- My 8 x great-grandmother, Mary
, the wife of Richard Fryer (abt 1663-1710), died on 1st July, 291 years ago, and was buried 2 days later in the churchyard at St Mary the Virgin in Arlingham, Gloucestershire (right). Mary's maiden name is a little uncertain but she may have been Mary Haines. The parish registers for Leonard Stanley recorded a marriage of a Richard Ffrier to a Mary Haines on 23rd February 1690, a year before the baptism of their first child.
- Stephen Dando & Elizabeth Jones
were married at Dursley, Gloucestershire, this day 223 years ago. Stephen was the youngest son of my 6 x great-grandparents, John and Susanna Dando. Stephen was a hat maker and ran his father's business after John died. A claim to fame is that Stephen was baptized by the famous religious leader, George Whitefield, at Dursley Tabernacle on 25th June 1760. Go to Stephen's biography page
to find out more.
- 149 years ago, Joseph Reed & Mary Pitcher Fryer
were married at Drybrook, Gloucestershire. Mary was the daughter of my 4 x great-grandfather, Richard Fryer (abt 1792-1862), and his second wife, Ann Bailey Pitcher.
- My gran, Ivy Alice Hibbitt (nee Dando)
, died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, 19 years ago at the age of 87. Gran was a stickler for proper grammar but did like to play with words and used to have lots of amusing sayings which never ceased to tickle me.
- my great-aunt, Doris May Geake
, was born on 2nd July and would have been 101 years old this year. Doris married twice, her first husband, Tom Bishop, having died, she later became Doris Gwyn.
- John Smale
was the son of my 3 x great-grandparents, William Smale & Mary Jane (nee Moore). John died on 3rd July 1942. I discovered his grave quite by chance in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon, after I'd been visiting the graves of other family members.
The grave of John Smale (abt 1871-1842)
in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon
- Charles Harris & Bertha Jane Fryer
were married at Tidenham, Gloucestershire. Bertha was the grand-daughter of my 4 x great-grandparents, Richard Fryer (abt 1792-1862), and Ann (nee Jones).
- My 5 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher & Margaret Worgan
, married this day 238 years ago in St Oswald's Church (right) in Rockhampton, Gloucestershire.
- It's been 246 years since my 6 x great-grandparents, Samuel Longman & Rachael Bennett
married in Merton in North Devon.
- Hannah Warren (nee Fryer)
died 162 years ago on the 7th July and was buried 3 days later in the churchyard at St Mary the Virgin, Fretherne, Gloucestershire. Hannah was the daughter of John Fryer (abt 1762-1816), my 5 x great-grandfather, and his second wife, Caroline.