EVENTS Our 12 month programme has now been finalised and will be distributed to all of our members shortly but we have a special event next month with the appearance of actress and performing historian, Lesley Smith. Lesley is the curator of Tutbury Castle but is perhaps better known as the resident historian on the television programme ‘Most Haunted Live!’ as well as presenting and featuring in many other television shows. It is a ticket only occasion and members and their families can prebook their places before April 30th by contacting either Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295 or Roger on 01785 212412. Date is Thursday 31 May starting at 7.30pm at the Salem Schoolroom and tickets are £5.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to view our archives and photographs with our researchers available to help with any enquiries.
REQUESTS From Neil Anstee of New Zealand who emails ‘I write to you for some assistance please. With my parents having recently joined a Cannock Reminiscence Group, I thought it would be interesting to find out more about our family tree of theAnstees and the Kirkhams. This spur has once again given me an opportunity to regain my lost impetus to enquire whether any progress has been made regarding my family search since I emailed you last year. My family and I are returning to the UK in mid-May and would be pleased to discuss any options available to us at that time.’
RESPONSES Last week in Jeanette’s appeal for information on her relative Julia Jones, we now have details of where she was in service.
We have been able to help Judy Desha from Australia with a series of photographs of relatives going back 100 years and we are planning to exchange photographs over the coming weeks as Judy has several of them, mostly containing unidentified Cheslyn Hay residents. She is also planning a holiday over here for next year.
Following a visit to our Base last month to further her interests in her Sambrook family tree, Stephanie Hazelwood, has now been connected with a member who is researching the same line of Sambrooks.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS We have been donated the family history of Enoch Holland who lived at 166 Station Street, and was a direct descendant of King Henry VII including newspaper cuttings with a photograph of the family chest in black oak dating back to 1469.
Also an undated newspaper report covering the histories of the local pits and pubs as well as mentions of local characters Albert Tomkinson, Tom Bentley, Albert Deakin, William H Barsby, Sam Watson, Mrs Frank Wallace and some Jellyman stories.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington From the year of 1857 we have newspaper reports involving Edward Turer, William Jones, Eusebius Bullivant, Israel Deakin, Richard Jones Jnr, John Baker, William Sayer, William Jones, Joseph Tonks and Joseph Whitehouse.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
Cannock Chase Courier – 13th April 1918 News has been received by Mr and Mrs William Shorter, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, that their son Gunner Jack Shorter, has been killed in France, with full details.
13th April 1918 In loving memory of Thomas Marshall of 164 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES From an article written by Pat Everiss in October 2005.
Random selection of payments from the overseers’ accounts for the poor between 1766 and 1800, with full information on Edward Ash, Robert Derry, Francis Warrilow, Elizabeth Wilcox, Solomon Horton, William Titley and Samuel Cooper.
APPEAL An interesting email received this week from Roger Betts on how our local accents may have changed over the years.