Squeals of delight The wheeling dealing Osbornes

Another delightful occupational title has come to light, after a little gap filling and “new” records checking on the family tree {1}. Previously I had somehow identified 4x great grandfather Joseph Osborne as a (farm) labourer, supposedly per his son Robert’s marriage registration {5}. However, on making use of Ancestry’s Somerset collection, the original image for this event shows him to be a ‘Pig Jobber’!

As defined by a list of old occupations {2}, this is someone who “Bought pigs and then sold them off for profit”. » Continue reading Squeals of delight The wheeling dealing Osbornes

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

A love is paid The humble origins of the Vickery line

The parish registers from two hundred years or more ago can be rather basic in terms of the useful genealogical information we can glean. However, some of the quirks and comments of the old free form entries are fascinating, perhaps for baptisms in particular.

Previously the Somerset parish records made available online on various sites have only been transcriptions, of varying quality, so the foibles are missing (and probably some parishes and periods too). » Continue reading A love is paid The humble origins of the Vickery line

No flight of fancy Taking to the air in WW1

I had, until yesterday, concluded from researches so far that it was unlikely that any family connection had served in the fledgling air services of World War One. But an ‘absent voters list’ entry in 1920 for William George Taylor of 40 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, a first cousin of grannie Scott, shows that I was wrong – described as 248748 Pte., R.A.F.

As it happens, the ‘Best websites’ review section in the current (February) issue of Who Do You Think You Are magazine is on “Royal Air Force”, read a few days ago more for background than expectation of usefulness. » Continue reading No flight of fancy Taking to the air in WW1

Taken to Trask

Here are the further newspaper cuttings featuring the Trask family in Weymouth and Merriott, as promised in the year-end round-up {1} which included a section on press appearances of George Trask in the archives.

George (about 1863 to Feb 1950) became the second husband of two times great aunt Margaret ‘Annie’ Osborne (1874-1941) in 1905.

The cuttings range from the seemingly insignificant to rather more serious reports.

grassdamage_osborneassaultwithtrasksisters_21May1880Damaging Grass, from Western Gazette 21st May 1880, has Uriah Bell, George Rendall and George Trask, young fellows of Merriott, summoned for doing malicious damage to grass, with a police constable seeing them jumping in the field in question on Sunday April 18th. » Continue reading “Taken to Trask”

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”