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Renes Report 4 Jun 2013 12:32


Did your contact on your other site ever come back about records at Springfield hospital


Cynthia Report 25 May 2013 22:26

I guess Rita could well be the 'winsome little flower girl' - Julie - just wish they had named her instead of being all poetic & flowery about her....... :-D

What next........? :-S


Jooleh Report 25 May 2013 20:18

1901 Canada census for Ella Major & family:

Major Thomas N. M   Head M Oct 4 1845
Major Harriet F   Wife M Oct 1 1845
Major Walter M   Son S Feb 14 1877

Major Louise F   Daughter S Feb 25 1879

Major Ella M. F   Daughter S Jun 14 1887
Major Edward M   Son S Aug 5 1889

Possible 1911 for Ella's brother Walter;

Magor Walter   M Head M Feb 1881 30
Magor Jessie K   F Wife M Nov 1882 28
Magor Rita E   F Daughter S Apr 1906 5  
Magor Allun E   M Son S Dec 1910 2  

So the little bridesmaid may be Rita?

EDIT both census results were Falls River, Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jooleh Report 25 May 2013 19:57

Well done for following that up Cynthia-at least we know there's no further info to be gleaned there.

I ruled out Deidre some time ago. Here's her marriage:

Marriages Dec 1931   (>99%)
Macleod  Deirdre G H  Withers  London C.  1c 1   

Looked pretty hopeful before I found that!



Cynthia Report 25 May 2013 08:53

Good morning Marion. Yes, I think we have looked at Hope before but another of those dead ends which we keep on encountering. :-(


wisechild Report 25 May 2013 07:45

Nice try Cynthia.
That really makes things clearer :-(
Never mind. Keep plodding.
While I´m on, am I right in thinking that we have already looked at Hope Macleod on the 1911 census with her 2 children, Deidre aged 6 b India.& son Duncan aged 4 b Mayo Ireland,living 7 Wimborn Gardens Ealing.
Hope died in 193 (I think) & probate went to Deidre, a spinster.
Scribbled the will info on a bit of paper which I now can´t find........typical.



Cynthia Report 24 May 2013 18:44

Hello all - just to say that I am still ploughing away - now and then - through the Goddard-Fenwick saga.

If you remember, I was hoping to find out more about the picture of Rev. Willoughby G-F and Miss Ella Major in Sackville in 1912.

We know that Evelyn G-F went over there for the wedding and I was just curious as to which person on the photograph was her. Also, there was a little flower girl who was just about the same age as Diane. Well, you KNOW we're clutching at every straw offered.... :-D

Anyway, today I received an envelope from the Nova Scotia archives. Inside was a very nice, enlarged photocopy of the wedding with some folk pointed out. All on the brides side. :-(

There was also the full newspaper cutting which I read with interest.

The officiant at the marriage was Rev. G. M. Ambrose M.A. and the best man was Rev. Gerald Bullock B.A. The ushers were Messers Lloyd Fultz and J.P Dwyer

The older bridesmaid was.... Miss Kathleen Major, niece of the bride, and the small bridesmaid was.......

"a winsome little flower girl, also a niece."


The photograph and information was donated by Capt J. P. Dwyer in 1965.

It is a very 'one-sided' version of events and the Goddard-Fenwicks do not come into things at all. Not a mention.

The bride's mother, whose maiden name was Smith, apparently claimed direct descendency from Oliver Cromwell!

Whatever next?



Cynthia Report 18 May 2013 11:38

How strange! I spotted that newspaper index whilst wandering through the family yesterday Traciey.........I think it was dated 1944?? Wonder what it was all about?

I remember something about bankruptcy too.

Isn't it odd how, Diane's early years are a mystery and she has connections with a family who are full of mystery......... :-S

Not sure how much time I have today but will keep plodding on.


Traciey Report 18 May 2013 10:36

Cynthia I googled some of the Goddard-Fenwicks a while back and there was something in the London Gazette about George Digyby C G-F applying for bankruptcy. EDIT: Date is 8 August 1939

You may have also have seen this note in the newspaper index, not sure if it relates to him, it reads:
WILL Mr and/or Mrs Goddard-Fenwick late of 25 Crockerton Road, Tooting SW18, and at one time Rustington, Littlehampton, Sussex or anyone knowing their present whereabouts please communicate with Barfield & Barfield Solicitors Danes Inn House, 265, Strand, London WC2

EDIT: The date reads 10 April 1944


Cynthia Report 17 May 2013 16:35

Hi Jan yes, it's the same person....that was his first marriage. In 1936, he married Patricia Whitby and had one daughter - Helen - in 1937.

When I google about him, all I can find is that song Isobel..... :-(

I'll go and have another wander around the family for a short while..........


jansmith Report 17 May 2013 14:49

Not sure if already posted
Marriage index
Digby G Fenwick
Spouse Name:Helen M Knight *** this might be who was with
Evelyn Goddard Fenwick in 1911 census
Date of Registration:Jul-Aug-Sep 1915
Registration District:Chelsea
Inferred County:London
Volume Number:1a
Page Number:1327


jansmith Report 17 May 2013 14:33

ISOBEL - Song - Words by Digby Goddard-Fenwick and Music by Frank Bridge.
Published by Chappell & Co Ltd. of New Bond Street, London in 1913
wonder if Digby was writing about someone??


Cynthia Report 16 May 2013 22:14

True Julie ....we have enough to contend with.....unless they were harbouring Diane of course... :-D :-D

I am still waiting for new from Springfield but have learned never to expect anything in this search....... :-S



Jooleh Report 16 May 2013 21:38

Hhmmmm yes Cynthia very weird ....................but better not embark on yet another mystery!


Kathy near the

Kathy near the Report 16 May 2013 12:34

I checked out the 1911 census for Evelyn K MacLeod

41 Murray Terrace Aberdeen 168/2 ed75 page 16

Alfred MacLeod head 62 marr Lecturor of Elecution born Edinburgh
Jessie McD MacLeod wife 60 marr 39 yrs 8 ch born 6 alive born Edinburgh
Evelyn K MacLeod dau 33 single no occupation bornAberdeen
Bella Bowie servant 22 single housekeeper ( dom serv ) born Inverkeithny

No children in the household



Cynthia Report 16 May 2013 11:03

Have got a busy day but will be around this evening.......

It's really weird isn't it Julie....? :-S

Chris..........didn't you realise that family history research was a doddle??? ;-) :-D

Traciey ........ yes, that's the's when he's alive he goes walkabout!!



Traciey Report 16 May 2013 08:22

Is this George's death?

George D C G Fenwick
Birth Date:
abt 1880
Date of Registration:
Jan-Feb-Mar 1961
Age at Death:
Registration District:
Inferred County:

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 16 May 2013 07:55

(an old WDYTYA on last night, Richard Madeley in Nova Scotia, where he seemed to find everybody, so quick!, lol)

Chris :)


Jooleh Report 15 May 2013 22:42

I know Cynthia-- it doesn't make sense. Maybe it's not her.

I couldn't find her just by searching on her name which is why I went to Sackville (where she married WHW GF) to look at the transcripts. The couple named Major above her on the transcript have the same names as her mother and father ( as given on her marriage to WHW GF posted earlier).

If you then look for her in 1901 as Ella M Major she appears with them. All the names and the ages match up on both census. The only details that don't match are the months that they were born.

Perhaps someone else could have a look and give an opinion?




Cynthia Report 15 May 2013 22:20

Hello everyone and thank you for your efforts - there's some good information coming in from you all.. :-D

If you aren't demented when you start on this are by the time you reach this stage...... :-S

I'm now totally confused can Ella M. Major be married to Mr. Shultz ?
Two with the same name? She is listed as Miss Major at her wedding in 1912.

Maybe it's time to go to bed and sleep on it..................... :-S :-(

Good night friends.... :-)