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µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 12:03

....with any of your distant ancestors?

I've been extending my research into my husbands family, who are very well documented, by looking at the archives of The Times online.

It's long been a joke that my husband gets a bee in his bonnet, and writes to the local paper about his concerns. We tend to roll our eyes at him and sigh. A LOT.

Whilst looking through The Times website, I've come across TONS of letters, written by his grandfather and great grandfather. To be honest, any one of these letters could've been written by him indoors, the wording and phrases are soooooo similar!

Him indoors is a PASSIONATE writer, and has always wanted to write a book, and it seems his forefathers did exactly that - and had them published. The other spooky thing is, the family name is Scrivenor. The Oxford dictionary's definition of which is:

ScrivenEr: a drafter of documents, a copyist, a notary.

Anyone else had anything similar?

H

µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 12:11

Hi Pauline!

Long time no "speak". Hope all's well.

x

Harpstrings

Harpstrings Report 9 Jul 2008 12:17

We tend to be artistic in our family. We are not Picasso or even Monet lol but we do like to watercolour for our pleasure. My father was good at arty things too and his father was a watercolourist. I dabble with my watercolours but am not very good. My mother when alive liked to do embroidery, where as I do enjoy cross-stitching and knitting. When I have the time!

Tina x

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!)

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!) Report 9 Jul 2008 12:23

Several years ago when I was on an "activity holiday" I had a go at air rifle. Didn't like guns at all so it was the first time I'd even handled one. I found out I was a crack shot. Pretty good at clay pigeon too.

A year or two later when I started going back into my mother's side of the tree I came across a whole bunch of gunsmiths from the East End. So far there are three generations of them and possibly there will be more. Must be something genetic!

Jill

Debbie

Debbie Report 9 Jul 2008 12:41

Not knowing any of my fathers family we never know where they came from of what there occupations were, I asked for help on these boards and my great nans birth was found and then she was found on a cencus as occupation: Pottery Hand in Burton Upon Trent.

I live in Birmingham and have made my own pottery for over 20 years

µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 12:48

Tina, GG & Jill - Uncanny isn't it?

Pauline - It's just so easy to get distracted when you come on here isn't it?!

I'm off to watch little'uns school play now, catch up with you all later.

H
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µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 16:46

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Eldrick

Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 16:50

Yes, I can follow a genetic trait in my family line. Going back to 1412, my ggggggggggggfather Dennis was mentioned in the 'Nobilitus Wonderus' published by Burkes, as being 'wonderfully handsome and well mannered so as all the ladies verily swooned when he favoured them with a kind word'

Each generation has been renowned for their good looks and prowess at sport, which continues to this day.

Amazing, eh.

:-)

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 9 Jul 2008 17:15

and modesty by the bucket-load of course!!!!

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥ Report 9 Jul 2008 17:22

LOL Eldrick....................my lot were all poor ag labs.

We have an allotment and aren't exactly poor, but only just about manage to scrape through financially:)

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 17:25

Ag labs? Really?

Seems like nearly everyone is descended from ag labs., I have tried all ways to find an ag lab, but to no avail. It's all 'independent means' and 'land owner' or 'farmer employing 85 men', that sort of thing. Quite a few 'gentlemen', 'aristocrat' and 'mill owners' to be going on with.

I suppose thats where all the money in the family comes from.

:-)

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!)

Jill 2011 (aka Warrior Princess of Cilla!) Report 9 Jul 2008 17:28

I don't have any ag labs at all in my family - boo hoo!

My OH has plenty though!

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥ Report 9 Jul 2008 17:30

Yes Eldrick......................all that money made from the toil and suffering of my ancestors!! lol

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 17:33

Well, some are just destined to serve and obey, others must rule and provide work.....

Its just the way of the world, no need for thanks.

Sigh........

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥ Report 9 Jul 2008 17:35

*thinks nasty thoughts about Eldrick* :))))))

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 9 Jul 2008 18:20

Not only am I descended form ag labs - I was one!!!

Strange thing happened to my brother at my grans funeral 20 odd years ago. This stranger came up to him and asked if he was grans grandson, to which my brother replied 'yes'. Then she said 'I thought so, you have Gaye eyes!!'
Well, since then, I have been tracing grans family and, so far, haven't found any Gayes!! (I did find a male hairdresser in 1841 though LOL)
Brother and I are now wondering if she meant something else!! LOL

Does set me thinking though, we're not too sure who my dad's dad was - his surname is the same as his mum's name on the birth cert.

maggie

Ails from NI

Ails from NI Report 9 Jul 2008 18:33

My eldest son is a great athlete - I've recently discovered that my paternal grandfather was also a good athlete (as was my youngest brother)! Same son is a star rugby player - so were my younger 2 brothers.
My youngest son is an avid steam train lover - so was my paternal grandfather - my grandfather died even before I was born so he never met me, let alone my children!!
I am a teacher who trained in Music at college - all my Dad's side of the family were great musicians aswell.
I'm left-handed - so is my eldest brother and my Dad - my 2 year old neice is showing signs of being a leftie. It's a wonder none of mine are left-handed!!
I'm also a 3rd generation primary school teacher & my 7 year old daughter has displayed teacher characteristics from she could talk!! She played school with her dolls from around the age of 2!!

Ails x

Sharron

Sharron Report 9 Jul 2008 18:43

Much maligned is the poor old ag. lab.Probably one of the most highly skilled jobs.How easy is it to couple up a plough and horse you may well have delivered and broken in,set yourself,set your plough and then turn an acre a day? How any of us could build a lambing yard?
Come the Agricultural Revolution you can be sure it was the labourers who had to devise and construct root clamps and ,later,when the farmers had invested money to threaten the lives and livelihoods of the labourer with steam tackle,it would have been the 'simple' labourers who kept it running.

µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 18:54

Evening Eldrick ;o)

Surf - Ginger? Me too bud, me too.... I LOVE IT.

H

µèÎÐΙ

µèÎÐΙ Report 9 Jul 2008 19:00

Ag labs all the way with mine, I've got carrotts growing in my garden....

Him indoors though, well, he's PROPER posh. None of that working for a living malarkey for his family...That's probably why he hasn't got a clue how to use a lawn mower...

It just set me thinking that's all, wondering if there are some things that pass through the family, some things that are just in-built if you like.

H