Granny Crackett had full overview

Back door Granny CMy Granny and Granda Crackett had a rather unusual house. The front door was on Church St. and the back door was on Wellwood St. and the ground floor corner of the property was a shop (not theirs).

This photo (courtesy of Stan on facebook group “Old Amble in Photographs”) shows her back door. Opposite the Congregational church. Just past the crossroads and before the traffic sign. Those of you who grew up in Amble in the 50s. 60s and 70s may remember granny. Often to be seen at the back door. Knitting needles in hand and ball of wool in pinny pocket. And if you dared to sit on the Congs church wall she would chase you. She also sold Longstaffe’s bus tickets and vegetables from the allotment from her kitchen.

My problem as a child was that from this central position she had a full view of every possible way to go up or down through the town. Even on my bike I couldn’t whizz past her fast enough for her not to see which way I was going and ask me the next day where I had been !!

Amble High St. Methodist Church

Amble High St MethodistThis rather splendid building played a significant part in my childhood. It was here that my parents were married. Their wedding photo was taken on the steps at the front. I was christened here too. We went there every Sunday morning throughout my formative years. The chapel was upstairs and underneath was a hall and stage where, as a member of the Methodist Youth Group, I had my first stage performances. I have a very embarrassing photo of me in crepe paper, acting the part of a flower, which I am not planning to post here :)  I went on to become a Sunday School teacher in my teens. Many happy memories of people who had a big influence on me as I was growing up.

Unfortunately it no longer exists. It was demolished when I was in my teens and we moved to the other Methodist church in Percy St.

A big thanks to Stan from the facebook group “Amble in Old Photographs” for sharing this photo and being generous enough to allow others to use it to stir a few more memories.

Weyms variations

Snip George WeymsMy 6th great grandfather, George Weyms, married 3 times in Simonburn, Northumberland.  So far I have found 6 offspring. These are his three wives:

  • 1761: Margaret Rutherford (my 6th great grandmother)
  • 1770: Eleanor Dinning
  • 1782: Mary Charlton

This family seems to have provided a particular challenge to those poor clerks and ministers striving to make sense of their surname. Among the variations I have found so far are:

  • Weymes
  • Weyms
  • Weems
  • Weams
  • Wayman
  • Whemes
  • Weans
  • Weymiss
  • Wemyss

The latter variation makes me curious as to whether the family may have originated in Wemyss in Fife, Scotland.

Spoke too soon

This upgrade to Win 10 is not going to be as painless as I hoped.

  • Microsoft snip tool manages to snip but cannot file the snippet !
  • Microsoft Edge admits that it cannot access Ancestry and suggests (in Swedish!) that I use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Bad marketing from MS to recommend their competitors, but would otherwise be fine if Chrome wasn’t crashing too.
  • Then most annoying of all, they are trying to force me onto the Swedish ancestry site as I live in Norway. I don’t want to go there. I want  Aaarrrghhh.
Oh well, back to the ipad for everything else I want to do tonight……..The rest of the testing and troubleshooting will have to wait for another day.

Sync survived

20150908_182244Were Microsoft really serious when they asked me to “sit back and relax” as I upgraded to Windows 10? Have to confess I have been a little mystified by their scheduling system. Still have not figured out how my attempt to schedule this upgrade for Saturday 5th Sept at 12.00 suddenly popped up on Tuesday 8th Sept with an hour warning that it would run at 19.00. Jumped on the opportunity and hit “run now” before it changed its mind and disappeared again. Two hours and two restarts later I think my PC has survived the trauma.

The positive news is that I can still access my tree on Family Tree Maker and run a successful synchronisation to Ancestry. The negative is that Chrome is crashing which may have implications for my work on AncestryDNA. Everything else is going to have to wait till the weekend to test as I am off on another two day conference at the end of the week.

Sharing content

I added some sharing buttons yesterday. Still not sure I have full control over this functionality. When I view the blog from my ipad they seem to take a little too long to load. Please let me know if they are causing problems for you and I will delete some of them. Tried a test this evening using the facebook share button to send a post to some family members. Very curious to see how they will react to what turned up on their timelines.

My most complete quarter

The quarter of my tree that has proven easiest to follow through on paper trail is from my maternal grandmother, Margaret Jane Henderson (1899-1982), born in Amble. Perhaps this is because she was the one who knew most about her own ancestors so she gave me lots of good clues when I had to prepare a family tree at school when I was eleven.

In the composite picture of my 4 grandparents on the right hand panel of the blog she is at the bottom left.

Here is a snippet showing the first few generations. It is the only section of my tree where I can get to 4th great grandparents with no gaps, and as you can see from the little black arrows I can go even further on 9 lines.

My Henderson tree

If any of these couples belong to you to then please drop me a line as that means we are cousins.