6 - 2019 June - successes*
We were a very select gathering to talk about our ‘Successes and Problems’.
Jan who is still researching her Mum’s family wrote a while ago to the Sunderland Echo seeking help with her Foundy or Fundy ancestors. Sandra replied but she mixed up some names. Her grandmother's husband Patrick’s cousins were likely to be petty criminals, but researching his uncles and aunts helped. Uncle Richard Swift was a Foody – the Irish Genealogical Society shows that Fouada and O’Fouada compare with Swift. Jan has both families in Thornaby near Stockton-on-Tees. One Fouda was born on 26 March 1860, but when he went to the USA gave his birth date as 17 March 1864 – St Patrick’s Day! His death certificate records that he had lost an eye in an accident – a Stockton-on-Tees newspaper report recorded an accident where John Swift worked and he lost an eye – so he is the same man, but there was no reason to change his birth date.
Eileen is tracing her paternal Great Grandmother – she was French. After a talk by a member of the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) she contacted a researcher and obtained a report on the death of Emmaline Virginia BOOMGART (nee La Bouchardiere) aged 76 years, the relict of John William Boomgart at the residence of daughter, Mrs J B Lemas, on 29th September 1920 in Trevandruw in India, recorded in The Times of India
Val is trying to trace a family named BACHE either in Kent, S. E. London or Croydon around 1769 to 1780.
Pauline suggested putting the name into Ancestry, FMP, etc.
Jan spent three days in Winchester partly in the Hampshire Record Office researching family in the 1600/1700s and partly touring around churches/hamlets in the locality where they lived. Some churches had gravestones set against the boundary walls, but she found nothing. Eventually, she stopped at The Plume of Feathers where her ancestors lived and partook refreshments where they sat in the same old world place.
Avis is researching her father, born 1897, who served in the navy during WW1 as a second cook. Her daughter has found her mother’s maiden name was Stacey and her father was a groom! We doubted that as a groom he would have entered the navy, more likely he would have joined the army to look after horses.
Di told us about her Grandfather who became a Marconi sea-going radio operator serving on merchant ships. He was the thirteenth child of the family that lived in Preston, Lancashire, and was called Bertie; he ran away to sea, signing on in Liverpool. His ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic and Radio Officer King was the last man before the captain to leave the ship and helped save the life of another crew member; and in 1943 he was awarded the MBE for his actions. He also sailed in the convoys taking munitions to Murmansk in Russia. Di brought along a folder with pictures of her grandfather and letters of thanks from grateful passengers, including Lloyd George.