Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Records from the Electoral Register for Birmingham

The Clayton family appear on the electoral register for 1920 living at 20 Garbett Street, Ladywood . Registered to vote are William Henry Clayton (g-granddad), his wife Mary and a son Harold.
Just along the same court at 1 back of 17 Garbett Street is Frederick Clayton and his wife Emily Anne and another brother, George Samuel.


Also in the 1920 electoral register is Terence Millington at 1 back of 32 Garbett Street. So both of my father's grandfathers were living on Garbett Street in 1920.

Twenty years later we find Terence with his second wife Jane and two sons George and John (aka Jack) living at 75 Bishopsgate Street in Lee Bank.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The family of Patrick Cushion

Patrick Cushion was my great grandmother's brother (my maternal grandfather's mother) , he was born in Maryborough (now Portlaoise) in Queen's County, Ireland (now called County Laoise).

My great grandmother was Catherine Cushion born in 1874. Catherine had four sisters, Annie, Julia, Mary and Elizabeth. She had two brothers, Patrick and William (b.25 May 1869).

Two of Catherine's sisters married Cork men, Julia married Joseph Woodward and Mary married John Glavin.

It appears that Catherine's brother Patrick Cushion (born at Maryborough on 15th June 1867) married a woman named Catherine in about 1898 and they moved to Preston in Lancashire shortly after their marriage. Catherine was also born in Maryborough, Ireland.

According to the 1911 Census, Patrick and Catherine Cushion were living at 2 Lady Place, Preston and they had 2 children, William aged 10 and Mary aged 8, both born in Preston. Patrick's personal occupation was a labourer (Joiner's) and his employer was the Corporation Dockyard. 
Maryborough RC Church

A street view in Maryborough

The docks at Preston in the early 1890s

A general view of Preston with chimneys of the industrial town in the distance