On This Day...25th - 31st August

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1814 - 197 years ago, John Fryer & Prudence Gower were married in the church at Gloucester St Mary de Lode. John was the son of my 5 x great-grandparents, John Fryer (1762-1816) and his first wife, Phoebe (nee Taysum).

1836 - Half-brother of John above, Thomas Fryer married Sarah Saunders in Stonehouse in Gloucestershire. Thomas' parents were John Fryer (1762-1816) and his second wife, Carolina (originally Browning). Thomas was also baptized on 25th August, thirty-four years earlier in 1802.


1830 - Helen Dando was born in Norwood, Surrey, 181 years ago. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dando, the elder, and his second wife, Caroline (nee Hewitt).


1850 - Francis Ann Pitcher was born. She was the grand-daughter of my 5 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher & Margaret (nee Worgan).

1813 - also on this day, my 5 x great-grandparents, William Horn & Ann Bayley, were married in St Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon.

Site Updates: Surnames - Dando, Langston, Hewitt, Hansard, Dingle, Hill

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  • Added a few more facts and footnotes for Nathaniel Dando, the elder.
  • Added Nathaniel's children by his 1st wife, Hannah Langston, together with some facts.
  • Added their daughter Amelia Dando's husband, George Hansard, and a few facts.
  • Also added George's parents, James & Martha Hansard, and his siblings. George's sister, Hannah Mary Hansard, was already online as she was the 1st wife of Nathaniel Dando, the younger, Amelia's brother.
  • Added John Dingle, father of Rosa Ann Dingle, 2nd wife of Nathaniel Dando, the younger.
  • Added Nathaniel Dando, the elder's, children by his 2nd wife, Caroline Hewitt, and also added Caroline's father, John Hewitt.
  • Added Nathaniel & Caroline's daughter, Adelaide Dando's husband, Edward Hill, and the Hills' daughter, Adelaide Maria Hill.

On This Day...18th - 24th August

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1921 - 90 years ago my great-grandmother, Florence Weaver (nee Smale) died of meningitis at the relatively young age of 33. She was buried in Plymouth Road Cemetery in Tavistock, Devon, in an unmarked grave. Florence lost her husband during the First World War and now she left one daughter (my gran) under the age of 5.

Florence Weaver (nee Smale) with her daughter, Phyllis
Florence Weaver (nee Smale) with her daughter, Phyllis


1830 - Richard Slade & Elizabeth Longman Smale were married in St Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon. Elizabeth was the eldest child of my 5 x great-grandparents, Thomas Smale and Elizabeth (nee Longman).

1883 - also on this day, James George Pitcher & Annie Nolan celebrated their marriage at the Register Office in Gisborne in the District of Turanga, New Zealand. James was born in Uley, Gloucestershire, and emigrated to New Zealand as a young man.

1937 - Rosa Elizabeth Fryer died and was buried in the same grave as her parents in Chepstow Municipal Cemetery.


1845 - Nathaniel Dando, the younger, & Hannah Mary Hansard married in St Peter's, Narbiton, Surrey, 166 years ago. Hannah's elder brother, George, had married Nathaniel's elder sister, Amelia, in the previous October.

Sorting Saturday: 'My Library' in Google Books

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I recently discovered a useful facility within Google Books - I'm not sure if it's new or been around for a while but if you're anything like me you'll come across something new about an ancestor in a book in Google and forget to make a note of it there and then. This is where 'My library' comes into its own.

Sign into Google with your Google account, go to Google Books and you'll see a menu on the left called 'My library'. When you find a book you want to save, just click on the 'Add to My Library' link in the left-hand menu. If you've created new bookshelves (ie. categories) you can add the books straight into them. I've so far categorized my bookshelves by surname.

Once a book is in your library you can add a note. This is where I write a brief explanation of what I've found of interest in the book together with the page number so I can easily identify what I'm looking for when I'm ready to document my sources.

'My Library' in Google Books
'My Library' in Google Books

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

On This Day...7th - 17th August

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1946 - Mabel Annie Jane Fryer (nee Lewis) died 65 years ago and was buried in Chepstow Municipal Cemetery three days later. She was 60 years old.

1905 - Mary Jane Pitcher died this day in 1905, aged 57, and was buried with her sister and parents in the churchyard at Woolaston in Gloucestershire.


1821 - Hannah Dando, daughter of Nathaniel Dando and his first wife, Hannah (nee Langston), was born 190 years ago.

1853 - Catherine Emma Dando, was born on 8th August 1853. She was the daughter of my 3 x great-grandparents, Joseph Dando & Harriet Catherine (nee Williams). Catherine was probably named after her mother (Catherine) and her aunt Emma.

1922 - 89 years ago, David Anthony Hibbitt (Tony) was born in the district of Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.


1836 - Edward Warren & Hannah Fryer were married in St Mary the Virgin's Church, Arlingham, Gloucestershire, 175 years ago this day. Hannah was the daughter of my 5 x great-grandfather, John Fryer, and his second wife, Caroline (originally Browning).

1960 - my 2 x great-aunt, Edith Ellen Martin, died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, at 43 Crelake Park in Tavistock, Devon, with whom she'd lived for more than 30 years after the death of her husband. Edith was 87 years old when she died. She and her husband had two children but they also took in my gran, Phyllis Grace Weaver, an orphan, after Phyllis' own grandmother, who'd been taking care of her, died.


1872 - my 2 x great-grandparents William Henry Weaver (Harry) & Jane Arnold were married in Winsham in Somerset, 139 years ago this day. On the 1871 census, Harry was shown as working as a journeyman shoemaker in Broadwinsor (about 5 miles from Winsham) so this may well have been where the couple met, although Jane was originally from Nuneaton.

1836 - 175 years ago, James Smale & Elizabeth Horn, my 4 x great-grandparents, were married in st Mary's Church, Black Torrington, Devon. Elizabeth was probably pregnant at the time as their first child, Fanny, was baptized about 3 months later.

St Mary's Church, Black Torrington
St Mary's Church, Black Torrington

1821 - fifteen years earlier, Elizabeth's uncle, John Rigsby Horn, had died at the age of 46 and was buried in the churchyard at Black Torrington.

1880 - Amos Hibbitt, my 3 x great-grandfather died at Melbourne Terrace, Friston Street, Lady Wood, Birmingham, 131 years ago. He died of phthisis (most likely tuberculosis or consumption) which he'd been suffering from for 4 months.


1853 - Mariana Dando, the grand-daughter of Joseph Dando (above) was born in Camden, New Jersey, USA. Both born in the same year, neither Joseph's daughter, Catherine Emma (above), or grand-daughter, Mariana, survived to see out 1854.

1901 - my 2 x great-uncle, Philip Henry Smale, was born 110 years ago in Okehampton, Devon.


1843 - Ann Pitcher, daughter of my 5 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher & Margaret (nee Worgan), died 168 years ago this day and was buried at Woolaston, Gloucestershire, 4 days later. Ann may have been buried inside the church as the Woolaston Village History Group, recorded the following details...

Altar Tomb.
Top In memory of Ann Pitcher Spinster of this Parish who died August 14th 1843 aged 66 Years
North Dedicated To the Memory of JOHN WORGAN of this Parish ..Febr ... Also WILLIAM ...
South TO THE MEMORY of Deborah Worgan of this Parish who departed this Life the 13th Day of ... 1837 Aged 93 years.

Some of the altar tombs at Woolaston were once inside the church, but when the latter was remodelled in the 19th century they were either rebuilt outside or dismantled and used for such things as providing hard-standing outside the church porch, lining a septic tank, farm kitchen floors and one was even found in a patio. Buried with Ann, were two of her uncles and an aunt.

1938 - my grandparents William Hellyer Geake & Phyllis Grace Weaver were married in St Eustachius Church in Tavistock, Devon and it would have been their 71st wedding anniversary. My gran was given away by her cousin, William John Martin (Jack), who was like a brother to her as she'd been brought up by his parents.

Site Updates - Dando in Plymouth

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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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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.


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.


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.


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 Sarah Thompson (nee Hellyer), died in Tavistock Hospital, Tavistock, Devon, at the age of 83.

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


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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