Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: Education: Family Brides

Did you know?  Brides who could write (or at least sign their own name) often signed the marriage register with an 'X' so as not to embarrass the groom if he couldn't write.  I wonder how many of my Fearless Females signed with an 'X', when actually they could write?




Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: Interaction with children: Bertha Damerell BALL

There is a family story about my great grandmother, Bertha Damerell BALL.  Apparently, the reason she died (from pneumonia) was because, in her weakened state, she got up to tend to the children (and the inference is that she dropped dead on the spot when she got up - hmmm).

Now, having done some research, although Bertha did indeed die of 'acute lobar pneumonia' and 'heart failure', some of the children were in their twenties by the time she died on 22 June 1909.  It is quite conceivable that she was looking after the youngest children in the family: my grandfather, William Hubert BALL, would have been about 11, and his younger brother, Wilfred Norman BALL, would have been 10.  And the death certificate does not say '10 days' or however long the person was ill for...

But I wonder just how true the family legend is?  After all, as a genealogist, I have found that family tales seem to be the most muddled of all, and some of them could almost start 'Once upon a time...'




Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...  

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: Brickwall: Sarah YEATES 1780

Sarah YEATES was my 4th great grandmother on my father's side.  She was christened on 14 August 1780 at the Independent Meeting House in Chudleigh, Devon, and had her daughter, Johanna, in 1808 aged 28.  Her father was William YEATS, so she may have been unmarried, as Johanna took her mother's surname.  There is no record of a husband either before or after the birth, and I have yet to find any other surname.

I cannot find her death record, and her surname is spelt variously YATES, YEATS and YEATES.

If I knew where to look, she might not be a brick wall...

Is she familiar to you? Does she appear in your family tree?





Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...  

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: Surprising Fact: Where Audrey Ball Came From

When I began tracing my family history, it seemed as though all my mother's side of the family came from Devon.  Audrey Ball HAYWOOD was born and married in Devon; her parents ditto; all her siblings ditto; uncles and aunts ditto...

Until I came upon a surprising fact - actually, several surprising facts.

Her mother lived for a time in Northern Ireland, and on Achill (an island off the coast of Ireland).
Her maternal grandmother came from Sussex.
Her paternal grandparents came from Warwickshire.
Her maternal great-grandparents (and further back) came from Mevagissey in Cornwall.

No longer could I say that the family stayed in one place for generations!





Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...  

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: 6-word memoir: Susan Emma FARLEY

Bride aged sixteen and a half

(Susan Emma FARLEY at her marriage to Philipp Paul Jewell TAPPER in 1885.  She was my paternal great grandmother)




Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...  

Friday, 7 March 2014

Fearless Females 2014: Recipe: Mother's Crunchy Nut Calabrese

Here's one of my mother's favourite recipes.  You can see she was one of those clever cooks who doesn't feel the limitations of set amounts of ingredients!

Crunchy Nut Calabrese
Calabrese
Carrot
Leek
Courgette
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
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2 tablespoons flaked almonds
1 teaspoon chopped mint
Knob of butter

Slice carrot and courgette, chop leek into small chunks.  Break calabrese into small florets (slice thinly stalks if tender).  Sprinkle with mint and steam until tender al dente.  Garnish with butter, almonds, and seeds plus seasoning.

You can adapt this dish by using more or less or different vegetables.





Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...  

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