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

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1st SEPTEMBER

1904 - my gran, Ivy Alice Hibbitt (nee Dando), would have been 107 on the 1st September. She was born in 2 Market Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, where her grandmother ran a sweet shop and her father, Charles L.E.E. Dando, was a tobacconist there before he became a dentist. The shop was known as the Golden Butterfly, named after a brand of tobacco, and was still there more than 100 years later when my parents visited in 2008.

The Golden Butterfly, Saffron Walden
The Golden Butterfly, Saffron Walden, Essex

1812 - Nathaniel Dando (the elder) & Hannah Langston were married in St Mary, Islington. Hannah was Nathaniel's first wife and she bore him six children before she died in 1821, aged 30.

2nd SEPTEMBER

1870 - my 5 x great-grandfather, William Horn, died in Black Torrington, Devon, at the age of 78. Grant of probate was issued to his eldest daugher, Mary Ann Hall, and he left under 100 which would have been a reasonable amount back then.

3rd SEPTEMBER

1924 - Basil Anthony Geake, my great-uncle, was born in the district of Pontypridd, Wales, most probably Gilfach Goch, where the family resided for many years before returning to Devon.

7th SEPTEMBER

1809 - my 5 x great-grandparents, Thomas Smale & Elizabeth Longman, were married in St Michael's Church, Shebbear, Devon, 202 years ago.

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

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25th AUGUST

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.

28th AUGUST

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).

29th AUGUST

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.

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

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18th AUGUST

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

20th AUGUST

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.

23rd AUGUST

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.

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

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7th AUGUST

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.

8th AUGUST

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.

9th AUGUST

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.

10th AUGUST

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.

13th AUGUST

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.

14th AUGUST

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.
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