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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.

On This Day...21st May

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1786 - Robert Free, my 3 x great-grandfather, was born in Hadstock, Essex. He was the son of William Free and his second wife, Elisabeth Fincham.

1931 - My grandparents, Charles George Hibbitt and Ivy Alice Dando, were married at Devonport Register Office in Plymouth. Today would have been their 80th wedding anniversary. Family legend has it that my gran was engaged 3 times (to other people) before she decided to marry my grandpa. Because of all the broken engagements, she apparently decided to just get wed rather than bother with another engagement so this is what they did. It wasn't a quickie marriage though - my gran can be seen in numerous photos with her future father-in-law and he died nearly 3 years before the wedding took place.

On This Day...20th May

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1802 - John Ely and Sarah Fryer were married in St Mary the Virgin's Church, Fretherne, Gloucestershire. Sarah was the daughter of my 6 x great-grandparents, Richard Fryer and Mary (nee Harvey).

1890 - Emily Smale, my great-grandmother's sister, was born 121 years ago today.

On This Day...17th May

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1709 - Richard Seldon and Hannah Clemett were married in the village of Merton in Devon. The couple were my 8 x great-grandparents.

1767 - Mary Fryer (nee King), my 7 x great-grandmother, died on 17th May and was buried three days later in her husband's tomb in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard in Arlingham, Gloucestershire. I've visited the graveyard several times and the tomb is looking a little worn now and is slightly tilted too.

On This Day...16th May

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1816 - John Banister Worgan and Sophia Powell were married in Bristol. John was the son of Edward Worgan and Sarah Banister.
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