This week, in my family, a birth, a marriage, and a death:
Actually, I’d like to talk about 2 births this week, the first one being near and dear to me:
April 10, 1930 – My maternal grandmother was born, in Rochdale, Lancashire. I’d go into a lot more detail, but she’s still living. She’s the stunning woman in the foreground of the header image on my website. Happy birthday, Grandma! 🙂
April 13, 1908 – Helena Jennie “Dodie” Crassweller, my great grand aunt, was born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. She died on September 2, 1970, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, of brain cancer. She was married twice, but I don’t know when or where her marriages took place, but I believe she married her 2nd husband after the death of her first husband, Frank Wilfred Brooker, who was a Vancouver fire fighter who died in 1964. I found Helena’s gravestone on a recent trip to Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columia – she’s buried next to her mother, Amelia Esther Rudge.
April 11, 1721 – My 7th great grandparents, Joseph King and Mary Bateman, were married in Tingewick, Buckinghamshire. Tingewick is a small place, and my family lived there for many generations. I’ve no idea what Joseph did for a living, but I do know that he died on September 6, 1766, and had at least one child. Mary was baptised on May 2, 1689, and was buried on May 16, 1762.
April 13, 1819 – My 4th great grandparents, Bartholomew Parker and Tryphosa Southcombe, were married in Hatherleigh, Devon. I absolutely love their names. He was a farmer, born in 1793 in Iddesleigh, Devon, to unknown parents. I don’t know when he died, yet, but I’ll find out! Tryphosa was born in 1798, in Hatherleigh, and I don’t know when she died, either. They had a pretty remarkable number of children – 10 in total, most of whom I know very little about, except my 3rd great grandfather, John Parker.
April 9, 1916 – My great grandmother’s first husband, Cpl. John Arthur Cross, was killed in action in World War I in Nahr Kalis, Mesopotamia, an area just south of modern-day Baghdad, Iraq. He joined the military on September 13, 1914, less than 3 years after he married my great grandmother. He served with the 6th Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. My grandmother believes that one of her uncles with was him when he died – I like to think that this is true, even though I haven’t dug into my great uncle’s military records yet to see if he was even in the same place at the same time. I do, however, have Cpl. Cross’ military records, and I love to read them, with their burnt edges and letters written by my great grandmother to the War Office, asking about her husband’s missing in action status.