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The Common Room / Re: Single letter surnames
« on: Thursday 25 May 23 21:44 BST (UK)  »
"This article reports on the results of a telephone-directory search
for twenty- six undeniably rare U. S. surnames - - those consisting of a
single letter of the alphabet. Without identifying individual bearers of
the s e su rnames, or even the cities 0 r towns where they can be found,
Social Security in 1974 noted that there were a total of 221 such people
in the ir files, ranging from a high of 24 (A) to a low of 2 (Q, N, and X)."
The person I met briefly was in the rarest category!

The Common Room / Single letter surnames
« on: Thursday 18 May 23 21:42 BST (UK)  »

I worked on the railway for 40 years, often in positions with personnel records involvement.
During that time I came across one solitary instance of a person with a One letter surname which I shan't mention as it might breach confidence. The person involved had to have his surname extended to the way the letter itself is spelt to enable a record to be accepted by the computers used in producing pay, rosters etc etc.
Has anyone else encountered a case like this, and if possible without breaching data protection regulations what letters were involved please?

Leicestershire / Re: Melia's Grocers
« on: Thursday 18 May 23 21:25 BST (UK)  »
Wider spread than I thought. Thanks for this.

Leicestershire / Re: Melia's Grocers
« on: Saturday 06 May 23 21:05 BST (UK)  »
I think Melias were predominently a midlands to Yorkshire chain. They had a store in Boston, Lincs, but my relatives in Cambridge had never heard of them.

Occupation Interests / Re: Higgler John Siesor Luffman
« on: Saturday 06 May 23 20:38 BST (UK)  »
Yes please. Will pm you with my contact details.

The Common Room / Re: Excommunication - 1782
« on: Thursday 04 May 23 19:41 BST (UK)  »
I have dug out the penitence file transcript from 1732 for Isabella Luffman of Huntingdon, same surname relationship (if any ) unknown. Must have been terrified all for a bit of name calling

Lincolnshire / Re: Owner of house in Spalding
« on: Wednesday 03 May 23 19:36 BST (UK)  »
Very interesting, please keep us updated.

Occupation Interests / Re: Higgler John Siesor Luffman
« on: Wednesday 03 May 23 19:35 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for this. He could well have applied for that particular contract specially given that the family owned a farm in the immediate area, courtesy of the absence of a married woman's property right in the late 1840s. By marrying his employer's widow, John's brother went from farm labourer to farmer in one easy move.
I was hoping that an advert placed by him would come to light, but now I know where to look just in case.Tahnks again.

The Common Room / Re: Excommunication - 1782
« on: Wednesday 03 May 23 19:31 BST (UK)  »
Victorian Values!!! Says it all!!

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