Hi Joy, You are the first relative I have found since starting to look into the family history about 8 years ago.
My Grandmother Polly, went out to live with May and Marion in the early 1970's and stayed quite a long time before coming back to England. She lived in Skegness, near my parents, until she died in 1975. My mother went out to BC for a month or two as well. I have lots of photos of their visits. I visited May (she liked to call herself Lois in Vancouver) on Vancouver Island in Jun 1988 but Marion asked that I not go to see her. Marion had a few problems as you probably know. May died in Coquitlan, BC on 22 Dec 1998. I have Marion's contact details (from 2000) if you want to contact her.
I am confused that we seem to have different Great-Grandparents. Looking at the certificates I have for Polly, I noticed that the date on her birth certificate is different to the date my father gave as her birth when he registered her death. That could mean that I have the cerificate for the wrong Mary HALLAM. It would help if I could find Reuben's birth certificate to compare their parentage. I will have to go back and look for another Mary Ann Hallam born 6 months later than the one I have. It makes sense that my mother was born at your Grandmother's house as M (Marther) HALLAM was present and registered the birth. Arthur Dyson was away at the War at the time.
Can you let me know Rueben's Dates?
Aunty Pat (Patsy) had twin sons with very red hair. I think there was another son called Dennis ? The twins would be in their 70's now. Did you know them?
The house I stayed in (Uncle Jack's ?) was one of a pair of cottages. Jack was on the left side and his parents in the cottage on the right. The houses were approached down a country lane and through some big gates. Possible a railway crossing. There was a walled orchard on the left and out back were chickens and greenhouses growing tomatos. The train track we used to go to at night was out over the cornfields and must have been the main line because the trains went by at great speed with fire and sparks flying everywhere.
My mother was Polly's oldest girl. She was a nurse and met my father in a hospital. They married twice (to each other). The first time in secret at Mansfield Regitry Office then again a year later in Mansfield Parish Church when I presume the families were invited. I'm not sure how legal the second one was because they told the vicar they were single; but the first one was safe. My father was Eric CRESSWELL. They lived in Nottingham until 1953 when we moved to the seaside in Skegness.
I have a couple of old photo's I will try and copy and email to you. One is of my mother being held by her Grandmother, another of a couple facing the camera but I do not know who they are. I suspect they may be Polly's parents so you might recognise them. I also have a photo taken at my christening with May and Tommy BYRNE standing by.
Let me know those dates and I will go to the library and search out the certificates.
Best regards, John
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