Being of an age where most of my family contemporaries have cast off their mortal coil, I have developed an uncontrollable urge to find out more about my ancestors so that I have something to leave my grandchildren that I believe they will value - roots. Unfortunately my maternal grandparents were both 'dark horses'.
Neither ever spoke of their families nor of their earlier lives.
Grandad was Robert Sword Jeffrey. Born in Edinburgh on the 15th. July, 1892. His father's name was James and his mother's maiden name was Jessie White. He had a sister whose name we believe was Alice and he was christened at Restalrig Parish Church. Grandma was born Lily Straw on the 17th. October 1882 somewhere in Yorkshire. She had 3 sisters, Nellie, Caroline and Fanny. Her parents were Jackie Straw and Jane Page. Grandma and Grandad had four children. James William, Robert Page, Nelson Gordon (who lived for only 1 day) and my mother Marjorie Lily Alexandra.
That is all that I have found out about them up to now. If anything else is unearthed I'll add it on.
Mum married Walter Alton at St Mary's church in Bulwell. Dad came from a family of 7 children. His siblings were Jack, Tom, Anthony, Winnie,Les and Willis. Their parents were Anthony Alton and Sarah Elizabeth Chaplin. Anthony senior was killed in W.W.1
The Altons were a big family and apparently well known in Bulwell.
Well, it is now September and I have made some progress. I found someone who had family history for Grand dad Jeffrey's family from 1900 and backwards to the 1860's. I had all of the more recent history so both parties were very satisfied with the result. Now I'm looking for James Jeffrey born 1861 in Kelso, Roxorough. One my father's side, the Altons, there has been some success on his dad#s side, back to 1853, that was Willis, from Bulwell. Does anyone know any more about him? My paternal grandmother - well now- that has really flown. I have family names and details back to 1802 and to day have written to a relation in Ontario who doesn't yet know that I exsist!
I hope to be back in a couple of months with even more goood news. Addictive this, isn't it?