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Lancashire / Ideas tracking info on 1947 road accident
« on: Thursday 09 November 17 15:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

I'm trying to track down some information on a road accident that took place over the weekend 8th-9th November 1947, in which a woman was killed and 11 others injured.

I have access to the newspaper archive through my Find My Past subscription, but countless searches have resulted in only one reference to the incident in the Aberdeen Press and Journal of 10th November 1947 (attached) which states that late on 9th November, detectives were still searching for the driver of the lorry that left a car park, lost control down a hill and crashed into a hotel.

The victim isn't named, but we know her to be 34 year old Catherine, known as Colebourn (recorded as Catherine C Coleburn and Catherine C Colbourne in the death register and Catherine Clare Colbourne and Colbowine on the burial register for 14th November at Ford Cemetery).

Catherine was the common-law wife of George Colebourn (we don't know of a marriage and there's no record found for one, despite the death & burial name). George had been torpedoed & killed at sea in WWII. Catherine had remained in George's household with his parents and siblings after his death (having been disowned by her family after she took up with George, who was black).

To celebrate her 11th birthday, my mother-in-law (George's youngest sister) had an arrangement to meet Catherine in Liverpool town centre. She got there to find the scene of the crash, but no sign of Catherine (who she assumed had let her down), so she returned home unaware that her aunt was at the centre of the crisis she'd witnessed. (Her account was that they were meeting at Lewis's, and that the lorry crashed into the front of the store, so there's a slight variance between this and the newspaper account)

The fact that there are no Liverpool publications in the archive managed by Find My Past for that period doesn't help (I have tried the National Newspaper Archive as well, but no sign).

This is a story we've known about for many years and I would really like to get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding the accident and whether the driver was found (the lack of a marriage means I don't even have her maiden name). I assume there was an inquest and that this would likely have been reported in local papers.

Anyone got any creative ideas?

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Yorkshire (East Riding & York) / Info wanted: The Sandhill Inn, Colliergate, York
« on: Tuesday 15 July 14 20:27 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

Just discovered, through a fortunate innkeeper namedrop in a bankruptcy notice in the London Gazette that my Innkeeper 6x Great Grandfather, Ralph Sedgwick, was landlord of the Sandhill Inn on Colliergate, York in and around 1773-4. Ralph was married to Tabitha Thompson.

I'm hoping that some York historians might know a little about the inn and whether the building is still standing. I'm guessing that my 5x great grandfather (also Ralph) was probably born there, as his baptism was only one year before Ralph sr is on record as being at the Sandhill.

Ralph sr died in 1778, and his widow married the butcher, Christopher Severs, the following year (twice widowed himself). They lived in the Shambles until Christopher's death in 1794. Tabitha and her son and his family both moved to Fulford sometime after 1802 and she died there in 1817.

Though interested in anything on the Sedgwicks or Severs, it's the Inn that I'm most keen to locate at the moment, and I'd love to have a photo or find it's still standing (could it be the Last Drop Inn?)

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World War One / The Human Side
« on: Friday 25 April 14 14:49 BST (UK)  »
As we approach the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War, I thought it might be an appropriate time to consider the real life stories behind the facts.

My Great Uncle, John Hulm, an apprentice bootmaker, joined up on 4th April 1917, aged 17 years and 10 months. He was born in July 1899, the eldest of 8 children (my grandmother was the 7th child and aged 7 when he joined up). The family story was that he lied about his age, but his attestation papers demonstrate that this was not the case, as his accurate age was recorded (at the time of enlistment, he also appears to have been one inch shorter than the minimum height). However, he wasn't posted to France until he was approaching 19, in April 1918, and at this point had served more than the minimum 6 months in training (and possibly acquired the extra inch in height).

The family story was the Jack (as he was known) was wounded whilst on the front line on 18th September 1918. He was sent behind the lines to receive treatment. I was told that he was killed by shellfire . His parents received the "missing, presumed dead" telegram. My great grandmother couldn't accept his death, and believed he was suffering amnesia and was alive in France.
One morning, she got up and said that Jack had visited her in the night and told her not to worry about him anymore, and from that day forward, she acknowledged his death (I make no judgement of what actually happened here, as the subconscious can do some remarkable things, but she and my Grandmother always believed Jack's spirit had actually come to comfort his mother).

The family clearly had difficulty coming to terms with the loss, and a year after he went missing, my great uncle Jim, now the eldest son, wrote to the army seeking information on the events that led to Jack's death.

Below are the images of the letters that passed between the Hulm family, and the army departments dealing with the request, plus a photo of Jack in Army uniform (taken from a rather eerie image of the family where a gap was left on the back row and the photo of Jack pasted into the space)

The letters, contained amongst his service papers, consist of Jim requesting information about the whereabouts of Jack's body, a request between departments for this information to be passed on, and the brief reply that Jack battalion was at Gouzeaucourt on 18th September 1918.

I feel it's fitting to make public Jack's story this year. Anyone else have any family stories to share?











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Lancashire Lookup Requests / Anyone got Eccles records?
« on: Wednesday 24 April 13 00:58 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

Despite the excellent Lancashire coverage between LOPC, Ancestry & Family Search, I can only find a few burials for Eccles. Would anyone have a private resource of baptisms/marriages for the mid-late 18thC?

I'm looking for any records for Aykroyds, particularly the family of Simeon Aykroyd. I know he buried the following children in Eccles: Sarah 1767, Hannah 1767, Samuel 1775, Stephen 1778 & Sarah 1778.

There are a number of Aykroyds, including my own, born around this time and living in Salford, many of whom used the name Simeon in their own families, who I believe are all the children of Simeon of Eccles.

The families I've found are:
Susannah born c1760, married William Shaw 1784 Witness Simeon Aykjroyd. Had a child named Simeon Aykroyd Shaw.
Elizabeth c1763, married Edmund Shaw 1784 Shared other witness (Elizb Seddon) with Susanah and also had a child named Simeon Aykroyd Shaw
James c1771, married Catherine Brown in 1796. No Simeons found, but lived in Salford
John (my ancestor) c1771 Engineer/roller maker. married Elizabeth Allen 1793 & had 4 children. Widowed & married Susannah (widow of John Gledhill/Gladhill) 1799 and had further children, including one Simeon.
Simeon c1773 - one of this name enlisted in the foot guards in 1800, also a marriage to Martha Chadwick 1798 and children born to this marriage 1801-1812. Possibly the same man. No discharge papers found (so not pensioned out), so perhaps spent little time in the army. Described as Book Keeper in daughter's 2nd marriage record.
Possibly another Samuel born after jun 1775, but I can't lay my hands on where I got that from

Wood Turning was a bit of a family trade, and even John's widow was listed as a wood turner in the 1824-5 directory

If anyone has any Eccles parish records that might shed some light on this family, particularly helping me to attach them to each other, would be gratefully received.

Edit: I should point out the obvious fact that this name has a few variants, though most of the family were literate, so the Aykroyd spelling was maintained more than one might expect for the time, but it does also crop up as Akeroyd, Ackroyd, Acroyd, Akroyd, Achroyd etc and rarely with the "oid" ending instead of "oyd"

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Other Countries / What's on a Barbadian Death Certificate?
« on: Sunday 28 October 12 22:46 GMT (UK)  »
Reposting this message in its appropriate place...

has anyone ever obtained a Barbadian death cert? if so, I'd really appreciate a rundown of what details are included.

I currently have 3 known death and/or burial dates, and would like to know how valuable the information will be (i.e. marital status, name of informant, birthplace/date), which may help provide further information before seeking birth certificates (though we do have birthdates for two of them and an approximate year based on death age for the third, they may not have been born with the same name if the women married or if their parents married after their births).

I also have a bit of a problem with obtaining certificates in advance of our next planned visit in 3 years. The site does explain that postal applications can be made including a money order and self stammed addressed envelope - but this seems to assume that the applicant is in Barbados and has access to Barbadian postage stamps!!

Bajan certificates are very cheap, but very difficult to get hold of outside of Barbados (we have obtained one whilst there and it was a really straightfoward, cheap and speedy process)

Hoping someone can offer some help

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Other Countries / What's on a Barbadian Death Certificate?
« on: Sunday 28 October 12 21:51 GMT (UK)  »
has anyone ever obtained a Barbadian death cert? if so, I'd really appreciate a rundown of what details are included.

I currently have 3 known death and/or burial dates, and would like to know how valuable the information will be (i.e. marital status, name of informant, birthplace/date), which may help provide further information before seeking birth certificates (though we do have birthdates for two of them and an approximate year based on death age for the third, they may not have been born with the same name if the women married or if their parents married after their births).

I also have a bit of a problem with obtaining certificates in advance of our next planned visit in 3 years. The site does explain that postal applications can be made including a money order and self stammed addressed envelope - but this seems to assume that the applicant is in Barbados and has access to Barbadian postage stamps!!

Bajan certificates are very cheap, but very difficult to get hold of outside of Barbados (we have obtained one whilst there and it was a really straightfoward, cheap and speedy process)

Hoping someone can offer some help

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Lancashire / seeking Roberts, Caddick, Cook, Rutter, Pickuyp, Balmer, Miller, Conroy
« on: Thursday 18 October 12 18:45 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

This is a call for descendants relatives or anyone who knew/knows of a number of people hailing from Lancashire:

I'm looking for anyone related to John Henry Roberts, ship's cook/chief steward, born 1891 to Owen Roberts and Charlotte McConville. John Henry married Ethel Rutter in Liverpool in 1916.

Any descendants of his brother, James Roberts, born c1893 - clerk, soldier, tram driver, farm worker, electrician (and possibly more). James married Ellen May Caddick & had sons
James Leslie Roberts boirn 22nd Sept 1920 in Seaforth, likely death in the Newmarket registration district late 1972
John Victor Roberts born 11th Nov 1922 died 2 May 1973 at Newmarket General hospital and lived at Goose Hall Farm, Factory Rd, Burwell, Cambridge. The informant was Dorothy Patricia Roberts

Also seeking relatives of their mother Ellen May Caddick, born c1894/5, daughter of Joseph Caddick (and probably Maria) of Waterloo, north Liverpool died named Ellen May Cook in Southport 1955.

Also any relatives of Ellen May's 2nd husband, George Frederick Cook of Southport. George was born in Southport in 1893 and died there 1980. He first married Selina Pickup in 1918 (widow, unclear whether Pickup was her married or maiden name). He divorced Selina and married Ellen May Roberts (née Caddick) in 1936.

Known child of George & Selina's marriage is:
*

No matter how much or little you think you know about them, if you do know of any of the above or their relatives, please get in touch

* recent family details removed

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Census and Resource Discussion / Ancestry vs Find My Past
« on: Thursday 19 July 12 20:09 BST (UK)  »
Hi folk,

I have found a few threads discussing the pros & cons of the search engines on each of the sites and comparing the sets of records both sites share, but I've not yet found anything that really compares the resources themselves.

I'm a diehard Ancestry user and I'm happy with the search facility. I've no intention of leaving Ancestry, but I'm looking at possibly taking advantage of FindMyPast's current discount IF I can be convinced that it will offer enough records that I can't find on Ancestry - different/better scans or transcriptions aren't enough. I need to know I'll get £99 worth of extra records from it.

It's a little hard to glean from the general lists of content, as each has such a range of resources, it's hard to know whether I'd just be doubling up on records already available in Ancestry.

Any thoughts?

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US Lookup Requests / Ann MARSHALL - Bonded Passenger
« on: Monday 10 October 11 22:38 BST (UK)  »
Sorry to anyone who has seen this on the other board... I'm hopig for more luck here.
I'm looking for the convict transport record for Anne Marshall, sentenced to 7 years' transportation, carried out in Lent 1746.

Bonded Passengers to America (9 vols. In 3)

 I'm hoping some kind soul with could provide me with the full details of Anne's entry in this database

I would really appreciate help with this

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