Isaac Button, the son of Arthur and Caroline Button, was born at Soil Hill near Halifax on 28th June 1903. His grandfather, also called Isaac, had bought Soil Hill pottery in 1897 and worked there with his sons Arthur, George, and David. Isaac and his older brother Arthur Jnr inherited the pottery from their father Continue Reading
Charlie Newick, the son of Henry Newick and Emily Duplock was born in 1886 in Mayfield, Sussex. Henry was an agricultural labourer, so the Newick children (Harry, Charlie, William, Albert, James, Arthur, Frank, May, Sylvan and Emily) were raised on farms in Mayfield and Wadhurst in Sussex. In 1891 they lived at worked at Gold’s Continue Reading
In honour of the VE day celebrations today (75 year anniversary!) I wanted to write about someone who served in WWII. All of my grandparents were too young, and my great grandfathers fought in WWI. Then I remembered that as this record is primarily for my children, Ben’s grandfather George William Richard Hopkins was in the Navy during WWII.
This week Ben and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary! I can’t quite believe how far we have come in the last 18 years – we were teenagers when we got married and now we have teenagers of our own. I wanted to make a family tree for our wall. I am a family historian Continue Reading
Someone had photographed Charlie’s memorial and uploaded to Find a Grave, which is the app I’m using to index all the graves in the local churchyard. The memorial was in Tyne Cot and I thought how strange that was, I hadn’t heard of the place before and I’m pretty sure that the Newick family never left their Sussex villages. Tyne Cot memorial is in Belgium. The year 1907 which can only mean one thing. Charlie died in WWI.
The Trans Pennine Trail was once a railway, and is now a 207 mile path in the North of England that runs from Southport on the west coast, across the peaks, and all the way to Hornsea in the East. We have explored only about 20 miles of the trail so far, but today I only want to talk about our little section of the Upper Don Trail in Thurgoland.
Ever since I found out that I had family that lived in Thurgoland over 100 years ago, I have been trying to find out as much as I can. Some of this information I have come across quite naturally and accidentally, like finding 3rd great grandfather Giles Button’s house when I was out walking with Sam. Or finding information about the wire mills while lunching in the pub.
When I was at Rootstech London a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to buy Ben a DNA test. I received my DNA results earlier this year, and it has helped verify several ancestors in my tree. We have posted Ben’s test off now, so we have to wait a few weeks for Continue Reading
I love all the new family history opportunities I have now we live in South Yorkshire! I find it so much easier to do my research when I am familiar with the area. Sometimes researching new places can be tricky, especially in England, to even pronounce some of the village names. When we first discovered Continue Reading