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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Help with title of painting in French
« on: Friday 30 December 22 18:34 GMT (UK)  »
I know this isn't family history but it is only one word and I hope someone can help me.

I have a lithograph of a painting by Hippolyte Bellange.
It shows a man walking along a wooden path, he has a long stick in one hand and a dog on a lead in the other hand. He has a large bag over his shoulder.

The lithograph is glued on a backing sheet of paper and the word is written on that paper underneath the lithograph so my thought is that it is the name of the painting but I can't work out what it is or what it means.

Northamptonshire / Did Alice exist or was she a figment of someone's imagination?
« on: Monday 07 November 22 18:44 GMT (UK)  »
The 1871 census has a family living in Peterborough as follows.
James Steel b. Byfield
Catherine Steel b. Byfield
Alice Steel age 1 b. Byfield
James Steel age 5 months b. Peterborough.

James Steel married Catherine Eyles in Byfield in Qctober 1869

After the 1871 census the couple had 3 more sons Herbert W 1872, Francis J 1873 and Frederick G 1875.

James died in 1879 and in 1880 Catherine remarried to George J Eggleton in Northampton, she had 3 more children with George and lived in Northampton for the rest of her life.

In the 1881 the family are in the census with the 4 Steel boys who have the surname of Eggleton.
No mention of Alice.

In fact the only mention I can find for Alice is the 1871 entry. No birth, baptism, marriage or death.
The 4 Steel boys were baptized together in Peterborough in 1876, again no Alice.

At some times Steel is spelt Steele.

I have tried under Alice Eyles as it would have been possible for her to have been born before the marriage, again I can't find anything.

There is a Family Tree on Ancestry that has Alice marrying James Osborn in London, again they only have the 1871 census and I am afraid I can't repeat what I think of the information on that tree, I would get banned from RootsChat.

So Alice what happened to her? Did she exist?

Can anyone help.

The Common Room / Another go at my Steel brickwall,
« on: Monday 17 October 22 09:37 BST (UK)  »
This has been my brickwall for years, maybe there is something I have missed.

Thomas Steel married Elizabeth Smith on 27th October 1806 at Byfield Northamptonshire, both of the parish, witnesses were William Saull who was the regular parish witness and Mary Thornton. Thornton was a long established Byfield family and there was more than one Mary around at the time.

Elizabeth was pregnant at the marriage their first son Charles was baptized 3rd January 1807 and buried 8th January 1807.

As far as I see that marriage was the first event in the parish for a Steel and all the subsequent Steels were descended from Thomas and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth died in 1831 said to be 45 so she didn't appear on any census. Thomas died in 1847 said to be 70 years of age.
On the 1841 census Thomas had his daughter Sarah ( who I am descended from) living with him.
On the census he is marked with N and a tick in the column for born Scotland, Ireland or Foreign parts. The problem with this is everyone on the page not born in county has the tick in the end column and some years ago I followed a couple of random people from the page through to the 1851 census and they were born in England.

Now the family story is that the Steels were from lowland Scotland and they came south because they were in trouble for sheep stealing. One of my uncles believed this so much that he gave 2 of his sons Scottish Christian names.

Byfield although in Northamtonshire is very close to the Warwickshire and Oxfordshire county boundaries and I have other lines that came from across the Warwickshire boundary.

There were Steels in Northamptonshire and there was a Thomas from Harpole ( about 25 miles away ) born at roughly the same time, but I have been able to follow him through to his death so it wasn't him.

No documentary evidence, no wills, never owned anything, no trade so no apprentices they were Ag. Labs. to a man.

I have some DNA matches one being a descendant of the uncle mentioned above but no one has an Ancestry tree with any earlier information.

Does anyone have any thoughts on where else I could go?

World War Two / Royal Artillery 222 De?? A A Battery 1940
« on: Wednesday 15 June 22 08:56 BST (UK)  »
I will admit I am being a bit nosey here but....

I have a match on my DNA with someone who at first sight I can't see how we are connected.

A bit of digging leads me to believe there could be a connection through one of my uncles.

In 1939 he is on the register at his home address with his civilian occupation but at the right hand side of the page it says
Royal Artillery 222 De(then the rest of the line is missing)
AA Battery then what appears to be his service number.

Now if he was the guilty party he would  been serving somewhere else in England in June 1940.

Is it possible to work out where he was then I can guess it is the correct connection.

Thank you.

Nottinghamshire / Great Nottinghamshire Local History Fair Mansfield 15th May
« on: Monday 02 May 22 13:51 BST (UK)  »
This year's Nottinghamshire Local History Fair is being held at Mansfield Library on 15th May 2022.

Parking is available in the multi story car park on top of the library.

World War Two / One family never forgot.
« on: Sunday 20 February 22 08:11 GMT (UK)  »

A Polish soldier, although his family had lost touch with him they never forgot and at last they know where he was laid to rest.

The Common Room / Family income in 1921
« on: Thursday 06 January 22 10:39 GMT (UK)  »
Looking at 1921 census I know my father always said they were poor but I wonder what the family income would be.

My grandfather was 69 described as a labourer unable to work, my grandmother described as home duties and my father  was 17 a farm labourer. I don't think my grandmother was well enough to work so the family income would be Old Age Pension? and my father's wages.

I know my father had an allotment and caught any rabbits he could but any idea how much their income would be.

World War Two / WW2 Medal Expert Wanted
« on: Tuesday 14 September 21 16:25 BST (UK)  »
This is a thread in the Common Room.

The link to the BBC shows the medals.

What does an expert think about the group?

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