#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!!



#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!!!

James Haskard & Emma Gregory

James Charles Haskard was born on the 14th of February 1878  in Radford, Nottinghamshire. His parents were John Haskard & Betsy Deaball. James was married to Emma Gregory on the 12th of February 1898 at the Register Office, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Emma was born in 1st April 1878 in Radford, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were William Fletcher and Martha Gregory.

They had 11 children:

  • ?
  • Joseph – Born 1901 in Nottingham, Notts.
  • Betsy – Born 1904 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts. 
  • Elizabeth – Born 1907 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Thomas  – Born 1909 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • James Charles – Born 1912 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Lois – Born 1914 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Fanny Burton – Born 1916 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • John Burton – Born 1918 in Nuncargate, Notts. 
  • Annice – Born 1921 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Ronald – Born 1923 in Nuncargate, Notts.

On their Marriage Certificate, James Charles Haskard is 19 and is a Printer (Journeyman). He is living at 52 Denman Street, Nottingham. His father is John Burton Haskard who is a Cycle Fitter. Emma is 19 and lives at 21 Denman Street, Nottingham. Her father is James Gregory (deceased) and was a Gardener (Domestic Service).

In the 1901 census they were living at 4 Chapel Row, Hazel Street, Bullwell, Nottinghamshire. James C is 23 and is a Litho Printer. His birth place in Nottingham, Notts. Emma is also 23 and has no occupation. Her birth place is Nottingham, Notts. Emma must have been pregnant with Joseph when this census was taken, he was born later that year.

In the 1911 census they were living at 15 Sherwood Place, Nuncargate, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. James C is 33 and a Colliery Labourer Above Ground. His birthplace is Radford, Notts. Emma is 33 and has no occupation. Betsy is 6 and her birthplace is Kirkby Woodhouse, Notts. Elizabeth is 4 and Thomas is 1, their birthplace is Nuncargate, Notts. Nuncargate was very much a miners village, with Annesley Colliery nearby, so this reason is probably why the family moved here from Nottingham. The census also states that James and Emma have been married 13 years, they have had 5 children, 4 still alive. As the 1911 census only includes 3 children, I did a bit of digging and Joseph their eldest son is living with James’ mother Betsy in Nottingham. I have yet to find a 5th child who had passed away.

On Lois Haskard’s Birth Certificate, it states she was born the 3rd of December 1914. Her father was James Charles Haskard and her mother was Emma Haskard formerly Gregory. James’ occupation was a Colliery Banksman. It was signed by Emma and was registered on the 15th of January 1915.

James died on the 19th of February 1951 in Nuncargate, Notts.

Emma died on the 7th October 1960 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts.

Grandad & Grandmar Haskard

James and Emma outside of 15 Sherwood Place, Nuncargate, Notts.