I expected to find the odd cosmetic adjustment to age somewhere in my tree, but I find that the most creative and irritating of all my age adjusters is great grandfather Robert Webb who either could not count or told big fibs. The few official documents I have managed to find for him indicate that he is the son of Edmund Webb and that he was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1849, 1850, 1854, 1857 and 1861
For more information on this intriguing conundrum take a look at my Brick Wall page.
When I picked up blog writing again in February after a year of writer’s block I decided to be ambitious and aim for a new post every day. Today is the one month anniversary of the new kick-off and so far I have achieved the postaday goal. In the past month my main readers have been from Norway, UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands.
Lazing on a Sunday afternoon. I took advantage of the spring sunshine to sit out on the balcony with a cuppa and do some blog tidying in preparation for writing some of the more interesting stories that will flesh out the names and dates and give a better picture of my ancestors’ lives. Among the changes made today are:
Surnames– added several new names to the list and set up a marking system for names added in the current month.
Places– developed the introduction further and added a few more towns and villages to the list of those I intend to write about.
Wrongdoings– tidied up the introduction and the list of events I plan to write about
Gruesome ends – added to the introduction and to the list of unpleasant and untimely deaths that I plan to write about.
I have now begun to develop the Thornton page under My Family. The first Thornton in my pedigree is Margaret Jane Thornton born in 1871 in Choppington, Northumberland. I have traced the family further back to Newburn and Hartburn. Margaret Jane Thornton is my matrilineal great grandmother.
Much of today’s effort has been devoted to trying to tie down my connection to the Doleman family. My grandfather Jonathan Doleman Webb had several Doleman “cousins” in Amble in Northumberland, but I have been unable to work out exactly where the relationship lies. I cannot find any appropriate Webb-Doleman marriages to tie the connection to his paternal line or Davis-Doleman marriages to tie it to his maternal line. I have now traced the Amble Doleman line back to Bilston in Staffordshire in the hope that this may shed some light.
John Doleman, born about 1776 in Bilston, Staffordshire was working as a chape filer at age 75. Never having heard of a chape before, I had to investigate further and have now concluded that he filed metal buckles. I learn something new every day through my genealogy research.