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GHeather Report 4 May 2013 23:38

Thanks very much for sharing your very interesting family info, I and others enjoyed reading it. :-)


ZZzzz Report 4 May 2013 21:29

One of my Grandfathers was a bigamist, married twice here UK, 3 times in Australia claiming to be Bachelor or Widowe, no divorces or deaths of wives found yet.
Another was kicked out of the family firmly by his grandfather for having an illegitimate child (my mum) while married to someone else, that same grandfather did something similar and a connection to me carried his death certificate around for years having been reported killed in the Great War, and there is more but can't put it in here. :-D


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 4 May 2013 18:00

My Uncle Phillip Meninsky painted for the National Ballet. He did some of the most amazing pastels:) Also he was a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp and the sketches/drawings he did and hid are now in The Imperial War Museum and Australia and were used as evidence as to the horrendous things they did to the prisoners. l think Searle hid some too and was friends with Phillip.
Also My Grandfather Bernard Meninsky.......

jude ;-)


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 17:55

Thanks AnnCardiff, for this added info. :-)


AnnCardiff Report 4 May 2013 17:45

on my Breakspear side of the tree, one Robert Breakspear was transported to Oz from Berkshire in 1832 for sending a threatening letter to his employer - presumably he survived the trip cos there are now Brakspears in Oz


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 17:34

Thanks for this GeordieinNorfolk, interesting info.


GinN Report 4 May 2013 16:51

My 3x great uncle and his family emigrated to USA 1n the 1850's, and did quite well for themselves. One was the first Sherrif of a county in Oregon, two brothers founded a department store in Minnesota, which still exists, and one of the family became the govenor of Washington State 1909 - 1913. One girl , her husband and children were murdered in their home by an axeman, and the crime has never fully been solved.
On another side of the family, my4x great grandfather was transported to Australia for stealing carpentry tools, and died before completing his sentence.
It's amazing what you can find out!


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 16:40

Very interesting AnnCardiff. If you find out more let us know... thanks.


AnnCardiff Report 4 May 2013 14:59

legend in my Williams family is that we go back to Oliver Cromwell - always referred to as Uncle Ollie - having researched it I can see it is quite feasible


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 14:25

All very interesting, and thanks for that info ChrisofWessex. :-)


ChrisofWessex Report 4 May 2013 13:13

OH's uncle emigtrated to USA on Titanic - he did not arrive.

My maternal gg. gfather died in an asylum from syphilis and he and his descendents were cut out of the family and the family firm.

OH's maternal g.father (he has been mentioned before) was a serial bigamist! Five times he married (always in church). Only the first was legal. Last week we discovered evidence that bride No.4 had discovered within a very short time
her 20yrs older groom had a hidden past - however he got off!

We assume that by this time he knew his first wife had died and must have prduced a death cert., but Nos. 2 and 3 were still alive and indeed when he married No.5 after a 17yr break from married bliss, wife No.3 was definitely still alive.

On the trail now to see if we can find the evidence presented in court. OH definitely does not take after his g.father although he does admire his fortitude!!!

One of my g.g.uncles drowned at sea - however family lore has it that he fell over the side whilst he was going to the toilet.


maggiewinchester Report 4 May 2013 12:29

My late father in law wasn't on HMS Hood when it sunk. He should have been - but was drunk :-D (gosh that ryhmes)

He went on to become chef for King George VI


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 10:52

I have the surname Sprules in my family tree, and read about a woman with this surname who used to make lavender oil for Queen Victoria.


LindaB Report 4 May 2013 02:27

I found that my OH's gt grandfather broke world wide records for continuous piano playing...playing without a sheet of music or playing any piece twice as he had a photographic memory.

His last effort which I found recorded was in 1906 where he played for 48 hours continuous.

From newspaper reports after this record he was marched shoulder high through the town streets to his home in triumph.

From googling I found a postcard on EBay showing him playing commemorating his 1906 record which I was able to purchase :-D


LadyScozz Report 4 May 2013 01:32

One of my lot (can't remember who) froze to death.

The story is that he had been at the pub and fell down in a ditch on the way home.



Allan Report 4 May 2013 00:37

My apologies for going slightly off topic, GHeather :-)


GHeather Report 4 May 2013 00:23

WOW!!! Interesting info, love it! :-D <3


Allan Report 3 May 2013 23:55

I'll see what I can do, Sue, but I must warn you, they are not a pretty sight :-|


SueMaid Report 3 May 2013 23:49

I want to see your photos!! Now that is a story that will pass down through the family and future generations will have a good laugh at your expense :-D


Allan Report 3 May 2013 23:46

Sue, my wife marvels at me. I can fall asleep in the chair with a full glass of wine in my hand and not spill a drop.

Unfortunately, she has the photos to prove it! :-D :-D