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The Lighter Side / Re: Julius Caesar died where???
« on: Monday 03 September 18 10:31 BST (UK)  »
FreeBMD records the deaths of 36 Julius Caesars, mostly in England, but a couple in Wales, between 1845 and 1983.  Two of them are even called Julius Augustus Caesar!  Curiously there were just 33 births between 1845 and 1969, just one of whom was born in Wales. Most were born and died in the south of England. If I remember correctly, the name of the head of Rochdale College of Art in the 1960s was also called Julius Caesar.

The Common Room / Re: Death Certificates - knowing if you have the right one
« on: Wednesday 29 August 18 11:39 BST (UK)  »
But do beware - as previously mentioned, the information on a death certificate can only reflect what is given by the informant.  A New Zealand death cert for an ancestor gives his mother's maiden name as Mary Voss, while his sister's Australian death cert gives her mother's maiden name as Thomasin Voss.  Both are wrong - in fact her name was Thomasin Lawson, whose mother, Elizabeth Lawson, married a Mr Voss after the birth of Thomasin.  Mary was the first name of the siblings' grandmother.  Far away from home, I guess there was no one for the informant to ask for the right information.

The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Monday 27 August 18 14:31 BST (UK)  »
WDYTYA researchers take a good deal of care in following up records, so it was a pity that Jane Rackham of the Radio Times in her Pick of the Day piece on 20th August wasn't so careful.  She managed to confuse two of Jonnie Peacock's ancestors, both named Louisa and wrote that Louisa Pope b 1885 and not her grandmother Louisa Voss b c1831 was the mother of 4 illegitimate children.  Louisa Voss is the one we call "naughty Louisa" for obvious reasons and was the half-sister of my 4xgt-grandmother.

Huntingdonshire / Re: Thomas Farey born Warboys c1864
« on: Monday 27 August 18 12:04 BST (UK)  »
Thanks very much for all this information.  It will take me a while to work it all out!  The complicated relationship could be that Thomas, or John Thomas, could well have been the younger brother or the nephew of the father of Millicent's half-brother George!  Her mother had 4 illegitimate children, each with a different father!

Huntingdonshire / Thomas Farey born Warboys c1864
« on: Monday 27 August 18 11:28 BST (UK)  »
I have found Thomas Farey born Warboys c1864 mentioned on the 1881 census for Boston, Lincs aged 17.  He's living with the family of John Pope, whose wife Millicent (various spellings) may or may not be related to him.  I haven't been able to find a record of his birth and want to establish who his parents were.  It's possible that they were Richards (sic 1881 ) and Charlotte, as there is a Thomas age 6 with these parents on the 1871 census, but I would like to be sure, as they may, in a convoluted way, be related to Millicent (Pope). Can anyone please help?

The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 11:56 BST (UK)  »
I'll keep my open for that.  Thanks, Lizzie. :)

The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Saturday 25 August 18 17:10 BST (UK)  »
Finally managed to watch the programme and was a little disappointed to see that my Thomasin, half-sister of Louisa, wasn't mentioned.  I had supplied a lot of information to the researcher, taking Louisa's family back another two or three generations, but that wasn't used, and I guess Louisa was more interesting, especially as there was a good trail of records for her and her children.

The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Tuesday 21 August 18 17:23 BST (UK)  »
Oh, no!  And I missed it!  And I did ask the researcher to let me know when it was coming on, too! Must try and find it on iPlayer/Catchup or whatever.  Thomasin (Lawson) wasn't actually from Warboys, but from Eynesbury and she was married to John Fairey/Fairy/Feary/Farey, etc. of Easton, Hunts., so her mother was Elizabeth Lawson, who later married Richard Voss.  Elizabeth became the mother of naughty Louisa Voss - it will be interesting to see how much of her naughtiness was revealed in the programme.  I suspect that the father of her illegitimate child was also a Farey, but from a different Warboys family and as far as I know not related to my Faireys.

The Common Room / Re: Premature birth in 1876
« on: Monday 20 August 18 15:39 BST (UK)  »
I wouldn't have known about my grandfather's stillborn and tiny infant brothers if it hadn't been for a little sheet of paper with details of all my gt-grandfather's children' names, dates of birth and death.  He had carefully written out the list in beautiful copperplate handwriting.  Grandfather was the oldest, then came three girls, who all survived to a good old age, then Arthur (1 1/2 days), Robert (14 months), James and Alfred (both stillborn), another long-lived girl and finally John (stillborn).  Gt-grandfather's first wife had died in childbirth and their son only survived for another year.  I was told that the girls were sent to the cemetery with the stillborn babies in little boxes (legend has it that they were cigar boxes) for the sexton to bury them in which ever grave he was digging at the time.  Gt-grandmother's sister had even worse luck.  5 out of her 6 children died at or soon after birth.  She died aged 46.

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