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I am to be published!

I have been putting off sending in my “Skeleton in the Cupboard” story for months if not years now, but finally got around to sending it off to Your Family Tree this afternoon, having been sent home without work again. I was amazed to receive the following as feedback very quickly:

Thank you so much for this, it’s great! It fits perfectly with the tone and you’ve got the style bang on as well! Thank you! Is it ok if we publish it this issue? We’d just need a picture of yourself and a short 20 word biography. Would this be ok?

I am beyond excited! Could this be the beginning of my journey into professional genealogy?

Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England, on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. It is about 19 miles (31 km) east-south-east of the City of Sheffield and its population is estimated (Mid 2012) to be 44,970. Worksop is included in the Sheffield City Region of England. It is also twinned with the German town Garbsen. Worksop is attracting an increasing quantity of commuters to the local area because of its close proximity of Nottingham, Lincoln and Sheffield.

Worksop is known as the “Gateway to the Dukeries”, because of the now four obsolete ducal principle sites of which were closely located next to each other, south of the town. These four ducal locations were; Clumber House, Thoresby Hall, Welbeck Abbey and Worksop Manor.

Hoyland, Yorkshire

Hoyland is a town near Barnsley in Northern England. The town developed from the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland, and Hoyland Common.

The town has also been known as Nether Hoyland. That name was given to it to prevent confusion with High Hoyland. When the urban district council was formed the name they used was Hoyland Nether Urban District Council. This was also applied to the area run by Hoyland UDC. However, most locals have always known it simply as Hoyland.

Hoyland is part of the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, but it lies within the historic boundaries of West Riding of Yorkshire. In 2001 it had a population of 15,497.

William THOMAS

William was one of my great-grandfathers. He was born in about 1882 in Neath, Glamorgan, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Ann (née Edwards). I was able to discover William’s mother’s maiden name through the purchase of his brother Morgan Arthur’s birth certificate.

In 1891, John, Elizabeth, the 9 year old William and Morgan Arthur (aged 3) were living in Neath at 18 Tonna Road.

Ten years later, John had died, but Elizabeth, William and Morgan were still living together in Neath at 32 St Ann’s Terrace.

William married Miriam Jones in 1912. After John’s death, Elizabeth married John Jenkins, and died in 1925.

Miriam JONES

Miriam was one of my great-grandmothers. She was born on 12 October 1888 to Daniel and Margaret (née Thomas), in Neath, Glamorgan.

In 1891, the 2 year old Miriam was living with her parents and sisters – Elizabeth Ann aged 16, 10 year old Mary and Catherine aged 6 at 4 Forest Terrace, Dylais Lower.

Ten years later, Daniel, Margaret and the girls had been joined at Chapel House, Aberdulais, by David, aged 9.

In 1911, the widowed Daniel, Elizabeth, Miriam and David were still living at Chapel House. Miriam was a Teacher.

Miriam gave her address as Chapel House in 1912 when she married my great-grandfather, William THOMAS.

Alice Elizabeth COLEMAN

Alice was one of my great-grandmothers. She was born on Christmas Eve 1878 to George and Emily (née Freeman), in Northiam, Sussex.

In 1881, the 2 year old Alice was living with her parents and older siblings, Samuel aged 7 and Lucy aged 3, at the Smith’s Shop in Northiam. Also in the household were 2 servants who worked for George and a mystery 8 year old girl, Alice Jenkins, listed as visitor.

By 1891, the family were living at Laurel House on Main Street, Northiam – visiting them was Emily A Freeman aged 24. I think she must be related to my great great grandmother, as Emily Coleman’s maiden name was Freeman, but I have as yet been unable to find the link.

In 1901, Alice had moved out of the family home, and was a live-in barmaid at the Royal Hotel in Hastings. I believe that it must have been at around this time that she met my great-grandfather John Goodwyn Jefferson, because they married the following year.

By 1911, Alice and John were living at 3 South Street, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. They had 3 children, Hilda Alice (aged 7), 6 year old John Coleman and Phyllis Kathleen aged 1. I also know that at this time, Alice and John would have been expecting the pitter-patter of tiny feet again – my maternal grandfather was born in October 1911.

John Goodwyn JEFFERSON

John was one of my great-grandfathers. He was born in the third quarter of 1881 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, son of John and Harriett (née Bates).

By the time the 1891 census was taken, overnight between March 31/April 1, the 9 year old John was living in Luton, Bedfordshire with his parents (both aged 37) and sister – Margaret A (aged 11) and 6 month old Janet.

In 1901, John was boarding in St Leonards, Sussex, with John and Constance Wallis, working as a bicycle salesman. It must have been at around this time that he met his future wife, Alice COLEMAN, as she was working as a servant at the Royal Hotel in Hastings; by early the following year they were married.

John and Alice had 6 children between 1903 and 1913. My great aunt Hilda Alice (born in 1903) died in 1937, my great uncle John Coleman (born in 1905) died in 1940, and my grandfather Maurice Herbert (born 1911) and great uncle Alec Hugh (born 1913) both died in 1996.

Maud BURGIN

Maud was one of my great-grandmothers. She was born in the third quarter of 1886 to Thomas and Jemimah (née Bradley), and her birth was registered in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

In 1891, the 2 year old Maud was at home (near the Milton Brampton Iron Works in Hoyland Nether) with her parents, aged 27 and 23, and her uncle Arthur – her mother’s brother, aged 32 – who was visiting at the time of the census.

By 1901, the family were living at 12 High Street, Hoyland, and 12 yr old Maud had been joined by two siblings – George aged 9 and Marion aged 7.

They were still at 12 High Street in 1911, with no further additions to the family.

Maud’s marriage to George Arthur Chambers was registered in Barnsley in the first quarter of 1913.

Cathcart, Lanarkshire

This is a map of the location of Cathcart.

Cathcart is an area of Glasgow between Mount Florida, King’s Park, Muirend and Newlands, situated less than a mile from the Scottish national stadium at Hampden Park. The White Cart Water flows through Cathcart, downstream from Linn Park. In 2014, Cathcart was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in Scotland.

Originally part of the Burgh of Govan in Renfrewshire, most of the ancient parish was annexed by the City of Glasgow in 1912, but it retains a distinct local identity. Cathcart is mainly a residential area, containing a mix of tenements, terraces and villas built from red or blonde sandstone. There are some historic buildings, including the Couper Institute (a public hall and library) and the Snuff Mill.