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jeannette smith harrison

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  1. A close up from a can Uncle Joe painted for me . Other members of his family also have a few cans he painted he gave me a book full of his pencil sketches of Roses & castles but the book is now in danger of the paper falling apart i also have a few small Narrowboats that he whittled out of wood about the time he was painting ware for his mate David Bladgrove when things where sold off the boat at Stoke Brurne A close up from a can Uncle Joe painted for me . Other members of his family also have a few cans he painted he gave me a book full of his pencil sketches of Roses & castles but the book is now in danger of the paper falling apart i also have a few small Narrowboats that he whittled out of wood about the time he was painting ware for his mate David Bladgrove when things where sold off the boat at Stoke Brurne
  2. I also have this picture Pauline & my dad where cousins my boating family tree started when my GGG Grandad married into the Brooks & joined his in law as a Canal Boatman
  3. Yes Sammy Lawton &his wife Alice where at Cowley Lock for a while they also had a boat it only seemed to get used as a sleeping area for family when they visited . I think boat was called Kelso OR kelsly something like that I may have been a cut n join job as one of his phrases was the stern is on the tip @ Cowley
  4. A bit faded with age but name on mentioned 1911 census is James Harrison note 5 children have died 4 of these are still resting in St Lawrence Brentford . Rose Cuttler is a Niece the daughter of James sister It can get a bit confusing as 3 other boating family members are in the area at the same time as well including my GG Grandad still working the boats at the ripe age of 70 & my GG Gran age 58 who are on a boat (Name Unknown) up at Norwood canal Bridge
  5. This Lady in the time I was in contact with her was a very dedicated person in her work & has on more than one occasion been of great help .I did hear that these records went to Ellesmere & had to go into storage due to lack of space if that was true then I am even more in Caroline's debt for her help. I have many tales of the loads carried during the war time told to me (my grandad & G Grandad where some of the men sent from Manny Smith @ Brentford to Teddington to help get the smaller boats ready that went to Dunkirk) but I have no way to prove this & not many people seem intrested in tales passed down through the boating people unless proof is in black n white signed on the dotted line
  6. Thank you all so much for you answers & info I now have a lot of extra info to add to some of my family & I hope some of my info could be of use to some . At least I now have a better knowledge of the boats & area they where born in .
  7. Please stay Peter I as do many others value your input you have been a dimond for help with this thread & many others you have helped me with in past years .We cant all agree all the time . I now feel rotten because in you both helping me out you & Chris have had words
  8. Chris the way I was told & is written in the diary's I have kept for over 50 years on tales & facts told by family that where there was if the company lost trade because of mistakes made by themselves it reflected on them & those big Company's needing the good carried from a to b would go to another carrying company thus the boatman looses his regular route. So the boatman often took the blame .Stupid boatman cant read ect amongst other things where common to their ears. Attatched is part of a letter from Caroline Jones who in 1905 was the Archive Research Assistant at Gloucester Docks . these boats where taken to Bulls Bridge the day after Aunt Emily drowned. My Grandad, Dad & Uncle joe collected the boats from Cowley lock to Bulls Bridge taking all their belongings off the boats & stowing them all on the change boats whilst Laurel & exe where put into dry dock as was the normal when some one died. William was the eldest son . J Harrison in the second page of this letter is refered to as Jack Harrison =another 2nd name twist as he was known as little Jackie Harrison but his real birth name was John Allen Harrison he is also in the list of boatmen that went to war that Lorna has & his baby sister is one of the little ones buried in Brentford that I am fighting against Boatmans graves being built over but that's another part of my diarys . Later this week I will as I have done since Grandad went to the great cut in the sky keep my promise & place 2 yellow roses above Cowley Lock
  9. Pete Have scanned from the cert's I have . Sorry this is the way they (G.R.O.) send them now they scan originals then copy over sometimes cutting out some of the info . as an added info my G Gran is under the name Anne or Annie in a lot of certs & census but that was not her birth or Baptised name
  10. Chess was given to G Grandad James (Jess) as a change boat due to the death of a daughter onboard prev boat whilst at Buckby Wharf this is a thing that was done often when a death happened the Steerer would have a what was called a change boat & the boat the death happened on would be docked for repairs ,painted ect for a few weeks. The Steerer would then have the option to have his old boat back but I have only found one of mine that did this . My Uncle once told me this was also a time when a few boat's might have had a name change whilst out of the water
  11. My G Grandad name was James but I know for sure he was known to many others as Jess. My Grandad was Allen but was known as Jake I have been told 2 reasons for this one being these names where v common in the family so often had other known names . The other reason was if a boatman was reported or did something wrong he would get a strike against his name & often they would take the strike to cover the company for things like late delivery , repairs or simply just not enough boat's to get the goods delivered on time .3 strikes & you where out the door no work & no boat was the rule . They would be sacked one moment & re employed the next under the other known name. This is the sort of thing that all the books & records don't tell but trust me it is true part of the many untold tales of the boating family's . Peter two other siblings have on their birth cert with occupation being Tar boatman = boat no 35 Claytons Wharf & boat no 25 Claytons wharf . Picture is our George his mum was another of Grandads sisters .
  12. Not to my knowledge as my Drowning was from the Monk's , I have hovever since we last spoke found a William & Sarah Neal with a 4 year old adopted ?? on what looks like could be vessel Chess also in Brentford in 1911 Also another distant connection a Peter Boswell| Married an Elizabeth Drakeford daughter of James Henry a Boatman & signed in the presence of Andrew Humphries
  13. Captain Pegg I also had one of mine drowned there & some of my Buckby Nixons where born there . The top of the Birth cert says Hardingstone county of Northampton & Northampton county brough
  14. Many thanks Gentlemen for your input. Yes there where many mistakes made due to the fact that until I came along not one of my 6 generations of working Canal Boatmen could read or write . So I only have the stories told as a child in the boatmans lingo to go on hence why I often name places the way I was told they where called .How many of you today have spoken to a true old boatman or woman & struggled to understand some of their words ? no wonder as names & info was given verbally there where so many mistakes iv enclosed a larger scan of said cert for Aunt who married into Charlie Atkins boating family as I only showed a small part due to it blurring as enlarged mother was Annie Stevens ( My connection to uncle Allen Caggy Stevens ) Chris the 1911 Census is my G Grandad they where loading at Durham Wharf Brentford around the time . Have also scanned a close up copy of boats named Heartland two other siblings where born on Clayton Boats & G Grandad gives his occupation as Canal tar boatman in both of these have no boat names just numbers that no has been able to work out to date .
  15. Looking for birth location please . Copy of one of my Grandads siblings birth cert says born at far cotton wharf I have found some images of far cotton but nothing on the wharf also a Cotton end keeps showing up . so I am not sure if they are the same place so wondering if one being its right name the other a name called by the boatmen Birth place given is canal boat Ware but cert gives fathers occ as Captain of Canal boat Naro so I am assuming Ware to be the Butty as this shows them also on board Ware in the 1911 census but with a different motor . I am attempting to add Birth location pictures & info to my family tree. So any info or help would be great
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