My great great grandfather Randle Thornton died on 17 June 1907 at Amble in Northumberland. Randle was a 64-year-old coal miner when he died of Bright’s disease, which I understand to be chronic nephritis (kidney problems) and cardiac hypertrophy.
Randle married Mary Oliver in 1842 and they had 11 children: 5 girls and 6 boys. So far I have only focussed on the fates of two of their girls. Two Thornton sisters married two Henderson brothers. One of these couples was my great grandparents Archibald Henderson and Margaret Jane Thornton. The other couple was Newton Henderson and Mary Phyllis Thornton who are give rise to my California Henderson connection.
George Murray, Agnes Dickson Murray and William Murray in Lennel churchyard
Agnes Dickson Murray died on 15 June 1868 at Coldstream, Scotland. Agnes was the second wife of my 3x great grandfather George Murray. I suppose that makes her my step 3x great granny. Their marriage was a brief one, lasting only four years. I have found only one child for George and Agnes: a daughter Jane Agnes Murray who was only six months old when her mother died.
(Since I missed out on my postaday on 14 June this is a catch-up post to make up for yesterday)
John Robert Stavers was born on 15 June 1850 in Newcastle-upon Tyne. He was my second great grand uncle, the son of my 3x great grandparents Peter Stavers, cartman, and Margaret Young. John Robert was the youngest of their 7 children.
Memorial to Newton Henderson at grave of wife Mary Phyllis
My great granduncle, Newton Henderson, died in Long Beach, California on 13 June 1959. Uncle Newt was born in Amble in Northumberland in 1874. He and his sons emigrated to USA after the death of his wife, Mary Phyllis Thornton. Although his grave is in California there is a memorial to him on his wife’s grave at Amble West Cemetery. When I was a child my granny used to take me with her regularly when she went to place flowers on this grave on behalf of her American cousins.
Discovery channel have a programme on today entitled “Greatest tank battles”. It has started with the very first use of tanks at the battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916. Fascinating to watch as that was the day my great uncle Edmund Webb was killed on the Somme.
E is for Evidence
It took me far too long to learn the importance of evidence and of documenting my sources as I find them. This was partly because I found the formal documentation of sources in my tree software rather daunting. I now realise that even though I hopped over the formal documentation to start with that I could have saved myself a lot of extra work if I had at least used the notes section to jot down where I had found my information. The benefits of hindsight. Hopefully some day I will catch up with myself.
E is for Evans
E is also for Evans. Not a pedigree line for me, but nevertheless an important branch on my tree. My grandmother’s sister Jane Ann Turner (Auntie Jean) married a Welshman, William Daniel Evans in 1924. They lived in Swansea and had two boys born in the 1930s. Although I knew Auntie Jean from her regular visits to Northumberland I never met any of her family and have no idea whether her sons are still living or whether they had children. Too many Evanses in Glamorganshire for that line of research to be easy. Would love to hear from any of her family, so if you are one of her descendants reading this please drop me a comment and I will get back to you.
If you would like to know more about this alphabet challenge take a look at Family history through the alphabet.
William Spears died on 7 June 1954. William was the husband of my grandmother’s big sister Mary Henderson. William and Mary had 8 children and since these cousins were quite close to my granny I can remember quite a few of them and their families from my childhood.