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1891 Mildred Roberts, daughter of William Roberts a market gardener, is living at Hartlebury, Droitwich, Worcestershire with her parents, sister Winifred and younger brothers. Winifred and Mildred are domestic servants.

June Q 1900 Droitwich reg dist so I'm guessing in Hartlebury Mildred marries Frederick William Brantom from the Beds/Bucks border area.

They go on to have two daughters who are photographed wearing "Votes for women" banners, and a son, and run a prosperous decorating and plumbing business for many years in Fenny Stratford (now part of Milton Kynes).

If anyone can please check the marriage for me I'd be very grateful to know what it says about Mildred, Frederick, their fathers and the witnesses as I'm trying to find out more about Mildred's background and how she gets involved in the suffrage movement.

Thanks very much for any help.

Buckinghamshire / Am I jumping to conclusions here? Brantom - Cave - Gaskin
« on: Wednesday 20 June 18 17:50 BST (UK)  »
1901 census Heath and Reach, Frederick William Brantom and wife Mildred (nee Roberts married Droitwich RD June Q 1900) with his widower father James.

1911 census Fenny Stratford, Frederick William Brantom and wife Mildred have daughters Winifred (birth looks to be Mar Q 1903 Newport Pagnell RD - Fenny Stratford is in NP RD) and Cicely Marion (birth looks to be Sep Q 1905 Newport Pagnell RD). Also in household is visitor Winifred Roberts (probably Mildred's sister who Winifred has been named for) and Emily Charles a 66 year old monthly nurse.

Frederick and Mildred appear on electoral registers in Fenny Stratford - his business looks to be doing well - over the next decade or so and a 1935 directory shows Mrs Mildred Brantom as proprietoress of a painting business at 41 Church Street and a shopkeeper at 71 Aylesbury Street in Fenny.

There is a death Sept Q 1933 NP RD Frederick Brantom and 1939 register tells us that Mildred (dob 9 Sep 1875) is a widow and is living at 71 Aylesbury Street with a son James - named for his grandfather FW's father - born 4th May 1911 and a Winifred GASKIN born 21 Nov 1902 a PO clerk.

Cicely M Brantom appears to marry John A. Wise NP RD Dec Q 1933 and 1939 register shows her living at Brooklyn, Denbigh Road, Bletchley U.D. (dob 1 June 1905) with husband John and a baby John born April 1938. 

There's a marriage of a Winifred BRANTOM June Q 1928 NP RD to a Charles T. CAVE which could be Fred and Mildred's daughter Winifred.

There's another marriage of a Winifred CAVE Dec Q 1937 North Bucks RD (NP RD has ben replaced by North Bucks by this time) to a Edward D GASKIN which could make the Winfred Gaskin who is with Mildred in 1939 her daughter.

This suggests Winifred married Mr Cave and then subsequently married Mr Gaskin but I can't spot any obvious death for Charles T Cave between 1928 and 1937 so has Winifred divorced Mr Cave to marry Mr Gaskin or am I jumping to conclusions here as divorce would have been very expensive and unusual?


This day of talks will be of interest to those whose ancestors were British Romany Gypsies, Travellers and Fairground people or who have an interest in the history and culture of these people.

The speakers are Ted Rudge who is very knowledgeable about the Black Patch,  Alex Cox from FindMyPast who will help us to understand how we can use historic newspapers in our research and the writer, producer and director, Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke, Taboo, etc.). Steven is a master story-teller and will be talking about his childhood days with his father ‘the travelling blacksmith’.

10:30-4pm at the Trinity Centre in Sutton Coldfield.

For booking info see
Organised by RTFHS, non-members welcome. £5.


Sussex / Nursing Home in Hove 1939
« on: Wednesday 21 December 16 15:08 GMT (UK)  »
I'm exploring the wider SHEARWOOD family of Eversholt in Bedfordshire.

Josiah SHEARWOOD married Alma COLEMAN at Eversholt on 18 Nov 1890 and they had four known children - Charles 1892, Ellen 1894, Lucy 1896 and Arthur 1899.

When the 1911 census was taken Ellen was not with the rest of the family but can be found marrying William McGREGOR Mar Q 1917 Ampthill Reg Dist.

I haven't found her again until 1939 when she is shown as being born 22nd December 1893 and a widow living at 29 Lyndhurst Road, Hove occupation "Private Nursing Home Matron (Own Account)."

She dies on 8th October 1950 at Southlands Hospital, Hove and the probate entry shows her address as 9 Lyndhurst Road and she is shown as a married woman. Administration of her estate valued at £139.7.11 is entrusted to her parents Josiah and Alma.

Does anyone know anything further about Ellen or William McGREGOR or the nursing home at Lyndhurst Road?


Buckinghamshire / Where is Arthur BROOKS hiding in 1901?
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 21:33 GMT (UK)  »
1911 11 Mill Street Newport Pagnell:

Arthur Brooks 40 born Newport Pagnell (NP)
wife Emma 44 born Olney
son John 15 born NP
dau Elsie 5 born NP

married 20 years 4 children 3 living (I haven't yet worked out who the 4th child was)

1901 20A Mill Street NP

Emma 35 is head of household
son John 4
dau Alice E 8 born NP

But where is Arthur in 1901 - I haven't spotted him yet?

Arthur BROOKS and Emma JOHNSON marry NP reg dist Sep Q 1891

1891 27 Mill Street NP

Arthur Brooks with parents William 50 and Eliza 51 (she is from nearby Sherington). William is a carpenter.
Arthur 20 (probably Dec Q 1870 NP RD) has a brother Thomas (probably Thomas Charles Brooks Sept Q 1868 NP RD) and sisters Margaret (probably Margaret Ellen Brooks Sept Q 1875 NP RD) and Florence (? June Q 1878 NP RD)

1881 22 Mill Street NP

William Brooks (1841) and Eliza (1840) with daughter Alice 1867 born Northampton (possibly the Alice Mary Sep Q 1867 Northampton RD), Thomas 1869, Arthur 1871, Margaret 1876 and Florence 1879 – last four children all born NP as is William and Eliza is born Sherington.

1871 Cemetery Road, NP

William Brooks 1841, Eliza 1840, dau Lizzie 1862 (probably Mar Q 1862 NP RD)  son Andrew 1864 (probably Mar Q 1864 NP RD) plus Alice, Thomas and Arthur from 1881

A William Brooks marries Eliza ROSE June Q 1859 NP RD

1861 probably this William and Eliza at North End, NP – no children

Can anyone spot him for me please? He may well be working away from home as he's a carpenter.


Travelling People / Gordon Boswell
« on: Thursday 01 September 16 13:24 BST (UK)  »
Gordon Boswell of the wonderful Romany Museum in Spalding died suddenly at the weekend.

There is a lovely photo of him next to a waggon in this tribute in the Spalding Guardian:

Buckinghamshire / Winfred May MOSELEY born 1893 gone missing
« on: Tuesday 22 March 16 14:08 GMT (UK)  »
Am I missing something obvious in my searches for Winifred May?

There is a birth Dec Q 1893 Newport Pagnell registration district of a Winfred May MOSELEY. I think she is the daughter of John and Elizabeth Moseley and a sister of my grandfather George Moseley.

1901 Census 12 Caldecotte Street Newport Pagnell - RG13 1362 folio 68 page 16 shows
John Moseley (1851) and wife Elizabeth (1851) with children Charlie (1874), Lizzie (1883), Frank (1886), Florence (1888), Fred (1891) and a daughter born 1894 who FindMyPast transcribe as Minnie.

Looking at the image I think Minnie could be Winnie - the first letter isn't distinct - but I can't find her in 1911 or an obvious marriage or death for her.

1911 Census the family are still at 12 Caldecotte Street - married 38 years 10 children, eight alive two have died - children Charles, Frank and Florence and nephew Percy but no Winifred.

John and Elizabeth marry Northampton RD Mar Q 1873, Charles' birth registered Dec Q 1873 Northampton RD, George 1875 Northampton RD,

By the 1881 census they have moved to Newport Pagnell and are at 12 Caldecotte Street with Charles, George, Fred (1878) and James (1880).

1891 they are at 12 Caldecotte Street with Charles, James, Lizzie, Frank, Florence, a new Fred less than a year old and a newphew Samuel.

Fred (1878) appears to have died Newport Pagnell reg district June Q 1889 age 11.

So by 1911 we only have nine known children and one known death:
Charlie (probably dies 1954)
George (dies 1962)
Fred number one
James (married)
Frank (dies 1973)
Fred number two

James seems to have married between 1901 and 1911 and is at 11 Wolverton Road, Newport Pagnell in 1911 with a wife Emily.

I can't locate Fred number two in 1911 so far, nor an obvious death for him likewise Lizzie.

So is the missing child of the ten one who dies between censuses and so not in my nine and accounts for the second child death or is it Winfred May who isn't showing up in my searches of 1911 on FindMyPast as MOSELEY or as a marriage or death of Winfred May MOSELEY on FreeBMD?

If anyone can see anything that I'm overlooking in my search for Winfred May MOSELEY I'd be grateful.

Buckinghamshire Lookup Requests / Buckingham marriage 1884 - Smith and Smith
« on: Monday 30 November 15 17:17 GMT (UK)  »
Nelson SMITH married Charlotte SMITh Buckingham reg dist Dec Q 1884.

As she was born Church End Buckingham (to William Smith and Charlotte formerly BYLES) July 1863 it is likely that the marriage took place in Buckingham rather than elsewhere in the Buckingham registration district.

Does anyone have access to Buckingham records and could see if I'm correct, please?

Nelson and Charlotte spend time, from birthplaces of children, in Bucks until c1890-95 when they move down to Kent and more children arrive, then c1902 from children's birthplaces, they return to Bucks.

They are in Hoo, Kent in 1901 and Fenny Stratford in 1911 and they are in Priory Street in Newport Pagnell when Charlotte dies in March 1919.


Travelling People / Family History Open Day Abbots Langley Saturday 24th October
« on: Monday 14 September 15 16:38 BST (UK)  »
if you have or are interested in Romany, Traveller or Fairground Ancestors why not come along to the Family History Open Day the Romany and Traveller Family History Society are holding 11am-4pm, Saturday 24 October 2015, St Lawrence Church Hall, High Street, Abbots Langley, Herts WD5 0AS.

Entry is £1 is you aren't a member of RTFHS but that covers cups of tea and coffee.

There will be some displays of old photos, a bookstall, helpdesk and an opportunity to chat to others who share your interests.


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