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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.

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)
(Image: copyright © Dianne Fox)

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).

On This Day...1st - 7th July

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1st JULY

Headstone of Richard & Mary Fryer1720 - My 8 x great-grandmother, Mary, the wife of Richard Fryer (abt 1663-1710), died on 1st July, 291 years ago, and was buried 2 days later in the churchyard at St Mary the Virgin in Arlingham, Gloucestershire (right). Mary's maiden name is a little uncertain but she may have been Mary Haines. The parish registers for Leonard Stanley recorded a marriage of a Richard Ffrier to a Mary Haines on 23rd February 1690, a year before the baptism of their first child.

1788 - Stephen Dando & Elizabeth Jones were married at Dursley, Gloucestershire, this day 223 years ago. Stephen was the youngest son of my 6 x great-grandparents, John and Susanna Dando. Stephen was a hat maker and ran his father's business after John died. A claim to fame is that Stephen was baptized by the famous religious leader, George Whitefield, at Dursley Tabernacle on 25th June 1760. Go to Stephen's biography page to find out more.

1862 - 149 years ago, Joseph Reed & Mary Pitcher Fryer were married at Drybrook, Gloucestershire. Mary was the daughter of my 4 x great-grandfather, Richard Fryer (abt 1792-1862), and his second wife, Ann Bailey Pitcher.

2nd JULY

1992 - My gran, Ivy Alice Hibbitt (nee Dando), died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, 19 years ago at the age of 87. Gran was a stickler for proper grammar but did like to play with words and used to have lots of amusing sayings which never ceased to tickle me.

1910 - my great-aunt, Doris May Geake, was born on 2nd July and would have been 101 years old this year. Doris married twice, her first husband, Tom Bishop, having died, she later became Doris Gwyn.

3rd JULY

1942 - John Smale was the son of my 3 x great-grandparents, William Smale & Mary Jane (nee Moore). John died on 3rd July 1942. I discovered his grave quite by chance in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon, after I'd been visiting the graves of other family members.

The grave of John Smale (abt 1871-1842) in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock
The grave of John Smale (abt 1871-1842)
in Plymouth Road Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon

5th JULY

1879 - Charles Harris & Bertha Jane Fryer were married at Tidenham, Gloucestershire. Bertha was the grand-daughter of my 4 x great-grandparents, Richard Fryer (abt 1792-1862), and Ann (nee Jones).

6th JULY

St Oswald's Church, Rockhampton1773 - My 5 x great-grandparents, Benjamin Pitcher & Margaret Worgan, married this day 238 years ago in St Oswald's Church (right) in Rockhampton, Gloucestershire.

7th JULY

1765 - It's been 246 years since my 6 x great-grandparents, Samuel Longman & Rachael Bennett married in Merton in North Devon.

1849 - Hannah Warren (nee Fryer) died 162 years ago on the 7th July and was buried 3 days later in the churchyard at St Mary the Virgin, Fretherne, Gloucestershire. Hannah was the daughter of John Fryer (abt 1762-1816), my 5 x great-grandfather, and his second wife, Caroline.

On This Day...23rd - 30th June

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23rd JUNE

1860 - Joseph Dando, the elder, (my 4 x great-grandfather), died at Brunswick Square in Bristol. He left just under 25,000 in his will 151 years ago. One of his executors was William Day Wills of the tobacco importer and manufacturer's, WD & HO Wills, which later became part of the Imperial Tobacco Company. WD Wills and Joseph Dando both lived in Portland Square in Bristol.

1817 - William Pitcher & Sarah Bishop were married at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, this day 194 years ago. William was the son of Benjamin Pitcher and his wife, Margaret (nee Worgan).

25th JUNE

St Andrew's Church, Curry Rivel1810 - 201 years ago my 4 x great-grandparents, Robert Weaver and Sarah Munckton, married in St Andrew's Church in Curry Rivel, Somerset (right). Robert was a shoemaker and both had previously been widowed.

(Image: copyright © Gillian Evans.)

27th JUNE

1779 - my 6 x great-grandparents, James Smale & Thomasine French, were married in Black Torrington, Devon.

On This Day...16th - 22nd June

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17th JUNE

1837 - Charles Tidmarsh Dando & Clarissa Spiers were married in Chippenham, Wiltshire, this day 174 years ago. The Bristol Mercury published this notice the following week...
"MARRIED - June 17, at Chippenham, Charles Tidmarsh, youngest son of Joseph Dando, Esq. of Portland-square, Bristol, to Clarissa, only daughter of Jos. Spiers, Esq. of Rowden-hill House, Wilts."

1722 - Going further back in time, my 7 x great-grandparents, John Fryer & Mary King, married in St Mary the Virgin's Church in Fretherne, Gloucestershire, 289 years ago. The Bishop's Transcripts for Fretherne recorded the event...
"John Fryer of ye parish of Arlingham & Mary King of ye parish of Frethorn were married June ye 17th 1722."

1824 - My 3 x great-grandfather, Robert Ashby, married his first wife, Sarah Swan, in St Botolph's Church, Hadstock, Essex, 187 years ago today. Sarah died 2½ years later.

18th JUNE

1994 - It's 17 years since my grandpa, William Hellyer Geake, died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon.

1870 - Richard Fryer, son of John Fryer & Prudence (nee Gower), died and was buried 5 days later in Chepstow Municipal Cemetery.

20th JUNE

1779 - 18 month old, Susanah Dando , died and was buried in the cemetery at Rodborough Tabernacle in Gloucestershire. Susanah was the daughter of my 5 x great-grandparents, John Dando & Ann (nee Brothers).

21st JUNE

1941 - Annie Pitcher (nee Nolan), died in New Zealand at the age of 83 and was buried 2 days later in Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, NZ.

Gravestone of James George Pitcher and Annie (nee Nolan)
Gravestone of James George Pitcher and Annie (nee Nolan) in Taruheru Cemetery

On This Day...8th - 15th June

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8th JUNE

1854 - The tragic death of 6 year old, George Washington Dando, happened on 8th June, 157 years ago. The Bristol Mercury published the following notice on Saturday, June 10, 1854...
"DIED. June 8, after a long and painful illness, aged 6 years and 4 months, George Washington, son of Mr. Joseph Dando, jun., of this city."

10th JUNE

2005 - Six years ago on 10th June, my dear gran, Phyllis Grace Geake (nee Weaver), died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon. She was 88 years old and had been taken into hospital just the day before.

12th JUNE

1848 - The marriage of Robert Jones snr, and Hannah Fryer took place at the Parish Church of Llanover, Monmouth in Wales. Robert was a haulier from Coed Cae and Hannah was living in Blaenafon at the time. Hannah was the daughter of my 4 x great-grandfather, Richard Fryer (1792 - 1862).

13th JUNE

1899 - Stanley George Smale was born in Tavistock in Devon, 112 years ago. Stanley was the son of William Henry Smale and Grace (nee Martin), my great-great-grandparents.

14th JUNE

1865 - William Henry Smale, my great-great-grandfather, was born in Sheepwash in North Devon, 146 years ago. William was the son of William Smale and Mary Jane (nee Moore).

Sheepwash, Devon
Sheepwash, Devon

On This Day...1st - 7th June

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2nd JUNE

1904 - My grandpa's younger brother, Frederick Edward Hibbitt, was born in Soldier's Point, Dundalk, Ireland, where his father was stationed as a Coastguard. Frederick died at 10 months and my grandpa never mentioned him to my dad. His existence only came to light in recent years since I began researching the family. We aren't even sure whether my grandpa remembered his brother although he would have been 6 years old when Frederick died.

Soldier's Point, Dundalk
The coastguard station and houses at The Soldier's Point with Cooley in the background

1923 - Harry James Carter & Margaret Fryer were married in Blakeney, Gloucestershire. Margaret's younger sister, Lucy, was one of the witnesses.

1816 - Frances Eleanor Dando was born in Bristol. She was the youngest daughter of Joseph Dando and Ann (nee Murch) who were my 4 x great-grandparents.

4th JUNE

Charles L E E Dando1876 - My great-grandfather, Charles Llewellyn Ernest Elbert Dando, was born at 86 Regent Street, Westminster, London, 135 years ago. His parents split up the following year and it seems that Charles remained in the custody of his father. The bitter relationship between his parents was well documented and nothing is known as to whether Charles ever saw his mother again.

7th JUNE

1946 - On the 7th June, 65 years ago, my great-grandmother, Alice Hibbitt (nee Ridley), died at 25 Lyndrick Road, Plymouth, Devon. The cause of death was myocarditis. Alice was 74 years old and her daughter, Nellie, was present at the death.

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

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25th MAY

1814 - Charles Tidmarsh Dando was born in Bristol. He was the son of Joseph Dando, the elder, and Ann (nee Murch) who were my 4 x great-grandparents. Charles married into the wealthy Spiers family of silk manufacturers.

1762 - Joseph Fryer married Elizabeth Cowles in Westbury on Severn in Gloucestershire, 249 years ago. Elizabeth was Joseph's first wife.

26th MAY

1839 - Carolina/e, nee Browning died in Saul, Gloucestershire, this day 172 years ago and was buried at Arlingham on the 30th. The cause of death was 'Decay of Nature'. Caroline was the wife of William Hall, and afterwards, the second wife of John Fryer, my 5 x great-grandfather.

27th MAY

1763 - John Taysom and Lydia Welch, my 6 x great-grandparents, were married by banns in the Church of St Mary, St Peter & St Paul in Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, some 248 years ago.

St Botolph's Church, Hadstock1819 - 192 years ago on the 27th May, Charles Free and Sarah Malyon were married in St Botolph's Church (right) in Hadstock, Essex. Charles was the son of William Free and Elisabeth (nee Fincham), my 4 x great-grandparents.

30th MAY

1738 - Infant, William Pitcher, son of my 6 x great-grandparents, James and Mary Pitcher, died and was buried in Lydney, Gloucestershire, this day 273 years ago.

On This Day...23rd May

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1865 - Helena D. Jones was born in New York City, USA. She was the daughter of John Jones and Charlotte S. Dando. Helena later married Thomas Stotesbury Dando and they had 4 children.

On This Day...22nd May

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Grave of John Tyler1892 - John Tyler died 119 years ago on 22nd May and was buried 5 days later in St Mary & St Peter's Churchyard, Tidenham, Gloucestershire. His headstone is still visible today.
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