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.
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.
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!