Jean Mary Olorenshaw: A Tribute to My Grandmother

Jean Mary Olorenshaw 1921-1958 My grandmother This is a hard post for me to write, because unlike the other ancestors I have written about, this isn't just a piece of history that has been forgotten.  There are people who knew Jean who are still alive and who remember her final days only too well.  This … Continue reading Jean Mary Olorenshaw: A Tribute to My Grandmother

Annie Catherine Downing: Found Mutilated on the Line

Annie Catherine Downing 1877-1899 Domestic Servant of Southend, Essex, and my great great grandmother. My mother actually started tracing the family tree before I did.  The person who sparked her interest was her grandfather's mother.  She knew her grandfather, Frederick, had been brought up by his uncle, because his mother had died.  She did not … Continue reading Annie Catherine Downing: Found Mutilated on the Line