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Amongst these sources are details from the newly released British Postal Service Appointment Books, available from Ancestry. I found information for other family members too but you need to be careful about the dates of the appointments as these can be misleading. For instance, it's believed my grandfather joined the Post Office on the telephones side after he was demobbed in 1919 but the appointment books state he started in 1925. This is more than likely when he became established, as opposed to unestablished, and not when he first worked for the Post Office.

Very little is known of his early years but Charles was a dentist who married in Saffron Walden, Essex, in 1900 but by 1910 he was in Plymouth in Devon. He is somewhat easier to trace once in Plymouth as he appears in various street directories and I also have copies of some of his correspondence to the Dental Board over the years.

One recent discovery is that Charles worked in Bedford Street, one of the main streets in Plymouth before the Blitz destroyed most of the city centre. He can be found at No 34 in the 1923 Kelly's Directory, probably above the main shop which belonged to Webb & Son Ltd who made suitcases. The 1910 and 1914 Kelly's Directories don't mention Charles but instead, located there with Webb & Son is a firm called McDonalds Ltd who made artificial teeth. It's not known whether Charles had any associations with McDonalds or whether two dental firms being located in the same building at different times is simply a co-incidence. Of course, there's always the possibility that the building was already kitted out, making it the ideal premises for Charles Dando to move his business into.


Bedford Street, Plymouth
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On This Day...1st August - 6th August

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1st AUGUST

1799 - my 5 x great-grandfather married his second wife, a widow called Esther Shipway. John Dando, the younger, and Esther, were married in the parish of St Paul, Bristol, 212 years ago. The marriage was a resounding success as John's obituary recalls..."never were two persons united more congenial in sentiment, especially on religious subjects; and few instances have occurred, wherein any two persons have more uniformly studied to render each other happy".

1835 - Stephen Rowlandson was born 176 years ago. He was the brother of my 2 x great-grandfather, Stephen Free's, first wife, Harriet, and was residing with them in Hadstock in 1841. Stephen Rowlandson was over 20 years younger than his sister.

2nd AUGUST

The 2nd August links my two paternal great-grandfathers, one who was born and one who died on this day.

1869 - Alfred Charles Newbold Hibbitt was born in Birmingham 142 years ago.

1959 - Charles Llewellyn Ernest Elbert Dando died in Moorhaven Hospital in Ugborough, South Devon, at the age of 83. The cause of death was pulmonary oedema, pneumonia, left heart failure, anaemia and carcinoma of the prostate.

3rd AUGUST

1885 - Ruby Elberta Kate Irene Dando was born 126 years ago in America. She was the daughter of my 2 x great-grandfather, William Elbert Dando.

1834 - Elizabeth Robinson (nee Hall) died, aged 42, and was buried with her brother in the churchyard at Arlingham in Gloucestershire.

5th AUGUST

1868 - Samuel John Dando was born in Belfast, Ireland, 143 years ago on 5th August. He was the son of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, and his last wife, Sarah (nee Walker). Sadly, Samuel died as an infant.

1745 - 266 years ago my 6 x great-grandparents, John Weaver & Mary Fidoe, were married in St Andrew's Church in Curry Rivel, Somerset.

1901 - six generations later, the above couple's 3 x great-granddaughter celebrated her wedding. Arthur Holbrook & Annie Arnold Weaver were married in the parish church of Horfield in Bristol, 110 years ago.

1964 - my 2 x great-aunt, Lily Elizabeth Thompson (nee Hellyer), died in Tavistock Hospital, Tavistock, Devon, at the age of 83. She'd outlived her twin sister by more than 80 years.

Lily (left) with her sister, Sarah
Lily (left) with her sister, Sarah

6th AUGUST

1829 - Philip Martin & Maria Bate were married in Bradford in North Devon, 182 years ago this day. Philip was my 3 x great-grandfather and Maria was his first wife.

Site Updates - Memoir of Mary Dando (1752-1825)

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  • Added the 'Memoir of Mary Dando' to Mary's biography page. The article originally appeared in the Methodist Review, Volume 8, and was published in 1825.
Mary was a pious woman who looked after her nephew's household in New York and cared for a number of orphans. She apparently suffered with asthma and rheumatism to the point where she could barely walk. The article also mentions she was 'extremely corpulent' - they certainly didn't mince their words in those days!

On This Day...27th July - 31st July

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27th JULY

1848 - Mary Jane Pitcher, was born. She was the grand-daughter of my 5 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher and Margaret (nee Worgan).

29th JULY

1917 - Edward Carlyle Savory, husband of my great-aunt, Patricia Eileen Geake, was born 94 years ago.

30th JULY

1900 - 111 years ago my great-grandparents, Charles Llewellyn Ernest Elbert Dando & Alice Free, were married in St Mary the Virgin's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex.

St Mary the Virgin's Church, Saffron Walden
St Mary the Virgin's Church, Saffron Walden

31st JULY

1921 - Thomas Stotesbury Dando died in Milford, Pike County, Pennsylvania, USA, on 31st July 1921. Thomas ran a printing firm and was the grandson of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, the younger.

1872 - the widow of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando (mentioned above), married her second husband 139 years ago. John Hamilton and Sarah Dando (nee Walker), were married in Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Ireland.

Site Updates - Surname: Dando in New York

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I recently discovered a little more about Samuel Dando, the missing son of John Dando and Ann (nee Brothers), my 5 x great-grandparents. John Dando's will, dated 1809, states that he hadn't heard from Samuel for 4 years and was apparently out of the country. In 1799, we find Samuel residing with his brother, Stephen, in New York. According to the book, 'The Old Merchants of New York City - Vol 5, by Walter Barrett, clerk - published in 1885', Samuel was making hats for a New York merchant, Samuel Norsworthy, in 1828. The writer apparently mistook their aunt, Mary, for their mother...

"Mr. Norsworthy stood six feet two inches high, and was well proportioned. He wore a low-crowned hat, made by Dando. They made his hats for thirty years. When he arrived here [in 1794] he found Mary Dando, the widow, living at 166 William street, where she kept a china store. In 1798, Stephen Dando started a hat store at 3 Maiden lane, where his mother resided. Next year Stephen took in his brother Sam at No. 11 Maiden lane. Stephen made the first hat for Mr. Norsworthy in 1798, and Samuel, who outlived his brother, made his last hat in 1828."

Stephen lived in New York until he died in 1851. It seems a shame that he had not managed to keep his father and brother in contact with each other.

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On This Day...20th - 26th July

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20th JULY

2000 - Ivor George Geake, my great-uncle, died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, at the age of 80.

1934 - Emma Dando (nee Sheriff), second 'wife' of my great-great-grandfather, William Elbert Dando, died 77 years ago this day. William and Emma's marriage was probably a bigamous one but they had three children together and Emma called herself Dando until she died.

22nd JULY

1738 - my 7 x great-grandparents, Ananias Bennet(t) & Alice Seldon, were married 273 years ago in Merton in Devon.

23rd JULY

Eileen Geake1964 - Patricia Eileen Savory (nee Geake) (right), sister of Ivor above, died in Bellemeade, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA. Eileen is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. She was 41 years old and left a husband with two twin teenaged boys.

1966 - my great-uncle by marriage, Richard Henry Couling, died at the age of 69 in the Hospital at Tavistock in Devon. His widow, Lily Alice (nee Geake), lived for another 22 years.

24th JULY

1806 - the wedding of John Rigsby Horn & Mary Chapman took place in St Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon, 205 years ago. John was the eldest son of my 6 x great-grandparents, Lewis Burdon Horn and Ann (nee Rigsby).

25th JULY

1852 - James Rice Pitcher & Ann Powell were married in the Parish of St Philip & Jacob, Bristol, 159 years ago. James declared he was 35 years old at the time but the truth is he was nearer to 49. He was the eldest son of my 4 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher and Sarah (nee Rice).

1934 - James Johnson Sill died on 25th July 1934. His wife, Alice Amies Dando, was a grand-daughter of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, the younger.

Tuesday's Tip: Use your site's ads to find new genealogy sites

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If you have a blog or family history website of your own then displaying adverts via the various schemes available can be a good way of discovering new genealogy websites. Monitor the text adverts appearing on your site and make a note of the website address (note: don't click on the ads yourself or you'll most likely get penalised by the company running the ad scheme). Once you have the address, you can look up the sites at your leisure.

I came across a fairly new genealogy search engine called Mocavo in this way. This site is in its infancy but promises to be a useful tool as more and more resources are added to the site. Nevertheless, it's surprising what you can already find. One feature I found helpful is the search engine is picking up discussions posted by others to various message boards. This can often lead to connections and discoveries which you might not have otherwise made.

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

Maritime Monday: Coastguard records at the National Archives

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Alfred C N HibbittI'd known for a long time that my great-grandfather, Alfred Charles Newbold Hibbitt (see right), was a Coastguard and I'd already obtained a copy of his Naval Service record some while ago from the National Archives DocumentsOnline facility. The record, however, ends on 30th April 1919 and a note appears at the bottom stating, "Transferred to Coast Guards (New Force) (see Special Register)". My next question was, "Where was this register and how could I view it?"

Well, I recently discovered the Digital Microfilm records, which the National Archives have made available on their website free of charge. These records are in PDF format and aren't indexed so you have to scroll through the pages in much the same way you would a microfilm......Read more »

FindMyPast.co.uk - New Military and Militia Records

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FindMyPast.co.uk have recently launched several more military collections as follows:
  • 1861 Worldwide Army Index
  • Royal Fusiliers Collection 1863-1905
  • Paddington Rifles 1860-1912
  • Surrey Recuitment Registers 1908-1933
In addition, they've also published over 500,000 soldiers' records in their Militia Service Records 1806-1915. The Militia was a voluntary county-based part-time force for home defence. It ceased to be summoned after the Civil War but was revived in 1757, when the Militia Act established militia regiments in all counties of England and Wales.

On This Day...8th - 19th July

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8th JULY

1909 - James Horn, son of my 5 x great-grandparents William Horn and Ann (nee Bayley), died 102 years ago on 8th July at the age of 80. He was buried in the churchyard at St Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon.

9th JULY

1925 - Joseph Clifford Dando II died, aged 61. He was the grandson of my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, and his second wife, Helen Sheriff.

12th JULY

1798 - 213 years ago, Joseph Fryer, son of my 7 x great-grandparents, died. He was buried in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard in Arlingham, Gloucestershire, in the same tomb as that of his parents, John FRYER (b. abt 1695) and Mary (nee KING). Unfortunately, Joseph's name is no longer visible on the tomb but details of the inscription were recorded in the document, 'Arlingham: Memorial Inscriptions' by MLK Curtis in 1993. Comparing the memorial inscription to the burial date in the parish register, it would appear Joseph was buried the day before he died!!! That's not too clever.

Headstone of Ann Davis (nee Fryer)1832 - Ann Davis (nee Fryer), died 179 years ago and was also buried in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard in Arlingham. The inscription on the headstone reads...

"Sacred to the memory of
ANN DAVIS, daughter of
JOHN & CAROLINE FRYER,
of Overton in this parish,
who died July 12th 1832,
aged 24 years.
Behold you that liveth"

15th JULY

1801 - my 4 x great-grandparents, Joseph Dando & Ann Murch, were married 210 years ago in St Philip and St Jacob, Bristol.

Joseph Dando, the elder
Joseph Dando (abt. 1781-1860)
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1895 - my 4 x great-grandmother, Elizabeth Smale (nee Horn), died on 15th July, 116 years ago and was buried in the churchyard at St Mary's Church, Black Torrington. Elizabeth was 79 years old.

1915 - 20 years later to the day, Elizabeth's son, James Smale, died at the age of 75. He was buried in the cemetery at Lake Methodist Chapel, Shebbear, Devon.

16th JULY

1879 - William Martin, illegitimate son of my great-great-grandmother, Grace Martin (later Smale), was born in Beaworthy in North Devon.

2002 - 9 years ago my great-uncle, Ronald Arthur Geake, passed away at Mount Gould Hospital in Plymouth, Devon.

17th JULY

1874 - Rosa Elizabeth Fryer was born at Bridge Street in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. Her great-grandparents were my 4 x great-grandparents, Richard Fryer (b. abt. 1792) and Ann (nee Jones).
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