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Sally Report 2 May 2012 12:06

I have come to a full stop with my Aunt, well half Aunt.
Does anybody live or did live in WATH ON DEARNE,Yorkshire, and remember going into a shop - a general store, i thought it was a sweet shop, but have been told it was a general store. !!!! and were you served by a lady called Joyce MATHER, she died in 1980.
Joyce was married to an Edgar MATHER.
I have tried all ways to find info/photo of her.
I know she was born in Cardiff in 1919, and was married before Edgar.
Thanks so much.
Sally :-)


AnnCardiff Report 2 May 2012 12:35

Hi Sally - unlikely anyone with any knowledge of this will see your posting - can only suggest you use Search Trees to see if there are any connections to Joyce or Edgar on this site - you then have the option of contacting the tree owner if you find a connection


Sally Report 2 May 2012 12:53

Hi Ann,
I will have a look again, i have tried SO many ways to find someone who knew Joyce.
Thanks for your reply.
Sally :-)


AnnCardiff Report 2 May 2012 12:55

good luck!!


KathleenBell Report 2 May 2012 12:59

Could you find out which local newspapers covered the area at the time? You could then write a letter asking if anyone remembers her and ask if they would publish it for you. Most local papers have some sort of "memory lane" section now and again.

I managed to get in touch with my father's half sister by doing this. We did not know she existed until I started researching my family tree.

Good luck.

EDIT - seems there is the Rotheram Advertiser and a free paper called Dearne Valley Weekender.

Kath. x


Sally Report 2 May 2012 13:05

Thanks Kath,
I did contact the local paper in one place she lived and told them all my info, they said they would print it, but nothing.
Only found out my Dad had a half Sister when i started doing the family history, although my Dad did meet Joyce once or twice, but can't remember what he was told, - Men !!!!!!! and he is now in his 80's so memory not as good as it was.
Sally :-)


KathleenBell Report 2 May 2012 13:11

My dad and his two sisters knew nothing of this half sister and unfortunately all three of them had died before I started researching the family history. My grandfather had left his family and I found out that he later re-married and had this other daughter that I found.

We now write to each other and I must admit the newspaper was really good and published my letter within a week of receiving it and dad's half sister's sister-in-law emailed me on the same day that the letter was published.

I could never have found her without the newspaper's help.

Good luck - I know how you feel.

Kath. x


Sally Report 3 May 2012 15:32



Sally Report 5 May 2012 09:37



Kay???? Report 5 May 2012 09:54

Facebook-----Wath on Dearne have a community page within its facebook .you could try your luck there Sally.


Sally Report 5 May 2012 10:03

Thanks Kay, am not on facebook myself but will look into that.
Sally :-)


BarbaraFromYorkshire Report 5 May 2012 12:47

Hi Sally
Have you tried the ....

South Yorkshire Times
27-29 High Street
South Yorkshire
S64 9AF

Telephone: 01302 347279


Its the weekly newspaper for this area

or the free weekly newspaper....

Dearne Valley Weekender
84 High Street
South Yorkshire S64 9AU

Telephone: 01709 571111

Hope these help

Barbara x


Sally Report 5 May 2012 17:04

Oh thank you so much Barbara, how kind of you.
I have tried so many ways to find out info on my Dad's sister, this is the problem when there are family secrets !!!!!
I have her birth cert, two marriage certs and death cert.
I don't have any Aunts Or Uncles, both parents are only children, so it is a real wish to find out more about her school years in Cardiff, and her later years in Yorkshire, my jackpot would be to see a photo one day.!!!!!


BarbaraFromYorkshire Report 5 May 2012 23:09

Hi Sally
What is the address on Joyce's death cert, and the informants name ?

I lived in Wath in the late 60's, but only for about 3 years before moving back to Mexborough, I have phoned a friend who has lived in Wath all her life, but I am afraid Joyce's name didn't "ring any bells" with her.

Another friend is in Spain at the moment, so I will ask her as soon as she is back (she is the one most likely to know, as she seems to know everything about everyone in the village--in a nice way though)

Barbara x


Sally Report 6 May 2012 18:21

Hi Barbara,
Thanks again for the reply.
I am not at my house at the mo, so don't have my certs to hand.
I do remember Joyce died in hospital, and the informant was a Hilton Horne, down as Brother in Law.
I have been lucky i guess, i found a Mather living in the house where Joyce lived with Edgar her husband, (a family house) and he told me a little about Joyce, his Mother used to keep in touch with her, but she is dead, i even had contact with Edgar's Great Nephew, via email but nothing really there either. :-( but i think i will contact him again, he thought his Grandmother had met her, but again nothing seems to have come from that.
Joyce's maiden name was BAVERSTOCK, not that i expect that will help !!!!! Joyce Violet BAVERSTOCK - born Cardiff, S Wales.(1919)

Sally x


Sally Report 7 May 2012 12:39



Sally Report 7 May 2012 22:17

Nudge :-)


Porkie_Pie Report 7 May 2012 22:42

Have you tried

They have old photos and you could ask them if any of their members remember your Mather sweet shop

also did you check on facebook?



Sally Report 7 May 2012 23:25

Hi Roy,
Many thanks for your reply.
I have not tried dearnegallery, but i will !!!!!!!!
I am not on Facebook, but may have to !!!!!!!
Sally :-)


BarbaraFromYorkshire Report 8 May 2012 12:49

Hi Sally,
I have been in touch with my friend, who was on holiday, but I am afraid she couldn't help, the names didn't "ring any bells" with her either !! :-(

She did ask if you knew the street / road where Joyce had lived on . ?

Barbara x