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17th May 2015
EVENTS There is a get-together of all the Brough & Altree families on Sunday 24th May at Harrison’s Club in Wharwell Lane, Great Wyrley between 4 – 6pm organised by Karen Jones (01922 701598). Karen invites anyone attending to bring any photographs or documents of interest and we will be there, ourselves, with photographs of these families.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open as usual from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Norma in Michigan who emails ‘Could anyone help me with my search for information on my grandmother, Frances Ellen Jones please? She was born in Wolverhampton c1863 and her father’s name was Robert Jones, but no mother found and I would like to get birth and marriage certificates. She married my grandfather William Henry Bowen at St Mark’s church in Great Wyrley on 25 December 1888 and they made their home in Cheslyn Hay at 11 Hatherton Street. My father, their son, was Frank Bowen and we lived in Upper Landywood and I’m hoping to find out more about my grandmother from the certificates. I would appreciate any help at all.’
RESPONSES In response to Stuart’s last week’s enquiry on his Pearson family, who were nailers in the tragic story of Sarah Baker, our researcher Sue Washington has produced the full story and the evidence Stuart needed to which he replies “It was John Pearson! My Pearsons have many Johns but from your work and the 1851 census the John Pearson who reported her was a widower and brother to Henry Pearson (my g-g-g-grandfather b1778). The newspaper report also states John lived close to Rebecca Whitehouse as she was at 41 and John with his parents at 39 and who was a widower. Your work does so bring to life the grim conditions people lived and worked in and that was only 150 years ago. Thank heavens we now know that Sarah Baker was reprieved.”
With reference to the Ridgway research, our researchers Andrew, Jean and Vi have pooled together their researches which includes the censuses and even war records and they have now provided two family trees of the Ridgways (going back to 1829) with Andrew linking the family into the Broughs (back to 1781), the Pritchards (1761), Brindleys (1645) and the Steadmans and Jones families. Also Jean has forwarded 13 attachments of Job Ridgway war service. Finally David Whitehouse has forwarded an Ancestor Chart of this line of the Ridgway family and he has all the BMD documents from Job onwards.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS David Harrison’s 32 photographs of the village between 1981 – 1989 capturing Carnivals, the Cubs & Scouts, Station Street and general views over Cheslyn Hay in 1984. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
22nd May 1915 Full details of the life and the death of Mr Joseph Heminsley of Saredon Road Farm.
22nd May 1915 The works performed by the members of the Cheslyn Hay Working Women’s Association for the serving soldiers in the trenches.
22nd May 1915 The story of the unfortunate citizen in the name of John Elwell, involving George Goodwin, of Landywood, Mr F J Altree, Mrs Scrivenor, Miss May Owen, Mr S Sargeant, Mr T Holcroft, Mr Percy Dawson and Enoch Jones.
22nd May 1915 A reported accident in Coppice Lane involving Frank Whitehouse and J Perks.
22nd May 1915 Edward Whitehouse, miner, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay in court.
22nd May 1915 Charles Brough, edge tool maker, The Lot, Cheslyn Hay in court followed by another two court appearances on the same charge.
MEMORIES Pamela Bate’s article has produced many more old local words and memories including Alan Brown’s recollections ofAlice Allsopp‘s suck shop in Low Street.