EVENTS This Thursday Peter and his ‘Schools Display Team’ are at Cheslyn Hay Primary School with a World War II ‘Themed’ Day, involving displays WWII weapons, on what home life was like, a typical wartime lunch served by kitchen staff dressed as Land Girls, a talk from a local evacuee and finishing the day with activities making gas masks, singing wartime songs and ‘Doing the Lambeth Walk’.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS An intriguing enquiry this week comes from Rachel tracing her Whitehouse family tree. James Whitehouse married Sarah Whitehouse on 28 May 1855 but both fathers Matthew and William Whitehouse are deceased at this date and Rachel cannot find any trace either of them and Rachel appeals for any information that may be able to solve this problem.
Also a request following on from the pit death of Charles Winfer as to where the Winfers originated from.
Peter has checked back on his emails and states ‘Researcher Vi tells me the Lucy Brough in my family tree had a daughter, Mary Ann Tuft, who married the Joseph Thomas that Jenni from Australia is researching. In another email Vi adds the Simeon Tuft in my tree is one and the same person as the Simeon Tuft in the Jackson family tree that Bernard Scott of Sacramento is connected to.’ Peter is building up a bank of contacts of people who have a direct family link or have a connection by marriage and would appreciate hearing from anyone with a mutual interest so that he can produce a chart showing how far and wide people from our area have migrated with all the relevant details.
And John Matthews asks for contact details for Ray Benton in Canada as they were both schoolmates in the 1950s. They are now in touch via email after half a century.
RESPONSES Our researchers has solved Jenni’s enquiry from last week with full details of the death of Jim Homeshaw and as proof of our popular our website is, we have received a response from John Parsons to an enquiry from Diane over four years ago about his Parsons family! John emails ‘I knew (Uncle Sid) very well as I lived with Emma Parsons and family during the war. If more information is required please contact me’. This has now been expedited. Cyril Parsons
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A host of Birth, Deaths and Marriage Certificates for a range of families together with family trees and interviews. Names included in the list below.
This week covers the first six months of 1908 with the tragic deaths and drownings, pit accidents, football matches, a miners meeting and six months of court cases involving local people listed below.
Frank Alcock, John Allsopp, J Bailey, John Bird, Leonard Brevitt, ‘Bass’ Brevitt, Henry Challinor, Chetters, Annie Colley, B Dutton, C T Ellis, Feredays, J G Greenfield, Mr Hackett, Hassells, Harpers, Hitchens, Hanson John Hill, William Holt, William Kendall, W Kendall, William Lockett, R Marshall Jnr, Merchant family, Thomas Morris, Edwin Perks, Annie Perks,$ Evelyn Perks, Edwin Perks Thomas Henry Parker, Mr Poole, Mrs Pretty, Pee family, Pearson, William Rogers, Harry Rogers, W Rogers, Job & Thomas Ridgeway Job Ridgeway, Henry Russell, Skidmore, Alfred Scott, Isaac Smith, William Smith, Mr Thacker, Mr Turner, Joseph Turner, Frank Walker, , Wollaxoll, WhitehouseGeorge Whitehouse (alias Duffy), James Whitehouse, Sarah Whitehouse, AdaWhitehouse, (H)Aden Whitehouse,James Whitehouse, Andrew Whitehouse, Charles Wheatley, William Wright, James Yates.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Copies available at £1 per report.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher Stories in the local newspapers of 4th May 1963 include a celebration evening at Hawkins Colliery Sports Club, the first round of the Staffordshire Bowling Cup with details of matches involving the Woodman, Cheslyn Hay and Cheslyn Hay teams and the converting of part of St Mark’s Church into a chapel. Also in the papers of 3rd May 1913 there are stories of a tragic suicide, a serious misfortune and the Talbot Inn bowling season.
MAUREEN BELCHER Maureen, wife of our longstanding committee member and Vice Chairman, Mike, has passed away earlier today, Saturday 27th April and our thoughts go out to Mike and his family.
If anyone wishes to join as a member to receive the full and unabridged version of the Weekly Newsletter every Sunday please forward a cheque for £5 made out to ‘CH&DLHS’ and post to Darren Butler, 7 Forest Way, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6HU. Membership details and the Programme for 2013/14 will be emailed to you immediately. As a member our researchers are also available to pursue family history enquiries. Names listed below are those mentioned within this newsletter and I will gladly give more details by request to the email address above.