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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.

On This Day...14th May

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1746/7 - James Pitcher, my 6 x great-grandfather, died and was buried the following day in St Mary's Churchyard, Lydney, Gloucestershire. He was aged 56. Bigland had noted down the memorial inscription during the 18th century but when I visited Lydney in 2009, I wasn't able to locate the grave.

Thankful Thursday - Happy Birthday to Her Majesty

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As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 85th birthday today, I thought I'd check my family tree to see if anyone in it celebrated a special event on the same day.

I couldn't find any specific birthdays although that's not to say there aren't any (for most individuals, I just have an estimated birth year). However, I did notice a double wedding celebrated on the 21st April 1919 in Blakeney, Gloucestershire. Sisters, Annie and Helen Fryer married Stanley Dutton and Francis Henry Andrews Pow respectively.

According to my family tree software, Annie and Helen were my half second cousins 4 times removed. Put another way, they were the grand-daughters of my 5 x great-grandfather, John Fryer (abt 1762-1816). Stanley Dutton was a commercial traveller and Francis Pow was a Lt. in the Durham Light Infantry.

I think at 85, the Queen has done and continues to do a marvellous job. Thank you Ma'am for your dedication to serving the people of the Commonwealth.

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