Another document I came across recently was the First World War Dependant’s Pension entry for Alfred Mansel Young. He is my brick wall and I love to discover any information about him. For some reason he left the family home in Portsmouth and went to live with relatives in South Wales.
In this entry for Dependant’s Pension his address is given as his father’s home in Portsmouth, 4 Woodland Street, Kingston. His father was awarded a small pension of just 5 shillings a week between 16 January 1919 to the 12 May 1920.
It’s been a while since I’ve had any time to record recent finds. I found this entry for my Great Uncle Alfred Mansel Young. Unfortunately I didn’t record the document it came from but it shows money paid to his father Mansel Young after his death. Need to do more research on this one!
In partnership with the British Library, Find My Past have recently added over 16 million names to the England & Wales Electoral Registers collection. Voting lists are compiled annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. You’re likely to find your ancestor featured more than once.
Electoral Registers can reveal fascinating facts for your family tree including:
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This invaluable record set includes those first entitled to vote after 1918 and is an excellent substitute for the lost 1931 England & Wales Census.
To honour Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, I was able to get free access to Fold3 last week. I hadn’t heard of this site until I was browsing Ancestry and found a record on Fold3. I wasn’t willing to pay for access, so was happy to wait and I was rewarded!
The record was for my great uncle, Alfred Mansel Young. He died in the First World War and there was a record of him in the Pension ledgers. He died on 24th July 1916 and his father, Mansel Young, made a claim. It shows his address as 6 Woodland Street, Kingston, Portsmouth. It looks like a summary rather than a full record with any correspondence, but it was still good to discover.
The last document I wanted to share (going through recent finds) was a really interesting one I found recently. It shows a distant relation, Rita St Clair Cole who voyaged on a ship (part of the Allan line) to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in October 1914.
Unfortunately I can’t read much of the information apart from her name, that she was 22 years old and single.
I can’t read her occupation (possibly Housekeeper), her last permanent residence, name and address of nearest relative or final destination.
Continuing with blogging about all the records I found recently …..
I came across a marriage certificate for Alfred James Thorpe and Emma Elizabeth Tiffin. They were married at St Philip’s Church in Stepney, London on June 13th 1897. His occupation was Bus Driver.
His father, Alfred Thorpe was a Cigar Maker. Her father William Tiffin was a Carman. I had to look up that occupation as I wasn’t familiar with it, but it looks like he was employed to drive horse-drawn vehicles for transporting goods.