Issue 31

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Heather Rosine Eveleigh (1935 - 1990) was the granddaughter of William Stentiford and Emma Mogford. We met this family briefly in Issue 14 when Janet Hiscocks introduced us to her "Uncle Bill" in an article about the Stentifords of Zeal Monachorum. Reg Hubber, who was married to Heather Eveleigh for over 30 years, made contact after reading that article. Two nice things have happened since: Janet has been able to make contact with Daphne Oram (William Stentiford's granddaughter) and has shared with her lots of information about her family and Reg Hubber has filled in many gaps by writing his late wife's family history. Roy Hewitt has added a memorial as a tribute to the only son of William and Emma who died in the First World War when he was only 20.

Our second article in this Issue comes from Doreen Norton who has been helping to track down ancestors of Debbi Maenhout and Melissa Holmquist. Not all the material needed to complete a family history is available on websites and in spite of working very hard over the years and making a visit to England to do more work, Debbi and Melissa still had gaps in what they knew about their ancestors - the Kellard family. Doreen has been searching in the Portsmouth area on their behalf and has been able to add more information, taking on a new role as a "house detective" in the process.

Descended from a Mary Ann Stentiford from Dock, the Kellards kept alive the name Stentiford, or Stenteford as they sometimes spelt it, for many years, using it as a middle name and even as a name for their house at one time. Doreen has provided us with a fascinating glimpse into the lives lived by British naval personnel and their families in the past, moving house at very little notice and crossing the globe to ensure that Britain really did rule - not just the waves - but the entire British Empire as well.

And finally - do you remember Geoff Ledden's collection of epitaphs ("Passing thoughts" in Issue 28)?  Well, here's another gravestone from him ! Thank you, Geoff.

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard


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William Stentiford and Emma Mogford

James Thomas William Stentiford Kellard


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