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jeannette smith harrison

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  1. jeannette smith harrison

    Canal genealogy help

    Hello Andy A joint effort from my records & look ups from a friend = We could find no more Canal Boatmen following on from Richard direct family in his Children or Grandchildren . Neither of the 2 wives show any connections . His father George porter was a Nail maker & his Wife Martha appears to be a housewife. However i am still following up on the 17 year old lad John who was with Richard whilst he was a boatman as i am almost sure he came from a long line of Boatmen linked to a lot of my Coventry family & connections .So will look into a connection there I will continue to search for you & let you know when i find more as the Coventry lot are big family,s with lots of connections to look into . Some of my boating family to this day never found the need to learn to read or write so i have to rely on the phone & their memories Jeannette
  2. jeannette smith harrison

    Canal genealogy help

    There is a Richard Porter in 1851 Census @ Weston age 55 occupation Boatman he poss married twice in 1843 in fenny Stratford to a Mary who died in Weson in 1842 he then marries a year later again in Weston to a Mira or Mirian Barnes
  3. jeannette smith harrison

    Where No Tides Flow - narrated by Raymond Baxter

    A conversation with a family member in Coventry Who's wife is part of this Hough family & was also a bridsmaid at their wedding tells me the two boys where their eldest Leslie & Tony
  4. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Thank you all for your input . I have decided to re paint the wood polish the plaque & hang it up in the hallway. Those of you with boats do you just hang your plaques in the cabin & engine hole or do you apart from keeping them all in a bucket have another way or place to show them? Also do many of you have horse brass's & how do you show them ?
  5. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Alan once again our paths must have crossed years ago. Im rubbish at technical stuff but just managed to find this back in aug 21st 2017 i made a posting on here= old photos in a box . Ike was on the photo the box came from a family member who was also connected to Ike & my Nanny . also connected to my Grandads side via the Boswell, Nixon & Monks . My Nanny always refered to him as Iky Moulds because his mother Florrie 2nd husband was a boatman called Billy Moulds
  6. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    The Hawksbury one is a lot in design like mine except mine is a lot bigger = 21cm X17cm another option is could mine have been a kettle or t/pot trivia its def big enough to have been
  7. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Thank you Tonka that deserves a greenie just for the effort & determination to post this picture
  8. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Photo taken @ Rose's lime juice as most family then could not read or write most of my photos have nothing wrote on the back . I was told this is at the Brentford end taken whilst seeing Tommy Humphries whilst he was loading .
  9. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    That is another possability George .i have also thought that it may have been a bid to help with the then declining area using the rally as a way to get support as even then they where trying to reclaim a lot of the old empty buildings for re development
  10. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Many thanks for your suggestions & help I don not know why i did not think of the transhipment area as it is a large part of my younger years with a lot of family members still working ,loading there, Tommy Humphries (lime Juice) & several of the last willow wren crews where family connected . I have had a memory spark (thank you Nigel you picture reminded me ) & i now think it was given to me by my nan's half brother Tommy Osborne when he worked for waterways & lived in one of the cottages on the Hanwell thicket . Tommy Osborn & Tommy Humphries won the pilling competition in 1959 @ Hanwell but i dont think it has anything to do with that . With the boatman's love for anything brass & their reputation for trading ,swapping & sometimes gaining in other ways i do not think i will ever know the full true history of the plaque it is numbered no 4 but to date i have never seen or heard of another. to me it has to do with something or part of my family history so it will stay with all other family memrobelia
  11. jeannette smith harrison

    My latest acquisition

    Just after Maureen passed there was A marquee at the festival to mark her life her life with displays of photo's & memrobelia from her cottage .This was all later auctioned off
  12. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    Tonka that is a thought i have pondered with over the the years. as Tim says it is not an IWA plaque. Brentford Waterways transport centre iv have found no records of their existance. The plaque has very fine raised etched detail more like something used in a printing press . even the boat at the bottom G.U.C.C.CO with no 146 as the building top left & others have v fine words etched out if looked at with an eye glass. The plaque on its own is just under 1KG .the back as under the NTF of Brentford is stamped 04. I have had this for years but for the life of me cant remember where or how i came by it
  13. jeannette smith harrison

    1986 Brentford Rally

    i have this 1986 plaque on a mount it is solid brass so Quite heavy size of acc plaque is 8.5" x 7" I remember the rally is was outside Brentford in what is locally known as Boston park just near Clitherows lock. i have never been able to find any records of a Waterways Transport Centre in Brentford so would be great if anyone has an answer. also open to suggestions on who this might have been presented to i dont think it was a boat because of its size & weight
  14. jeannette smith harrison

    Traditional Boat Food

    The cold Porridge was called a slab normally taken with a mug of hot tea with nanny saying that will stick to your ribs. Nanny made Stottie bread her family where Stockton boat people . who later ended up working for Sabeys at Paddington Rabbits where snared in a trap .Pheasants & Partridge where shot then retrived by Benny (named after Benny Nixon) or knocked out of the trees with the light on them to blind & stun them then knocked with the boat pole breaking their necks as the fell into the hold. Rolly Polly & bacon where both suet pudding rolled out to about half inch thick one covered with jam or other fruit the other bacon pieces onion mushroom & herbs then rolled up like a swiss roll put into a bleached piece of trouser leg tied at both ends then steamed for 4 hours. Eggs & veg would be swapped with the lockie for fish & pheasants . Maybe it did but I can never remember ever seeing money change hands just a spit on the hand & A handshake
  15. jeannette smith harrison

    Traditional Boat Food

    Would have been a waste of time & effort mine never used Supermarkets & I was the first to learn to read & write

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