Archive for May 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday: The mystery of the Prayer Book

Category: Ancestors Corner

I have in my possession a Book of Common Prayer with Hymns Ancient & Modern previously belonging to a Florence Smale, or possibly Small.

Book of Common Prayer with Hymns A. & M.
Book of Common Prayer with Hymns A. & M.

Inside the front cover it states:

Florence Smale [or Small?, it's difficult to read]
Prize for Religious Knowledge
W.G.F.
Easter 1904

Who was W.F.G.? A vicar or Sunday School teacher perhaps?

Inside the Book of Common Prayer with Hymns A. & M.
Inside the Book of Common Prayer with Hymns A. & M.

Inscription inside the front cover
Inscription inside the front cover.

There is a note inside the back cover as follows:

Florence E C Small [could be Smale]
Oak Hill
East Budleigh
Devon
Somewhere in Blighty.

Note inside the back cover bearing Florence E C Small/Smale's address
Note inside the back cover bearing Florence E C Small/Smale's address.

Although Florence Emily C Small became Florence E C Smale when she married Charles Henry Smale, this book has been passed down to me, a descendant of her sister-in-law, a different Florence Smale (later Weaver), so it may not have belonged to Florence E C Small/Smale at all, even though the reference on the back cover definitely relates to her.

[Why Treasure Chest Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

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Site Updates - Surnames: Smale, Small, Ball

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Tavistock, Kelly, Aylesbeare and East Budleigh in Devon and Hastings, Sussex.

Photo Gallery > Potpourri > General Memorabilia section

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Site Updates - Family Tree Reports

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Resources > Family Tree Reports section

  • Added family tree reports for Harvey's family. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page. This is a work in progress and further additions will be made as and when time allows. The main Family Tree web pages remain the most up-to-date information for our family trees.

Site Updates - Surnames: Harvey, Keigwin, Trezise

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Barnes Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Newlyn & Paul near Penzance and Mullion in Cornwall.

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Site Updates - Hellier/Hellyer, Gale

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

Last week I met a couple of cousins who were visiting from Melbourne, Australia. During our time together, we went to the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. Although I've been researching family history for 5 years now, I'm ashamed to say that I'd never been before so this gave me an impetus to go along and see what's available. My cousins are related to me on my Dando side, however, their Devon interest was on a different branch and so was mine. Whilst I was there, I gained free access to FindMyPast and...

  • I discovered a baptism for my 3 x great-grandfather, William Hellier, in Tavistock in 1815.
  • Besides this, I came across a marriage for William's parents, Samuel Hellier & Elizabeth Gale. I had wondered where the Gale name came in because William's son's middle name was Gale. Now I see my great-great-grandfather, John Gale Hellier/Hellyer, was named after his grandmother.
I still need to ascertain the maiden name of William's wife, Sarah.

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Talented Tuesday: Ann Murch's antique embroidery

Category: Ancestors Corner

Studying family history never ceases to amaze me - I never know what's going to turn up next. Last week I was contacted by a distant cousin in Canada who mentioned that she owned a gorgeous embroidery which was worked by my 4 x great-grandmother, Ann Murch.

Antique, embroidered map of England & Wales by Ann Murch
Antique, embroidered map of England & Wales by Ann Murch

I know very little about Ann except that she was born in about 1782, married Joseph Dando, the elder, in Bristol in 1801 and died on 11th May 1831. Therefore, imagine my surprise to discover that such an object was created in the first place and that it has survived and stayed in the family for more than 200 years.

The embroidery takes the form of a map of England and Wales and bears Ann' s name and the date, 1794. Ann would have been 12 or so when she made it. Although I've only seen it in photos, I should imagine the embroidery is a couple of feet high and it sits behind glass within an oval, gold-coloured frame.

Some of the place names are interesting too - the North Sea is called the 'German Ocean' and Scotland is 'North Britain called Scotland'. I see Plymouth on there (spelt Plimouth), which is where I live, and Ann has included Bristol where she and Joseph shared their married life together.

Not only did I discover the existence of the embroidery but I also learnt from my cousin that there's a family connection by marriage to the poet, W H Auden.

(Photograph kindly supplied by Sally Tozer)

[Why Talented Tuesday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

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Site Updates - Surnames: Murch, Dando, Spiers

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Photo Gallery > Potpourri > General Memorabilia section

Resources > Murch Miscellany section

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Site Updates - Surnames: Barnes, Thomas, Reynolds, Harvey

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Both Family Tree sections

  • Added a note at the top of the family pages to identify which family tree the user is viewing, eg. (This page forms part of the HIBBITT Family Tree). Now if a user lands on a page from a search engine, they'll know exactly which tree they've arrived at.

Barnes Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Newlyn and Paul near Penzance in Cornwall.

Resources section

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