Box­ing clever

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I read Monique Mon­roe’s let­ter in the April is­sue of WDYTYA? Mag­a­zi­nee re­gard­ing the box of fam­ily pho­tos and ephemera seen at an in­door mar­ket. In March, I pur­chased a col­lec­tion from a dealer at an an­tiques fair, which sounds very sim­i­lar. Over the last two months I have re­searched the ex­tended fam­ily, built a fam­ily tree, at­tached the pho­tos (140 and ris­ing) to the in­di­vid­u­als (259 and ris­ing) and put it alll on Ances­try as a Pub­lic Tree so that peo­ple who are in­ter­ested could have ac­cess. It is still a work in progress.

The fam­i­lies mainly orig­i­nated in Not­ting­ham as lace weavers but there are mem­bers who moved to Lon­don (Sil­ver­town, Plum­stead and West Ham), Es­sex, Canada and the United States fol­low­ing trades such as farm­ers, bak­ers, innkeep­ers, coal min­ers, drap­ers, gro­cers, clerks, draughts­men and butch­ers etc. Some be­came suc­cess­ful – one was Lord Mayor of Ilke­ston twice – and some en­dured spells in the work­house.

I have at­tached some pho­to­graphs (see above right). The ladies in the first one are Es­ther Jack­son (née Maltby) born in Not­ting­hamshire in 1790 and died in 1872, with her daugh­ter El­iza Ann Cress­well born in Not­ting­hamshire in 1825 and died in 1900, and El­iza’s daugh­ters Es­ther Ann (b1860) and El­iz­a­beth (b1867).

The two gen­tle­men in the se­cond pho­to­graph are God­ber Jack­son, born in 1819 in Not­ting­hamshire (Es­ther se­nior’s son) and his son God­ber born in 1864 in Plum­stead, South Lon­don. They em­i­grated to Canada in about 1879. The group in the third pho­to­graph is God­ber (b1864) and his fam­ily all born in Canada, wife Mary and chil­dren Stonewall (b1892), Cathie (b1894), Al­lie (b1897), Ge­orge (b1899), Mar­garet (b1901), and yet an­other God­ber (b1904). On the On­tario 1911 census there is an­other child, Harry, who was born in 1910, so we can date the pic­ture to about 1909. If any read­ers have in­ter­ests in the Maltby, Ren­shaw, Jack­son, Shaw and Marsh fam­ily names, my tree can be ac­cessed on Ances­try and is called ‘Maltby Shaw Jack­son Fam­i­lies’.

En­joy – I only wish they were my fam­ily! Wendy Ford, by email Editor replies: What won­der­ful pic­tures, Wendy – a big thankyou from us for send­ing them in. I’m sure de­scen­dants of the fam­i­lies you men­tion will thank you, too, for res­cu­ing th­ese in­valu­able and ir­re­place­able records of their her­itage and shar­ing them. I know from my own ex­pe­ri­ence that it’s a great feel­ing when a gen­er­ous stranger sends you a pic­ture of a long- dead an­ces­tor that you have re­searched in depth but never be­fore clapped eyes on. I hope some­one read­ing this spots some mem­bers of their fam­ily.

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