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Re: Thomas Morrison Fairclough, Mile End, London, Eng
Posted by: Christopher Calcutt (ID *****8800) Date: October 05, 2010 at 08:30:40
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Morrison Fairclough, Mile End, London, Eng by Stephen Lally of 199

Dear Stephen,
How fascinating. Yes, Morrison was my great grandfather. Sadly I do not know very much about their personal life, having concentrated my research more on the previous generations.
I have no photos of Ellesmere (Holmesdale Road, Richmond)although I have photos of Mr & Mrs F and their children taken at that time and of their next house called Courtlands. Courtlands was certainly redeveloped later and there is no Ellesmere in that street now.
The transport firm that Morrison ran was called T M Fairclough & Sons and was then based at 10 Christian Street in east London. It had been founded by his great uncle and it continued until transport was nationalised by the labour government after the war. Of course it started with horses, moved onto steam and finally modern lorries.
Supposedly the families first big break was when they got the contract to move the Crystal Palace after the Great Exhibition.
Morrison was born in 1846 and died in 1919. Emma Constance McClean was born in 1859 in Georgetown, Barbados. Her father, whose family had been there for 4 generations, died when she was only 4. Emma and her mother,Emma Jane Lillywhite (daughter of a miller in Neatham, Hampshire)moved back to England where she married another McClean, presumably a cousin and probably for convenience as there were no more children.
When your grandmother left in 1901 the Faircloughs' children were
Dorothy Constance (my grandmother) 1885-1980
Guy Thomas Morrison 1887-1961
Phyllis Mary 1890-1952
Marjory Vera 1894-1978

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