Howdles Lane is named for George Howdle, who was proprietor of houses in in 1861. But who was George? Where did he come from? And how did he end up in an obscure lane off Watling Street, Brownhills? George is also related to my Dennis kindred.
Thanks to the General Register Office (GRO) continuing its trial for supplying PDF versions of entries of birth, marriage and death, I was able to solve a mystery, but not the one I expected. Continue reading “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”→
Well, there are 3,658 persons in Andrew’s Kindred, my family tree, or “hedgerow”, but none has a family name beginning with “Q”. Nor, even, a first name beginning with “Q”. And there is no royalty, so none of our queens is featured. Continue reading “Q is for …”→
What is the likelihood of two couples with identical names being married in the same quarter? Well, I guess if they were John Smith and Mary Jones it would not be such a surprise, but in this case they were Josiah Cooper and Edith Maria Birch. Continue reading “Strange marriage”→