kept all the asylum records and after a search found
our ancestor. In return for her board and keep, she
agreed to learn how to be a domestic servant, a
trade which she could use on leaving the asylum.
recorded case, a family member was charged by
Birmingham assizes in the 1830’s with stealing “two
hams and a ladies cloak”. It seems he needed the
food so he stole it wrapping it in the ladies cloak.
He was given the choice of death by hanging or
transportation to Australia. It seems he served his
time, married and we now have quite a few relatives
over in New South Wales. Via various routes we are
also now in New Zealand and Canada. One ancestor was
quite a well to do person. He owned several pubs, a
wine importing business, had a bottling plant and
was agent for Bass, Guinness and Vimto, as well as
for a firm of crisps makers. He was married three
times, was a mason, a championship level clay pigeon
shooter and a big wig in the local tory party.
In some ways he is a hero although in others not so.
My wife, Sue
has done some Stirling work on the family both here
and abroad. Whereas I once believed we were
the last of a few, we now know we are not only all
across the UK but the world.
Wolverhampton area my great grandfather ran several
pubs. He started at the Viaduct in Horseley fields,
then the Red Lion, around the corner, before moving
to the Swan at Tettenhall and then onto the
Fieldhouse, now known as the Claregate, a pub built
on the site of the original. The last move we have
is from here to the Royal Oak in Tettenhall wood.
It was here that my father was born. Shortly after
he was born, he contracted TB and the family were
advised to move to the more efficacious air of Penn.
The rest, as they say, is history.
conclusion, our family has seen it all. We were
about during the Spanish Armada, the civil war, the
plague, the great fire of London. We may not have
played much part in these events although it is
difficult to see how we could not be affected by
such. Even in my lifetime we have stories of a
family divided by religion, passing on opposite
sides of the street, something I find almost
inconceivable. Most of my family have been ordinary
working people although one or two have made it to
great heights within their communities. We have
survived everything that man and nature can throw at
us and yet we are still here and growing. This is
something to be proud of I think.