2008

We lead this issue with our new ‘My Town’ feature. Rosie Knees has written about her home town of Newark, which has a fascinating history right back to Roman times. Everyone is welcome to write about their town for a future issue, as well as setting up a page about it in The Wiki. We also continue the family treasures theme. Sue from Southend and Joan of Archives tell us about the stories behind their particular family heirlooms.

 For the Occupations Section we look at the largely forgotten craft of the wheelwright and blacksmith, who both played an important role in keeping the population moving before the coming of the railways and the era of motorised transport. Velma Dinkley and jemima puddleduck write about their wheelwright and blacksmith ancestors, whilst Caroline shares her discoveries, gleaned from newspapers, about her great x2 uncle who owned a horse and carriage repository, and Lynn The Forest Fan tells us about her research into her ‘Smith’ ancestors.

 We also have articles from kathsgirl.48, who shares with us her emotional story about how she reunited a family, from Guinevere who explains how she found a new living relative, and from Delightful Dukkie who continues her story about German migration, which she began in the January issue.

Gateway to the North

Newark on Trent – Historic Market Town', lies on the banks of the River Trent, and with the A1 and A46 running through it, is also know as 'The Gateway to The North'. The A46 lies along the route of what was the Roman road from Lincoln to Exeter, the Fosse Way, and...

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Wheelwrights & Smiths

WHEELWRIGHTS In the days when the nation relied on horse drawn transport, particularly before the era of the railways, wheelwrights played an important role in keeping the country moving by making and repairing wheels, carts and wagons. Some built carriages, landaus...

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The Packham family

My great x3 grandfather, Henry Packham, was born in 1804, the son of a farmer from Clayton in Sussex. Henry was the first of four generations of wheelwrights, and is said to have left his father`s farm after a disagreement and moved to Lindfield where he earned enough...

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Louisa Matilda Rumble

Louisa Matilda Rumble was born in Marylebone, London, in 1854, and was the daughter of James and Catherine (formerly Dilleyson) and the older sister of my great x2 grandfather, John Ashby Rumble. On 5th December 1880 she married Christopher Henry Hooper, a blacksmith...

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Tompkins’s Horse and Carriage Repository

While browsing through some 19th Century newspapers recently, looking for a different surname entirely, I vaguely noticed that advertisements for horse sales by a Robert Tompkins in Reading, Berkshire started to appear regularly in Jackson’s Oxford Journal in the...

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Finding Smiths

When I first began looking for my ancestors, my dad wasn’t really interested and didn’t give me much information to go on. His father and mother were born in 1905 and 1906 respectively, so obviously didn’t appear on the 1901 census. I was lucky with my grandma, as she...

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Discovering my 7th cousin

I got into family history ten years ago. After Mum died, Dad became very reflective and began to look back over his life and talked about his times as child in Lowestoft. Both his parents had died before I was five and his grandparents long before that, two of whom...

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Family treasures

I only have a few possessions that I can truly say have been handed down in my family. There is a small wooden stool that I used to sit on as a child; the little bits of black paint that used to cover it are now worn away, but that has only revealed the rural...

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I knew Anne and Marie

God and the hand of fate work in mysterious ways! Two years ago, whilst reading the ‘trying to find’ messages on Genesreunited I was astounded to see that an adoptee, Liz, was looking for her older half sisters - twins, Anne and Marie. “I knew Anne and Marie when I...

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A tatty, but very special box

My grandmother, Hannah Matilda Webster, was born in January 1889 in Bethnal Green, East London. She was the second daughter of William and Mary Ann Webster. They were not a rich family. William was a gas lamp lighter, a job which we tend to look back on with a rosy...

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Australia ~ The Great South Land

Before 1788 and the Captain Cook Discoveries. The concept of a ‘Terra Australis Incognito,’ a great south land, existed in Europe’s middle ages as a myth. The belief was that, a southern land mass acted as a balance, to the northern hemisphere lands. During the ‘age...

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