Follow Friday: Wartime Farm - another great BBC series

Category: General

I've been avidly watching the BBC series 'Wartime Farm' and loving it. Some might remember my blog about the 'Edwardian Farm' - the latest series features the same three presenters but is set in World War II. So far, there have been two episodes which, if you missed them, are available to UK residents on the BBC iPlayer. Well worth a watch!

[Why Follow Friday? 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: Harvey, Keigwin, Tregurtha, Paul, Trenwith, Hutchen, Dawes, Barnes, Wright

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

Barnes Family Tree section

After recently taking another trip with Harvey to the depths of Cornwall, I've made the following additions to some of Harvey's Cornish family lines.

Place names: Newlyn and Paul near Penzance in Cornwall.

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees section

The Barnes family database in the Dynamic Family Trees has been updated, most notably, try beginning with Harvey's grandmother, Lizzie Annie, nee Harvey, by choosing her from the Database menu (top left of the screen).

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Site Updates - New Dynamic Family Trees

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

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees

NEW! I've added a brand new facility to the main website called Dynamic Family Trees. They're not a substitute for our standard FAMILY TREES which contain a great deal more information and are always the most up-to-date. After viewing our Dynamic Family Trees, I recommend you explore our standard FAMILY TREES if you haven't already done so.

Our Dynamic Family Trees provide a way of displaying our families in an interactive Pedigree format, offering quick and easy navigation through the generations but contain basic birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial details only.

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The Dynamic Family Trees page can be accessed in a number of different ways:
  • The Home Page under the Resources section.
  • The Resources Page itself.
  • The Sitemap Page under the Resources section.
  • The standard Family Trees introduction page underneath the two trees.
  • Every page within the standard Family Tree pages, just below the navigation bar (see image below).
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My thanks to Michael Horey, author of the Dynamic Family Tree Compiler, for creating and making available this Freeware program.

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Site Updates - Home Page and Tree Reports

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

Home Page

I've updated the front page of my website with some new graphics in order to highlight the various sections and make it easier to read.

My thanks to VintageKin.com for making many of these graphics available.

Resources > Family Tree Reports section

Updated the following family tree reports for Annie's HIBBITT family.
  • Complete Paternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Complete Maternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Ancestors of Charles George Hibbitt.
  • Ancestors of William Hellyer Geake.
  • Ancestors of Phyllis Grace Weaver.
The main Family Tree web pages will continue to be the most up-to-date information for our family trees.

Site Updates - Surnames: Hibbit (with variants), Leeson, Skillet, Tubbs, Bottom, Peesegood, Greensmith, Barnet, Newman

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

Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Exton, Oakham and Braunston, all in the County of Rutland.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Larkworthy, Hopper, Martyn

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

Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Shebbear in North Devon.

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Military Monday: The Defence of Rorke's Drift

Category: Famous Connections

After my recent stay in hospital, Harvey (my hubby) decided to cheer me up by presenting me with a large print of a famous painting by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville entitled 'The Defence of Rorke's Drift'. The print measures approximately 110 x 75cm, including the frame, and hangs conveniently in my stairwell.

Followers of my blog will know that I'm distantly related to 716 Pte. Robert Jones V.C., who took part in the battle on 22nd/23rd January 1879. Whilst there are many different paintings of the event, this is my personal favourite.

The Defence of Rorke's Drift by A de Neuville
The Defence of Rorke's Drift by A de Neuville
(Click the image above to see a larger version.)

Created in 1880, the original oil painting was commissioned by the Fine Art Society in London. It was bought by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1882 and is still amongst the collection to this day.

The caption underneath the print reads…

THE DEFENCE OF RORKE'S DRIFT
22nd January 1879

On January 22nd 1879, during the Zulu War, the small British field hospital and supply depot at Rorke's Drift in Natal was the site of one of the most heroic military defences of all time. Manned by 140 troops of the 24th Regiment, led by Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, the camp was attacked by a well-trained and well-equipped Zulu army of 4000 men, heartened by the great Zulu victory over the British forces at Isandhlwana earlier on the same day. The battle began in mid afternoon, when British remnants of the defeat at Isandhlwana struggled into the camp. Anticipating trouble, Chard set his small force to guard the perimeter fence but, when the Zulu attack began, the Zulus came faster than the British could shoot and the camp was soon overcome. The thatched roof of the hospital was fired by Zulu spears wrapped in burning grass and even some of the sick and the dying were dragged from their beds and pressed into desperate hand-to-hand fighting. Eventually, Chard gave the order to withdraw from the perimeter and to take position in a smaller compound, protected by a hastily assembled barricade of boxes and it was from behind this barricade that the garrison fought for their lives throughout the night. After twelve hours of battle, the camp was destroyed, the hospital had burned to the ground, seventeen British lay dead and ten were wounded. However, the Zulus had been repulsed and over 400 of their men killed. The Battle of Rorke's Drift is one of the greatest examples of bravery and heroism in British military history. Nine men were awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals and eleven, the most ever given for a single battle, received the highest military honour of all, the Victoria Cross.

[Why Military Monday? 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: Horn, Larkworthy, Chapman, Odam, Heysett

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

Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Black Torrington, Shebbear and Sheepwash in North Devon.

Photo Gallery > Graves & Memororials > Sheepwash, Devon - St Lawrence's Churchyard section

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Site Updates - Surnames: Poulston, Wilkes, Cotterell, Lewis, Pitt, Horn, Rigsby, Larkworthy

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Standish in Gloucestershire, Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Black Torrington and Shebbear in Devon.

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Spotlight on Uncle Tom & Auntie Nellie

Category: Sharing Memories

I've created a new blog category called 'Sharing Memories', to which this post belongs.

I remember Uncle Tom (Thomas Smale) very well - he lived to be 95 years old and died in 1991. He came to my house when our son was a baby and we had a photograph taken of 5 generations but I seem to have mislaid the picture for the moment. The generations included, our son, me, my mum, my gran [Phyllis Grace Geake (nee Weaver)] and Uncle Tom, who was my gran's uncle. I can remember visiting him once at his home in Sunshine Terrace in Tavistock, however, there were numerous times when I met him at my grandparents' house. I can't remember if I ever met Auntie Nellie (Nellie, nee Ball) - I might have done.

I've managed to find a colour picture of Tom & Nellie in one of my gran's photo albums. It looks as though it was taken on the same day as an old newspaper cutting that I have announcing their golden wedding anniversary.

Tom & Nellie Smale
Tom & Nellie Smale

The cutting mentions that the couple met at the Lydford Pony Show. Does anyone have any further information about this event? Their wedding day in 1924 at Gulworthy Parish Church, was apparently a wash-out with torrential rain!

Some time after Auntie Nellie died, Uncle Tom gave me a little ivorine Book of Common Prayer which had belonged to her. I vaguely recall he left a vase to my gran in his will and I believe my brother has a Crown Derby tea set that was once Tom and Nellie's.

Uncle Tom was a signalman on the railways and he still used to ride his bicycle when he was well into his 90's.

My gran told me that Uncle Tom and Auntie Nellie had wanted to adopt her after her own grandmother, who was looking after her, died. Gran was 9 years old and an orphan. At that stage, Uncle Tom and Auntie Nellie had only been married a very short time so how true this story is, I'm not sure. The couple never had any children of their own so it might have been something they may have expressed retrospectively. In the event, my gran went to live with another aunt and uncle because reportedly, they were in greater need of the extra cash that was available for orphans from the First World War. This is not to suggest that they weren't good 'parents' to her because they were.

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