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Saturday, 29 August 2009

More family history

Except I am not being very organised about it and keep hopping off into interesting byeways such as scrolling through part of the 1901 census for Crowland to see if there are any Peppers and Slators I've not come across before. Naturally there are several though they've brought me no nearer finding my great grandmother Sarah Jane Slator. I'm beginning to think she may have gone to America. Some of the Slators from a couple of generations before her seem to have done so.

I've also found someone who was the President of the Chamber of Commerce in St Albans during World War I - a Mr W Fisk - whose parents ran a drapers shop there. These are not my direct ancestors but one of the offshoots from several generations back who are just as intriguing as my immediate relatives. There is also someone - an accountant - who appears to have been in prison in Liverpool in 1844!

It's amazing how much time can be taken up browsing online records and I'm really still only scratching the surface. I'm trying to build up a skeleton - as it were - and then filling in the details later.


NAM said...

I must admit I'm always fascinated by the 'extras' as it were - it gives so much more complete a picture of the family's life for one thing. And it can have a bearing on what one finds: some of my forebears appear to have died quite young, leaving children, and it can be helpful to know their relatives when it comes to finding them afterwards. I'm currently tracing the children of William the Mason's second marriage, who are only half siblings of my great gradfather, but I'm finding them interesting all the same.

I was interested that you have a Fisk, as that was one great great grandmother's surname, but from a different part of the country.

I daresay one ought to be methodical, but it's much more fun the other way. And you can sometimes find things other than what you're looking for, which is definitely a triumph!

Jilly said...

I suspect many people these days do not realise people died so young in the nineteenth century and what to do with the children when both parents have died was a serious issue. Then of course a lot of people had second families - or even third families in some cases - which could also create its own problems.

I'll have a look at the Fisks again because I don't think they were all from St Albans.

One of my Pepper ancestors married into the Trollope family though I have yet to find a connection with Anthony Trollope!

I think one of the resons why I'm finding so many different connections is that some of the mid 19th century Peppers and Slators went in for very large families most of whom seem to have made it to adulthood surprisingly enough.