Saturday, 16 February 2019

Alleged Attempt to Poison A Farmer Near Middlewich

We all know that life was different for our ancestors back in their day.  They did not have the conveniences we have at our disposal today.   Many things would have made their lives easier like electric lights, washing machines, electric stoves, fridges, and farm equipment.  These would have been a dream come true for many.   But would these things really have made them happier?   There seems to be a few today that purposely go to live off the grid.

If had to pick out the one of the most important differences between now and then,  I think it is not what they didn't have, it is what many of our ancestors had to endure that we do not.  Servitude.

I found a rather disturbing twisted court case that involved a young girl back in 1877.   This newspaper article was found in the Northwich Guardian October 24, 1877.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Grosvenor Bridge History

Every once in a while I come across some thing that is priceless.  This was found in the Cheshire Observer October 23, 1937.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Society Pages Surprises

I love how years ago the local newspapers would list the coming and goings of people.   Which distant cousins were coming for a visit,  who was getting engaged, and even who had a bridal shower.  I would expect to see this in small town newspapers, but I did not expect to see this in the Montreal Gazette.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Which Palin Family Branch Are You In?

Many times I have been asked how are we related?  Sometimes this is not an easy question to answer.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

1233 Days

Every person has a story to tell.  Some stories are remarkable and some are horrifying. Last month I wrote about a man who was thought dead during WWI but was alive in a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany.  In honour of Remembrance Day,  I am writing about another man who was also held captive in a Prisoner of War Camp in WWII.

Friday, 5 October 2018

John Palin

The wails could be heard all down the street that cold grey morning.  Every one stepped out their front door wondering where it was coming from.  They could see the telegram man on his bike riding away in the heavy fog and wondered whose house he visited and also thanking the Lord above that he did not call on their front door.

The horrors of war at home was the dreaded telegram informing all within that their love one was dead or missing in action.  The young bride with 3 young children, the widow that had already lost a child.  There was no racial discrimination here.  It did not matter the financial status, religion or the colour of the skin, all risked their lives.

We have many young men in our family tree that gave up their lives fighting in the wars and did not make it home.  Thankfully we have more more that did come home.   This is the story of one of these men whose family at home experienced both sorrow and joy.