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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1946 German POW message
« on: Tuesday 26 November 13 13:08 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I require some help in deciphering the wording on this 1946 POW message sent home to Schleswig-Holstein from Berkshire.

Can anyone help me work out what it says, in German and English?

My attempt so far:

datum 21 Juli 1946.
Ihr Lieber in Gedanken bin ich stets auch und lebe nur dem Augenblick unserer Wechevereinigung (?). Wir werden sehr einen Anfang finden wenn wir nur unsammenstehen. Aus allen Unglück gibt es einen Weg. Ich freue mich über jede Zeile und das Ihr über alles einigermassen hinweggekommen seich. Wohl auch ein Verchemst (?) des artigen Jungen. Es ist doch ein guter Trost nicht mein Schatz ... (?) wieder die schönsten Küsse und liebsten Grüsse von ...?... Papi.


England / Re: Mystery sister
« on: Wednesday 16 October 13 16:26 BST (UK)  »
Hi Carol,

Thanks for your response. I hadn't actually considered that but on re-reading the article, it would seem that married women were referred to by their own forenames and not that of their husbands in this instance. E.g Ada, Annie's eldest daughter, is referred to as Mrs A. Wright, even though her husband's forename was George.

Thank you again for responding, I never thought of it!

Matt  :)

England / Mystery sister
« on: Wednesday 16 October 13 15:52 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

In the obituary of my great-great grandmother, Annie Louisa Johnson (nee Little), published in the Marlborough Times (Wiltshire) in 1949, it makes reference to 'Mrs. J. Samuels (sister)' being present as a mourner in the church at Ramsbury. In the list of floral tributes, the children of the deceased are listed in age order after a mystery couple, 'Jenny and Harry,' at the top of the list of flower-givers. This suggests to me that Jenny could be 'Mrs J. Samuels,' as she preceded Annie's children in the list.

Annie Louisa Little was born on August 4, 1877 at Lambourne in Berkshire. Her appearance on the Censuses is sketchy, but I have found them all, under names including Lucy (1881), Annie (1891), Louisa (1901) and Ada (1911). Her parents, Charles Little (born 1856) and Clara Jane Knott (born 1857), married in 1876 in Lambourn, Berkshire, and had four children: Annie, Charles (b 1879 in Lambourn Woodlands, Berks), Clara Jane (b 1884 in Bishopstone, Wilts) and Martha (b 1894 in Calne, Wilts). The 1911 census for Charles and Clara states that they had four children born to them, and all were still living. Clara Jane Knott actually had an illegitimate son in December 1871, named William Grantham Knott. He lived with his maternal grandparents in Lambourn Woodlands and married in 1889 and moved away. Charles Little (Snr) was a shepherd, and they moved around quite frequently:
1881 - Lambourn Woodlands, Berks (Charles & Clara with Annie and Charles)
1891 - Rowde, Wilts (Charles & Clara with Annie, Charles and Clara)
1901 - Over Norton, Oxon (Charles & Clara with Charles, Clara and Martha)
1911 - Filkins, Oxon (Charles & Clara). Annie had married in 1898 and lived in Ramsbury, Wilts; Charles Jnr was also in Filkins in 1911; Clara Jane was married (see below) and living in Hook Norton, Oxon and Martha was in service in Brentford, Middlesex.

Charles Little (Jnr) married in 1902 in Bicester (Oxon) RD to Agnes Leach, they had two daughters, and he died in 1929. Clara Jane Little (Jnr) married in 1902 in Bicester (Oxon) RD to Stephen Nurden, they had five children. Never found a death for Clara Jane Jnr. Martha was living in service in 1911 in Brentford, Middlesex. I have never found a marriage nor a death for Martha.

My question is this - who is Mrs J. Samuels, and who are Jenny and Harry? Could they be one and the same? And could 'Jenny' be a corruption of Jane (Clara Jane) - maybe why I have never found a death for her? Or was Mrs J. Samuels actually Martha, who had married in the meantime?

I am looking for anyones opinions or further avenues for research, for I am a bit stumped by this family.

Thanks for reading.
Matt :)

The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 10 Episode #4: Leslie Sharp
« on: Wednesday 28 August 13 14:06 BST (UK)  »
Received a letter from Barnardo's yesterday, they said that my great-grandfather's name does not appear in their records. Oh well, it was worth a shot! :)


Graveyards and Gravestones / Re: Insightful headstone inscriptions (revised title)
« on: Monday 19 August 13 20:46 BST (UK)  »
Not one of mine, but from the 19th-Century grave of sisters Amelia and Catherine Robbins at Midgham Park, Berkshire:

'Two sisters in one grave now rest,
Who for their parents did their best,
Who labour'd hard with joy and pride,
That all their wants might be supplied.
With tender love and anxious care,
They watched and waited, the much loved pair,
Whose hearts with gratitude o'erflow'd
That God such children had bestow'd.

Honour thy Father and the Mother,
that thy days be long in the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee.'


Graveyards and Gravestones / Re: Insightful headstone inscriptions (revised title)
« on: Sunday 18 August 13 19:39 BST (UK)  »
The headstone of my gggg grandparents, Edmund and Esther Bennell, at Radnage in Buckinghamshire, has the following inscription:

In / Loving Memory / of / Edmund. / Son of Robert & Rebecca Bennell / Of Grange Farm in this Parish / Who Died June 29: 1873, / Aged 63 Years. / Also Esther. Wife of the above / And daughter of / John & Mary  Stone / Of Town End Farm in the Parish / Who died June 26: 1888, / Aged 76 Years. / Alas, Alas and are thy Spirits Fled / And are our parents numbered with the dead. / Shall we no more in Social Converse share / The Sweet Endearments of our Parents care? / Erected by their Son Jonah.

Lots of genealogical info there and the passage at the end is a nice one!

Matt :)

The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 10 Episode #4: Leslie Sharp
« on: Sunday 18 August 13 18:59 BST (UK)  »
..........seems to have been a foster parent or baby farmer of some sort. ..........

Oh Matt I love it! Imagination running wild...thanks for the smile ;D

Well as the saying goes... You've got to speculate to accumulate!! ;)


The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 10 Episode #4: Leslie Sharp
« on: Sunday 18 August 13 12:00 BST (UK)  »
I found this episode fascinating - although as usual with WDYTYA, and as some have already pointed out - there were a few 'leaps of faith' that I wouldn't necessarily have made with such conviction! It was interesting to hear an alternative line of enquiry that usually can distract us from our own rellies as it was so interesting.

I did enjoy hearing about Barnardo's, and I've actually made an application for a search in their records now. My great-grandfather, who was born illegitimate in 1887 in Marylebone somewhat mysteriously appears in a quiet Wiltshire village in the 1891 Census as a boarder with an old lady who, looking back on the censuses, seems to have been a foster parent or baby farmer of some sort. So this episode caught my imagination - a shot in the dark, I admit, but worth a try.


Staffordshire / Re: Stone Parish Registers
« on: Friday 04 January 13 14:07 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks, guys.

Looks like I'm going to Staffs for the records then!

Thanks again.
Matt :)

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