On This Day...14th - 30th November

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14th NOVEMBER

1824 - Caroline Dando was born 187 years ago. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dando, the elder, and his second wife, Caroline nee Hewitt.

1823 - one year before, Emma Rowlandson was born in Hadstock, Essex, but sadly, she died in 1826.

20th NOVEMBER

1893 - William Tyler died at Woodcroft, Tidenham, Gloucestershire, 118 years ago and was buried in St Mary & St Peter's Churchyard at Tidenham five days later. His headstone remains there today.

21st NOVEMBER

1930 - Brian W Dando was born in Teddington, Middlesex, but it is believed he died a few months later. He was the grandson of my great-great-grandfather, William Elbert Dando. Brian's birth announcement appeared in The Times as follow...

DANDO.-On Nov. 21, 1930, at Oketon, Hampton-road, Teddington, to SYBIL (nee Roylance), the wife of MALCOLM DANDO-a son. (F.M.S. papers, please copy.)

23rd NOVEMBER

1809 - my 5 x great-grandfather, John Dando, the younger, died in Bristol, 202 years ago. There is a grave and plaque in the cemetery at Rodborough Tabernacle commemorating John and his first wife, Ann Dando (nee Brothers), and six of their children. However, although John's name appears on the plaque in Rodborough, he was actually buried in New Yard, Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol, in Mr Shipway's grave where his second wife, Esther (previously Mrs Shipway), was also buried. The register shows...

1809 Novr 30th John Dando Interr'd in Mr. Shipway's Grave 10s 6d.

The Dando grave plaque at Rodborough, Gloucestershire
The Dando grave plaque at Rodborough, Gloucestershire
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26th NOVEMBER

1940 - Alice Amies Sill (nee Dando), died in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 82.

28th NOVEMBER

1822 - 189 years ago, Nathaniel Dando, the elder, & Caroline Hewitt, were married at Holy Trinity, Clapham Surrey. The Times announcement read as follows...

MARRIED.
On Thursday, the 28th inst., at Clapham church, by the Rev. Wm. Dealtry, B.D., F.R.S., rector, Mr. Nathaniel Dando, of Pennsbury, Clapham, and Cheapside, to Caroline, second daughter of the late John Hewitt, Esq, of Clapham common.


1791 - William Hall & Carolina Browning were married at Arlingham in Gloucestershire. After William died, Caroline/a married my 5 x great-grandfather, John Fryer.

1887 - the great-grandson of John Fryer, mentioned above, celebrated his marriage 124 years ago when John Augustine Fryer & Mary Ann Julia Girling wed in Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

29th NOVEMBER

1798 - Richard Fryer & Sarah Roberts were married by licence at Fretherne, Gloucestershire. Richard was the younger brother of my 5 x great-grandfather, John Fryer.

30th NOVEMBER

1726 - 285 years ago, John Ball & Hannah Pitcher, were married at Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. Hannah was the daughter of my 7 x great-grandparents, Arthur Pitcher and Ann (nee Ansley).

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Site Updates - Gallery photos: WWII Medals plus Newland & Clearwell, Glos.

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Gallery > Potpourri > War Memorabilia section

  • As this is Remembrance Day, I've decided to add my grandfather's WWII medals to the gallery. William Hellyer Geake enlisted in the Royal Marines on 1st January 1941 and won the 1939-45 Star, the Burma Star, the Africa Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal. You can view his medals here.
Gallery > Places section
  • A couple of years ago, I briefly visited the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire as various branches of my family came from there. I've recently confirmed my Pitcher ancestors were connected to the villages of Newland and Clearwell and so I've added some photographs to the gallery, which I took when I was there.
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Leave a tribute and donate to the Royal British Legion

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Post a tribute of remembrance at Ancestry's Facebook page and they'll donate 1 to the British Legion up to their target of 10,000.

I posted the following about my great-grandfather...

Pte Henry James Weaver 4732, my great-grandfather, killed by accident on 8th September 1916 whilst at the base in France. Buried at Merville.

See more about Henry on my website.

Stop Press! Free WWI records at Ancestry for 4 days.

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Ancestry.co.uk are offering a selection of their World War I records FOR FREE between 10th-13th November.

For 4 days you can access:

On This Day...1st - 13th November

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3rd NOVEMBER

1767 - 244 years ago, my 5 x great-grandparents, John Dando & Ann Brothers, were married in Dursley, Gloucestershire, before moving to Rodborough on the outskirts of Stroud.

1898 - Georgina Emma May Hibbitt (nee Williams) was born 113 years ago.

4th NOVEMBER

1833 - William Tyler & Elizabeth James were married at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, which was the bride's parish. William was from Tidenham in Gloucestershire.

6th NOVEMBER

1838 - the marriage of Joseph Hart & Hannah Fryer took place in the Parish Church of St Thomas, Bristol. Hannah was the grand-daughter of my 5 x great-grandparents, John Fryer & Phoebe (nee Taysum), and Joseph was a mariner.

7th NOVEMBER

1808 - and there was yet another wedding when Charles Tyler & Mary Price tied the knot at St Mary & St Peter's Church, Tidenham, Glos., 203 years ago.

St Mary & St Peter's Church, Tidenham, Gloucestershire
St Mary & St Peter's Church, Tidenham, Gloucestershire

9th NOVEMBER

1813 - my 3 x great-grandparents, Robert Free & Mary Adams, celebrated their marriage in St Botolph's Church, Hadstock, Essex, this day 198 years ago, their banns having been read in the previous May and June.

10th NOVEMBER

1761 - early November was certainly popular for weddings for exactly 250 years ago my 6 x great-grandparents, Richard Fryer & Mary Harvey, were married at Westbury on Severn in Gloucestershire.

1948 - William John Smale died 63 years ago.

12th NOVEMBER

1881 - Henry Richard Fryer & Mary Walters were married at Tidenham, Glos. Henry was a turner and Mary was a servant.

1903 - Mary Pockett (nee Fryer) died at the age of 50 and was buried in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard at Fretherne, Glos.

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Site updates - Surnames: Arnold, Bacon, Pitchard, Lock, Powell, Wanklin, Worgan, Knowles

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Nuneaton in Warwickshire, Newland, Clearwell and Redbrook, all in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, Monmouth in Monmouthshire and Walford in Herefordshire.

Resources > Biographies section

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My blog is one year old today

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Hibbitt Family History BlogIt's been 12 months since I started my blog (the main site has been going for about 4 years now) and in that time I've posted over 150 articles ranging from items from Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book, images from my grandpa's collection of slides, 'On This Day' in the history of my family, features on specific ancestors, a slection of genealogical links and tips, and more.

I don't have a favourite post but I like my 'Ancestors Corner' category most of all as it fleshes out some of the details of my forbears and, at times, allows me to indulge in my own thoughts and draw my own conclusions.

I'm not entirely certain what sort of following I have so if you'd like to say hi, please drop me a line in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you.

Here's looking forward to my next blogiversary!

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Follow Friday: Preserving your personal family tree website for posterity

Category: Handy Family History Links

UK Web ArchiveIf you have your own family tree website you might consider archiving it to a CD or DVD and handing it on to the next generation. After all, who's going to maintain your site after you've gone? The snag here though, is that there'll be a finite number of peope who'll be able to appreciate your efforts and that's only if they happen to share your interest. You could find your research destined for a dusty drawer or, worse still, put out with the rubbish.

In this digital age of readily available information, it seems logical that your site should remain on the internet for a wider audience to read and enjoy. So how do we do this?.....Read more »

On This Day...22nd - 31st October

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22nd OCTOBER

James George Pitcher1920 - James George Pitcher died and was buried two days later in Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand.

(Image: copyright © Diane Oliver.)

23rd OCTOBER

1885 - Aubrey Jones Dando was born 126 years ago.

1889 - Charles Tidmarsh Dando died at Chatsworth House, Tyndalls Park, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. He was the son of my 4 x great-grandparents, Joseph Dando and Ann (nee Murch), and was aged 75 at the time of his death.

24th OCTOBER

1814 - Harriet Free (nee Rowlandson) was the first wife of my great-great-grandfather, Stephen Free. Harriet was born 197 years ago.

25th OCTOBER

1863 - James Rice Pitcher died at Uley, Gloucestershire, 148 years ago. He lived at Hodgecombe Farm and his will was proved in the following January by his brother, Timothy. James left 'under 800'.

1874 - the eldest son of my great-great-grandparents, Richard Arthur Weaver, was born in Curry Rivel, Somerset.

26th OCTOBER

1834 - Philip Martin was the eldest son of my 3 x great-grandfather, also Philip Martin, and his first wife, Maria Bate or Bote. He was born in Bradford in North Devon, 177 years ago.

1895 - Thomas Smale, was my great-great-uncle and was born on 26th October, 116 years ago. 'Uncle Tom' lived well into his nineties and I can remember him very well. He once gave me an ivory covered prayer book which had belonged to his wife, Nellie, which I've kept to this day.

1921 - Alfred Chudley was born at 13 Market Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth.

27th OCTOBER

1810 - 201 years ago, my 4 x great-grandparents, George Newbold & Ann Parker, were married in St Peter & St Paul's Church, Exton, Rutland.

30th OCTOBER

1834 - Stephen Dando was the son of my 6 x great-grandparents, John & Susanna Dando. Stephen died 177 years ago and was buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, London, on the 3rd November. His obituary was published in the Evangelical Magazine in the following May and stated that "When under deep distress of feeling, occasioned by shortness of breath, he was frequently heard to exclaim, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit"...he calmly waited for his dismission from earth, and died in the Lord on Thursday morning, 30th October, 1834, in the seventy-fifth year of his age...".

1820 - Edmund Cotterill & Sarah Evans were married in St Mary's Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Edmund was my 3 x great-grandfather and Sarah was his first wife.

31st OCTOBER

1814 - Emma Dando was born. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dando, the elder, and his first wife, Hannah (nee Langston).

1815 - my great-great-grandfather, Stephen Free, was born in Hadstock, Essex, 196 years ago.

Happy Anniversary to you, Mum and Dad!

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Site Updates - Surnames: Pitcher, Ansley, George, Marshall, Ball, Higgs

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Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Aylburton near Lydney, Hawkesbury, Hewelsfield, Newland, Scatterford, Clearwell, Stow, St Briavels, all in Gloucestershire, and Ross on Wye in Herefordshire.

Resources > Biographies section

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