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  1. Hi Anna I am the grand daughter Mary Jane Theobald born 1878 at Middlewich Cheshire and the great granddaughter of Henry Theobald and Ellen Bailey Henry married Ellen Bailey 15/10/1876 Middlewich Cheshire 2 daughters Henry married Ellen Lydia keen 2/12/1895 St Lawrence Long Eaton Derbyshire Henry married Sarah Jane Bailey 30/1/1904 All Saints Odd Rode Cheshire. The Theobalds worked the River Trent before going onto the canal system. There are always good and bad bits in Family history but that's life I have some information on the Bould family back to the early 1800's Regards Lorna
  2. You are correct it does not apply to either picture Rose Narrowboats asked if anybody knew who was the steerer around that time
  3. 18/5/1960 from Braunston Lock Keepers log 130 Chertsey steerer Withey loaded to Apsley
  4. Hi Captain Pegg thank you for your comment, I'm signing off now for today. I'm on my way to Stoke B Canal Museum to do a workshop on family history.
  5. I can give you one example John Corrie/Corry baptised 1778 Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire he is my 4x Great Grandfather and is on the 1795 Boat Register for Staffordshire. He Worked for Hugh Henshall James Brindley's brother in law.
  6. The first national census was taken in 1801 no names purely numerical to ascertain what the population was. The 1811,1821 and 1831 were also just numerical 1841 did give names ages and occupation and if born in the county enumerated in and no family connections ie husband , wife and so on. The 1795 Boat Registers where taken in counties where there were canals these are held in local county record offices if they have survived.
  7. Hopefully there will be an article in the Autumn 2019 Narrowboat Magazine of my research into the origins of the Canal Boat Families which has taken me 25 years to find. No Gypsies, one Navvy, some Farm Labourers, quite a lot of Watermen from the navigable rivers and a few surprises.
  8. Thank you for your answers I think you are right that it might be the board containing asbestos. Which seemed to be the in thing at that moment in time hopefully we know better now.
  9. Need advice and information, when the small Northwich boats left Yarwoods yard what wood lined the cabin internally?
  10. Most of the boatmen mentioned were seconded to the Inland Waterways division of the Royal Engineers and were based at the so called secret port of Richborough in Kent. Some went to France and worked the French and Belgium canals and some to Mesopotamia (Iraq) working on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers there is a lot more research to be done on this and I would at sometime like some help on understanding the military codes and definitions on the various regimental forms I have found.
  11. Hi Tam Thanks for the info of George Beauchamp he was born 1903 at 30 Fisher Row Oxford came from a long line of boatmen off the Oxford Canal before that the family were barge men on the Thames at Abingdon. George married Mary Cartwright 1930 Birmingham when they had the FMC Glasgow. Mary's fathers family came from Droitwich and they worked the salt boats Her mothers family were from Tipton the Yarnalls "my Lot" Lorna
  12. Hi kay Another possible sighting of the elusive Mr Kay 1911 census Birmingham boat "Digby" Joshua Sidwell 23 Master born Runcorn Thomas Key 23 Mate born Stoke Staffs Joseph Sidwell 24 Mate born Wolverhampton Staffs The "Digby" home address was Fazeley Street Birmingham which was Fellows Morton and Claytons Head Office. I've just been speaking to my cousin Lily she has given me some information Thomas Kay had a sister name unknown and they were placed in a children's home in Sandbach Cheshire and they were from Manchester. Lily's mother was Elizabeth Hodson's sister Lorna
  13. Mr Thomas Kay seems to be a very elusive person, I'm afraid I can tell you nothing more about him than that you already know. But I can tell you about the Hodson family. Elizabeth Hodson was the daughter of John Thomas Hodson and Mary Ann Rebecca Theobald she was born in 1890 Both the Hodson's and the Theobald's are long standing boat families. Lorna
  14. Thank you Captain Pegg and Archie 57 for the extra Boatmen. Since I wrote the original list it has grown to 62 boatmen. I can now add Jack Brookes, Joe Pearsall, David Garrett, David Neal and William Humphreys. I already had William Millard and George Walley. Captain Pegg you didn't know the name of William Humphreys Mother Ellen she was born Ellen Bailey 5/1/1858 Middlewich Cheshire daughter of Joseph Bailey and Mary Ann Broadhurst. Ellen Married Henry Theobald 15/10/1876 at Middlewich their daughter Mary Jane born 28/9/1878 Middlewich Cheshire. Henry Theobald was sentenced to 10years hard labour in 1879. Ellen went onto have a whole new family with Richard Humphries. My grandmother Mary Jane Theobald was bought up by Richard Humphries as his daughter because when she married my grandfather William Yarnall 19/9/1902 at Daventry Register Office she married under the name of Humphries so William Humhreys would have been her half brother and Ellen Bailey was my Great Grandmother.
  15. Samuel Withey born 20/8/1904 married Emma Priddey born 1/6/1908 7/4/1928 St Lawrence Long Buckby Northamptonshire Son Christopher Withey born 1929 Daughter Joyce M Withey born 1931
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