Saturday, 7 April 2018

Definitive Proof

Remember me telling you that Daniel John Guilfoyle Seymour was a little liar and he had userped his brother's name to marry for the third time while not bothering to end either of the first two marriages?
You might think that this is just me reshowing the picture from the fabled scrapbook but look at the second picture and you can see what is written on the back. This is the uniform of the Merchant Navy. We know Daniel was in the merchant service because I have showed you his registration card with a picture.
This picture was sent to Muriel, oldest child of Margaret Annie Guilfoyle and Frederic Gibbon and as you can see Daniel is calling himself Uncle Charlie. He says it was taken in 1919, well that fits with him going back to sea. I am just so pleased to have seen this picture - thank you cousin Gareth for allowing me to copy it.
 He has medals on his chest but I have no idea if he is really entitled to wear them. He does look like his mother, he has her deep-set eyes. and I can see Cousin Travis in the line of the mouth - and I think that is like his father (Daniel's not Travis')
I just couldn't wait to share these with you. I might have a couple more surprises but first I need to talk to Gareth

Sunday, 5 November 2017

More pictures from the past

Our Cousin Domini has sent me some pictures of her family - parents and siblings.
Domini "rock and rolling with a family friend in Greece in 1956

Domini is the eldest child of Mary Josephine Guilfoyle and Michael Wilson. They married in 1944.
Mary Josephine is the Daughter of Charles Seymour Aaron Guilfoyle and Mary Breen who married in North Wales in 1914.
Charles Seymour Aaron Guilfoyle is the youngest son of Charles John Guilfoyle Seymour and Elizabeth "Bessie" Nathan.
" Aaaah" I hear you say, "That's the connection".
Domini and Anthony
 Yes, it is and if you are really interested I can send you a PDF version of the family tree and you can see for yourselves the convoluted twists and turns of these branches. I hope some of you take me up on this offer
Mary Josephine, charleston girl

I am hoping that Domini will find time between her travels to tell us more about her and her family. She has children, but she hasn't given me details yet - not that I am pushing you understand, but I am just .............. curious, yes that's it I am curious. I am NOT being nosey I just want to make the family tree more complete OK?
Mary Josephine with Domini
 Can you see any family likeness? I can, but I could be just wishing it. There is a certain bone structure that seems to shine through. Until now I have assumed it comes from the Bessie Nathan side but now I realise that I need to know more about the Guilfoyle side. This means tackling the Irish roots and I simply don't know where to start.
Wedding picture of Michael Wilson and Mary Josephine Guilfoyle 1944
 I believe Charles John Guilfoyle was born around 1850, give or take a year or two. Official registration of births didn't begin in Ireland until the 1870s and my searches for the baptism of a Charles John with a father called Daniel have not found anything but that could be because of several reasons
a) I am not looking in the right place
b) Catholic registers have not been digitised for every parish in Ireland.
c)I am useless at finding stuff
Tim and Anthony

Tim, Domini, Deidre, Anthony at Blarney Castle
With a bit of luck something will allow me to find a small kernel of information and that will open the flood gates.
Enjoy the pictures and let me know if you want a copy of the family tree

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Photos from 1976

I am just going to name the people in each picture. From left to right in each picture
First Row: Peter Gibbon, Michael Smith (seated), Mark Smith (seated), Alan McDade (tiny child in blue top
Next Row: Richard Gibbon (blue sweater), Brenda Baggott (Yellow top), Debra Cox nee Baggott (red top), Muriel Baggott, Louisa Duckham, Pat Duckham with Gareth Duckham in front of her, Joan Gibbon nee McDade with Kerry Gibbon in front of her, Phyllis Gibbon with Rhona Gibbon in front of her, Fred Gibbon.
Back Row: Leonard Baggott, Peter McDade, John Duckham, Bernard Gibbon, Dennis Gibbon, Russell Gibbon
 Louisa Duckham with Gareth held tightly in front of her, Richard Gibbon, Peter Gibbon Debra Cox nee Baggott with Mark Smith racing across in front of her, Andrea Roberts nee Smith with Alan McDade in front of her, Michelle Jones, Kerry Gibbon, Matthew Jones, Sarah Jones, Hilmer Carlson with Mary Carlson nee Gibbon in front of him
 Front row: Michael Smith in the go cart. Mark Smith, Gareth Duckham, Kerry Gibbon, Rhona Gibbon
Next Row:Marjorie Gibbon, Louisa Duckham, Pat Duckham, Ann Macey nee Gibbon, Yvonne Jones nee Carlson holding Matthew Jones, Phyllis Gibbon.
Back Row: Debra Cox nee Baggott, Leonard Baggott, John Duckham, Russell Gibbon, Mary Carlson, Dennis Gibbon, Hilmer Carlson, Joan Gibbon nee Dwyer, Richard Gibbon
 Richard Gibbon with Mark Smith on his back, Peter Gibbon, Andrea Roberts nee Smith with Alan McDade on her shoulders, Debra Cox nee Baggott, Sarah Jones, Michelle Jones
 Joanna Graham nee Jeffries, Val Jeffries nee Gibbon, Paul Carlson
 Back row: Paul Carlson, Ann Carlson nee Pinnell, Colin Carlson
Front row: Mark Smith, Peter Gibbon, Andrea Smith
 Michael Smith, Richard Gibbon, Mark Smith, Andrea Roberts nee Smith
 Seated Peter Gibbon, Michael Smith, Richard Gibbon, Andrea Roberts
Standing The shoulder of Ann Carlson, The back of Bernard Gibbon, Marjorie Gibbon
 You should know these faces by now
 Standing: Ann Carlson, Joan Gibbon nee McDade, Marjorie Gibbon, Ann Macey nee Gibbon
 The look on my face says someone is not behaving
 Peter blowing out the candles for his 12th birthday
 See that blue and white china? it all got smashed when the dresser fell over in their new house
Richard Gibbon, Paul Carlson Andrea Roberts nee Smith, Michael Smith, Mark Smith, Peter Gibbon.

These pictures have been hiding in an album in Peter's home for the last 40 years and now, with today's technology we can all share them. If anyone has any other pictures of these two days could you consider sharing them with us. If you have any family group pictures I would love to see them too and then to share them here and in the newsletter

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Memory Making - to the next Generation

Last night we attended a Promise Ceremony. Miss Boo made her Promise as a Girl Guide. This was made even more special by the fact that her Mum is the Guide Leader for the Company and this unit was started because there was nowhere for the girls to go when they were too old for Brownie Guides.

 I was so proud of both of them.
 It was made even more poignant by the memories this evoked. You see Waaaay back in 1975 when Andrea was ten She moved up from Brownies to Guides and was thrilled to be leaving me behind. I was an assistant leader for the Brownies.. Two weeks later I had a phone call from the District Commissioner telling me that if I didn't take over the Guides then it would close.
Andrea was distinctly annoyed by this but my good friend Viv agreed to help and we had an arrangement that I would be the one to talk to her daughters and she would talk to mine. As the Leader I was the one to stand in front of them while they made their promise.
 There was home made cake! Made by Andrea and really delicious. Trefoil shaped because of the Girl Guide badge. and a perfect shade of Guide blue
Seeing Miss Boo Standing beside her mother helping her and watching as she made her promise meant that all those happy times at meetings and at camp came flooding back. So special. So proud of my Girl Guides

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Some pictures of New Cousins

This is so exciting. Allow me to introduce our newly connected cousin Dale Reed HERLING, and his family. Dale is the son on Harry Lewis Edward Holder. He is married to Evelyn and they have a daugher Wendy. 
Evelyn Herling, Dale Herling, Kevin Krause, Wendy Krause
 It is through Wendy and the marvels of Ancestry DNA that we have connected. Wendy is married to Kevin KRAUSE and they have a daughter Breanne.
Breanne Krause
 More beautiful ladies connecting to our family. I think I have worked this out correctly to see where the generations connect Dale is the same generation as Travis, Roxanne, Renaye, Pat (Alice's daughter) and me! So Wendy is the generation of my children and .............. well you get the picture.
Wendy Herling Krause, Breanne Krause, Keving Krause
And what a delightful picture this one is. I am sure that our other newly connected cousin Kesha and the rest of that branch will be thrilled to know that this family continues to expand.
On behalf of all your cousins spread across the world I would like to say Welcome Dale and family, we have found you and we don't intend losing you again.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Holding in my hot little hand

I have pictures of our newly connected cousins. There will be more but just this one will have to do for now

Let me introduce you to Kesha and her husband David with their oldest daughter T, daughter L. and youngest son D2. There is an eldest son D1 too. I am reluctant to name children on this open access intarwebby thingy.

Anyhow, Isn't this a fabulous picture and aren't we lucky to have such good looking relatives? I am so excited and can't wait to get an edition of the Gazette out to everyone because ...... wait for it ..... there ought to be a drum roll here

I have a copy of Bessie Hope's autobiography - yup, in my hot little hands as we speak. Well lying next to the keyboard really but you get the gist of it yeah?
I am delighted to tell you that she inherited the lying gene and I can't wait to share it with you all. There are ten handwritten pages and I intend transcribing them and serialising it in the gazette. I also have copies of the pictures from the scrap book - and now, perhaps we can get to the bottom of the picture of what looks like a football team. More of that in the gazette.

For now let's just sit and be thankful for this here intarwebby for connecting us to Kesha and her lovely family and bringing our strange and disfunctional family together.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Another newly connected Cousin

First a picture of being eight years old and living by the sea. Isn't that just wonderful? Seeing my Grandson Matthew thoroughly enjoying himself dashing in and out of the water, just amazing.
 Then we move on to Wednesday morning when we stopped in Morrisons in Rhyl for coffee and to say cheerio to Patricia and Ela. We spent Tuesday afternoon and evening with them and we simply never stopped talking. I am sure that Patricia was wondering why I kept on staring at her. It is because she looks so like Cousin Pam in Australia.
We came home from North Wales and I sat down on Saturday to go through the emails stacked up in my inbox. To my absolute delight there was a message from someone called Kesha Pugh. She says she is a 4xgreat granddaughter of Bessie Nathan. She has seen the scrapbook that Bessie Hope was given that belonged to Bessie Nathan and says she has lots of information about family stuff.

A pause while I connected the dots and she has to be descended from Alice and her daughter Pat. I don't think Alice had any other children but I am open to correction. If the number of greats is correct then Kesha has two more generations between her and Pat so that puts her on the same generation level as........................... my head hurts now ................. my great grand children Anwyn, Bleddyn and Alma. I hope for pictures.

Just before we went away I connected with Wendy Herlinge Krause who is descended from Harry Edward Lewis Holder. She was away from home when we connected and she will be bringing me up to speed with her family story and I hope for pictures.

Don't you all just love this family? Just when you think the tree is nearly sorted a new shoot appears and we haven't gone back that many generations yet. I must make a concerted effort to find stuff about the siblings of Bessie Nathan AND find out more about the Irish family connection and Charles John Guilfoyle.................... That should be really exciting LOL