Our Salem Base is open every Tuesday from 10am, but we are closing at 2pm this week for a meeting.
All welcome.Another request from Bernard in America who emails ‘I was wondering if anyone at the Cheslyn Hay LHS would have a database of graves at the Rushall Cemetery. I think it is called St Michaels and I learned yesterday that Joseph Jackson Snr is buried there. He was born about 1752, married Lucy Davidson in Dec 1774 and died in 1813. He was Joseph Jackson Jnr’s father and as you were so successful in finding Joseph Jackson Jnr (1789-1837) and his (my) family, that I hope you might help. As you may recall you discovered the Jackson family living and farming in Holly Bush Hall area. Joseph Jackson Jnr was married to Sarah Cartwright (eventually after Joseph died, Sarah married Joseph Tufft). This Joseph Jackson would be his father who was married to Lucy Davidson in Walsall in December, 1774. They were apparently, the first Jacksons to migrate to Holly Bush from Bentley near Bloxwich where they had 5 children and then they had four more at Holly Bush. Nine kids…wow! What I want to determine is if the grave of Joseph Jackson is truly at Rushall and see if there are other Jacksons buried there as I am hoping to find his parents or siblings. His wife Lucy Jackson (nee Davidson) (1750-?) may be there as well. Can you assist me?’
After locating the graves for Mike Birch’s grandparents earlier this month, David from Canada who has links with this Birch family tree emails ‘I do not have Michael showing in my database. Frederick and Clara Birch had nine children and so far I have only managed to extend three of those lines. Those would be his aunts and uncles so hopefully he would be invaluable to me in bringing all those lines into the present. I did manage to locate a picture of Frederick and perhaps he may be able to confirm that is actually him.
‘Responses this week comes from Marcia (nee Perks) who remembered Harold Corns as he worked part time in the offices at J Wood & Son in North Street, Bridgtown when she worked there and she relates her memories there. But our researchers Andrew and Jean provide much more information with the Corns family originating from South Africa and Harold’s wedding to Annie Alice Douglas and the Wollaston line going back to the early 1800s including Eleanor Wollaston and Simeon Frank Perks. Once again this links up with Andrew’s major project of the combined Cheslyn Hay family trees database. And for Jill from Brisbane, our researcher solves the problem and separates the two Wood lines. and his wife is where the confusion lay, and Jean takes the line back to 1786 and James was the illegitimate child of Mary Wood and he was baptised on 12 October 1835 in Cheslyn Hay. Archive additions and artefact donations this week include the Thomas WoodMary Ann Dacefull history of the Rev George Henry Parbrook (1884 – 1956). Also a school report for a 12 year old Olive Whitehouse signed by Ikey Stokes and Ernie Carter dated 23 December 1936 as well as Olive’s Sewing Bag beautifully embroidered with her name and a note confirming that it has kept Olive’s knitting and sewing in it for the past 76 years.
And in our newspaper research this week we cover the news stories, events and court cases of the first six months of 1906, mentioning Edwin Handy, Wm Perks, Wm Shaw, James Walker, James Hemmingsley, Joe Baker, Samuel Brough, George Moore, Annie Alice Douglas, Isaac Stokes, John Felton, Charles Lockett, Wm Henry Steadman, Miss Jones of Hillside, Wm Thomas Summerton, George Mason and PC Hulme. Also court cases where Albert Hawkins, Wm Morgan, Wm Perks and Job Whitehouse were all prosecuted for selling ‘short measure’ in their shops and cricket matches involving W Lawson, W Horton, JV Greensill, G Whitehouse, R Evans, E Marshall, G Wootton, E Field, A Hamblett, J Bullock, R Shorter, D Smith, F Bown, AE Elwell, G Allen, A Wollaston, W Pearce, B Dutton and E Pearson. Copies available at £1 per report. In Mike Belcher’s ‘What Happened this Week 100 Years Ago’ there is a story of a cycling accident in which the rider W Butler was badly injured and had to be conveyed to hospital by Mr G H Seedhouse.
Also our ‘Memories’ come this week from Olive (nee Whitehouse) who recorded her ‘Childhood Memories’ twelve years ago and it is in response to last week’s request for anyone who can recollect the plane crash and the pilot baling out over Cheslyn Hay in WWII. Olive recalls the night in question very well and explains what day to day life was like during the Second World War through the eyes of a teenage girl and written in a light humorous way. Full details of any of the above reports can be available by request to this email address below. email@example.com