Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 14th January 2018

14th January 2018

EVENTS  Peter Cadman has a busy week representing our Society with two popular and  nostalgic talks entitled ‘I do like to be beside the Seaside’ on Wednesday and Thursday to the ‘Target Club’ and the ‘96 Club’ respectively.  Peter is also involved as part of a presentation team involving employment skills at the Great Wyrley High School on Tuesday.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have Adrian Baillie from Dudley researching his local Masonconnections, arriving mid morning and he is hoping to meet anyone with links to this family.

REQUESTS   Sylvia Parsons emails from Essex ‘My g-g-g-g-grandfather Job Dukes was born in 1771 and I believe his father was Thomas Jukes(b1745/6) who was apparently married to Susanna Whit(e)house (banns recorded 14 Jul 1765).  I have not been able to find out much about Job except he married Maria Cox in 22 Sept 1800.  My father was Reginald Dukes who passed away in 1958. and my family have lived around Hertfordshire from the 1800’s and I have a marriage cert for Job Dukes (1823-1870)  and Matilda Osborn dated 1851 in Hemel Hempstead and a death cert in 1870 and on both documents Job was a ‘Shoemaker’.  The marriage certificate for Job and Matilda shows Job’s fathers name as Job Dukes who was a ‘Dealer’ but I have not been able to trace a birth document for this earlier Job, who I believe was born in 1771.  A Buckinghamshire burial index for 1828 shows a birth year for a John/Job  Dukes as 1771 and this is the Job I would like some information on.  I have a traced 11 births for this Job who married a Maria Cox in 1800, one being Job Dukes christened on 25 May 1823 which I believe is the Shoemaker and according to the 1851 census, in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, this Maria (Dukes) 1778 was born in 1778 in Wharely (Wyrley) Staffordshire with Job’s occupation shown as a China Dealer, which appears to tie in with the above information.

Two of Job’s (b1771) brothers I believe are William (b 1787) and Richard Dukes (b 1766).   According to the 1851 census William is living in Buckinghamshire and is a China Dealer but it states that he was born in Kenneth (Cannock) Staffordshire.  I have both William and Richard’s wills with Richard stating ‘he leaves his brothers Job and William a legacy.

Thomas Jukes (b 1745/6 in Cheslyn Hay, died 1871) (please note name Jukes) he married Susanna Whit(e)house (christened 18 Jun 1747 at Oldbury) at St Luke’s in Cannock.  Children were – Richard (b1766 who married Margaret Whit(e)house, maybe relative of his mums), Job (b1771) and William (b1787) and I believe there were Jane, Mary and Thomas as well.

I am now planning a visit to see your local area as I still have family connections in Cannock.

RESPONSES  Following a request from Debra in October when our Vi helped to produce her Steadman family tree back to Paul Steadman in 1797 one of our members has now linked this Paul into his own Merchant tree and he is able to provide further information going back into the earlier 1700s.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Dr Alan Jones, author of ‘The Edaljis – A Family in Turmoil’ has posted updated information from newspaper reports of four aspects of the Edalji case with full copies of the anonymous letters and the Edaljis’ responses to them, details of all the animal atrocities, the dispute when the vicar, Shapurji Edalji, refused to have a hymn sung at the funeral of Mr J H Whitehouse’s young daughter and coverage of the dispute when the churchwardens refused to serve under Shapurji because of the ‘unpleasantness and increasing troubles’ and that the office had ‘lost its honour and dignity’.

OLD NEWSPAPERS of 1919 researched by Dave Washington  Stories covering the request of a watering cart to visit Cheslyn Hay’s main street, a dispute on cookery teaching at the Salem, a refusal to pave and erect shelters in the Cheslyn Hay school playground, a sale of furniture and effects of the late Fanny Bill of Cheslyn Hay House and a Welcome Home Reception for 90 GW Lewis Rosemary Tileries employees returning from the war with presentations to Capt Kenneth Knox MC, Lieut Leonard Knox VC, Frank Emberton DCM and Frank Darby MM.


11th January 1968  The funeral of Mrs Alice Hawkins, of Grasmere

11th January 1968  Death and will of Mr Albert James Bowater of 19 Littlewood Road

11th January 1968  Details of Talbot 9 – 0 win.

11th January 1968  Success on the snooker table for T Cascarino, R GregoryP Cole and S Rothwell.

12th January 1918  Thomas Bate found guilty in court.

12th January 1918  Richard Benton, Thomas Lockett and George Ridgeway were charged and found guilty in court.

12th January 1918  On Sunday evening a special service was held at Salem Methodist church in aid of the Blind Soldiers.

12th January 1918  Meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross society.

12th January 1918  The prospects for the coming session of the Salem Social Class involving Mr John Horton and Mr Joseph Baker.

GENERAL NEWS   The Pet Shop, opposite the Colliers Arms, that have provided a first class service over so many years is finally closing down on Friday, 2nd February.  They are currently having a Clearance Sale of everything including all pet food and pet accessories as well as gardening items, cards and stationery.  So please make the Pet Shop a priority if you have any need for any of these items.  Opening hours are Wednesday & Fridays (9-1pm, 2-5pm) and Saturday 9-1pm.

MAC WALMSLEY  Funeral is on Tuesday, 23rd January, at Bushbury Crematorium and afterwards at the Hawkins Sports Club.  Peter Cadman asks to be contacted on 01785 213678 or   as he needs to know for catering purposes.   

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