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101
The BIRD branch
The BIRD branch
Welcome to the BIRD branch of my tree. This is a summary to whet your appetite of the stories you can find on other pages. 
 
102
The Bird Tree - Index
The Bird Tree - Index
The story of the Birds from William born in 1757 to grandfather Percy who died in 1939.  
 
103
The Birds and Goytre House
The Birds and Goytre House
Colonel Henry Bird (born 1748) purchased Goytre House, Monmouthshire and the family remained living there until 1949. 
 
104
The Birds of Everdon
The Birds of Everdon
I spent more than two years going on a wild goose chase to Everdon in Northamptonshire looking for and, I thought, finding William Bird of Newnham. I ascertained a lot of information on these BIRDS which turns out to be of no current value to me but, hopefully someone else will find this page and it might help them.  
 
105
The Blog Home Page
The Blog Home Page
Our Canadian blog  
 
106
THE BRITISH POSTCARD
THE BRITISH POSTCARD
Something so simple which seems to have been around forever was in fact only begun in the late 19th century. 
 
107
The Ceylon Connection ?
The Ceylon Connection ?
My Mother told me, on more than one occasion, that Percy Hyde BIRD, my grandfather, owned a tea plantation in Ceylon, although on another occasion he was described as a tea planter. I have therefore been intrigued to find out if the family had some connection to George BIRD, the father of coffee plantations in Ceylon and responsible for the earliest known use of Tamil labour on the island. 
 
108
The Cole Painting Mystery
The Cole Painting Mystery
My uncle has a painting in his living room of someone who is believed to be a COLE ancestor. He asked me to see if I could find out his identity. 
 
109
The connections between the Wareham and Harry families
The connections between the Wareham and Harry families
There are at least two, possibly three times over the generations that the Wareham and the Harry families have inter married and I am trying to find out why.  
 
110
The Crew of the Halifax
The Crew of the Halifax
I originally believed that my relative, Stanley Musgrove, was a member of the crew of a Halifax which was shot down over Belgium on 27 / 28th April 1944. I now know it was another Stan Musgrove but this is a small tribute which records the events of that night and the aftermarth. 
 
111
The early MUSGROVE's
The early MUSGROVE's
I can trace this line back to Mary MUSGROVE whose son John MUSGROVE was “base born” in 1805 Brompton Regis (now Kings Brompton), Somerset. John was a shoemaker and a cordwainer. 
 
112
The Emigrating Wareham's - Oz
The Emigrating Wareham's - Oz
A number of Wareham ancestors emigrated to Australia and New Zealand. Any information on how they got on etc would be most welcome.This page is about those who emigrated to Australia. 
 
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The Emigrating Warehams - New Zealand
The Emigrating Warehams - New Zealand
A number of Wareham ancestors emigrated to Australia and New Zealand. Any information on how they got on etc would be most welcome. This page is about those who emigrated to New Zealand. 
 
114
At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
115
At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
116
The Fridge and the Centurian
The Fridge and the Centurian
Stuck on my daughters fridge was a postcard of Plymouth which told an interesting story. 
 
117
The Gooderham Connection .... or not ?
The Gooderham Connection .... or not ?
Trying to connect Sue's Gooderham branch to the Toronto Gooderham's - both originated in Norfolk. 
 
118
The Gypsy Shaw Family
The Gypsy Shaw Family
Some account of the "Shaws", a noted gipsey (sic) family of Cambridgeshire. The historian, George Nathan Maynard, wrote about the Shaw family from Cambridgeshire in the 1860's and this is a transcript. 
 
119
The Ilfracombe Disaster - home page
The Ilfracombe Disaster - home page
Read about the disaster; how it happened, who lived, who died. 
 
120
The Ilfracombe Disaster - Interview of a survivor
The Ilfracombe Disaster - Interview of a survivor
Interview given by Harold A.Baker to The North Devon Journal shortly after he was saved from the boating tragedy. Another source describes him as a "young man".  
 
121
The Ilfracombe Disaster - more bodies recovered
The Ilfracombe Disaster - more bodies recovered
Newspaper reports of more inquests and the other nine bodies are eventually recovered. 
 
122
The Ilfracombe Disaster - North Devon Journal
The Ilfracombe Disaster - North Devon Journal
FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT AT ILFRACOMBE 14 LIVES LOST - ARTICLE - LETTERS AND COMMENTS

 
 
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The Ilfracombe Disaster - Survivors
The Ilfracombe Disaster - Survivors
Twelve survived The Monarch disaster and I have attempted to find out some brief background for each of them. Those who died have ages attributed to them in the articles / at the inquests but those who survived don't. There is therefore an element of doubt if I have the right person but they are correct on the balance of probabilities. 
 
124
The Ilfracombe Disaster - The Board of Trade Report
The Ilfracombe Disaster - The Board of Trade Report
What follows is the official report into the disaster. 
 
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The Ilfracombe Disaster - The first inquest
The Ilfracombe Disaster - The first inquest
The first Coroner's inquest took place on Saturday 27th August, 1887, less than 24 hours after the accident had occured when there were still 9 bodies unaccounted for. The following is a transcription.  
 
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The Ilfracombe Disaster - The Victims
The Ilfracombe Disaster - The Victims
Fourteen died on The Monarch, two women, twelve men. Their ages ranged from 23 to 63. As well as some background given at their inquests, I have also attempted to find out a little more from the Census. 
 
127
The Lent Bumps 1908
The Lent Bumps 1908
A series of races held at Cambridge each year. 
 
128
The McTears arrive from Ireland
The McTears arrive from Ireland
My 3 x great grandfather came over from Ireland to Scotland in the late 1830's. 
 
129
The McTears cross the border into England
The McTears cross the border into England
Having arrived in Scotland from Ireland around 1837, it was just over 40 years later that the first descendant moved across the border into England.  
 
130
The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
Sparepenny Lane got its name in the 18th century when you could spare a penny by using the lane instead of the toll road at the other end of the village. The Mount is one of three large manor houses in the village. 
 
131
The MUSGROVE branch - INDEX
The MUSGROVE branch - INDEX
My birth father's branch which travels from Kings Brompton in Somerset to become cordwainers in Marylebone; on to Paddington Station and the slums of Kensington; before serving their country in two world wars.  
 
132
The Musgrove branch line
The Musgrove branch line
The Musgrove's are my birth mothers paternal family. Read about William and Hannah and their children.  
 
133
The Northamptonshire Militia Lists of 1777
The Northamptonshire Militia Lists of 1777
These lists were required by statute to provide a body of men for the defence of the Realm 
 
134
The Origin of the name - Sandeman
The Origin of the name - Sandeman
The name 'Sandeman' is usually considered to be Scottish but actually may have originated in Denmark. 
 
135
The Pensioner and the Farm Girl
The Pensioner and the Farm Girl
I purchased this postcard off ebay as it was of Padstow and we love Padstow. I had no idea it was going to provide a mystery story to savour.

 
 
136
The poem and the Spinster
The poem and the Spinster
Take this card as a token,
nevertheless true because unspoken,
From my heart I wish to say,
Could we meet on Saturday ?

 
 
137
The Raid over Belgium and the Aircraft (27th / 28th April 1944)
The Raid over Belgium and the Aircraft (27th / 28th April 1944)
A Halifax of 432 Squadron bombed railway yards in Belgium before being shot down. 
 
138
The Ross Bird Mystery
The Ross Bird Mystery
It was conjected that one of William Bird of Newnham's sons had changed their surname to Ross but I was able to ascertain that this was not actually the case. 
 
139
The Sandemans of Perth
The Sandemans of Perth
A port wine known the world over was begun by one of my 7 x great grandfathers grandsons.  
 
140
At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
141
The Town Crier and the lunatic
The Town Crier and the lunatic
A story, not about the Town Crier, but about his wife who was sent to a lunatic asylum. 
 
142
Thomas Clare (1810 - 1862)
Thomas Clare (1810 - 1862)
My wife's 2 x great grandfather. 
 
143
Thomas George Ross (1845 - 1896)
Thomas George Ross (1845 - 1896)
Father of Percy and son of Thomas, five times Mayor. 
 
144
Thomas McQuilliam (1897 - 1915)
Thomas McQuilliam (1897 - 1915)
Thomas was murdered on the day of his sisters marriage. Thomas was the son of Margaret McTear, sister of my John McTear.  
 
145
Thomas Ross - Mayor & J.P of Hastings
Thomas Ross - Mayor & J.P of Hastings
A well respected five time Mayor of Hastings in 1856, 1861, 1870, 1871 and 1872. 
 
146
Tobruk
Tobruk
A lot has been written about these battles but little did I know at the time but I had relatives from both my adopted and birth families taking part.  
 
147
Victor Bradshaw Haskins (1891 - 1915)
Victor Bradshaw Haskins (1891 - 1915)
Died on the battlefields of Ypres serving his country. 
 
148
Who was Hannah Musgrove's father ?
Who was Hannah Musgrove's father ?
The only person I am missing up to the 2 x great grandparent level, is the father of my great grandmother on my birth mother's side. 
 
149
Why did couples in the 19th century marry on Christmas Day ?
Why did couples in the 19th century marry on Christmas Day ?
It was not uncommon to be married on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day in the 1800’s because they were days when working people were not expected to work. Christmas Day and Boxing Day were traditional holidays and are not, and never have been, bank holidays. For these, we need to thank the banker, Sir John Lubbock and his love of cricket. 
 
150
Will of Thomas Cole (about 1787 - 1839)
Will of Thomas Cole (about 1787 - 1839)
I have attempted a transcription of the Will ..... not completed. This Thomas was born about 1787 and is possibly the son of the gentleman in the mystery painting. 
 

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