Category Archives: Stories

10 children deceased.

The 1911 English census states the number of children a couple had, how many living and how many deceased. One such record I saw stated the couple had 14 children, with 4 still living and ten were deceased. I can’t … Continue reading

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Is this the largest family in Victoria?

A number of years ago during my decoupage class I was talking with a fellow ‘cut and paster’ about my other hobby of genealogy; how I had 54 first cousins, to which she replied that her father was one of … Continue reading

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Emily Patience

There is a George Pye in a distant branch of my Pye tree who married Emily Patience Lawton in 1897.  No father’s name was listed for Emily and therefore I assumed that she was illegitimate. I had not found a … Continue reading

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Shot between the eyes

“Shot between the eyes” My sister had just downloaded the death certificate for Patrick Gleeson and saw that this individual, who she knew had four daughters also had a 14 year old son, named Patrick Francis Gleeson.   She said … Continue reading

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Signatures – a sign of some literacy.

Signatures – a sign of literacy. Having become accustomed to seeing ‘X her mark or X his mark’ on marriage certificates I was surprised that to note that all, but one, of my director male Pye ancestors back to the … Continue reading

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Humfrey Pye – Scrivener

Humfrey Pye – Scrivener Humfrey Pye was a cousin of my 7 x great grandfather and an elder son of William Pye, and his wife Margery, of Haughton, Staffordshire, England. In the Will of Margery Pye it refers to Margery’s … Continue reading

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Captain Charles Pye VC and Charles Colquhoun Pye

I have spent decades now advising numerous organisations that their military records are incorrect – that there were two Charles Pye’s from Staffordshire, England, who were enlisted in the British Army during a similar time period and that it was … Continue reading

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