EVENTS Speakers night July 26th. Back by popular demand we have Tony Kelly, the Sales Director of Firmins of Birmingham. They are the second oldest manufacturer in the UK having been established in 1672 and having strong links to Royalty. Their products were present at the Battles of The Nile, Trafalgar, Waterloo and Gettysburg, and they still continue to supply uniforms, swords and insignia to the Guards regiments that are so popular with visitors to the Royal Palace & Trooping the Colour. Items made by their skilled craftsmen will be on show. The title of Tony’s talk is ‘The Finishing Touch of the Button’ part 2 and is on Thursday at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admittance £1 including refreshments.
On Thursday July 26th we are having the second of our beginners course on Family History at the Cheslyn Hay library from 2.00 pm until 5.00pm. For further information telephone Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295, or just turn up on the day
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week Trevor is appealing for help in the scrutiny and naming of the photographs he has received and as outlined below.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Further to the enquiry from Ann Molloy in Australia who wants to discover how her Stokes’ ancestors managed to own property when only miners we have made further study into the family history and discovered Joseph Stokes owned a house and a plot of land (ref 331 & 328 on our Tithe Maps) in Queen Street as well as John Stokes in Little Wood in the early 1800s but also the Stokeses were involved having properties that were sold at auctions in 1827 and 1839. John Stokes was also involved with a John Smith when they obtained the lease of a Cheslyn Hay mine for 99 years in 1832 which they were forced to sue the Sayers for an alleged breach of contract.
Another connection with Ann’s family came from Alicia Woolaston, a visitor to our Base, who was interested in the information on James Hodgkins and Rebecca Stokes emailing ‘I think James may have been born 1792 in Penn and possibly died 1823. Sorry I have not got the full package on ancestry so unable to access the record again to send the full information. Attached is his military record of 1812 in Massachusetts as well as his application for a war pension. His roll number and pension number are on it. I could be completely barking up the wrong tree but maybe your researchers may like to take a look and see if there is any value in it.’
After John’s request from last week we have looked into the New Connexion baptisms in Cheslyn Hay (1790-1835) and there are seven baptisms registered for the Locketts including the full details of two baptisms that he was enquiring about – Moses and Elanor. For further enquiries we have now recorded the family names of these baptisms and are listed below in ‘What’s in our Archives’.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two photographs of the Holly Bank No 2 Colliery at Essington (ES-PLC-26 & 27) and two Carnival photographs from the 1950s (RE-CAR-355 & 356). £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES These are the family names of the 152 baptisms listed at the New Connexion Chapel (prior to the Salem) collated by James Lawson from 1790 – 1835. Addams, Ashton, Baker, Belcher, Blewitt, Brough, Bullivant, Churm, Clegg, Cole, Cooper, Crutchley, Dace, Davies, Day, Eccleshaw, Goswell, Hayward, Hemingsley, Hinton, Hodgkins, Horton, Jones, Lawson, Leyland, Lockett, Moore, Morgan, Newman, Parker, Parkinson, Peace, Pearson, Perry, Pinnock, Poyner, Read, Shorter, Simkin, Smith, Stanley, Street, Taylor, Tonks, Walker, Webb, Whitehouse, Wollaston, Wood.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS We have just received a package of 150 wonderful photographs from Diana Green, the possession of her late mother Mrs Phyllis Hallchurch. They are mainly connected to her Stokes and Woottonfamilies but also contain many photographs of the following – Ridgway, Hawkins, Walton, Dakin, Martin, Hackett, Harrold, Perks, Smith, Pearson and Barratt as well as 94 unknown ones. There are also some fascinating ones including Arthur ‘killed in action 15 Oct 1917’, ‘Barry Richards left for Australia July 1949’, several weddings with one of Meg & John Dixie (27 Jul 1940), WWI soldiers, WWII RAF personnel, a lad in a wicker wheelchair and ones just named ‘Edie’, ‘Clifford’ and ‘Marjorie’. The local connection is also confirmed with some photographers named as Eric Pee of 25 Hatherton Street and Lockley & Poxon from Bridgtown & Cheslyn Hay.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
18th July 1968 Cannock Advertiser Story of Cheslyn Hay garage owners, Raymond and John Dickin rebuilding a 1921 Morgan.
18th July 1968 Fears that the Talbot S.C. football clubs number one fan were being treated unfairly by the Cannock Chase Football League by Miss Lynne Yates, who demanded an explanation.
20th July1918 Cannock Chase Courier Official news was received by Mr. and Mrs. W. Bowen, of Hatherton Street, that their son Sergeant George W. Bowen, of the Royal Scots had been killed in action with full details of his life and army career. Also it appears that Private W. Westwood, also of Hatherton Street, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Westwood, who is in the Northumberland Fusiliers, is missing. He has not been heard of since May 27th.
20th July1918 Results of a Flag Day arranged by Mrs. S. Poxon and Miss Ruby Brearley for the British Red Cross Society.
20th July1918 A meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society with a report from Mr. Brough who had sent two parcels for Private J. Waltho and Private G. Kingston who are Prisoners of War.