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“We were the singers…”

““I am a labourer, and reside at Stillingfleet; I am one of the singers at the parish church, and went along with the deceased persons … to sing the Christmas hymn … We were the singers at Stillingfleet church…”

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“A Real Rogue… A Bad Little Fellow”

How often do you find a direct line ancestor mentioned in a book? Judging by what I found yesterday – it’s not always a desirable thing. I was killing time at York Library yesterday after a fun morning at the dentist’s, waiting for my lift home, when I spied this on the Local History shelf, […]

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William Potter, The Prisoner of Van Dieman’s Land

This article was first published in ‘Family Tree Magazine’, in 2010.   It tells  the story of two of my ancestors –  Sgt James Brumby, and William Potter. One was a law abiding marine, accompanying the Third Fleet convicts out to Australia in the 1790s and the other – one of my ‘favourite’ ancestors, although he […]

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The Inevitable Shaggy Dog Story

Well I suppose a shaggy dog story was inevitable, at some point, for me! This one happened to William Nattriss, farmer. He married Ann Guy who was an ancestor of both of my parents, by some bizarre quirk of fate. ‘Bizarre’ given the fact my dad was from Leeds and my mum from Ryther.   […]

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Bally Balaclavas

We’re going Balaclava crazy here. Maybe because we’re still enjoying the Yesterday channel’s Colditz fest. Maybe because it’s bally cold out there chaps, what? It all started with my attempts to knit an Edwardian balaclava, from M. Elliot Scrivenor’s 1903 ‘Knitting & Crocheting Book’. Even though what I was meant to be doing, was knitting […]

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Three of Knives.

In which one of the Thompson brothers gets handy with a gun, back in 1836. One for the genealogists and historians today!  Knitters beware – the balaclava is coming on apace. And will be blogged very soon! Some time back, I wrote about my American relatives in Illinois, being victims to an accomplished horse stealer, […]

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Steam-Punk Balaclava?

Here it comes again! ‘Sunk Island’ (my Humber/Ouse kids’ gansey) has just been re-published in ‘TheKnitting Collection 2’. Available from W.H. Smiths or via Yudu. You can see it on the back cover, in rather nice company, bottom row. It’s second from right. No 5 son thought it a bit surreal as when we picked […]

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Genealogy History Leeds local history

Trunk No. 8

  My blog posts are like buses – nothing for ages then two come at once. This is another pic found on my sons’ machine.  Dad, outside his house,  in Leeds, would be early 1930s.  This house was technically a ‘back  to back’  so it had two addresses. This side of the house I never […]