EVENTS Roger’s coach trip to Alrewas and then Tutbury Castle on the afternoon for a guided tour by the curator Lesley Smith including a cream tea this Thursday 7th June but unfortunately all places were booked weeks ago.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are helping Bridgtown LHS with their research on all aspects of Hawkins Tileries for their new book on ‘Industry’.
RESPONSES Further to Jeanette’s request from Virginia in the newsletter dated 8th April re her g-grandfather, John William Jones, of Prees in Shropshire, who married Emma K Butler of Cheslyn Hay, she emails her thanks for the information we have provided for her from one of our members, Gill, who is a direct descendant of Emma and they have been able to exchange much family history. Jeanette adds that ‘I have to tell you that your help enabled me to drill down into missing family members here in the US and I have found the children and grandchildren of George Jones, born to John and Emma Butler Jones in Cheslyn Hay in 1898. I have a reunion scheduled with both sides in July. I cannot wait! I hope then to have more info on John and Emma and their sons John and George Jones. I’m told there are several boxes of documents and photos for me to go through!’
Although we have been unable to contact Ann Molloy’s other Australian part of her Isaiah & Sophia Bate family, we have had an immediate response from Trevor Bate, one of our local members, who has extensive research into this family line and they will now be in contact with one another. Our own records show that ‘Sophia Hodgkins b abt1822 in Cheslyn Hay and christened 20 April 1822 married Isaiah Bate (b abt1821) & christened 14 June 1821. They married at St Peters in Wolverhampton on 27 Dec 1841. Ann emails ‘It’s so exciting learning about my Cheslyn Hay relatives as my relatives left to go to Stoke in the mid 1800s. My dad used to tell me his grandfather walked all the way from Cannock although he could not read track signs. He was a besom maker, who I believe was Charles Stokes (b1832). His father was John Stokes who was married to Rebecca Hodgkins, living in Little Wood. According to the records, he owned two cottages there. In his 1870 will he stipulated that his daughter Sophia Bate and family were to live in the other cottage for as long as necessary after which it would be sold upon the death of Rebecca. He died in 1874 and she in 1878. Sophia remarried and eventually moved. I would like to find where the cottages stood if possible.’
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington All three reports from the Walsall Observer, all dated 1918, and all concerning the First World War involving Councillor Mr Baxter, Second Lieutenant Harold Hawkins and L/Corp George Allen.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
30th May 1968 Cannock Advertiser The outcome of the Cheslyn Hay residents petition for the continued use of a petrol filling station for car repairs from the Minister of Housing and Local Government. Full details.
30th May 1968 The funeral of Mr Dennis Jackson, of 195 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.
30th May 1968 Information of Talbot S C’s successful football season with B Charlesworth, R Benton, Maginess and Thompson.
1st June 1918 Cannock Chase Courier Successful year for the allotments particularly mentioning the methods and experiments of M T Wright.
1st June 1918 News that Private George Kingston of Queen Street, had been wounded and was a Prisoner of War.
1st June 1918 At the weekly meeting of the Relief Committee Mrs Harvey had received a letter from Private Norman Jones, who is in Salonica, giving details.
1st June 1918 The Salem Methodist Church and the adjoining Institute are forming a cycling and tennis club for the members with information.
REG WHITTINGHAM Another one of our long standing members passed away on Saturday, 25th May. Having celebrated his recent 80th birthday with us at the Base he will be greatly missed for his knowledge and his companionship. Born locally and educated at Pinfold Lane School, Reg had a lifelong career down the mines working at several of the local pits including Hawkins before finishing at Littleton Colliery as an overman. He was also one of the last surviving members of the Rescue Services in the area but he will always be appreciated for the time he so generously gave to display his range of fossils and mining equipment at our Annual Exhibitions.
PAT POTTS (nee Marshall) Funeral of Mrs Pat Potts is at St Mark’s Church at 10am this Tuesday 5th June, followed by interment at Cheslyn Hay Cemetery and a repast at Great Wyrley Old Hall and not last Tuesday as incorrectly reported.
MEMORIES A poem from Glenys (nee Hammond) of her childhood memories of the tramway, the Slings, the trains, the canal barges and the pubs and the everyday working lives of the old miners.