Sunday, 24 February 2013

Harold Clayton residence - voting registers Birmingham

1918 listed as absent from 20 Garbett Street, Ladywood (Clayton family residence)
1920 resident at 20 Garbett Street with his parents, William and Mary Clayton

1922  living at 6 Ferndale Place, Anderton Street, Ladywood with Alice and John Connell. This is the same address that his Victory Medal was sent to the same year.

1925 living at 77 Syndenham Road, Sparkbrook with Amy Clayton

1930 Harold and Amy at 77 Sydenham Road sharing with Bernard and Edith Clarke

1935 - 77 Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook - Amy Clayton sharing with Alice and George Adie

 1945, Amy is still at 77 Sydenham Road, Harold is not registered but one of their sons Leonard is registered

1950 Amy sharing with Amy and Charles Job (daughter and son-in-law?)

1955 Amy sharing with Amy and Charles Job (daughter and son-in-law?)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Army records of Harold Clayton

Harold Clayton was one of my grandmother Florence's older brothers who fought in WW1.
These are some documents from his army record. He enlisted in January 1915 and was demobilsed in 1919.
It seems that Harold was injured in the war and went on to claim a war pension having what was classed as a 20% disability from his injury. My father (Harold's nephew) recalls that Haroild and possibly another Clayton brother, were treated in Birmingham hospitals long after the war was over.
The final document below is a receipt showing that Harold was sent the Victory medal in 1922. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Birmingham Adverts from the 1870s

Annie Clayton - my grandmother's only sister

Harry and Annie Joyce, nee. Clayton. Annie was my grandmother Florence Millington, nee. Clayton's only sister.

John McDonnell in the news 1899

A cutting from Freeman's Journal - Wednesday 24 May 1899.

A quote from Mr John McDonnell, Poor Law Guardian of North Dublin, campaigning for state aid for blind people. (John McDonnell was my grandmother's grandfather).

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

My g-g-grandfather Richard Phelan in Griffiths Valuation

If your Irish ancestors had land during the mid-19th century, even a field they leased off someone else, it is worth a search of Griffith's Valuation. Locating an ancestor to a specific farm can be the key to finding baptism, marriage and funeral records in the local parish - which are generally now held by the local and family history centres in the counties.

Just to demonstrate how useful the Griffths Valuaton is I searched for my great-great grandfather Richard Phelan who farmed an area at Ashtown in Kilkenny and found what I think is a reference to him and a map showing his land. You just cross reference the number on the schedule with the numbers on the map, Richard Phelan is number 9.


Searching for the Halpin family who came to Birmingham from Dublin

Can anyone help to trace the family of James Halpin from Dublin who may have settled in Birmingham in the 1940s?

I have found records of a couple named James and Kathleen Halpin living in Friston Street, Ladywood from about 1945.

We have some great family history information for their descendants if they can be traced.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

William and Annie Millington

William Joseph Millington was born in Birmingham in 1873. His parents were John Millington and Alice (nee. O'Hagan). William was the older brother of my great grandfather Terence Millington.
Between 1894 and 1919, William served in the Royal Navy on 22 different ships. He enlisted at Portsmouth on 4th September 1894 and completed his service on 22nd March 1919. on 27th September 1895 he was promoted to Stoker on HMS Victotry. On 1st July 1906 he was promoted to Stoker 1st Class at HMS Racer which was the training cellege at Osbourne House on Isle of Wright.  
On 31st May 1916 William was wounded in action on the HMS Princess Royal during the Battle of Jutland.
On 2nd September 1905 William married 24 year old Annie Jones at Birmingham Register Office. His profession was Stoker Royal Navy. Both of them put their address as 5 Wheeleys Lane. Annie's father was Thomas Jones who was a railway worker. The witnesses to the wedding were Terence and Phoebe Millington (my great grandparents).
In the 1911 Census, William and Annie Millington were residing at 1 house 1 court Hollier Street, which is a small street next to Highgate Park.
In the household there were three daughters listed, though further on in the record it says that 3 children had been born and 1 had died. I have subsequently found out that the second child died in early infancy, but it's interesting they have entered her name on the form.
The children listed are Phylis A aged 3, Edna J S aged 2 and Lillian M R described as a baby. On the official death indexes there is an entry for the death of an Edna Joan S Millington in Birmingham aged 0 in 1909. So I believe Edna must have been mistakenly entered on the 1911 census.     
In the 1925 Polling register, William Joseph and Annie Millington are recorded living at back 176 Darwin Street (which is very close to Hollier Street in Highgate / Deritend - see map below)

The couple are listed at the same address in 1927

In 1935, Annie is not listed at the Darwin Street home, but Lilian May Rose and Phylis Aurora Millington are listed to vote alongside their father William Joseph 

In 1939 only William Joseph is registered to vote at back 149 Darwin Street 
But in 1945, William Joseph's name has gone from the family home. Annie Millington is now living at 8 South Terrace, South Road, Deritend Ward with her daughter Phylis A Haylett and husband Robert E Haylett. The couple married in 1937.
In 1950, Robert Haylett's name is also missing and Annie E and her daughter Phylis Haylett continue to reside at 8 South Terrace, South Road, Deritend Ward.  
In 1955, Annie E Millington and Phylis Haylett continue to be the only names registered in the family home at 8 South Terrace.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Coming soon - the Robey family of Ashby and Melbourne

Thanks to my sister-in-law Carol for recent emails about her research into her dad's family tree, the Robey family of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Melbourne on the Leicestershire / Derbyshire border.

I am very impressed to learn how much research Carol did a number of years back and there was a potential for her tree to link with another researcher who took his Robey tree back to the 1200s in the area.

Now that is impressive and does show that if old church or land records are strong enough for localised families in rural areas then the links can even be made back to Norman times when they first started making proper written records. But we need to do a bit of digging to confirm the link.

An interesting census record relating to the obituary of Ann McKiernan of Cleveland. This is an 1871 census record showing the Finn family living at 12 London Prentice Street in Birmingham (recorded else where as a district with high levels of Irish). Ann is recorded here as 3 and her brother Martin just 9 days old, what is also interesting is it shows the dad Patrick was born in Galway, his wife ...Catherine in Mayo. The two older daughters aged 19 and 17 born in Madeley, Salop in 1852 and Cheshire in 1854. Literally a couple of years after the peak period of the Irish famine. My interpretation being that this was a family on the road in the early 1850s, perhaps the dad labouring along the route which brought them eventually to Birmingham for birth of child 3 in 1857.
The Galway / Mayo origin is interesting. I am still hopeful of one day getting an exact location, but the repeated occurence of the two counties would indicate perhaps the families came from the border area between the two counties around Connemara - one of the worst hit areas by the famine.

Death of William D Cregan

William D Cregan obituary. From the Saturday, November 26, 1966 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Page 18. Transcription of text in documentWilliam D. Cregan

Services for William D. Cregan, assistant manager of the central purchasing agency of the Catholic diocese of Cleveland and retired police chief of Bratenahl, will be at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 15000 Lake Shore Boulevard N.E., at 9 a.m. Monday.
Mr. Cregan, 58, suffered an apparent heart attack Thursday at the home of a son, Joseph, at 24181 Puritan Avenue, Euclid. he was pronounced dead at Euclid-Glenville Hospital.
He was a foreman at the East Ohio Gas Co. prior to 1931, when he joined the Bratenahl Police Department. Mr. Cregan was a sergeant when was made acting chief early in 1957. He was named chief later in that year. He retired in 1964 for health reasons. He had worked for the diocese since that time.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Association for Retired Police, the Police Chiefs Association and the Cursillo Movement.

Surviving also are his wife, Julia; two other sons, William D. and John P.; 10 grandchildren; two brothers and a sister. His home was at 419 E. 147th Street.


William D Creggan by the way, was husband of Julia McKiernan, daughter of Thomas McKiernan and Anne Finn.

William D Cregan retires

William D Cregan retirement

From the Thursday, September 17, 1964 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Page 36.

Transcription of text in document33 YEARS ON POLICE FORCE

Bratenahl Chief Retiring

William Dennis Cregan, after 33 years on the Bratenahl police force, is going to retire as chief at the end of this month.

Cregan, who is 56, said: "It's about time to retire, I think."

The retiring chief's father, who died in 1916, was a Cleveland patrolman and his brother, Joseph, was a lieutenant on the Cleveland force until he retired three years ago.

CREGAN JOINED the Bratenahl force Dec. 1, 1931. He was a sergeant when appointed chief in November, 1957.

He applied for the police force after leaving his foreman's post with the East Ohio Gas Co. in the depression.

Cregan said: "Oh, I guess it's been a pretty quiet 33 years out here. You know, mostly routine."

He and his wife, Julia, will continue to live at 419 E. 147th Street.

"WE HAVE ROOTS here," he said. "My three sons are married now and I've got eight grandsons to see."

Mayor William A. Klein is expected to appoint a replacement soon to the $8,400 job. He will select a member of the 12-man force on a six-month probationary basis before obtaining council approval.

Marriage of Julia McKiernan to William D Creggan

Cregan-McKiernan marriage Oct 1930 , Cleveland, Ohio 

Announcement from the Sunday, October 19, 1930 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Women's Magazine and Amusement Section, Page 3. Best man Thomas P. McKiernan. An acompanying note on Ancestry states: "father of the bride is mis-identified as the father of the bridegroom, who passed away 14 years prior".

Miss Jewell McKiernan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. McKiernan, 4724 E. 90th Street, was married to Mr. William D. Cregan, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Holy Name Church. Miss Colette C. Schaeffer attended the bride as maid of honor and Miss Mary A. O'Connor served as bridesmaid. Mr. Thomas P. Cregan, father of the bridegroom, served as best man.

Mr. and Mrs. Cregan have been taking a trip through the east and on their return will make their home at 3227 W. 112th Street.

Relationship to my tree

This is a sister of our nun Sister Mckiernan. Jewell (Julia) is a daughter of Ann Mckiernan nee. Finn mentioned below.


Obituary of Ann McKiernan of Cleveland, Ohio

Came across this on Ancestry, the obituary of Ann McKiernan of 419 E. 147th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Ann died at the home of her daughter Mrs William Cregan in September 1945. Ann's maiden name was Finn and she was a cousin of my great-great grandfather Thomas Finn and his brother James Finn (Ian Payne's g-g-grandfather). Ann was married to Thomas Mckiernan, they emigrated to Cleveland from Birmingham in the second decade of the 1900s.
Obituary from the Monday, September 17, 1945 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Page 7.
Mrs. Ann McKiernan died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Cregan, 419 E. 147th Street.

She and her late husband, Thomas P
. McKiernan, came to Cleveland from Birmingham, England.

Surviving her are four sons, Thomas, John, Edward and Bernard; four daughters, Mrs. Cregan, Mrs. Kathryn Whalen, Mrs. Mary Duncan and Sister Marie Nativa of the Order of the Humility of Mary, and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Jerome's Catholic Church with Rev. John P. Cregan of St. John's Cathedral, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Cregan, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemtery