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Jessie Elma Doris BIRD [12465]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1908
    Christening: 
          Death: 1972 - Fitzroy, Vic, Australia
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Walter William BARFORD [7714] (24 Sep 1910 - 13 Dec 1999)
       Marriage: 1942 - , Victoria, Australia 633
         Status: 

Notes
General:
Jessie had been married in 1925 to Harold Thomas Quirk. They divorced in 1934 and there were 2 children by that marriage

The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) View title info Tue 11 Sep 1934 Page 5
Divorce Decrees Granted
Jessie Elma Doris Quirk, 26, of Rae Street, North Fitzroy, ' from Harold Thomas Quirk, of Coburg- desertion and frequent convictions.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 12 Sep 1934 Page 15
DECREES GRANTED
Jessie Edna Doris Quirk aged 26 years Rae street North Fitzroy from Harold Thomas Quirk aged 26 sears textile worker of Coburg, on the ground of desertion. The parties were married on August 26 1925 at North Fitzroy and there are two children.

Border Morning Mail (Albury, NSW : 1938 - 1949) Wed 6 Dec 1939 Page 3
HAD MANY "PRIORS"

Harold Thomas Quirk, aged 32, of Rowe street, Clifton Hill, textile worker, was sentenced to six months on each of four charges of larceny from a dwelling, sentences to be cumulative- "If you come before me again you surely will be declared an habitual criminal," the judge remarked, and the prisoner thanked His Honor for not making such a declaration on this occasion. Quirk had admitted 15 prior convictions dating from March, 1927, including two in N.S.W.

picture Robert Gregson BIRKETT [11273]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1858 - Blackburn, Lancashire, England 888
    Christening: 
          Death: 1908 - Blackburn, Lancashire, England 889
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Amelia HALSTEAD [10099] (1858 - Mar 1939)
       Marriage: 1884 - Blackburn, Lancashire, England 890
         Status: 


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Ellen Capewell BIRKIN [5637]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1867 - , NSW, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 1942 - , Victoria, Australia
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *William BEGELHOLE [5638] (Abt 1868 - 1934)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Annie BEGELHOLE [302] (1896-1978)


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Annie Edith BIRMINGHAM [841]



      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1888 - Maldon, Vic, Australia 891
    Christening: 
          Death: 1952 - Coburg, Vic, Australia 892
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: William John BIRMINGHAM [929] (      -      ) 
         Mother: Sarah Celia DAVIS [928] (      -      ) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Thomas SULLIVAN [840] (1885 - 1953)
       Marriage: 1907 - , Victoria, Australia 893
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Edith Gertie SULLIVAN [924] (1907-      )
                2. Victoria Leonora Goodhead SULLIVAN [925] (1910-1979)
                3. Hughina May SULLIVAN [926] (1913-1967)
                4. Thomas William SULLIVAN [927] (1921-1926)
                5. Thomas Michael SULLIVAN  894 [4608] (1927-2008)


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William John BIRMINGHAM [929]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah Celia DAVIS [928] (       -       )
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Annie Edith BIRMINGHAM [841] (1888-1952)


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Margaret BIRNIE [12207]

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. *George McCUTCHEON [12206]
       Children:
                1. James McCUTCHEON [12205] (Abt 1817-1878)


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Emma Rose BISHOP [156]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Abt 1902 - , NSW, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 7 Aug 1957 - Parkville, Vic, Australia 895,896,897
         Burial: 9 Aug 1957 - Carlton, Victoria, Australia 898

Spouses and Children
1. *William Alfred SCOTT [153] (Abt 1891 - 1944)
       Marriage: 1918 - Deniliquin, NSW, Australia 899
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Thomas William SCOTT [12615] (1918-1935)
                2. Alexander James SCOTT [12616] (1919-1969)
                3. Harry SCOTT [12618] (Abt 1920-1984)
                4. Stanley G SCOTT [12617] (1921-1926)
                5. Allan Robert SCOTT [12619]
                6. Vilma May SCOTT  898 [12620] (Abt 1931-1979)

2. John Keith WILSON [12621] (       - Bef 1957) 898 
       Marriage: Abt 1935 898
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. John Keith WILSON [12622]
                2. Kenneth Graham WILSON [12623]


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Charles William Bradford BLACK [4437]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 15 Oct 1892 - Paddington, NSW, Australia 901
    Christening: 
          Death: 21 Jan 1996 - Brisbane, Qld, Australia
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Robert Alexander BLACK [4436] (1854-1928) 
         Mother: Mabel Emily LUCAS BLACK [4054] (1869-1956) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Frances May NICHOLAS [4439] (19 Feb 1893 - 20 Aug 1980) 900 
       Marriage: 1913 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
         Status: 

Notes
General:
approx 6 children

picture Jean Isobel BLACK [12171]

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. *Wiliam George PUNSHON [9777] (1907 - 3 Nov 1966) 902 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 


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Robert Alexander BLACK [4436]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1854 - Sydney, NSW, Australia 903
    Christening: 
          Death: 1928 - Young, NSW, Australia 904
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Mabel Emily LUCAS BLACK [4054] (21 Jun 1869 - 26 Jul 1956)
       Marriage: 25 Apr 1889 - Sydney, NSW, Australia 905
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Charles William Bradford BLACK  900 [4437] (1892-1996)
                2. Gertrude Emily Augusta BLACK BONHAM  906 [4245] (1893-1964)


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Gertrude Emily Augusta BLACK BONHAM [4245]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1893 - Paddington, NSW, Australia 907
    Christening: 
          Death: 1964 - , QLD, Australia 908
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Robert Alexander BLACK [4436] (1854-1928) 
         Mother: Mabel Emily LUCAS BLACK [4054] (1869-1956) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Walter J CROMPTON [4438] (1879 - 1957)
       Marriage: 1909 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
         Status: 

Notes
General:
3-4 children

picture Edith Anstice BLACKBURROW [6770]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 9 Mar 1906 - Tyntyder, Vic, Australia 8
    Christening: 
          Death: 18 Jul 1987 - Footscray, Vic, Australia 8
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reginald Edward BLACKBURROW [9848] (1873-1952) 909 
         Mother: Margaret THWAITES [9849] (1877-1928) 910 

Spouses and Children
1. *Charles Gordon ROBINS [6769] (30 Jun 1903 - 8 Sep 1977) 8 
       Marriage: 7 Oct 1925 - Nyah, Vic, Australia 8,911
         Status: Divorced
       Children:
                1. Joan Margaret ROBINS [6771]
                2. Gordon Edward ROBINS  8 [6772] (1926-2009)
                3. Nancy Yvonne ROBINS  8 [6773] (1931-1992)


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Mavis Ellen BLACKBURROW [9850]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 14 Apr 1901 - Mildura, Vic, Australia 910
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Reginald Edward BLACKBURROW [9848] (1873-1952) 909 
         Mother: Margaret THWAITES [9849] (1877-1928) 910 

Spouses and Children
1. *Leslie Theodore WATSON [11734] (10 Jul 1895 -       ) 912 
       Marriage: 20 Mar 1923 - Nyah, Vic, Australia 912
         Status: 


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Reginald Edward BLACKBURROW [9848]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 8 Jul 1873 - Iwerne Minster, Dor, England 909
    Christening: 
          Death: 1 Feb 1952 - Irymple, Vic, Australia 909
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Margaret THWAITES [9849] (26 Jul 1877 - 16 Mar 1928) 910 
       Marriage: 7 Jul 1897 - Mildura, Vic, Australia 910
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mavis Ellen BLACKBURROW  910 [9850] (1901-      )
                2. Edith Anstice BLACKBURROW  8 [6770] (1906-1987)


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Hannah BLACKER [9890]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1867 - Geelong, Vic, Australia 913
    Christening: 
          Death: 1933 - Lismore, Victoria, Australia 914
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Solomon William WATKIN [9889] (1864 - 1926)
       Marriage: 1889 - , Victoria, Australia 915
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mary WATKIN  314 [5685] (1894-1942)


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Private

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. Private
       Children:
                1. Alexander Blackie INGLIS  916 [2176] (1903-1965)


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Ann BLACKMORE [6652]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 24 Aug 1810 - Daventry, Northamptonshire, England 209
    Christening: 26 Dec 1813 - Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England 209
          Death: Sep 1881 - Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England 209
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: John BLACKMORE [9851] (1788-      ) 209 
         Mother: Mrs Sarah BLACKMORE [9852] (1790-      ) 209 

Spouses and Children
1. *David ALLEN [6651] (23 Mar 1811 - Abt Dec 1892)
       Marriage: 1 May 1831 - Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England 209
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sarah ALLEN [6642] (Abt 1844-1879)


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Donald Robert BLACKMORE [2391]

      Sex: M

Spouses and Children
1. *Colleen Mary TEMPLETON [2383]
       Children:
                1. Lucy Phillipa BLACKMORE [2398]
                2. Timothy Robert BLACKMORE [2399]


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John BLACKMORE [9851]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1788 - Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England 209
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Mrs Sarah BLACKMORE [9852] (1790 -       ) 209 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ann BLACKMORE [6652] (1810-1881)


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Lucy Phillipa BLACKMORE [2398]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Donald Robert BLACKMORE [2391] 
         Mother: Colleen Mary TEMPLETON [2383] 


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Mrs Sarah BLACKMORE [9852]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1790 - Daventry, Northamptonshire, England 209
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *John BLACKMORE [9851] (1788 -       ) 209 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ann BLACKMORE [6652] (1810-1881)


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Timothy Robert BLACKMORE [2399]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Donald Robert BLACKMORE [2391] 
         Mother: Colleen Mary TEMPLETON [2383] 


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Veanus Joseph BLACKMORE [12589]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1906
    Christening: 
          Death: 1985
         Burial: 1985 - Ballarat, Vic, Australia 917

Spouses and Children
1. *Jean FAULKNER [530] (1909 - 1998)
       Marriage: 1934 - , Victoria, Australia
         Status: 


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BLACKWELL [6191]

      Sex: U

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Abt 1875
    Christening: 
          Death: Bef 1911
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 919 


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Ada Jane BLACKWELL [1491]



      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Dec Q 1871 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 920,921
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 922
          Death: Mar Q 1936 - , Northamptonshire, England 923
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: 1881, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 22 Back Road, 1891, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 36 Lancaster Road, 1901-1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 919 

Spouses and Children
1. *Albert Ernest WALKER [1568] (Jul 1868 - Aug 1946) 67 
       Marriage: Mar Q 1891 - Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England 924
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. William Alfred WALKER  925 [1569] (1892-1981)
                2. Albert Owen WALKER [6] (1895-1971)
                3. Theresa Kathleen WALKER [1571] (1899-1966)
                4. Thomas Harold E WALKER  926 [1570] (1904-1905)
                5. Grace Winifred WALKER [1572] (1906-1975)

Notes
General:
http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/Villages/people/walker-silver-wed1916.html
Rushden Echo, 28th April 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
Councillor and Mrs. Ernest Walker
Silver Wedding

The Silver Wedding of Councillor and Mrs. Ernest Walker was celebrated on Easter Monday, when a number of Mr. and Mrs. Walker's friends and relatives assembled at their residence, 36 Lancaster-street, to do honour to the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Walker were the recipients of many tangible expressions of felicitations in the shape of handsome articles of silver ware. Councillor Walker is a native of Ringstead, but has resided in the borough for upwards of 40 years, having left his birthplace at a very early age. About ten years ago he was elected, as a Labour member, to the Town Council, in which connection he has done a great deal of useful work, and has earned the high respect and esteem of his colleagues. He has been a member of the Higham Ferrers Boot and Shoe Productive Society for upwards of 16 years. Mrs. Walker is a native of the borough, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blackwell, of Town-yard, both of whom are still living, although advanced in years. Mrs. Walker's father is 76 years of age and her mother 74. Both are natives of the borough, and during the whole of their lives have never resided away from the town of their birth. Mrs. Walker is one of the nurses at the Higham V.A.D. Hospital.

picture Adam Myles BLACKWELL [7941]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Malcolm I BLACKWELL [7937] 
         Mother: Jean SANDERS [7940] 


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Alan Walter Gilbert BLACKWELL [1613]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 927 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Valerie KING [1648]
       Children:
                1. Gregory Alan BLACKWELL [1649]
                2. Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653]


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Alfred BLACKWELL [1295]



      Sex: M
AKA: Alfred BLACK
Individual Information
     Birth Date: 2 Mar 1840 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 928
    Christening: 16 Aug 1840 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 929
          Death: 26 Apr 1917 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 930
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: High Street, 1841, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: Newland Street, 1851, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1861.

Residence: 1861, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1871.

Residence: High Street, 1871, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1881.

Residence: High Street, 1881, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: rivetter, 1891.

Residence: High Street, 1891, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoe rivertter, 1901.

Residence: 73 High Street, 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 12 Town Yard, 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: John BLACKWELL [1319] (Abt 1796-1870) 919 
         Mother: Ruth CLARKE [1318] (Abt 1798-1871) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ann MILLER [1294] (2 Dec 1841 - 12 May 1923) 919 
       Marriage: 25 Dec 1864 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 931
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sarah Jane MILLER BLACKWELL [1488] (1862-1920)
                2. Harry BLACKWELL [1489] (Abt 1866-1943)
                3. William BLACKWELL [1283] (1867-1953)
                4. Emily BLACKWELL  919 [1490] (1869-1958)
                5. Ada Jane BLACKWELL  919 [1491] (1871-1936)
                6. Ralph BLACKWELL [6190] (1873-1879)
                7. BLACKWELL  918 [6191] (Abt 1875-Bef 1911)
                8. Beatrice Annie BLACKWELL  919 [1492] (1878-1961)
                9. Charles Edgar BLACKWELL  919,932 [1493] (1880-1917)

Notes
General:
Christened under the surname Black.

At the 1841 Census, Alfred was living at High Street Higham Ferrers, and in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 census he was still living in High Street, Higham Ferrers. His occupation was given as shoemaker. On the 1911 Census, Alfred and Ann advised that they had 9 children, 2 of whom were deceased. We only had 7 children recorded, however I have since found Ralph's birth and death. The 9th child still has not been identified.

Beatrice, Ada and Ralph were all christened at Higham Ferrers on 19 Aug 1878 according to the Family Search website.

Witnesses to the marriage of Alfred and Ann were Charles Blackwell and Sarah Groom. Presumably Charles Blackwell was Alfred's brother, and Sarah Groom may have been a friend of Ann's as Ann's sister Eliza had married an Andrew Groom. In the same quarter and year of the marriage entry of Ann and Alfred, is the marriage of a Sarah Bethia Groom to a George Childs.

The family apparently kept in touch with their son William's late first wife's family because in 1911, almost 20 years after Evangaline died,her brother Edgar John Adams was staying with Alfred and Anne Blackwell at the time of the census. William had already emigrated to Australia by this time.

The Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 March 1882 page 6
DISASTROUS FIRE AT HIGHAM FERRERS
GREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

On Tuesday Higham Ferrers was the scene of one of the most disastrous fires which have occurred of late years in the county of Northampton, and certainly one of the greatest magnitude that is within the remembrance of "the oldest inhabitant" of the particular locality indicated. "Higham", as most of our readers are aware, is one of those ancient places to be found in Northamptonshire of which it may be said that, if its ancient glory is not altogether departed, its relative influence and position are considerably reduced. Still it is a thriving business town. Practically, it consists of one long street on either side of which the houses for the most part are built in a style of architecture peculiar to a period that to the present generation is somewhat remote. In many cases the dwellings are of old material, covered with thatch, and it is to this fact that the alarming extent of the conflagration of Tuesday is undoubtedly due in the main.

The details we have been enabled to glean show that on the afternoon of Tuesday, about twenty minutes past one o'clock, as a man named Mason was returning, during his dinner hour, from his daily employment at Rushden, he when descending the hill entering the town, observed smoke issuing from the rear of the Swann Inn, an old established hostelry, kept by one Host Kilsby, and situate near the site formerly occupied by the now extinct tollgate, on the west side of the street. Thinking something was wrong, Mason at once made his way to the house, and acquainted its inmates of what he had seen. They, hitherto utterly oblivious of the fact disclosed, immediately made examination of the premises, and discovered that a fire had broken out near the kitchen. Prompt measures were at once taken to extinguish the flames; but, unfortunately, a blustering sou'-wester was blowing hard at the time, and catching hold of the flames, which soon began to leap through the thatch of the building, sent them with startling rapidity in the direction of the adjoining house. This being similarly covered the fire-for it had assumed these proportions in a few minutes-quickly communicated itself, by the aid of the favouring wind, to adjoining houses on the same side of the street, until in a quarter of an hour no less than fourteen adjacent cottages were in flames. The fifteenth house had also a thatched roof, but this, singularly enough, escaped. Not so, however, buildings on the opposite side of the street, as these became ignited from the multitude of sparks which the wind mercilessly drove onto the roofs. Here they soon obtained a firm hold, and by two o'clock -or about three quarters of an hour after the fire was first discovered-there were no less than twenty-five houses on either side on fire, if not roofless. During this time, of course, every effort had been made by the startled inhabitants to check the progress of the flames. Information was conveyed with despatch to the local fire brigade quarters, and their engine, under the command of Captain Shelton, was at the scene of the conflagration by a quarter to two.

The news of the outbreak was also telegraphed to Rushden and Wellingborough. The brigade of the former place, under Captain Foskett, was but a few minutes behind the local team; while the Wellingborough Brigade arrived at a quarter-past two o'clock. Each brigade, in fact, displayed the most commendable promptitude in answering the call of duty; while the Police, under Supt. Baillie, of Wellingborough, were by no means behindhand, and lent valuable aid There being an ample supply of water-thanks to the contents of the moat of the ancient castle, and the numerous wells in the town-the brigades were soon able to get to work in earnest. The scene at this time it is no stretch of imagination to describe as of almost bewildering confusion. The street itself was enveloped in clouds of smoke, so dense in capacity and continuous volume, that many of those who were engaged in the midst of the fire aver that they actually could not see the flames springing from the roofs, though in reality these latter formed a blazing beacon, pointed to the consternation by the inhabitants of Wellingborough and other places for miles around. So rapid, to, did the fire travel from house to house, that, although the furniture of the cottages was hurried pell-mell out of the windows, both upstairs and down, quite indiscriminately, and every possible exertion was made to secure its removal, a very large proportion of it was destroyed by the consuming element; while nearly an equal amount was injured, almost past repair, by the rough handling it received. The density of the smoke before alluded to had one most regrettable effect, it seems that the inhabitants of the houses on the east side of the street, on witnessing the extreme peril in which their neighbours' property was placed, nobly went to their assistance, and it is a fact that while they were helping their friends to subdue the flames and rescue their furniture, their own houses and furniture were at the same time actually being consumed. As an illustration of the intensity of the heat caused by the fire, it may be mentioned that in one of the cottages a couple of fat porkers, weighing some 17 score, which had only been killed the day before, were completely frizzled. Thanks, however, to the united and well-directed exertions of the various brigades, and the welcome assistance of many willing workers, the fire, which at one time it was feared might extend itself to the greater part, if not the whole of the town, was got well under. Still such was the inflammable character of the material the flames had to work upon, that the conflagration was by no means extinguished.

The engines continued for some time playing on the smouldering ruins. Only the bare walls and chimneys of the various dwellings were left standing through the combined effects of the large quantity of water poured upon them and the searching, destructive flames. Shortly after dusk the Wellingborough and Rushden brigades, after doing service which does them every credit, left the town, it being generally believed that what may be termed the remnants of the fire could safely be left to the efforts of the local brigade. The latter, we should add, were most watchful and unsparing in their exertions, members of the brigade being on duty all night for the purpose of extinguishing the flames which, in one cottage after another, fitfully made their appearance for many hours. Fortunately, by these admirable precautions the possibility of a renewed outbreak was prevented.

The fire, it is pretty generally believed, originated in the ignition of one of the huge beams in the interior of the Swan Inn. It is useless to speculate what the fearful consequences might have been had the conflagration occurred during the night; but it may certainly be said it was fortunate it happened just when it did. At that time the male occupants of the houses were at home, it being their dinner hour, and being thus on the spot were able at once to take prompt action for the preservation of their own property and the extinction of the fire. Though the latter was so extensive, it is pleasing to be able to state that no loss of life was caused, although Mr. S. J. Goll, grocer, sustained somewhat serious injuries, and a young girl named Charlotte Bailey had her eye severely burnt.

One of the most praiseworthy, as it is the most gratifying incidents in connection with an event which has rendered so many families homeless, at least in a temporary sense, was the practical sympathy and help shown by all classes, from the highest to the lowest, for the unfortunate sufferers by the fire. Not only did those who possessed them lend their horses and carts for the removal of furniture and the conveyance of water to the engines, but the clergy and principal inhabitants of the town and immediate neighbourhood were present at the fire, aiding, to the best of their ability, in the work of suppressing it. Nor were they lacking when the immediate danger was passed in extending their assistance to the distressed. The houses of many inhabitants were freely thrown open to afford accommodation. Fortunately, however, it was not found necessary to trespass on their good nature to a very great extent, as it so happened that near the destroyed cottages were a number of newly built dwellings, erected by Mr. Thomas Sanders, which that gentleman kindly placed at the disposal of those who needed shelter, and to those many transferred what furniture they had been able to save, and made themselves as comfortable as their altered circumstances would allow. The Rev. E. Templeman allowed the Bede-house to be used for the purpose of storing furniture, while the Mayor (Mr. J. Higgins) lent the Town Hall , and Mr. T. Sanders, his malt-house for the same object.

The Vicar, The Mayor, and other of the better class of inhabitants, were most liberal in their offers of assistance, While Mr. W. Simpson made it his duty to go round in the evening and satisfy himself, on behalf of those kindly disposes persons, that no distress went unrelieved. It was also decided to hold a meeting in the morning of the magistrates and other benevolently disposed people for the purpose of forming a distress fund. In addition to those gentlemen mentioned, others who were at the fire and who offered kindly assistance were the Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, F. U. Sartoris, Esq., Mr. C. Simpson, Mr E. B. Randall, Mr. W. J. Lamb, and many others. The property destroyed, we may add, belonged to the following owners:- The Swan Inn, to Mr Campbell Praed; the two adjoining houses, to Mr. T Saunders; and the remainder to the executors of the Hon. G. Fitzwilliam. The property, we believe, was not insured, nor was any of the cottagers' furniture.
The following is a list of the names of the occupiers of the cottages which have been destroyed:-

. G. Kilsby, wife, six children-lost nearly everything;
Henry Wright, wife and two children;
Charles Flawn and wife;
Mary Miller, infirm widow-lost everything
Alfred Blackwell, wife, and seven children;
Elizabeth Blackwell, widow and four children-lost all clothing and most of furniture;
Charles Groom, wife and two children;
William Mason, wife (recently confined) and seven children;
Mrs Park, widow, her grandson and his wife;
Thomas Pack, wife and one son;
Thomas Denton (who has been seriously ill for the last twelve months), his wife and three children-lost almost everything;
Elizabeth and Eliza Parker, and nephew and niece;
William Pack wife and three children;
William Wagstaff, wife and son-lost his savings, which were considerable;
William Riseley (who has been ill for some years), his wife and two children-lost everything;
William Linnett, wife and eight children;
James Draper, wife and four children;
William Warner, wife and four children-lost everything;
Eli Bailey, wife and seven children-lost almost everything. While Bailey is very ill, and one of his children was removed while suffering from severe illness;
Edward Scholes, niece and two lodgers-lost everything;
George Parker, daughter, her husband and two children-lost a lot of machine closer's work, entrusted to him to make up for a London firm for whom he worked;
Allen Draper, wife and three children;
Mrs Perkins and her brother (in one part of the house), with John Mayes, wife and four children (in other part), one of the latter very ill-reported loss of 40 cash in house;
Thomas Randall, wife and four children-lost everything;
Sarah Kingston, widow, with orphan niece and nephew-lost everything.

Tuesday night, which proved a very boisterous one, passed without any alarm being given of another outbreak. When morning dawned, the suns bright rays showed with remarkable clearness, the outlines of the smouldering ruins which the fire had caused. A very high wind was blowing, and by many it was feared some of the chimneys, which were exposed with but treacherous support, might be blown down. Up to noon, however, no such thing had occurred. The families who had occupied the houses passed the night fairly well, and were visited this morning by Dr. and Mrs. Crewe, who were solicitous in their inquiries as to the health of the unfortunate people, and careful to observe that the necessitous were duly provided for. The occupants of the houses we may state were a thrifty class. They paid comparatively low rents, but expended considerable sums in improving the property. The losses of some are serious. Thus G. Parker, it is estimated, has suffered to the extent of some 200, a new workshop he had built having been destroyed, together with a large quantity of work he had finished for a London firm, besides the damage to his machine.

James Pack, Charles Groom, too, are others who have also lost what to them is no small sum in the improvements and additions they had made to the premises they occupied. We have remarked above the readiness of the inhabitants generally to assist in extinguishing the fire; but an instance of another kind has been mentioned. It is stated-on authority which is beyond question-that as a number of men were unconcernedly looking on at the conflagration, Mrs. Templeman inquired of them whether they were not going to assist in subduing the flames. The answer returned was "who's to pay"? Whereupon the vicar's good lady, remaking that a woman could show a man how to work, took her stand among the ranks of bucket-passers, and did her best to help stop the progress of the fire and at the same time stimulating others to do the same by her example. This instance, however, it is but just to state, is the only one in which we heard of any one showing an unwillingness to give their assistance.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT
"A Rushden Clicker" sends the following account:- At one o'clock everything was as usual, the weather was fine but it was very windy. When Mr. Nicholls's men were going back to work after dinner, at half past one, some of them noticed the roof of the Swan Inn smoking. Dr. Crewe, who was also passing at the time, smelt a strong smell of burning, and went in to inquire if anything was on fire. The thatch then commenced to flare, and although it was then only about as large as a man's hand, the wind soon puffed it into a strong blaze, and in ten minutes the roofs of about fifteen houses on the one side of the street and twelve on the other were all in flames. I had finished my dinner, and was just thinking of getting ready to go back to work, when we heart there was a fire at Higham. I sent out directly, and got there about twenty minutes to two, just when the fire was at it eight. I never saw such a big fire in all my life. As far as one could see through the smoke, on both sides of the street, the houses were all one blaze of light. Men were halloaing, women were crying, children screaming, the fire roaring, and the roofs of the houses falling in one after the other. Rushden fire engine soon put in an appearance, and in a minute or two both Rushden and Higham engines were in full swing. Everybody in Higham, and most people in Rushden and the adjoining places, where the news was carried to, gave up work for the day, so there was no lack of hands to work the engines; and when the Wellingborough Brigade appeared upon the scene the place was crowded.

The women who were not employed in removing their own or their neighbours' property, turned out to help the men in handing buckets of water to supplement the efforts of the firemen. Right up the street there was a double line; the men on the one side handing the buckets of water to the scene of action, and the women on the other returning them to be replenished hand to hand. After the fire had been got under the place presented a pitiable scene in the extreme. Twenty seven houses, which two hours before were happy homes, were now completely gutted; while the occupants, some of whom have lost their little all, were turned out into the cold March wind without a place to call their own. One man had only saved his shirt and trousers, while his wife and children had only what they stood upright in. One poor woman, who was confined the day before, had to be taken from her bed and removed to a place of safety. At the Swan Inn there was about forty bushels of potatoes, which were all really "roasted"; and immediately opposite, two pigs that had been killed in the morning met the same fate.

A DISTRESS FUND FORMED
A public meeting was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday morning, for the purpose of establishing a fund for the relief of the distress caused by the disastrous fire. There was a good attendance, and a noteworthy fact was that several gentlemen were present from neighbouring villages. The Mayor (Mr. W. J. Higgins) was voted to the chair, and among those in attendance were the Rev. E. Templeman, Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, F. U. Sartoris, Esq., Mr. Campbell Praed, Spencer Pratt, Esq., Mr. Wetenhall (Stanwick), Mr. W. A. Pope (Stanwick), Mr. H. Packwood (Rushden), Dr. Crewe, Mr. Thompson, Mr. W. Simpson (deputy recorder), Mr. J. Saunderson, Mr. C. Simpson, Mr. E. B. Randall, Mr. S. Whyman, Mr. J. Lamb, Mr. G. Shelton, Mr. H. Saunders, Mr. T. Saunders, Mr. A. Groom, Mr. W. Spong, Mr. J. Spicer, Mr. J. Sargeant, Mr. B. Flintham, Mr. C. Parker, Mr. F Turner, Mr. S. J. Joll, &c.-The Mayor explained that the object of the meeting was to take into consideration what relief could be given to the sufferers through the destructive fire of the day before. That the case was one of the greatest urgency he need not say, and he therefore hoped, as many gentlemen were present, speakers would be brief in their remarks, so that they might commence their task in earnest, with as little delay as possible.-Rev. E. Templeman remarked that the ruined walls and roofless cottages spoke more eloquently than any words of their own in support of the object they had met to promote. There had been a great calamity in the place, and their object was to remedy the distress and suffering it had caused as well as they possibly could.

With this end in view, he proposed "that the following committee be appointed for collecting and administering the funds for the relief of the sufferers by the fire of yesterday, with the power to add to their number:- The Mayor, Mr. W> Simpson, Mr. E. B. Randall, Mr. G. Shelton and Mr. T. Saunders; and that the following ladies be asked to assist the committee in its work, viz:- Mrs. Templeman, the Mayoress, Mrs. Simpson, and Mrs. Crewe." The rev. gentleman went on to say that he did not think they could decide exactly what had to be done at the present moment, as it would be necessary for them to go minutely into the circumstances of the persons who had suffered from the fire. One thing was quite certain-they would want money, but how much they did not know. In such a position it was only natural they should look for some assistance to a gentleman, who, directly he received the news announcing that the town was on fire, ordered a special train, and arrived on the spot with the greatest promptitude. (Hear, hear) He referred, of course, to the Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam (applause), who represented the owners of nearly the whole of the property in Higham Ferrers. They were quite willing to do their part in carrying out the details of the work, but they must look to him to help them peculiarity in the matter. He (the speaker) had brought a bag with him in which to receive contributions, and had placed in it as his humble subscription to the Distress Fund.-Mr. W Lamb seconded the motion.- Mr. F. U. Sartoris read a letter he had received from Captain Arkwright, stating his regret at being unable to attend, and his willingness to help the fund which was being formed.-Mr. Campbell Praed wished to know if the losers by the fire were to be fully compensated, or only temporarily relieved?-Rev. E. Templeman said he did not think they could undertake to compensate all fully; but that would depend upon the amount of money subscribed.-Mr. Praed supposed, then, that any one who was not in impoverished circumstances would not be compensated.-Rev. E. Templeman replied that the fund was purely a charity .-Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam observed that any compensation that was given would depend on the amount raised. If they were able to place the people in the position they occupied before the fire, they would be only too pleased to do so; but to do that it would be necessary to raise a considerable sum. As far as the Fitzwilliam property was concerned, he was not in a position yet to state what would be done, but he was sure the Marquis of Bristol (one of the trustees of the estate) would be glad to meet the matter in a liberal way. (Hear, hear) He had no authority to pledge the Marquis, as he had not had an opportunity of communicating with him. He would, however, write him that night, and communicate his answer to the Mayor as soon as he could. (Hear, hear)- Mr. F. U. Sartoris suggested the advisability of those present guaranteeing a sum of or so that the committee might draw at once and proceed with their work of relieving the distressed.

The only doubt in his mind was whether they should do this, or put their names down for a definite sum at once. In any case, however, he thought an appeal might be made to the neighbouring villages for assistance. (Hear, hear)-Rev. E. Templeman said his idea was that they would require money at once, and that was the reason he hoped they would subscribe something at once.- Mr. W. Simpson said it was absolutely essential the committee should have funds at once. There were many cases in which the people were absolutely destitute. They had nothing whatever but what they stood upright in, and therefore the committee, to be of any service, should have funds at its disposal at once. (Hear, hear) As to how far the compensation would go, that was a matter which could only be decided when the committee knew what funds they had to dispose of. The previous evening he had spent several hours in ascertaining what the loss the people affected by the fire had sustained, and he discovered that they had saved very little indeed, and but a very few had saved anything considerable out of what they had. Therefore, he believed they would require a large sum, but he did not despair of seeing it raised. The people of Higham Ferrers were quite prepared to do their duty in the matter, and he did not think it would appeal to others who lived in the county to help them in vain. That this expectation would in all probability be fulfilled was strengthened by the fact that several gentlemen from neighbouring villages were present at that meeting to show their practical interest in the matter in hand. This disaster was too great for Higham to cope with alone and unaided, but they had every confidence in the liberality of outside people.

The speaker (who, we should explain kindly acted as secretary,) then invited gentlemen to subscribe, observing that no doubt the Corporation would like to contribute something.-The resolution having been carried, alderman Randall proposed, and Alderman Saunderson seconded, that be paid out of the Corporation Fund towards the list of subscriptions.-This having been agreed to, the subscription list was circulated, and after a short interval showed a total amount subscribed in the room of The chief contributors were:-The Corporation Mr. Campbell Praed, Mr. F. W. Sartoris, the Mayor Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, Mr. W. A. and Mrs. Pope 10 each; Mr. Wetenhall, Mr. Spencer Pratt, Rev. E. Templeman, Messrs. Ward and Sheffield (Earl's Barton), names of the Rev. E Templeman, Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, and Mr. Campbell Praed were added to the committee; and, on the motion of the Chairman, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the gentlemen who had so liberally responded to the appeal which had been made.-Mr. H. Packwood (Rushden) suggested that the religious bodies of the neighbouring villages of Raunds, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Rushden and Wellingborough should be asked to allow collections at their services in aid of the Distress Fund. He felt certain there were any comparatively poor people who would be glad to show their sympathy to the distressed by subscribing their pence or their sixpences; and speaking for his own little place (the Union Church), he could say they would be only too pleased to have one, or even two collections in aid of the fund next Sunday. (Hear, hear)-On the motion of the Rev. E. Templeman, seconded by Mr. F. Turner, a hearty vote of thanks was conveyed to the Mayor for presiding, and the proceedings terminated.-Subsequently the committee met and requested the ladies to visit the distressed during the day and relieve the cases of necessity. In the evening another meeting was held in order to take the various cases into consideration.

Rushden Echo, 27th April 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. Alfred Blackwell

The Death took place yesterday morning at 3 o'clock of a well-known resident of Higham Ferrers in the person of Mr. Alfred Blackwell, aged 77, of Town Yard. Mr Blackwell was seized with a stroke a week last Sunday and was only conscious at intervals up to the time of his end, which was very peaceful. Deceased, who was a native of Higham Ferrers and was a beadsman six or seven years ago, leaves a widow, aged 75, four daughters and three sons, 28 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon and the service will be conducted at the cemetery. One son is in Australia, and one is in the Tyneside Scottish Regt., serving in France.

picture Amy BLACKWELL [7909]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Richard John BLACKWELL [7908] 
         Mother: 


picture
Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Alan Walter Gilbert BLACKWELL [1613] 
         Mother: Valerie KING [1648] 

Spouses and Children
1. *Jolanda STOKKEL [1654]
       Children:
                1. Sean BLACKWELL [1655]
                2. Natasha BLACKWELL [1854]
                3. Brody BLACKWELL [1853]


picture
Andrew Robert BLACKWELL [1665]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Robert Eric BLACKWELL [1617] (1941-2015) 
         Mother: Maria Joanne VUGGS [1664] 


picture
Annie BLACKWELL [4430]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Mar Q 1888 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 933
    Christening: 
          Death: 1969 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 934
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934) 
         Mother: Sarah KNIGHT [4427] (1863-1910) 935 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ernest DICKERSON [7560] (       -       ) 929 
       Marriage: 5 Aug 1911 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 929
         Status: 

Notes
General:
http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/genealogy/registers/methcircuitm-1865-1915.html
Rushden Research
37 Ernest DICKERSON 25 B shoe machine pressman College Street Irthlingborough George shoe hand &
37 Annie BLACKWELL 23 S 88 High Street Irthlingborough Herbert Charles boot operative R 05 Aug 1911

picture Arthur BLACKWELL [4431]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 26 Feb 1892 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 933,936,937
    Christening: 
          Death: 20 Apr 1969 - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada 936
         Burial: in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada 936

Events

Residence: 31 Mar 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 2 Town Yard, 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934) 
         Mother: Sarah KNIGHT [4427] (1863-1910) 935 

Spouses and Children
1. *Florence Patience LINE [10719] (6 Feb 1892 - 28 Sep 1983) 936 
       Marriage: 12 Sep 1914 - Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada 936
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Hilda Frances BLACKWELL  936 [10720] (1915-1996)
                2. Kenneth Roy BLACKWELL  936 [10721] (1920-2006)

Notes
General:
Arthur immigrated to Canada on 18 April 1913, where he married Florence Patience Line who was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

picture Barry Carlyle BLACKWELL [1624]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Paul Carlisle BLACKWELL [1553] (1920-2006) 
         Mother: Alma Rose DAWES [1554] (1923-2004) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Stasi Bernadette KATKEVICIUS [1683]
       Children:
                1. Russell John BLACKWELL [1684]
                2. Mark Anthony BLACKWELL [1685]


picture
Barry Charles BLACKWELL [7901]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1942
    Christening: 
          Death: 2012 - , , England 112
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Victor Charles Henry BLACKWELL [7899] (1916-1988) 112 
         Mother: Nellie SHERWOOD [7914] (1915-2002) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Susan ABBOTT [7903]
       Children:
                1. Jocelyn E BLACKWELL [7904]
                2. Ian D BLACKWELL [7905]

2. Kathleen A MEANWELL [7906]
       Children:
                1. Claire Louise BLACKWELL [7907]


picture
Beatrice Annie BLACKWELL [1492]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 23 Feb 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 938
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 939
          Death: 17 Nov 1961 - Chester, Cheshire, England 940
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: Railway Cottage, 1901, Lamport, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 116 Dee View,, 1911, Oakenholt, Flintshire, England. (Occupant)

Residence: 71 St Marks Road, 1939, Chester, Cheshire, England.

Residence: 71 St Marks Road, 1961, Saltney, Flintshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 919 

Spouses and Children
1. *Joe TEBBUTT [7519] (Abt 1877 - 17 Nov 1951)
       Marriage: 11 Feb 1901 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 941,942
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ralph Joseph TEBBUTT [7520] (1904-1976)
                2. Ivy Beatrice TEBBUTT [7526] (1911-1982)

Notes
General:
Joe and Beatrice were married in the Parish Church according to the rights and ceremonies of the Established Church by T W Pritchard, Assistant Curate. Witnesses to the marriage were Harry Blackwell and Alice Tebbutt. Joe's address was given as Lamport at the time of his marriage and his occupation was given as signalman. His father was Thomas Tebbutt, a currier.

At her death, Beatrice was a widow living at Saltney, Chester. Probate was granted in 1962 to Robert Hayes William Simon, retired Bakers manager. Her estate was valued ad 1094 7s.

It would appear that she died 10 years to the day after the death of her husband Joe.


picture Bertha Davy BLACKWELL [1486]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Mar Q 1872 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 943,944
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 945
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: High Street, 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Charles BLACKWELL [1481] (Abt 1835-1866) (Relationship: not biological )
         Mother: Elizabeth PARKER [1482] (Abt 1834-After 1911) 
         Father: UNKNOWN [12466] 
         Mother: Elizabeth PARKER [1482] (Abt 1834-After 1911) 

Notes
General:
Probably married Frederick Joseph Pashler in 1904 Higham Ferrers and had two children
1 Cyril Frederick Pashler b. 1904 Rushden, died Q Dec 1918 and
2 Howard Owen Pashler b. Sept 1906 Wellingborough d. Sep 1906 Wellingborough.

Frederick Joseph Pashler was born in 1872 and served in the Royal Army Medical Corp in WW1 and died on 25 November 1918 in England.

Bertha Pashler died in Wellingborough in 1951

picture Beryl Edyth Ethel BLACKWELL [1614]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 927 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Donald Frederick CAMPBELL [1656] (25 Apr 1937 - 11 Oct 2021)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Belinda Louise CAMPBELL [1657]
                2. Sheridan Lisa CAMPBELL [1658]
                3. Glenn Donald CAMPBELL [1659]


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Beverley Doris BLACKWELL [1619]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Eric William BLACKWELL [1551] (1916-1990) 946 
         Mother: Lilian May GORRIE [1552] (1913-1993) 

Spouses and Children
1. *John Charles OCCLESHAW [1671]
       Children:
                1. Tracey Lee OCCLESHAW [1672]
                2. Anthony Richard OCCLESHAW [1674]
                3. Adam John OCCLESHAW [1675]


picture
Brody BLACKWELL [1853]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653] 
         Mother: Jolanda STOKKEL [1654] 

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