Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Richard Hornby of Blyton and Gainsborough


Another Lincolnshire resident was Richard Hornby, son of John and Susan Fletcher Hornby. He was christened on 28 January 1702 at Blyton. Blyton, while still in Lincolnshire, is a hefty 48 miles NW of Alford, where the Cracrofts lived. It is about four miles north of Gainsborough, of earlier posts. Richard married Sarah Yellet. Sarah was from Marton, about six miles south of Gainsborough. And so they met in the middle and married at Gainsborough on 23 April 1739. Gainsborough is where the Hornbys and Cracrofts eventually merged.

Richard and Susan had a large family of ten children, our ancestor being their fourth child, also named Richard. The first two were christened at Marton, and the rest at Gainsborough.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Charles Cracroft of Fulletby and Alford

Fulletby is located in Lincolnshire, about 3.5 miles NE of Horncastle, a market town. The church there is dedicated to St. Andrew. The author of the History of the County of Lincoln described it as a "mean structure." It was rebuilt in 1705, but its tower fell down in 1799. The church was rebuilt again in 1865.

The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book. In 1841 the village consisted primarily of Mud-and-Stud cottages. In 1849, six Roman funery urns containing burned bone fragments were dug up in the parish.

Fulletby is where Charles Cracroft was christened on 26 January 1619. His parents were George Cracroft and Elizabeth Bolles. On 11 December 1645, Charles married Jane Skegness at Alford, Lincolnshire, England. Alford is twelve miles east of Fulletby, and Jane's birthplace. Their four children--Elizabeth, Anne, Charles, and John were born there. Our ancestor is Charles. Alford has been described as one of the county's "prettiest market towns" by Lincolnshire Life Magazine. Follow the magazine link for a nice photo and history of Alford.

On 17 March 1658/1659, Jane was buried at Alford. John, the youngest, was nine years old at the time, and probably the only one still at home. It appears that Charles remained a widower until John was grown.

On 26 March 1670, he married Margaret Berker. He was married just a year and a half, and died. He was buried on 21 September 1701 at Alford.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rivers and Drivers

John Rivers was christened on 13 January 1737 at Bremhill, Wiltshire, England. His father was named John, and he was also from Bremhill. He married Mary Driver there on 11 May 1761. He raised his family at Bremhill as well. They had four daughters and a son. Our ancestor is their daughter, Jane.

There are nine previous postings for Wiltshire. Bremhill is located just two miles from Calne, the market town; and four miles from Chippenham. The Roman way, Watling Street, passes through Bremhill. It is so small that it is identified by its location to these other places. The village website has a nice photo of this little place. It is charming.

John died on 22 September 1782, probably at Bremhill.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Duncan Greenshields McKinley



Names can be so helpful in genealogical research. In this case, Duncan's middle name was taken from his maternal grandmother's maiden name. He was born on 6 January 1884 at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire England. His parents were Henry McKinley and Jane Smith Walker. He was the sixth child in a family of nine children. For a brief history and photos of Barrow, click here. Barrow is located on the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay.

On the 1901 census, the family was living at 30 Earle Street. Duncan was seven years old, and a scholar, meaning that he was in school. His father was a ship joiner by trade, and as his brothers grew up, they also worked at the shipyard in various capacities. By the age of 12, Duncan was an apprentice electrician.

On 31 August 1907, Duncan married Winifred Elizabeth Ann Stawart at Gateshead on Tyne, Durham, England. They had two children, Beatrice and Thomas Henry, who were born ten years apart. Beatrice is our ancestor, and the mother of George Duncan White. Duncan and Winnie brought their family to the United States in 1922. By that time, they were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and wanted to settle in Utah. Since Winnie left a life story, she wrote of their conversion and subsequent move to America. There is also a good family photo.

The family came to Ogden, Utah, on 12 June 1922, and stayed until the following January. They then moved to Lovelock where Duncan was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. In about 1926, Duncan left the railroad and the family moved to Salt Lake City where they lived until their retirement.

They moved to California in 1960 to live with their daughter, Beatrice. Winnie wrote, "When my husband got sick he was too much for me to look after. He has now been sick for five years, past March 18, 1957. We have been married 54 years, August past." Duncan, who the grandchildren called, "Gampy," died on 3 September 1962 at Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California.

George remembers visiting them at their home in Salt Lake City. He took naps at their house and still treasures the green afghan that is a part of his nap time memories. Their home had a parlor that was separate from their living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. The bedrooms were located upstairs. The house was made with old, thick adobe bricks that were ten or twelve inches thick, making it cool in the summertime. As a child, he thought the basement, with its steep stairway was "creepy." Behind the house there was an alley and a separate garage. Their house was located about four blocks from a large park with a lake and row boats.

At Gampy's house, there was always Canada Dry ginger ale, which Duncan liked, and lemon drizzle cake. George thinks it was an angel food cake. Duncan ate a boiled egg sitting in an egg holder for breakfast, and cooked vanilla pudding for lunch. If you looked at the spoon Grandma made pudding with, there was a flat edge from scraping and stirring the pudding as it cooked. George also remembers "gampy mustard." They mixed powdered mustard and vinegar to make a very hot mustard.

In later years, when Duncan and Winnie lived with them, George was about 15 years old. Ken and Bea had a new bedroom and bath they added to their house as a master suite, which they gave to Duncan and Winnie. It was new, and they had not yet had the opportunity to use it, so Duncan and Winnie were the first to enjoy it. Being a teen-aged boy, George didn't really notice a lot about his grandparents, just that Gampy was sick and in bed a lot, and they were old. He does remember that Duncan was "always kind and sweet."