My family tree starts in Scotland 1735 when Hugh McFarlane was born. His grandson and wife with their first child, went to India where Parlane joined the HEIC as a soldier. His son, also Parlane was a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Madras Fusiliers. He survived the Indian Mutiny, along with his brother in law (John Rose).
have six generations of soldiers all born in India. Parlane and his wife had nine children in seventeen years. Charlotte died on her 37th birthday. Their eldest son, my grandfather joined the Merchant Navy as an apprentice. He became a master mariner and was the master of the HMS Worcester, a training ship which was moored on the Thames.
My father was born in 1896, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne. He told me that if he was out walking with his mother and he trod on her long dress, he would get a clout round the earole!He joined the Merchant Navy when he was 14 years old. He and his friend were going to sign on the Titanic but changed their minds at the last minure and went on the Muaritania instead. Just as well!
My mothers family were from Gloucestershire and were stone masons and farmers. My maternal grandfather was on the Railway.
I was born during an air raid in 1942 in Forest Gate, London. I am retired and I love finding out about my ancestors and sharing information with other members.
My grandchildren love looking at my history book and I think it is good to know how their ancestors lived.