Wednesday, 16 April 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 16: Catherine Burns and brother Bernard Burns - Ireland to Canada

On 15 May 1920, Catherine Burns, the sister of Bernard Burns, of Belfast completed Form 30A - Canadian Ocean Arrivals.  On the form she stated she was a 26 year old machine operator of Belfast, Ireland.  She was coming to Canada for work, had 40 shillings in her possession and her passage had been paid for by C Turnbull Co.  Her next of kin was listed as her brother, Bernard of 8 Murphy Street, Belfast.

On 23 September (?) 1922, Bernard Burns completed Form 30A - Canadian Ocean Arrivals.  On the form his present occupation was listed as general jobber but his intended occupation was that of tanner.  He was going to Canada with the intention of settling permanently and had £5 in his possession.  His passage was paid by his sister, Catherine Burns of 76 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ont.  Bernard's next of kin, in his country of origin, was given as his brother, Hugh Burns of 8 Murphy Street, Belfast.

CB Source - Ancestry
BB Source - Ancestry

Friday, 11 April 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 15: James Swan

James Swan was born about 1819 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. James lived in St Pancras, Middlesex, England in 1851 but by 1861 he was back living in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

I believe James had the following children:
  • William Albert Swann was born in 1841 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Alfred Swann was born in 1843 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Eliza Swan was born in 1845/1849 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Mary Swan was born in 1850/1852 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Jane Swan was born about 1850/1852 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Edward Swan was born about 1854 in London, England. 
  • Ellen Swan was born about 1856 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Elizabeth Swan was born about 1858 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
  • Phoebe Swan was born about 1860 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 
My research question is to find out if this family is related to the famous silversmith,James Josiah Swann (1837- 1922).

52 Ancestors: Week 14: Alfred Smallwood (1815-1893 Birmingham)

Alfred Smallwood was born in 1815 in Aston, Birmingham, England to Joseph and Mary Smallwood. He died on 20 September 1893 in Staffordshire, England. He was a Brass Founder.

When he was about 44, he married Sarah Dell Arnold (daughter of Francis Arnold and Mary Dell) on 28 March 1859 in Aston, St Peter and St Paul, Warwickshire, England.

Alfred Smallwood and Sarah Dell Arnold had the following children:
  • Alfred Smallwood born 1843
  • Elizabeth B Smallwood born 1846
  • Frank Smallwood was born 1861
  • Emily Arnold Smallwood was born about 1864

Thursday, 27 March 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 13: Charles William Henry Pitts (1835 location unknown - 1879 Allahabad, India)

Charles William Henry Pitts was born in about 1835.  According to his two marriage certificates his father was John Pitts.  On 3 April 1854, when Charles was about 19, he married Caroline Amelia Pitts (the daughter of Peter Pitts and Elizabeth Merit) in Peshawar, Bengal, India. When he was about 24, he married Ella Jane Kelly on 10 January 1859 in Allahabad, Bengal, India.  He died on 5 May 1879 in Allahabad, Bengal, India and was listed as a Bootmaker according to India Deaths and Burials.  He was buried on 6 May 1879.

I believe that Charles William Henry Pitts and Ella Jane Kelly had the following children:
  • Alfred Charles Herbert Pitts was born in 1862.
  • William Spencer Pitts 1865-1887
  • Susan Maud Pitts 1866-1866
  • Richard Stanley Pitts 1869-1943
  • Frances Eveline Pitts 1871-1895
  • Francis Charles Pitts was born in 1872
  • Sybil Rosamund Pitts 1875-1910
  • Lilian Catherine Pitts was born in 1878.
If anyone has a John Pitts in their family tree with a son Charles William Henry Pitts, please get in touch.

52 Ancestors: Week 12: Abbotts Bromley (c1829-?), West Browmich

A short post to help me catch up as I am very behind on the 52 Ancestor posts.  

I love his unusual name but it does not help when trying to research him.

Abbotts Bromley was born in 1829 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England as the fifth child of Thomas Bromley and Mary Ann Clive. He had six siblings, namely: John, George, Keziah, William, Joshua, and Sarah.

Abbotts Bromley was counted in the census in 1851 in Oak Road, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England and was employed as a Puddler of Iron.

52 Ancestors: Week 11: Benjamin Hanson (1790-1883), Langley Green

Benjamin Hanson was born about 1790 in Langley, Worcestershire, England. He died on 03 April 1883. When he was 20, he married Hannah Darby on 21 May 1810 in All Saints, West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

Benjamin Hanson was a Blacksmith and I believe he lived all his life in Langley Green, Worcestershire.

I understand from someone I corresponded with years ago that a gentleman did a talk at a local or family history society and during that talk they showed a copy of Benjamin's will.  This is very interesting as I haven't been able to find a will for him in the official records.

Yet another mystery I need to resolve.

I also find it fascinating that he lived till he was 93 years old.  Not bad at all.

Friday, 14 March 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 10: Charles Sharpe, Oldbury Butcher

Another @FindMyPast newspaper discovery.

Gloucester Citizen

Wednesday 20 September 1893

Charles Sharpe, an Oldbury butcher, was on Tuesday fined £10 and costs for having in his shop for sale some beef which was unfit for food. 


Birmingham Daily Post

Wednesday 20 September 1893


Yesterday, at Oldbury Police Court -before Messrs. J. F. Wilson and H. Heaton -Charles Sharpe, butcher, of Talbot Street, Oldbury, was charged with exposing for sale on premises in Freeth Street, a fore-quarter of beef which was diseased, unsound, and unwholesome, and therefore unfit for human food. Mr. W. F. Vernon appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Local Board.  Mr G H Robbins (sanitary inspector) deposed to visiting the defendant's shop on the 12th of May.  He found a quantity of meat exposed for sale, including a fore quarter of beef, which he considered bad.  The meat was dark in colour, and the membrane from inside of the ribs  had been removed.  This was the usual practice, when an animals had suffered from tuberculosis, in order to destroy the traces of disease.  The carcass was in a state of putrefaction.  Dr. Cunningham (medical officer) gave a certificate to the effect that the animal has suffered from tuberculosis and that the meat was unfit for human food.  Mr Vernon asked the Bench to inflict a heavy penalty, as a defendant must have known the meat was bad. - Defendant denied this and said the case had ruined his business.  The bench considered it a very bad case, and fined defendant £10. and costs, in all £13. 14s. 6d., or in default fourteen days imprisonment, with hard labour.