Thursday, 18 September 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 37: Mr. H. Tracey James and the Scottish Nation 1905

I had been searching Find My Past newspapers for ancestors when I came across one mentioning Mr. H. Tracey James but even though it doesn't give much information about him I thought I would include it given the timely interest in Scottish independence.  I believe Mr. H. Tracey James is Horace Tracey Barnes James born September quarter 1882, the son of Alfred Ernest James and Charlotte Marian Barnes.

Tamworth Herald - 21 October 1905

A large number of the members of the Birmingham and Midland Scottish Society gathered at the Grand Hotel, Colmore Row last Friday night, on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the session. A feature of the gathering was that on this occasion for the first time in the history of the society, a number of ladies were admitted to the membership.  An excellent programme of vocal and instrumental music was enjoyed, the artistes being Miss Elsie Cornish, Miss Eva Dickinson, Mr. Ripley Evans, Mr. H Bannister, Mr. H. Tracey James, Mr. J. A. Beard, and Mr. Alfred Gregory's band.

In delivering his presidential address Professor Muirhead remarked that such a society did not stand merely for the promotion of social enjoyment, important as they all held that to be. They stood also for an ideal – the ideal of nationality. It was an ideal which in these days was somewhat under a cloud. They were told that the days of nationalities had passed, and there was something else taking their place – a thing called Imperialism. He confessed he was as good an Imperialist, or as he should prefer to call it, as good a Greater Briton, as anyone; but his idea of an Empire was one that should aim at preserving and not at destroying nations and national traditions and languages – (hear, hear). Therefore, they should keep to their national ideals, and keep alive the national feeling, if they could, in order to supplement the deficiencies of the ideal of any one people or nation; and because that society stood for a definite national ideal he thought they all owed it allegiance. The very vitality of the Scottish nation was a conspicuous refutation of the modern theories of what the world was moving to. He valued the Scottish ideal, the chief factors of which were a certain simplicity of life, individual frugality, a directness of speech, and mental outlook on things, and a certain loyalty to kindred, friends, institutions, and traditions. These were national assets, and so long as civilisation was civilisation, such an ideal of life as they cherished would have its value – (applause).

At another period of the evening the company bade “goodbye” to the hon. Treasurer, Mr. Harkness, who is leaving this country to take up position in Egypt.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 36: James Rutherford of Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

James Rutherford was born in 1849 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. At some point, yet to be discovered, James married Emma Bache. They had the following known children (all born in Birmingham):
  1. Clara Rutherford was born in 1872. 
  2. Walter Rutherford was born in 1875. 
  3. Albert Rutherford was born in 1876. 
  4. Marion Rutherford was born in 1878. 
  5. Emma Rutherford was born in 1878. 
  6. Amelia Rutherford was born in 1879. 
  7. Louisa Alice Rutherford was born in June quarter 1883 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She died on 9th May 1946 in Hall Green, Warwickshire, England. She married Robert Mitchell in 1908. 
  8. Frederick Rutherford was born. 
  9. Harry Rutherford was born in 1889. 
  10. Gertrude Rutherford was born in 1890. 
  11. Elsie Rutherford was born in 1890.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 35: John Wallis (1870-1913), Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

John Wallis was born about 1870 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England to Benjamin Wallis and Frances (maiden name as yet unknown). He died in 1913 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. 

When he was 21, he married Mary Ann Chambers, daughter of Benjamin Chambers and Emma (maiden name as yet unknown), on 26 Dec 1891 in Birmingham, St Paul's Church, Warwickshire, England.

John Wallis lived in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England in 1881. By 1891 he was living in Stoke Newington, Stoke Newington, London, England. But by 1901 he was back in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England and was still there at the time of the 1911 census on 2 April.

John Wallis and Mary Ann Chambers had the following known children, all born in Birmingham:

  1. William Henry Wallis was born in September 1892. He married Elsie Ada Mitchell on 29 December 1910 in All Saints, Hockley, Warwickshire, England. 
  2. Alfred John Wallis was born in 1895. He probably died in August 1967 in Selly Oak, Worcestershire, England. 
  3. Florence Wallis was born in 1897. 
  4. Violet Wallis was born in 1901. 
  5. Leonard Wallis was born in 1904. 
  6. Gertrude Wallis was born in 1907. 
  7. Thomas Wallis was born in 1909. 
  8. I believe there may have been another child who died before 1911.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 34: George William Radford (1901-c1965) Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

George William Radford was born on 3rd March 1901 in Aston Manor, Aston, Warwickshire, England as the first child of George Radford and Louisa. He was baptized on 22 Mar 1901 in Aston, St Peter and St Paul, Warwickshire, England.

When he was 28, he married Elizabeth Rose Griffiths, on 27th July 1929 in Ashted, St James the Less, Warwickshire, England.

George William Radford and Elizabeth Rose Griffiths had the following known child:

    Nora Maud Radford was born on 13th April 1934 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She married Donald William Bundy in March quarter 1955 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 33: Mary Ann Pearson died 3rd April 1924 - Erdington

A mother to all our hearts most dear,
Long shall we bathe thy memory with a tear
Farewell, no longer on earth to dwell,
Fondest of mothers, farewell, farewell.
My rest is in Heaven, no rest had I here;
Then why should you murmur, my children so dear,
Then dry up those tears, the worst that could come
But shortened my journey and hastened me home.

In Loving Memory




Aged 72 years

Interred in family grave at Erdington Parish Church

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 32: Elizabeth Caulfield (1870-1938) Birmingham, England

Elizabeth Caulfield was born in 1870 in West Derby, Lancashire, England to Henry Caulfield. On 25 October 1891, she married Stephen James, son of George James and Martha Turner.

Stephen James and Elizabeth Caulfield had the following known children, all born in Birmingham, England:
  • Sydney James was born about 1892.
  • Ada Daisy James was born on 29 January 1894.
  • Stephen James was born about 1896.
  • Walter James James was born in September 1899.
  • Ernest James was born in 1905.
  • Leah James was born on 12 May 1906.
  • Albert Edward James was born on 13 October 1907.
  • Ellen Rose James was born in 1912.

Elizabeth died on 21 November 1938 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.   

Sunday, 3 August 2014

52 Ancestors: Week 31: Elizabeth Adderley (b.c.1862) Worcestershire/Staffordshire/Warwickshire, England

Elizabeth Adderley was born in 1862 in Oldbury, Worcestershire, England as the first child of Eliza (family name not yet known). It is believed that when she was 17, she married Robert Scott, son of Robert Scott, on 21 December 1879 in Bordesley, Holy Trinity, Warwickshire, England.

Robert Scott and Elizabeth Adderley had the following known children:
  • Robert H J Scott was born in 1880 in Oldbury, Worcestershire, England.
  • Arthur S Scott was born in 1882 in Oldbury, Worcestershire, England.
  • Clara A Scott was born in 1884 in Spon Lane, Staffordshire, England.
  • Wilfred Scott was born in 1886 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • James A Scott was born in 1888 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Beatrice Scott was born in 1890 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Sarah May Scott was born on 22 January 1892 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England and married Albert Sidney Hazell in June Quarter 1919 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Josephine Scott was born in 1895 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Walter Scott was born in 1899 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
  • Samuel Edward Scott was born on 12 Janury 1901. He died on 15 February 1971.
  • Florence Scott was born in 1903 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She married William H Harvey in September Quarter 1924 in Birmingham North, West Midlands.