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The Common Room / Finding Address or Family on 1939 Register (Phillips, Manchester)
« on: Monday 06 September 21 15:26 BST (UK)  »
Trying to locate a family on the 1939 census.  Ernest Wilfred Phillips b. 1903 and his wife Miriam (Smith) b. ca 1905 and possibly two children, although they may be redacted.  Most likely they are living in the Manchester area.
In 1937, when Ernestís mother died, he was the informant and the address he gave for himself was 42 Ascot Road, Newton Heath.  His wife Miriam died 21 Oct 1939, age 34, I found the death announcement in the Manchester Evening News and the address was still 42 Ascot Road.  Is there any way I can locate the address on the 1939, as I cannot find them under Phillips, Philips, etc.

The Stay Safe Board / Diary > Sunday, June 20th
« on: Sunday 20 June 21 22:03 BST (UK)  »
Had my second Covid shot Friday morning, as did OH.  Got it done where we normally pick up our groceries, barely 10 minutes away, large supermarket which I havenít been in since March 2020.
Iíve had a not great reaction. Headaches, aches and pains, fatigue (took three naps today), I believe this all kicked in Friday overnight, but I canít remember much about the rest of Friday. I did make supper, remember that!
My first jab was AstraZeneca, this one was Pfizer, OH had P both times, he is only slightly under the weather.  He has gone to his daughterís for a Fatherís Day visit.  Our original plan was to meet my family somewhere, but that plan changed a while ago, as my son decided to take his father golfing.  The plan now is to go to my daughters, all of us, in July.
Just been reading and watching streamed shows.  Managed to take the dog out into the yard just now, so am better than yesterday.
We have been watching (recorded) the Westminster Dog Show, from NY.  Hours and hours long but such fun seeing the dogs, many of the breeds new to us. We saw the agility competition, which I really enjoy.
Hot here today, but it has been quite nice lately. Tomorrow supposed to feel like 34 and on Tuesday 16!  Seesaw weather.  After that looks like low and mid 20s for about ten days, nice.

The Stay Safe Board / Diary > Thursday, 27 May
« on: Friday 28 May 21 01:34 BST (UK)  »
Looks like I am first in today.  Not a lot to report except our heatwave ended today, only got up to 16 or so, air much dryer and very pleasant. Tomorrow it is not going above 9, and plenty of rain.  The hot weather killed off the daffodils, the flowers are wilting.  Looks like a week of cooler weather now.
Took the dog to the vet yesterday for his annual shots, etc.  They are recommending teeth cleaning, which means anaesthesia and if they find any bad teeth, extra charge to remove them. So, a big bill.
He was at the vet in the late afternoon, and by 7 or so was very subdued and listless, very unlike him. He would barely lift his head to lick out the yogurt* pot!  I was worried about him and did not sleep well but when I took him out at 6:30 this morning he was more lively.  Neither of us noticed a rabbit until we were 6 feet from it, then Darcy gave a lunge on the leash, and a woof.  I knew he was returning to normal.  Within a few hours he was fine.

Grocery pickup today.  Everything went smoothly. 
Had a nice chat with my daughters this afternoon, they suggested a visit or meetup on Fatherís Day weekend, their brother will be visiting, hopefully regulations will allow travel.  Havenít seen my son since Xmas 2019.  He texted today as he waited at the pharmacy after his Covid vaccine, he managed to get an earlier spot.
Still no word here when schools will reopen, normally there would only be four weeks left to the school year.  Lots of differing opinions!
*this is how we spell yogurt here, just in case you are wondering about my spelling skills 😁. We also say yo as in yo-yo, rather than yahgurt.

The Stay Safe Board / Diary > Wednesday, May 12th
« on: Thursday 13 May 21 01:09 BST (UK)  »
My first time start a diary daily entry.  Hope I am doing this right!
Lovely day here today, went up to 16, blue skies all day.
This morning we went to a garden centre, they are open during the lockdown, most of the time we were outside, anyway, everyone masked.  Bought 5 hydrangeas (3 dark pink, 2 white) and 4 yellow and orange (striped) day lilies.  I wanted to buy a hibiscus or two but they were $249 Cdn, way too much!  We have two we got at a church sale for a few dollars. 
The clerk warned us to wait another week to plant re frost warnings, no problem with that.
We then called an order into one of my favourite restaurants - a Chinese buffet style, but they serve everything, wonderful deal normally, more expensive now, and it is takeout only.  It was delicious just the same, and we have enough for at least another meal.  Funnily enough, the lady on the desk, who told me she takes care of all the plants there, had two hibiscus in the foyer, in full sun. 
Got a package of books from a friend yesterday, will keep me busy for a while.
Theyíve discontinued AstraSeneca here...what now?  That was what I got three weeks ago.  I need a second one!
We watched ďGraceĒ based on Peter Jamesís books, police procedural set in Brighton.  Nice to watch about an area I am a little familiar with.  They mentioned Uckfield where I stayed as a kid, we had family there.  Both OH and I have read his books.  OH liked the idea of beach huts, I remember being in my relativeís back in 60ís on Brighton beach.  I donít know if they owned it or rented.
Some readers might remember we found a set of keys at the park, maybe a week or more ago.  OH went for a walk in that area and the keys were still there, on the picnic bench!
Not much else to report. Weather ďsupposedĒ to be nice for the next two weeks. We shall see.

Australia / Hibbert/Harrison 1920's to Australia?
« on: Tuesday 11 May 21 15:11 BST (UK)  »
John William Hibbert was baptized 5 Nov 1899, Newton Heath (St. Augustine C. of E.) Lancashire, with his birthdate given as 6 Oct 1899.  Parents, William and Sarah Ann (Haslam) Hibbert at 15 Thorn St., father a capstan.  I have William's ancestry back for a few generations.

I cannot find John William anywhere after 1911, not on the 1939 Registrar for England/Wales and no death listing that fits.  However, I think he might be the John W. Hibbert on the passenger list for the ship Beltana, going to Melbourne, Australia on 19 Oct 1922.  With him is Mrs. Anne Hibbert, they are listed as ages 23 and 20 and their address as 41 Price Street, off Russell Street, Beswick, Manchester.  John was a mechanic.  I also found a marriage in the Sep Q 1922 of a John W. Hibbert and Annie Harrison, in Manchester.  No marriage found in Lancashire Parish Clerks website listings, but the Hibbert family did live in Beswick. 

The only mention of who I think is the same couple in Australia is John William Hibbert, mechanic, wife Annie, home duties, at 163 Sutherland, Paddington, E. Sydney on the 1963 voters list.  There might be a son with them, I will not mention the name because he might be living.

If anyone can help me pin down this John as being my relative (or not) would be very grateful.

The Common Room / Phillips/Hibbert/Harrison - Lancashire and Staffordshire 1900's
« on: Saturday 08 May 21 16:05 BST (UK)  »
Am trying to sort out a family in my tree, that includes Lilian Phillips, born Sep Q 1907, Manchester district, to Edward Phillips and Alice Hibbert; my brother has a DNA link to a descendant, so that has helped me identify this branch of the family to a certain extent.  I did contact the descendant, but no response.
Lilian married Thomas Harrison, May Q 1927, Manchester North.  I have found 8 children that are good matches to be theirs, up into the 1940ís.  I do know that one of the children was born 11 Dec 1932, and I have found his obituary online, Ernest Wilfred.  Ernest was living in Leek, Staffordshire in 1939, noted as adopted.  It appears that one of his sisters is living next door to him, Sylvia Bernadette, b. 9 Aug 1934.  She later marries in Manchester area and almost certainly died in 1967.  I do not want to list the names of the Harrison as some of them may be living.
I cannot find Lilian or Thomas on the 1939, nor can I find their older children and a child born in 1938.  Two possible children were born during the War.
The DNA match has identified Lilian Harrison and William T. Harrison on the 1939 as her ancestors but I believe she has the wrong couple.  I believe this is Lilian Platt who was born in the same quarter as Lilian Harrison.  There is one redacted child with them. 
Another intriguing bit is that I think Lilianís possible brother, Robert Albert Phillips, born Bury district, Jun 1912 is likely the Robert A. Phillips living in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., b. 12 Jun 1912.  He was the only Robert with an A middle initial registered that year.  He is listed as married.  He is living with Alice K. Battersby, b. 9 Feb 1872, widow.
Would like to find Lilian, Thomas, and children if possible.  The name Harrison makes it difficult to pinpoint much, but perhaps someone knows something about this family.

The Common Room / Gertrude Podgur: Wales and London
« on: Friday 19 March 21 19:49 GMT (UK)  »
Looking for any information on Gertrude Podgur who was b. 13 Jun 1909, Blaina, Monmouthshire, Wales, the daughter of Joseph and Leah Podgur.  In 1911 they are living in Blaina, their older three children are born Leeds, Yorks., and Joseph and Leah were born Villna, Germany (possibly Vilnius?).  She is listed as Gerty.

Gertrude had a child as a single woman and that child is living with relatives of mine in 1939.
Gertrude is living in Islington, London, working as a barmaid, on Holloway Road.  In the household are Douglas A. Wheeler, licensed victualler, David E. Wheeler, victualler's son, a manageress, and two barmaids, including Gertrude.

Written above her surname on the 1939 in green ink is Blackburn, but I could not find a marriage.  A Gertrude Blackburn with the same birthday later dies in Slough district, Berkshire, May 1991.

There are only a handful of Podgurs, and most of them are registered in Leeds.

Would this have been a formal adoption at the time?  My relatives did have a connection to Wales, but lived outside London in Middlesex.

Monmouthshire / Abbotson/Homewood/Davies Monmouthshire
« on: Monday 15 March 21 20:44 GMT (UK)  »
Trying to find out more about Hilda May Abbotson, b. Jun Q 1890, Monmouth.  Her parents were Thomas Abbotson (b. Lancs.) and Emily Elizabeth Whiting (b. Kent).  Thomas was in the military.  I have all I need on them at the moment, but am trying to trace their 12 children (10 girls, 2 boys, and 4 of them died young).

Hilda May Abbotson is the only one by that name found in the England and Wales BMD.
In Dec 1913 she married Thomas H.A. Homewood, Monmouth district.
In Sep 1916 she married William Davies, Oswestry district, as ABBOTSON.

Here are my stumbling blocks:
I cannot find a Thomas H.A. Homewood anywhere in England/Wales.  Thought he might have died in WWI but nothing found that fits.
Why did she marry again as Abbotson?  I did not find a death for Thomas, and why would she marry again as Abbotson, unless divorced? When she married William Davies, I would expect to see her listed as both Homewood and Abbotson, as per other divorced women I have found remarriages for. 
Cannot find any of them on the 1939 register.  Well, have not tried to find William as there are too many, and don't know his birthdate.
Did not find any mention of Hilda in the newspapers, or a Thomas that matches.
I did find a Hilda M. Davies of the right age dying in 1959 in Bedwelty district, but no way of knowing if it is the right Hilda.
Any suggestions appreciated!
(I am related to the Abbotsons and believe they are the only family by that name in Wales, at least around the time Hilda was young.)

The Common Room / Mrs. James of Greenwich, London/Kent (Emily Myra St. Osyth Pollard)
« on: Wednesday 03 March 21 16:15 GMT (UK)  »
I am just looking over some notes about my relative Emily Myra St. Osyth Pollard, who d. 18 Feb 1930, Bexley, Kent in a psychiatric facility.  She was b. 9 Sep 1876, Ipswich, Suffolk to John Metcalfe Pollard and Sarah Ann Tomlin.
After the census of Ipswich in 1891 until 1902 and then from 1903 to 1929 I have not been able to locate Emily.  I think she is the Myra Pollard living in Greenwich in 1901, working as waitress (strange for the daughter of a solicitor who by this time had been widowed and moved to Marylebone), b Ipswich.  One of her brothers lived in Greenwich around the same time.
In 1902 she was admitted to the Bexley Mental Asylum, living at Crooms Hill, Greenwich.  She was discharged 8 Feb 1903 to "Mrs. James" of 4 Churchfields, Greenwich. 
On 9 Apr 1929 she was readmitted (26 years later), of 4 Churchfields, Greenwich, hairdresser.  Her birthdate matched the one I found on her birth announcement in an Ipswich newspaper.
She died 10 months later, 18 Feb 1930 Her father was named, and the informant was a doctor, last main residence 8 Crooms Hill, Greenwich.
Would anyone know who Mrs. James might be? 
Also wondering if there is anyway of knowing if Emily Myra lived at Crooms Hill for all those years?
I have looked at the 1901 and 1911 census but no luck finding a Mrs. James on Churchfields, and the electoral lists - no luck either for a James on Churchfields or Emily herself, under both Emily and Myra.
Any help appreciated.

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