Been spending sometime with my Great-Great-Great-Grandparents Edwin (1801) and Jane Parr. Mainly checking and re-checking facts and assumptions, but also re-writing parts of the ‘story’. I have now some sort of account of all their ten children (nine boys!) with the exception of Henry Alfred who was born on 31 Jan 1831 and of whom there is as yet no further trace. I have acquired a number of, mainly death, certificates which have been helpful in identifications.
I have completed entering years of death and burials (except Elizabeth, together with marriages, know to me at this time. I have not yet entered any subsequent children from these marriages.
In the possession of my cousin Hilary is a “sampler”, embroidered by Ruth Spooner in 1838 with the names and dates of birth of her brothers and sisters, the children of my Great-Great-Great Grandparents Elizabeth (nee Murkin) and Robert Spooner.
On the reverse, handwritten, is a list of names and dates of birth of Ruth’s aunts and uncles, the brothers and sisters of her mother Elizabeth Murkin. It is a most unusual and remarkable record. Continue reading
Christmas is a time for family games and puzzles. Mine centred on William Cooksey, the second husband of Hannah Miller (nee Mallin), who was himself a widower. Having trawled trade directories for Staffordshire (concentrating on West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Tipton), I had begun to develop a theory about William’s business activity as, at first, a Nail Ironmonger and, later, a Grocer and Tea Dealer. There were other Cooksey businesses, too: Samuel Cooksey and Joseph Cooksey. Were they all three related? Continue reading
Tidying the desk for Christmas, I came upon a folder of miscellaneous documents. One of the these was a record of the Monumental Inscription on a headstone in the graveyard of Christchurch, West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Listed are Sarah (died 1836 aged 45), wife of William Cooksey, their son, William Mallin (died 1845 aged 30) and a daughter, Marie Louisa (died 1850 aged 35). Continue reading