Dennis’s End

This is the fourth and final part of my review of how my ancestors died.  So far, there has been nothing dramatic, but …

Previous episodes are: Brown’s End, Carter’s End, and Evans’s End.

Let’s start with my father. Continue reading “Dennis’s End”

Steel town shuttle

This concerns the family Brotherton and their journeys from Walsall to Middlesbrough and back.  The people are not direct ancestors, being ancestors of auntie Jessie, who married my uncle Alan Dennis (father’s brother).  It is also an example of how Ancestry’s hints can lead to something previously undiscovered.

There are two sources of curiosity about this part of the family hedgerow that is Andrew’s Kindred: Continue reading “Steel town shuttle”

The weir stones of Brindley

Recently, I posted about weirs at locks on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, inspired by Ray Shill’s book Silent Highways.  It seems to me that the chief engineer, James Brindley, and his assistants were experimenting with weir design along this stretch of canal, so here are a few images taken at various locks from Compton, Wolverhampton, down to Stourport.  Most folk don’t seem to notice these bits of engineering – I have seen them not noticing.

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“Circular weir, Compton – the circular weir was installed at many of the earliest locks on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. It is a design linked to James Brindley.” (Ray Shill)

The image above is from my earlier post, and is apparently one of the first built on this canal.  But they are not all circular, or walled off in similar ways. Continue reading “The weir stones of Brindley”

Y is for …

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Gatekeeper butterfly. See Yates below.

The latest in my ad hoc series on surname origins.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated or implied.

Some commentators on this topic go into lots of detail about derivations, but it seems to me to be unnecessary, in most cases, to go further than the obvious, e.g. Sawyer was a man who used a saw to cut wood.

Mister X Continue reading “Y is for …”

Evans’s end

Some time ago I looked at cause of death for my Brown and Carter ancestors.  Now I see what finished off my Evans ancestors.

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Nan (Harriet Jane Evans) in later years with yours truly.

Harriet Jane Evans (1887-1971) Continue reading “Evans’s end”

Blythe Spirit 239

Recently, I spent some time in the upper valley of the river Leam (pronounced Lemm), which flows through the Warwickshire countryside, past Leamington Hastings, Frankton (where it forms the southern parish boundary),  meandering generally westward, by Wappenbury, and Offchurch to Royal Leaminton Spa, where it is tributary to the Avon.

I didn’t get to the small, almost secret village of Frankton, where I knew some of my ancestors once lived.  These include my fourth great grandfather William Blythe (not to be confused with he of HMS Bounty), and his father Roger. Continue reading “Blythe Spirit 239”

W is for …

The latest in my ad hoc series on surname origins.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated or implied.

Some commentators on this topic go into lots of detail about derivations, but it seems to me to be unnecessary, in most cases, to go further than the obvious, e.g. Sawyer was a man who used a saw to cut wood.

Wainwright

Continue reading “W is for …”