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Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Today I'm sharing another layout using the Golden Grove paper collection by Kaisercraft, again I made this while at the Merly Impressions retreat a few weeks ago. 

A little family history - although we are now not sure of the link, so I am doing more family history research to see if I can find out. I was sent some information and these photos of Emma a while ago. She is a very distant relative, but I loved the photos and thought they deserved a place in my family history scrapbook.

In addition to the Golden Grove papers I used some Kaisercraft chipboard letters, coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and protected and made shiny with Gossy Accents.
I used a length of antique lace to complement the lace collar worn by Emma in the photo. I tied some yellow jute twine around the layout and over the lace. The clusters of flowers are from my stash with cardstock swirls cut using a Kaisercraft die.

The journalling will have to go on the back as there is a lot of it! Here is a very short summery of Emma's history as we know it so far (please skip this bit if not your thing!):

(Stepdaughter of first cousin x 4 removed)

Emma born on 22nd May to Mary Ann Goldfinch in Eastry Union Workhouse near Deal. Her mother married William Thomas Valentine Stokes (who is thought to be Emma's father) on 29th September 1850 at Northbourne, Kent.
In the 1951 Census Emma is listed as a pauper and still in the workhouse.
By 1861 Emma calls herself Emma Stokes and has left the workhouse to act as nurse to the family of Captain Richard Hanford (they have a small baby and 4 other children) and he is a Captain in the 7th Royal Fusiliers.
Emma marries George Tandy (1841-1881) a Private in the 7th Royal Fusiliers, on 22nd Nov 1864 in Deal Parish Church, and has her first child - George James Tandy 1865.
Her daughter Ellen Emma Tandy is born in 1867. Then Emma has two more sons, Charles Daniel in 1868 and  Joseph in 1870, by now she is in Dorset, at the Anglesea Barracks, Portsmouth.
Two more daughters follow - Annie in 1872 and Esther Mary in 1873 both born in Dorset. Then Harry was born in 1875 in Colchester and Louisa in 1878 in Dublin followed by Ada Charlotte in Cork in 1880.
By the time of the 1881 Census the family are in Pembroke and George Tandy died there in the same year.
Emma marries George Dawsonalso a Private in the 7th Fusiliers, on 24th July 1883 in Hounslow, Middlesex. The couple had one child in 1885, named Frederick Thomas George.
By 1901 Emma and George are in London, living in Hanover Square.
Emma is a widow by the 1911 Census and lives with her daughter Ada in Hownslow.
In 1924 Emma is living with another daughter, this time Ellen, still in Hownslow.

In 1934 Emma died in Hownslow at the age of 89.

Thanks for reading
Lynn x

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