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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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