Bardic furniture poses a question or two Has the family a poet, and doesn't know it?

The will of great aunt Emma Jane Evans nee Scott has emerged out of the ether {1, 3}. This confirmed that cousin Joseph Gregory was indeed its named executor in 1961, even if he was described in the probate record as an ironmonger rather than in his more well-known musical role.

There are a number of other reasons why this document is of interest.

Who’s bardic chair (and desk)?

Clause 5 of the will contains this:

to Rhoda Gregory of 286 North Road Cardiff the monies owing to me from the purchaser of 7 Park Crescent Barry … also my oak sideboard and my late uncle’s Bardic Chair and desk.

 » Continue reading Bardic furniture poses a question or two Has the family a poet, and doesn't know it?

A fraud of a husband Court appearance throws light on family history

On first glance the attached newspaper article, about a fraud allegedly undertaken by William Walters, would seem to be just a background piece to the main family history. William was at one stage married to great aunt Phyl – Phyllis Amelia Scott.

By reading through to the end, however, three distinct lines of inquiry emerge which have a broader impact.

The cutting is from The West London Star, Friday 21st September 1934, under the column heading ‘Police Court News, Monday’ (sourced from British Newspaper Archive/ FindMyPast). » Continue reading A fraud of a husband Court appearance throws light on family history

Back on the trail with Bertram Another Scott relation found on military service

A nephew of great granddad Charles Scott made his way to Oz in 1912, returning to Europe with the Australian army a few years later.

On the trail

As highlighted some time ago in ‘A Major breakthrough in the Scott line‘, some of great grandfather Charles Vickery Scott’s siblings have been rather hard to track down. This time, I skipped a generation and looked at why nephew Bertram had disappeared after 1911 {2} – with his mother’s last appearance being his 1890 Seavington baptism record! » Continue reading Back on the trail with Bertram Another Scott relation found on military service

A Major breakthrough in the Scott line Taking a tank to knock down a small brick wall

The siblings – full, half, and step varieties – of great grandfather Charles Scott haven’t had much of a look in on Cutlock and Co so far (just ‘How to Brake the records‘). Sadly this is mainly because most of them died in infancy. Also Scott is another of those common names, and (unlike the Smith line) no unusual or fixed middle names to help.

Of those that survived to adulthood:

  • Older sister Mary Elizabeth, born 1872, disappears from the record after 1881 but leaves behind a son.
 » Continue reading A Major breakthrough in the Scott line Taking a tank to knock down a small brick wall

An array of Osbornes Knocking down a wall to see the wider picture

Up until the beginning of this month (April 2016), two of great grandmother Amelia Osborne’s siblings had proved elusive, despite looking for several years. The brick wall has well and truly been smashed through thanks to third cousin Alan Croad, for one of the two at least.

Elizabeth Osborne, the middle child of the family, married Fred Tucker in Neath district, rather than the expected Pontypridd, in 1899. With this cracked, it is easy to find her in 1901 and 1911 census, both times living near to sister Ellen and her Woodland crew in Blaengwynfi {1}. » Continue reading An array of Osbornes Knocking down a wall to see the wider picture

The Vickery family from Seavington

It has been quite some time since the last “all that we know about ….” round-up piece on a particular line or individual in the family tree, although there has been plenty of updating of the various ‘People’ pages. {1}

The Vickery branch hasn’t had much of a look-in yet, so this article makes a start.

Mary Ann Vickery, born 1851 Seavington St Michael, Somerset (baptism 10th August 1851), married Walter Scott 30th March 1872 in the same place.  » Continue reading “The Vickery family from Seavington”