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

Tracing the Osborne inscriptions at Trealaw

The hundredth article on Cutlock & Co {1} is as good as any to re-visit the photographs taken at Trealaw Cemetery back in April 2011 {3}. This time it is a focus on the Osborne side.

The grave of great great grandparents William and Mary Ann Osborne was perhaps the easiest to find – right next to one of the main paths.

Son Daniel predeceased his parents, age just 19 in 1909. » Continue reading “Tracing the Osborne inscriptions at Trealaw”

Site stats can help in odd ways

Sometimes I feel I get a bit obsessed with checking the statistics on this site. I like to see what visitors are searching for and what pages they read (or at least visit). This can be useful though – allowing me to respond quickly to my new Cullum cousin recently for instance. The stats can also prompt a tweak in the content, making me realise I haven’t quite got the content up to date or clear enough to answer a search phrase. » Continue reading “Site stats can help in odd ways”

A question of religion in Yorkshire

Parish records for West Yorkshire were released on Ancestry this week. Not many ancestors or distant relations in this area, and the few who were in Leeds had left Poland, presumably due to the persecution of Jews there. Parish records were of course held (and created) by the Church of England, so are very unlikely to include those of the Jewish faith. I had a look, just in case.

There is no sign of the Brookstone family in these records, but the related Gladstones do appear. » Continue reading “A question of religion in Yorkshire”

Brookstone in Leeds, Manchester, New York and Tonypandy

One of the earliest articles on Cutlock and Co was about tracking down the background to the Brookstone family, connected via great great aunt Lily Osborne’s husband Jonny. See Finding that elusive Jewish connection.

Jonny’s younger sister Eva,  born about 1883 Leeds, gets a mention there, but I couldn’t be sure where she went after 1901. With a full Ancestry sub I can now be confident that a voyage to New York in 1920 was indeed hers, with the full passenger list giving the right place of birth. » Continue reading “Brookstone in Leeds, Manchester, New York and Tonypandy”

Finding that elusive Jewish connection

The joys of the chase! I’ve cracked a conundrum on the family’s Jewish connection.

I’d at one time thought that granddad’s first name of Levi (which he hated) had a  Jewish connection. While both his grandfather and a cousin had the same name (if sometimes spelt differently, most often Levy), there is no other hint of such a link.

What has been more certain is great great aunt Lily Osborne married Jonny Brookstone, of Jewish origin and probably from Poland. » Continue reading “Finding that elusive Jewish connection”