Weekly News – 27th July 2014

EVENTS Our guest speaker this month is Jack Brown with a talk (and demonstration!) on the ‘History of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance’. This Thursday, 31st July at 7.30pm at the Salem. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE This Tuesday, 29th July, we have a reunion of all pupils who attended Pinfold Lane School in the 1940s starting at 10am throughout the morning. We expect a decent turnout so anyone coming please spread the word. The coffee pot will be on and Joanne is baking the cakes!
Base is also open as normal for general enquiries etc until 3pm.
REQUESTS Pete Whipple from Minnesota has made contact through our Facebook Page requesting help in locating his long lost grandfather William Bird (1860-1932). He emails ‘I have Mary Ann Satchwell (1858-1946) as spouse to William Bird, and George Bird (b1826) as father, Elizabeth Millward (b1831) mother. William immigrated to the US in December 1890 but returned to England abt 1932 to visit relatives and died but I do not have an exact date nor cause of death or where he is buried. William’s siblings are: George Albert Bird (1847-1922), Edwin Bird (1849-1929 Australia), Thomas E Bird (1851-1940 USA), Rosanna Ester Bird (1855-1907) and Lizzie Bird (b1868).
And another request from Facebook from Elaine Taylor who emails ‘I’m researching my family tree and I’ve found that my g-g-grandfather lived in Cheslyn Hay with his grandparent Moses Lockett and is it true that there was once a Locketts Lane? Moses had the Colliers Arms and most of my family were miners and their names followed on such as Moses, John, Job and Harriet. Also William Henry Lockett was licensee of the Red Lion from 1912 to 1922 and any information or photographs would be great’.
Pete Foxton from West Sussex pleads for more information to confirm or deny his findings and emails ‘I am researching my wife’s g-grandfather, William Hubery (b Wolverhampton c1859) and his brother James (b W’ton 1854) but I cannot find them pre 1881 censuses or BMDs. The trouble is the Hubery name gets spelt in different ways from Aubrey to Youbury and I’ve found him and James on the censuses from 1881 to 1911. On William and Sarah Connor’s marriage certificate in 1880 (Huldbury) his father is James and a miner. Before then I have nothing of his family in the name of Hubery. Also the Youbury/Oldbury family seem to vanish from census records after 1871 and the Hubery name does not feature before 1881 so I am wondering if the name changed.’
And the fourth request comes from member Stuart Pearson who offers his research on his Pearson family to anyone interested and he says ‘I am wondering if Andrew Pearson, who has done so much work on the Pearson family, may be interested in the links I have made back to John Pearson in Cheslyn Hay and one day we may find our illusive James Henry Pearson who was last spotted in the 1911 census. He did not, as I was told by the family, die in WWI but the family was in uproar around 1900 with splits which were never healed and ones I would like to heal albeit too late.’
RESPONSES Following on from the thoroughly enjoyable Wollaston ‘get together’ of last Tuesday when four strains of the family readily exchanged information, Wendy Manns, who was unable to attend, emailed details and information of all of her own Wollaston family.
Bernard Jackson from Sacramento emails ‘I noticed that you mentioned that you were sorting out two separate lines of the Clewley family and I wanted to mention that my g-g-g-grandmother, Sarah Jackson (nee Cartwright) remarried after her husband Joseph’s death to Joseph Tuft, a butcher. Their daughter Lucy Catherine Tuft (b1845) married Charles Clewley (b1837) and inherited part (and purchased part) of the old Jackson farm at Holly Bush Hall. Charles and Lucy Catherine had Hamer (b1866), Beatrice (b1874), Arthur (b1876) and Annie (b1878) Clewley.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Cliff Titley (b1923) and Kay Titley (1925 – 2013) plus half a dozen of truly excellent prints off glass negatives from the local photographer Charlie Barker of New Street in Great Wyrley. They are taken around 1910 and are of the Great Wyrley Cricket Team, two wedding photographs, six miners coming off shift at the Plant Pit, a teacher and his assistant with nine lads with spades on an allotment and a family of husband and wife with 8 daughters and one son (does this ring a bell with anyone’s family tree that’s local around the 1911 census?!)

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
31st July 1964 A story on the sewage disposal works at Cheslyn Hay.
31st July 1964 More on the pavilion in the village recreation ground.
31st July 1964 Problems with the Cheslyn Hay Salem Methodist Schoolrooms.
31st July 1964 Proposals for an area of four and a half acres of land at the corner of Mill Lane and Lodge Lane.
31st July 1964 A road accident in Cheslyn Hay.
1st August 1914 The seventeenth Annual Flower Show in connection with the Cheslyn Hay Horticultural Society took place with a full sports and athletics meeting at the Barn Flat Grounds. All races, winners together with the runners ups and those placed are named.
1st August 1914 The farewell sermon of Rev W J Teague.
MEMORIES From Don Savage who recalls many memories of cricket, the Isolation Hospital, the ‘wooden huts’ and Dr Tomkinson.
TONY MYTTON We have just received more sad news that another member has sadly passed away this month. After attending Pinfold Lane School Tony went to Rugeley Grammar School before settling into a career with Bowmakers where he toured the world, but his heart remained in Cheslyn Hay staying here until 1976 when he moved to Penkridge, but was a regular visitor to our Exhibitions. He was aged just 74.
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Cheslyn Hay News – 20th July 2014

EVENTS
OUR SALEM BASE Base open this week as usual from 10am – 3pm. Visitors this Tuesday will be Pat Stanley who Daz will be showing around the Cemetery for her to see her father’s grave. Also Mike Clarke has changed his scheduled visit so that he can meet Pat as they both have Wollaston family connections and we welcome all others from this family to exchange information as well.
REQUESTS An enquiry from Harold White ‘I am researching my family tree and wondered if you have any information regarding Harold and Sarah Ann White (nee Turner) as i think they could be my grandparents. Also if you have any information regarding George & Joseph Turner as I believe these gentlemen are brothers of Sarah Ann. My father was also called Harold White and was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1910.
RESPONSES And in advance of meeting up with any connections with her family on Tuesday, Pat emails ‘How interesting that the Wollaston name is being researched, my father’s full name was Keith Cadman Wollaston and his father (my grandfather) was Arthur Wollaston. Arthur was the middle child of thirteen and I met one of his brothers Bert once. Arthur’s party piece was to recite all thirteen names and I can still remember some Ethel, Edie, Bert, Clarry, Millie and, of course, Arthur. I believe Arthur worked at the Liverpool Cable Company for some years as he and my grandmother lived there at one time and he must have married my grandmother Alice Maude Sambrook in the 40s and her family were local people to the Midlands. She is the person for whom the plot next to my father’s grave was reserved. It would be lovely to meet and discuss the Wollaston family with Mr Clark and anyone else.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A Perry family gathering, Hazel & Thora Doyle, the weddings of Ted Steadman & Thora Doyle and Charlie Bickley & Josie Perry, a 1958 photo of the Steadman and Perry children with St Marks Vicarage and the railway station in the background, a Joseph Lucas Christmas Party, a 1937 George V Silver Jubilee Celebration outside the Wheatsheaf in Great Wyrley, a 1938 Cheslyn Hay Boys Club football team and three photographs of the Cheslyn Hay WMC’s darts teams with only Perce Perry named.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A two page letter from Maud Edalji dated 1959 complaining about the errors in John Dickson Carr’s book on Arthur Conan Doyle.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
24th July 1964 Salem’s Womens Own Gala Party.
24th July 1964 The life of Mary Elizabeth Poole from 95 Station Street.
25th July 1914 Four paragraphs on the wedding between Mr Albert Edwin Dawson, Miss May Marshall of the Talbot Inn, Cheslyn Hay including naming all 50 guests and their wedding presents!
25th July 1914 The anniversary of the Female Friendly Society.
25th July 1914 The outcome of the fire at Mr J Pearson’s of Station Street last week and the update on Jim Perry of The Lot.
25th July 1914 A special collection at the Working Men’s Club for John Davis.
MEMORIES This week comes from the researches of Pat Everiss from Coroner’s Inquests and it concerns the death of Elizabeth Turner, aged sixty and wife of the innkeeper Henry Turner of the Rose and Crown in Station Street involving Elizabeth Rushton, John Skitt, PC Cooper, PC Parkes and William Bryan.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week is the other line of the Clewley family tree. It is derived from Joseph, also going back to the early 1700s with 2 pages of the tree but with all the information it totals 13 pages in all. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £2 for the tree and £20 for all the Clewley information which includes the 30 pages of the other Clewley tree from last week. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Benton, Bond, Bradbury, Dutton, Hood, Jenkinson and Poynor.
GENERAL NEWS
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 13 July 2014

EVENTS
OUR SALEM BASE Base open this week as usual from 10am – 3pm. All welcome and we have a few visitors this week. Ann Curtis is being shown her grandfather’s grave following the Daz’s successful research, June Hales is bringing in photographs and items of her family including those of her sporting father, Perce Perry, Michael Clarke of the Wollaston family, and Denise is making a special visit with her father, a wartime evacuee, Alec Carter from the Isle of Sheppey to meet Iris Norwood and visit the Holly Bush cottages where he stayed with the Burton family during the war.
REQUESTS Peter Foxton emails ‘I came across your society while researching my wife’s great grandfather, William Hubery born about 1859 in the Heathtown area of Wolverhampton.’ Peter is joining as a member and hopes that our researcher can overcome the brickwalls he is facing and to find more about William’s parents and forebears.’
RESPONSES Vi emails ‘A fortnight ago you put in the newsletter a contact from Australia about the Hawkins family. In my Baker family tree I have a photo of Bertha A Lockwood who is the granddaughter of Benjamin’s brother George Hawkins if it’s of any interest.’ And Robyn replies ‘That’s fantastic. Love to hear more if there is any further information and please pass on my thanks to Vi. I have George as the third eldest of the 12 children of Thomas and Elizabeth Hawkins, born in 1866. My grandfather, Benjamin, was the youngest born in 1889. A huge gap. My Dad said his Mum, Florence Hawkins (nee Perry), used to write back to the family in Cheslyn Hay but after she died, aged in her forties, all communication seemed to cease as his Dad was not so good at keeping up the contact. It would be good to have contact with any descendants.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Five photographs of the inside of the Old Lot School when it was used by Hudson’s the undertakers and carpenters before the refurbishments.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Two pages of her time in the Cheslyn Hay Isolation Hospital in 1941 by Joyce Drew as a seven year old.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
17th July 1964 Four paragraphs detailing the success of the Woodman Bowling Club naming all the competitors.
17th July 1964 Details of Mrs Sarah Jane Dunn of 93 Station Street and her shop.
18th July 1914 Details of a Concert held at the Red Lion.
MEMORIES The response to Don Savage’s request from his cricketing days has been quite overwhelming. A full page of cricketing stories and memories of both Hawkins and Harrison’s Cricket Clubs with Joe Baldwin, Sid Thacker, Elijah Whitehouse, Tony Hassell, Roy Taylor, John Loader, Arven Reynolds, Rob Perks, Gordon Illidge, Bob Cooper, Len Wootton, Frank Heminsley, Cyril Collins, John Whitehouse, Johnny Jackson, Dave Hewitt, Joe & Bill Cadman, George Gilbert, Bill Brough, Leon Alcock, Jack Holgate and Arthur Chilton.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week is the first of two lines of the Clewley family. It is derived from John going back to the early 1700s with 5 pages of the tree but with all the information it totals 30 pages in all. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £5 for the tree and £20 for all the Clewley information which will include another 13 pages with the separate Clewley tree to be shown next week. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Altree, Baker, Benton, Bowen, Brookhouse, Cartwright, Chivers, Clarke, Dace, Davis, Evans, Fletcher, Griffin, Hand, Heminsley, Hitchens, Jones, Kendall, Lockley, Mason, Mears, Mellor, Pearson, Pritchard, Reaney, Robinson, Smith, Sneyd, So(u)therton, Stanton, Wakelin, Whitehouse, Williams.
GENERAL NEWS Last month in June, we have had another 129 sightings of our local scenes on staffspasttrack. Wootton’s Post Office 26, Salem 22, Brittania Picture House 22, High Street 14, Garretts Shop 14, Hackett’s Butcher’s Shop 14, Albert Hawkins Shop 11, Walter Hackett 6.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 6th July 2014

EVENTS   No Chat n Char this week, as Roger has organised a coach trip instead.  Details are – Thursday 10th July.  Meet at Salem at 7.30am.  The car park at the rear of the Salem will be open where we will double park to save inconveniencing other Salem visitors.  Last minute problems phone  Roger 07928070061 (or secondly 07960756621).  Arrive at Bletchley Park at 9.45am.  There is a cafe but we have been warned that there were large queues last week, so bringing your own sandwiches is an option. Both coaches will leave Bletchley at 2pm to arrive at Banbury before 3pm.  It is Banbury’s Market Day so cafes, hotels and pubs will be open.  Malcolm Smith, a Cheslyn Hay ‘bonker’ who lives there now will escort any of us that are active enough to a walk around the town with their official guide.  Return to the Salem at 7pm at the very latest.  One seat still available.

Bridgtown LHS are holding a Cornelius Whitehouse Reunion for all ex-employees etc on Wednesday 9th July from 10am – 2pm at the Bethel in Union Street .  There will be a display of photographs, documents and catalogues and there will be members of the Whitehouse family attending as well.

OUR SALEM BASE   Following on from the recent Don Savage Reunion we are now inviting all pupils who attended Pinfold Lane School starting 1943/44 with teachers Miss Hulse, Miss Thomas, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Price, Mr Blount, Mr Berry.  Included are the ‘girls’ Beryl Stokes, Maureen Poole, Marjorie Boddy, June Mills, Enid Whitehouse, Yvonne Whitehouse, Joan Marshall, Janet Davies, Brenda Horton, Delia Steadman, Ann Goodman, Janet Wood, Sheila Worsey and Muriel Malpass with also the ‘boys’ such as Derek Moore, Clifford Pearson, Michael Wilcox, Brian Bladon, Alan Fisher, Ronnie Fidler, Elwyn & Selwyn Barratt and Leonard Fletcher.  To be held on Tuesday 29th July at the Salem starting at 10am.  

Base open this week as usual from 10am – 3pm.  All welcome.

REQUESTS  From Roger Knowles who emails ‘My Dad, Joseph Knowles of Bloxwich worked at Hawkins Colliery from when he left school until it closed, when he was re-located to Mid-Cannock.  He was a Mines Electrician and worked with a Mr Arthur Horobin.  Dad passed away in 1968 aged just 57 and I wonder if anyone remembers him.’

Following a recent visit to the Great Wyrley Cemetery , Don Savage spotted Joe Baldwin‘s gravestone and says ‘It led me to think of Len Wootton and lots of others at Harrisons Cricket Club including Linda Wootton who prepared cricket teas.  Joe and Len were really good to me as a 14 year old budding cricketer.  Also the Whitehouses, Fred Garratt and Fred Gripton come to mind. There was much rivalry with Hawkins CC.  Has anyone else similar memories?’

RESPONSES  Last week’s request on the Bacon Pits created much debate and there are four details reports from tales passed down through the generations and the definitive report from our archives which is not only factual but humorous as well!

Also details of the eight years of Bloxwich Youth Club started in 1960 by Don Savage.

Andrew has looked into Ann’s John Lockett/Harriet Hodgekins request but there are two John Locketts which confuses the issue and he lists both families and proves the link to the Stokes family which Ann is absolutely delighteds with and solves her problem that she has been poring over for months.  Also our Daz has located John Lockett’s grave, as Ann has requested, and gives details of where and when he was buried and points out that he was living in Stourbridge when he died which is the reason why it has been so difficult for Ann to trace.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher

17th July 1964    Quite a remarkable cricket victory for Cheslyn Hay over Atherstone naming all the fine performance of the local players.

18th July 1914   John Farnell in court again with full details of the case and fines.

MEMORIES  From our archives this week is this truly fascinating piece of research from Graham Everiss in 2003 on the history of our street names.

Many of our streets were named after the people who lived there and of course the place names changed when the people changed with examples involving the families of Dace, Wood, Lockett, Stokes, Perks, Brevitt, George Warburton Lewis, Bird, Brickell, Bowdler and Buxton. 

NORRIS PEE  Norris, one of the well established Pee family of Littlewood Road , has passed away this week on the 26th June.  He was aged 81, been a miner all his life always interested in local history and he will be sadly missed by us all.   More information on any of the above stories will be passed on by request to me via my email address below.  Also to join is £5 for a full unedited newsletter every Sunday morning.

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29th June 2014

EVENTS Due to one late cancellation there is now one seat available (£23) for the Bletchley Park Trip on Thursday 10th July. Please contact Roger on 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am but this week we close at 2pm for a meeting. All welcome.
REQUESTS Paul Kmiolek emails in with some pleasant memories from the 1960s but with this very interesting query as well. ‘I remember being told a story about a farmer who was taking his pigs to market in the Middle Hill area of Cheslyn Hay when he and his animals mysteriously disappeared and following that alleged incident the area became known locally as ‘the bacon pits’. I’ve scoured the history books but I can’t find any mention of it so I’d like to know if there is any basis to this story or is it just folklore?’
Following on from the Don Savage Reunion, Roger Knowles asks if he is the same Don Savage who lived in Stafford Road, Bloxwich and was the Bloxwich Church Youth Club leader in the early sixties.
And Ann Curtis has come across a complex issue on her Lockett family tree. The wife of John Lockett (b1826 in Cheslyn Hay) was Harriet but Ann wants to confirm her maiden name and she says ‘There is a marriage in 1845 in Wolverhampton between a John Lockett and a Harriet Hodgekins but I can’t find this woman anywhere as if she didn’t exist until her wedding day! I believe it was another Harriet, possibly Stokes, but I cannot find that marriage either but I have found her birth in Cheslyn Hay. John’s parents were John Lockett and Sarah Walker. So do you have any records of this Harriet? Also I cannot find when John Lockett died after 1901.
RESPONSES Glenice Whitehouse remembers Rita Goodman and recalls her time in Littlewood Road and at the Star in Great Wyrley.
Also re the Lander enquiry, Jean has found that Thomas Lander is recorded as being christened at St Mary’s Church in Aldridge where he was also buried, but there is no record of his wife Sarah.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Seven various photographs showing Nance Richards at the Woodman with Vera Wesley, Cynthia Cartwright, Gwen Giles, Jean Moore, Mrs Walker, Mu Allen, Janine Lambkin and Derek ‘Dempsey’ Richards. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Newspaper cuttings and pictures of Harold Whitehouse and the life story of Paulette Bentham of the Cedar Tree.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
4th July 1914 The problems of the Old Nook old pit.
4th July 1914 Details of the annual excursion from the Old Coppice and the Great Wyrley Colliery pits to Blackpool.
4th July 1914 Alexandra Day celebrations.
4th July 1914 Working Men’s Club collection for a wreath for one of its members.
MEMORIES The development of the off licence trade in Cheslyn Hay with details of premises and licensees over the past 120 years including Richard Bettson, John Hampton, Elizabeth Ellen Rodwell, Alice Kendall, Francis Hilda Lockett, William Morgan, Job Whitehouse, Frank Fletcher Green, Raymond Derek Bevan, John Hawkins, Thomas Holcroft, Robert Hill, John Richard Wilcox, Jane Williams, William Henry Walters, John Thomas, Thomas Williams and Willoughby Crofts amongst them. We also have photographs of most of these off licences in our archives.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week we have the Hubery family tree with all of its various spellings (Ewbury, Uberry Wooberry etc etc) of 15 pages going back to the late 1600s when they were based at Codsall. With all information it totals 75 pages. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £15 for the tree and £20 to include all the information. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Allen, Appleby, Ashton, Badger, Baker, Benton, Birks, Bradbury, Bradley, Bray, Bridgett, Brierley Bright, Brookes, Brough, Buckley, Burgess, Canandine, Carpenter, Carver, Challis, Cole, Collop, Cooper, Cotham, Cotterell, Cowell, Craddock, Craig, Davies, Denny, Dowen, Essex, Evans, Felton, Field, Finch, Follows, Gee, Gilmore, Green, Griffiths, Guest, Guy, Harvey, Hawkins, Haycock, Harrigan, Higgs, Hill, Hodgkins, Hooper, Hough, Hunt, Huskinson, Jaminson, Jones, Langstone, Lawson, Lee, Lewis, Lindsay, Lingard, Lord, Lowe, Lyddiate, Mannion, Mannix, Meaney, Meese, Meeson, Merchant, Morris, Oliver, Onions, Owen, Passey, Pearson, Perry, Pickersgill, Powis, Pritchard, Rea, Reynolds, Robinson, Robson, Rowe, Russell, Sandom, Sherwin, Shorter, Speedy, Spencer, Spruson, Stackhouse, Steadman, Stephens, Stocker, Stokes, Sutton, Tarbuck, Taylor, Tench, Terry, Thacker, Thomson, Tomlinson, Turner, Waller, Warrender, Weaver, Webb, Weetman, Westwood, Whitehouse, Whittaker, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilson, Wood, Wright, Yates.

Further details of any of the above stories are available by request to the email address below, or £5 to join to receive the unedited Members Newsletter every Sunday.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 22nd June 2014

EVENTS We have the renowned Performance Historian, John S White, as our guest speaker this week with his talk ‘An Audience with the King’ as Henry VIII. Thursday, 26th June at 7.30pm at the Salem. £1 including refreshments. Not to be missed!
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. All welcome and this week we are helping Ann Curtis to research her Lockett family tree. Last week we had 23 visitors for the mini-reunion of Mr Don Savage’s ex-pupils and the day was not only an outstanding success but a wonderful chance for everyone to show their appreciation for a well respected and influential teacher. Amongst the many plaudits I received afterwards, this is from John Heminsley‘I had the most fascinating and enjoyable few hours meeting and talking to some lovely people who I had not seen (in some cases) for 50 years, some of whom I would have passed in the street and not recognised. I really believe gatherings like today are invaluable in bringing old acquaintances together. So keep up the incredible good work you do and the data you have collected is absolutely priceless.’
And a final word from Mr Don Savage himself – ‘Many thanks for making MY DAY so very special. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and I was overwhelmed by their kindness. I never knew I was so special to so many lovely people! Please thank them all through your newsletter. May I again congratulate you and your colleagues for creating such a splendid local history organisation – so alive, so efficient, so progressive – clearly your dearest dream! Cheslyn Hay should be very proud.’

REQUESTS Ivor Plant asks if anyone remembers Rita (nee Goodman) who was a great friend of his aunt Sybil (nee Plant). Ivor believes her husband’s name might have been Vernon Fisher, but he is not sure of either of these names, but he thinks they kept the Star in Great Wyrley during the sixties. Also Iris is enquiring about the Fisher family as they were part of her history but apart from knowing that they lived at Fishers Farm throughout the 19th century she has very little knowledge or information of them.
Robyn emails from Victoria in AustraliaMy great grandfather Thomas Hawkins married Elizabeth Bird. Their youngest child, Benjamin, my Grandfather, emigrated to Fremantle/Perth in Western Australia and married Florence Perry also from Cheslyn Hay. They had 8 children, including my father, Joseph. My grandfather Benjamin Hawkins is listed in the 1911 census as living at 4 Hill Street with his parents, Thomas Hawkins (aged78) and Elizabeth Hawkins (68) and his older brother John Henry Hawkins (29). He is aged 21 and an Ironworks Stamper in the edge tool industry. My father said he worked at Gilpins and he had a set of miniature tools in a box with Gilpins on it. In Perth my grandfather worked as a blacksmith but I would appreciate any information from anyone connected to this Hawkins side of my family.’

Following on from the Bowen request, Vi has now produced the death certificate of (William) Robert Bowen’s death showing that he died at home in Cheslyn Hay on 8th July 1919 from Bright’s Disease and Norma responds with ‘I was always told that three of the Bowen brothers fought in WW1 and that George and Robert both were killed in France but John Henry Bowen fought in that war as well and was badly gassed and never completely recovered. He went to London in WWII and we think he was killed in the blitz. My mother tried to find out what happened to him but discovered nothing. He was the eldest of the five brothers. He came to say goodbye and I remember the time because he gave his sweet coupons to me!’ Has anyone knowledge of this John Henry Bowen?

RESPONSES Both our researchers Andrew and Jean have been able to add advice to Jenni’s enquiry for the parents of her g-g-grandfather Joseph Heminsley who married Sarah Baker in 1836 and Andrew has also researched her Caroline Pearson family line for her going back to the 1750s.
For Bernard’s enquiry on the Sarah Jackson and Thomas Lander marriage in 1773, Jean has found information on Thomas Lander back to 1753 in Aldridge.
Bob has produced more information on George Albert Lockley for Lyn including details of his desertion before he was killed.
And Jean has completed her researches for Norma on her Handel Thomas request and says that he is not in any of the books at the Walsall History Centre including Satterthwaites and Walsall Servicemen in the Great War.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Four old photographs of the Altree family with the Reverend Albert and his family of Mary, Margaret and Constance, one of William and Dorothy and children and two of Lizzie Altree & Cyril Chivers and their family plus one of Edward Noden. Plus a 1962 Great Wyrley School classroom photograph with Alan Cronin, Derek Crawford, Nigel Taylor, Ray Eccleston, Tony Brough, Paul Whitehouse, Mr Don Savage, Kenny Butcher, Michael Walker and Ron Wall. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS 1961 & 1963 Annual Speech Day magazines, a 1965 Magazine published by the Cannock Chase Literary Society with contributions from Martin Birt and Christine Cadman, a 1953 RAF Concert programme including Iris Heminsley (Holly Bush), Peter Jones (Churchbridge), Wendy Machin & Sidney Smith (Bridgtown) all in the Violins Section and the Annual Speech Day and Prize Distribution naming everyone and their contributions in the 1963/4 year and the Birth and Baptism Certificates of Donald Savage.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington On request.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
26th June 1964 A story about Mrs Alice Hawkins of Cross Street and the pavilion on the Rec.
26th June 1964 A group of youths complaining about lack of facilities in Cheslyn Hay and the Council Meeting.
26th June 1964 The funeral of 81 years-old Mrs Matilda Perks (nee Handy) and her life as a licensee of the local pubs.
27th June 1914 Details of the seventh Annual Garden Party in connection with the Unionist Association at Grasmere House.
27th June 1914 Lawn Tennis match report between Cheslyn Hay and Essington.

MEMORIES More of the memories of Harold Whitehouse and his family.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week we have the Pearson family tree of 12 pages going back to the 1700s and with all the information it totals 56 pages in all. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £12 for the tree and £20 for all the information. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Alcock, Allport, Allsopp, Appleby, Bailey, Baker, Bate, Benton, Biddle, Birch, Blake, Brevitt, Brookhouse, Brough, Carpenter, Clewley, Dace, Davies, Dawkins, Dawson, Dean, Derbyshire, Dutton, Edmunds, Emanuel, Evans, Follows, Foxall, Garratt, Hargreaves, Hartopp, Haycox, Hemingsley, Heminsley, Hitchins, Hodgkins, Holt, James, Jones, Layland, Leeke, Lindop, Lockett, Lockley, Lunt, Lyons, Maiden, Marriott, Marshall, Mincher, Morgan, Mountford, Paesen, Parbrook, Parker, Pearce, Pearn, Perks, Perry, Pitcher, Pilkington, Pitt, Reaney, Richards, Roden, Rogers, Sambrooke, Savage, Sayce, Sayer, Seager, Sharratt, Shorter, Smith, Stanton, Steadman, Stokes, Stone, Taylor, Thacker, Thomas, Tricklebank, Tuft, Turner, Walker, Westwood, Whitehouse, Wood and Wynn.
GENERAL NEWS On request
More information and fuller details of any of these above stories are available on request to the email address below.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Weekly News – 15th June 2014

EVENTS Peter Cadman is giving his popular talk, supported by Bob Brevitt, ‘What’s in a Name’ to the Essington TWG on Monday evening.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm and this week we welcome Mr Don Savage, who taught English and History at Great Wyrley Secondary School in the early sixties together with several of his old pupils in a ‘mini-reunion’ throughout the day. It has been advertised in the Chronicle and it should prove to be a very pleasant ‘get together’. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Jenni from Australia is appealing for help in tracing her g-g-grandfather Joseph Heminsley (b1816) who married Sarah Baker (b1818 Cheslyn Hay) at St Matthews on 27 September 1836 and asks if we have access to these records and is also researching her female line including Caroline Pearson who married William Thomas.
Bernard Jackson from Sacramento has found a marriage between Sarah Jackson (b1754) and Thomas Lander of Aldridge at St Matthews, Walsall on 10 September 1773 and witnessed by Joseph Jackson and his future wife, Lucy Davison. So Bernard believes this Sarah is his g-g-g-g-aunt from the Tatenhill Jacksons and he asks if anyone has any proof that she came from Tatenhill, or that her mother’s maiden name was Pentrice.
Lyn Lockley appeals for a photograph of her great-uncle George Albert Lockley, who was a boy soldier in WWI and he returned home about June 1916 when his brother (Lyn’s grandfather) William Henry Lockley (Harry) was injured and invalided out. Lyn believes George would have stayed with one of the sisters of his mother, Charlotte Butler.
RESPONSES Our Military Researcher, Bob, has sent to Norma six pages relating to her uncle George Whitefield Bowen containing his enlistment, details of next of kin, receipt of war medals, his service record and two reports of an accidental shooting and her other uncle William Robert was buried in Cheslyn Hay Cemetery on 11 July 1919 in Plot 25E with no headstone.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A handful of photographs from 96 year old Evelyn Lunt’s album and they include a range of photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. On them are named Olive Ford, Doris & Minnie Meakin, Jack Lunt, Evelyn, Alf & Ellen Bird, Bella Morgan, Art & Kathleen Pearce, Frances Rodwell, Irene, Brenda & Lil Wilkes, Maureen Fletcher, Lucy Ann, David & Percy James, Marlene Evans, Elsie Crowther, Lucy Ann Smith, David Seedhouse, Freddie Holloway, Elijah Whitehouse, Ted Denny, Gertrude Mason, Herbert & Chris Harris. All available at £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Interview with Evelyn Lunt (nee Bird), the Service and Celebration of the life of Malcolm Scott (1934 – 2014), a 1973 Council Map of Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley and a 1971 ‘Guide to the New Decimal Money’.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
19th June 1964 Vandalism and problems around the recreation ground in Cheslyn Hay.
20th June 1914 A story on William Wilkins.
MEMORIES We complete the story of Harold Whitehouse’s early years, his working life and his involvement with the ‘Four Wanderers’ on the radio.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson Database has now 16193 names and 4988 families and this week we look at one of the smaller trees – the Morgan Family going back to the 1700s and including other names Altree, Aubrey, Baker, Bate, Bladen, Bryan, Bullivant, Butler, Cooke, Cotterill, Cox, Crutchley, Fletcher, Hackett, Hitchens, Hodgekins, Hubery, Jackson, Jones, Kingston, Lawson, Lyons, Mason, Owen, Parker, Pearson, Poyner, Pye, Sargent, Stokes, Walker and Whitehouse.
GENERAL NEWS
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