Sunday, 13 January 2019

Agnes de Arden, her son Alexander and grandson Eustace

Agnes de Arden  1080 - 1130
28 x great grandmother

Born in Watford, Northamptonshire (near the modern day Watford Gap Services on the M1 motorway) in 1080 to unknown parentage, Agnes married Rafe de Arderne (1057 -    ) of  Warwickshire at Watford in 1113. 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Death on the railroad

Just nine years after the world’s first ever railway death (MP William Huskisson in 1830), one of my ancestors, Lydia Saunders was killed on the Liverpool to Manchester railroad in Whiston on Friday 12 July 1839.


This newspaper article from the Manchester Mercury of 20 July 1839 tells the story.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Hilda Heywood and the tragic death of her daughter

My great aunt Hilda Heywood was born in October 1909 in Bolton to Ellen Eliza Hindley and Ernest Heywood. She was their eldest child.

In April 1911, at the time of the Census, she was living with her parents in Burnley, but by the time she was five, at the birth of her brother George Ernest Heywood (my grandfather) in 1914, she was living in Liverpool.

Over the coming few years, she had three brothers, Harold, William, and Leslie, and a sister Emily, all die in their infancy. Another sister, Gladys, was born in 1924, and lived until 1997, and another brother Alfred, born in 1928, survived until 1977.

At the age of 21, in 1930, Hilda married Joseph Devine, a hotel worker. They had two children, both of whom died young, and a third child, Muriel in 1931.

In February 1938, Muriel had dressed in an old dancing dress and a paper head dress to show off as Mae West to her grandmother (probably Ellen but possibly Joseph's mother). She then sat down to write a letter to her mother. Newspaper reports from the time state that after writing "I love you" she dropped her pencil, and when she went to pick it up off the floor, her headdress caught the open fire, and soon her whole outfit was alight. Hilda wrapped her in a rug, injuring her leg. Sadly Muriel died of her injuries and shock on Saturday 19 February 1938, aged just seven years old.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Agnes, Countess of Pontieu

Agnes, Countess of Ponthieu c1080 - after1105
29 x great grandmother
Agnes was born in c1080 to Guy (Wido) I, Count Of Ponthieu. Her mother is unknown. In 1100, following the death of her brothers Enguerrand and Hugh, Agnes became heiress to Guy upon his death.
She was married (arranged by William the Conqueror) before 1087 to Robert De Bellême, 3rdEarl of Shrewsbury. He treated her badly, imprisoning her at Bellême Castle. She eventually escaped. 
Her husband was imprisoned in 1112, by Henry I Beauchamp. Agnes by this time had died, so her son by Robert, William III Talvas succeeded her.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

From William the Conqueror to me

William Duke of Normandy, Conqueror of England in 1066, and crowned at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1066, is a direct ancestor by several routes.




This is one direct lineage from him to me:

Monday, 8 October 2018

Alderman Richard Kelsall, Mayor of Liverpool 300 years ago

The will of Richard Kelsall, 1685-1749, Alderman of Liverpool 1718-1719 and my 7x great grandfather

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Private James Henry Wilson, died 20 September 1918

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death in France of my great great uncle, Private James Henry Wilson.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Ferrers lineage

I recently visited the National Trust property of Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire, home to the Ferrers family for many centuries from the 16th Century. The windows of the moated manor show the heraldry of the family going back to the Norman Conquest, and to the first six Earls of Derby before the title was stripped from the family by Henry III. One line of my family history follows the Ferrers from Normandy as follows.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Walter "Wally" George Heywood 1935 - 2018




My dad's eldest brother, Walter George Heywood, passed away this week in Auckland, New Zealand.


Saturday, 24 February 2018

King Henry I

King Henry I:

Henry was born in September 1068 at Selby, Yorkshire, the youngest son (the only one born on English soil) of William I The Conqueror (1024 – 1087) and Matilda of Flanders (1032 – 1083).

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