#42 Proud…52 Ancestors

This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
My Family History Hunt may not be full of royalty and money, big grand houses and names that go on for miles. However, I am still proud of each and every one of my ancestors, their little stories and trials and tribulations. If things had been different and the branches of the tree had gone another way I may not be here telling these stories today.



#15 How Do You Spell That?!…52 Ancestors

This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

A surname I have struggled with in my hunt is Deaball.

It first popped up when I was researching Betsy Deaball who married into my Haskard Family. Betsy was born in 1858 in Nottingham, Notts and I found her in the 1861 census. She was living with her father Thomas Deaball and brother William Deaball. I will be doing another post about my hunt for these three but I have really had to be open to anything when searching for this surname. Some of the variants that have come up are:

    • Deaboll
    • Deable
    • Deble
    • Daybell
    • Deabell
    • Dable
    • Dabeth
    • Deball
    • Debell

and the list goes on and on. As soon as I click on to see the record I can usually see its Deaball but can see how the transcriber got to how he/she interpreted it. Those “include variants” check boxes are very. very handy!!


#41 Colourful Surnames….52 Ancestors


This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

A big branch of my family tree is the Green branch. With a lot of help from other people, this branch stretches back to the 1200s. A bit closer to home, in 1794 my 5x Great Grandfather Joseph Green was born in 1794 in Denby, Derbyshire. On the 7th of April 1823 (exactly 163 years before I was born to the date) he married Elizabeth Brown (see where the colour title comes in?!) again in Denby, he was 29 and she was 22. Elizabeth was born in 1801 in Holbrook, Derbyshire.

They had 8 children:

  • William – Born later on in 1823 in Denby. (Elizabeth would’ve been pregnant with William on her wedding day)
  • Mary – Born in 1825 in Denby and sadly died at 21 years of age in 1846, she was buried on the 3rd of December 1846 in Denby Church Yard.
  • Emma – Born on the 30th of November 1826 in Denby. She married Joseph Orme on the 9th of September 1845 and they emigrated to America in 1863. They settled Honeyville, Box Hill, Utah.
  • Lavinia – Born in 1828 in Denby and later moved to Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Thomas – Born in 1831 in Holbrook, Derbyshire.
  • Joseph – Born in 1833 in Holbrook.
  • Dorothy  – Born in 1836 in Denby
  • Hannah – Born in 1839 in Holbrook.

In the 1841 census they were all living in Denby. Joseph was a coalminer.

By the 1851 census, a lot of the children have “flew the nest”. Joseph sr is still a Coal Miner. Thomas, Joseph jr and Hannah are still living at home, Thomas and Joseph are Coal Miners also. Hannah is at school. I did wonder where Dorothy was as she would’ve been only 16 and I had already found that she was married the next year in 1852. She was actually visiting in Chesterfield, next door/adjacent to her sister Emma and her husband Joseph Orme. The head of the house she is staying at is Samuel Orme who is 2 years younger that Joseph so may be a brother or cousin. Emma and Joseph already had 2 Lodgers living with them as well as their 3 children so my guess would be Dorothy was visiting her sister. Chesterfield is a town and Denby a little village so I can imagine a visit to the big town to a little village girl would’ve been an exciting time.

In the 1861 census, its just the two of them Joseph and Elizabeth, Joseph is still a Coal Miner. Hannah is living just next door though with her new husband, Francis Thorpe and their 8 month old son, Herbert.

In the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 3 March 1865, it reports that Elizabeth sadly passes away

Green – On the 13th nit., at Denby Common, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Green, aged 64”

Elizabeth is buried on the 17th of February 1865 in the Denby Church Yard.

In the 1871 census, Joseph is still a Coal Miner living in Denby. He has a lot of visitors! Hannah and her husband Francis and their children, Herbert 10, Mary 8, Thomas 6, Elizabeth 4, Emma 2 and James John 9 months. Next door is William and his wife Mary and their children Thomas 23, John 19, William 13, Naomie 10, Elizabeth 8 and Mary Ann 6. William is also a Coal Miner. Its nice to see Joseph is not on his own and still surrounded by his family.

Joseph died on the 17 November 1876 aged 82 and was buried on the 21 November 1876 in Denby.

So they’re maybe not my most colourful of ancestors personality wise but their names are colourful enough and rather tree like!


#14 Favourite Photo of Lois Haskard….52 Ancestors

As soon as I saw this title I knew who I was going to pick for this post and which photo.

Aunt Lois









This is my Great Grandmother “Mamma” Lois Green nee Haskard.

Lois and her husband Ernest Green were the first people in my Family History Hunt and this photo is one of the first I added to my little collection.

I have so many fond memories of “Mamma and Grandad”. Their little house in Kirkby in Ashfield, how Grandad was always sat in his armchair, their little apple tree and rows of runner bean plants in their back garden and how every week my mum would take Mamma shopping and in the school holidays me and my sister would go with them and on one occasion we somehow managed to tip mamma’s trolley, contents and all, over in the aisles of Asda. Oops.

I was 10 when my Grandad passed away in December 1996. Mamma passed away nearly two weeks later on the 1st of January 1997. My mum always says Mamma died of a broken heart from missing Grandad and i agree with her, they were a lovely couple and I’m glad I got to meet them.


PS. How glam does Mamma look in that photo!!!

Week 40 October Wedding!….50 Ancestors


For this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks the theme is October! So I pulled up my list of family and scrolled through to find an event in October.

Abraham Reeves & Eliza Smith were married on the 7th of October 1850. Abraham was born in 1828 in Awsworth, Nottinghamshire and was baptised on the 4th of May 1828 at St Peter’s Church in Awsworth. His parents were Thomas Reeve & Elizabeth Limb. Eliza was born in 1831 in Hucknall Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire (now known as Huthwaite) and was baptised on the 19th October 1831 at St Mary Magdalene church, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were Henry Smith & Sarah Allsop.

They had 9 children including my great, great grandfather Sampson Reeves born 14th November 1867 in Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts.

In the 1881 census, Eliza is the head of the household but still showing as married, living still in Hucknall Huthwaite with her 5 youngest children. Abraham has literally disappeared off of the face of the earth. I have searched high and low for him in the 1881 census without any luck. This one is a big brick wall for me, I know he hasn’t passed away as for one it doesn’t say Eliza is widow and also Abraham reappears in the 1891 census back with Eliza, still living in Hucknall Hutwaite with their 3 youngest children.

They were married for 41 years and sadly later on in 1891, Eliza passes away from “Cancer of Uterus” on the 8th of December. A year later, Abraham gets married again to a Susan Clay. They are living in Calverton in the 1901 census, just the two of them but by the 1911 census Abraham is living with is son Henry and his family. On the 27th of November 1912, Abraham passed away and was buried a few days later at the Hucknall Huthwaite cemetery. He died of Senile Decay.

I am determined to find Abraham in the 1881 census, any ideas? He was a framework knitter. His family are all in Nottinghamshire, I have tried different spelling variants but nothing comes up.

I hope someone can help.


A Fresh Start….52 Ancestors


So it has been a very long year with not much time for family history hunts and blogging. Now life has settled down a bit, I have made a promise to myself to develop my genealogical skills a bit more and hopefully turn this lovely little hobby into something a bit more.

My research is currently a lot of certificates and records, names and dates and I would like to start putting all of this into a bit more of a family story. Making these people who I am learning more and more about every day into an actual person instead of facts and figures.

I am going to use some of the prompts from the blog of Amy Johnson Crow, No Story Too Small and her challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Yes, I know its October and its week  but instead of aiming for one a week, I am just going to use the prompts that I have missed as and when I need them and start with week .

Week 1 was a “Fresh Start” so I have cheated a bit and used that for this post but I promise to tell some of my Ancestors stories.

Keep your eyes peeled!