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Re: Funny families
« Reply #9 on: Monday 05 February 18 23:13 GMT (UK) »
I thought I had a funny (or unusual) name in a Canadian census record with the christian name Banfree!  It wasn't until I checked and found the original entry, that it became obvious that the name was Winifred!!  I don't know where the person who transcribed the census had dreamed up Banfree - it was perfectly clearly written as Winifred!  Well to my eyes anyway!  Many others on Ancestry have her as Banfree as well, so obviously they didn't check the original either!

Probably took it as gospel from a little green leaf!  Shoddy research!  ;D
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #10 on: Monday 05 February 18 23:38 GMT (UK) »
Oh yes jay that is funny and there must be more like that .

5.is g gfather Abiah jones must have spoken welsh

6 his formidable 2nd wife margaret smith (first marriage Lea) had a reputation for being indestructible .
Was she really in the house in
Birkenhead  when it was bombed ? Survived beinng shrapnal

Unlikely but she must have been stoic and had stength when her husbamd waljked out leaving her vin charge of 9 children .5 of her sons joined up in ww1 ..i underage mmy grandfather lied about his age
. ..she survived the stress & they all returned safely .

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Re: Funny families
« Reply #11 on: Monday 05 February 18 23:42 GMT (UK) »
Oops am.mixing my numbers up

Missed out funny clothes

Has to be the freemasons outfit ..i grew up believing it was some kind of secret sect

Physical distinction

There was a bearded great grandma ..
Who didnt shave it off before her granddaughters wedding. !
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #12 on: Monday 05 February 18 23:46 GMT (UK) »
Nearly finished my own list ..will have to put in order
I think great grandmother lottie may have caused mistakes on her documents she gave herself a middle name and then used it as 1st name to.marry legitimately. No wnder she was so hard to.trace .

Have been colecting others facts and will run a storytelling  " funny families  great grandparents " event in my local.libary this Sat .
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 06 February 18 11:57 GMT (UK) »
Not blood-related but same generation of the family...Agustus (not Augustus) with a son called Agathos.  Everyone else had 'normal' Victorian names.

And a great-uncle was rumoured to be spy during WWI in Hungary, was probably interned for the duration, ended up being murdered in the USA (his obit in the paper terms it a 'tragic accident' but it couldn't have been...shotgun ended up over a hedge and 20 feet away from the body) in 1929.

Makes my life quite dull really... ???
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #14 on: Friday 09 February 18 03:04 GMT (UK) »
Ydia its good to have 1 exciti g 1 do you know his name and alias

The lady who. We think wasnt my gmother i. 1905 had a boyfriend or partner in crime had a stave name of Leo selwyn (escapologist) but registered his daughters birth under name of SMITH
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #15 on: Friday 09 February 18 12:04 GMT (UK) »
brigidmac:  Yes, I know about him and his life while he was living here (and in the USA a lot).  It's his WWI experiences that we are having a problem with.  He married a Hungarian girl and had 3 children, all born in Hungary; I believe that she took them back to Hungary with her when James died.  Then, of course, 10 years later it was WWII so who knows what happened then?  By that time, the children would have been adults and thoroughly back into Hungarian culture...I can find no surname so far to say that the son had married and produced children.  Research is still ongoing though and I am ever hopeful :) :)
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #16 on: Sunday 18 February 18 06:34 GMT (UK) »
Good luck.with tat lydia ..keepus posted
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Re: Funny families
« Reply #17 on: Sunday 18 February 18 06:37 GMT (UK) »
Both workshops were successful. ..children and their parents enjoying lookinvg at old photos and guessing who.s who ....it would be good to get them.to bring pictures of their own grandparents as. C
Children or young adulkts


My song for this week is ""where did you get that hat" ?
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