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A Gallery of Some of My Relatives

This page is devoted to photos of relatives I have met as a result of my family research activities. Watch for regular additions.
 
 


Jean (Farrier) Maynard

Jean and I first made contact when I had a request about a Dover area relative published in the Dover Express. Jean sent me a note to say that she was not a relative but had papers (photos, letters etc) about a Marsh family in which I might be interested. I asked Jean about her own Marsh connections and it was immediately apparent that she was a 3rd cousin. We have since visited each other in England and Canada. There is no known connection to the family in the papers.

This photo shows Jean and husband Ted with their daughter Carolyn and her husband Terence. The photo was taken in January 2001 at Canterbury Cathedral when Carolyn received her Diploma of Higher Education in Professional Practice - Nursing.

Sadly, Jean passed away 12 May 2001
 
 


Sue (Stanner) Holden

Sue shown on the extreme right in the picture is a 7th cousin. What a great help she has been in researching the Wingham branch of the Marsh family! We are still trying to resolve a few questions. Also pictured, from left to right, are Sue's sister Jill and her husband Peter Peacock; Mollie Stanner, widow of Tony Stanner, Sue's brother; and Sue's husband David.
 
 

John Holliday

John and I enjoy a multiple relationship - we are 5th cousins through common ancestor Clement Court, 1742, and 5c 1r through common ancestor John Marsh,1711. John has been very active building a web of the relationships between his various ancestral familes; perhaps he will find other ways in which we are connected.

John is a true Man of Kent, with 95% of his known ancestors coming from that small part of Kent bounded by Margate, Canterbury and Hythe. He however left Ramsgate and Kent at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, never to return. He spent a lifetime in National Health Service administration and now fills his leisure hours in tracing ever more of his ancestors and water-colour painting. His proudest "find" was a 5xgt grandfather, John Reynolds, a yeoman farmer of Adisham, whose pioneering achievements included the introduction of the swede* into the UK and whose many voluminous letters to the Royal Society of Arts are still stored in the archives.
*Swede - Swedish turnip - Rutabaga.
 
 


The Three Nightingales

Violet, Winifred and Eunice, 1eft to right in the picture, daughters of William Nightingale, are related to me as 6th cousins. All are now widows and live in England, Canada and Australia respectively. As you may guess from the picture they all smile readily and love to laugh. The picture was taken in 2000 when sisters Violet and Eunice came to visit Winifred after she was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, after treatment, the cancer has been declared in remission for five months now -May 2001.Eunice is the family genealogist with whom I made contact in 1995 and through her I learned that Winifred lives just 60 miles from me here in Canada. My first meeting with them was last year when the picture was taken. However, Violet and Eunice are due back for another visit with Winifred, arriving at Ottawa 31 May 2001 when we will all meet up again.

In 1994 Eunice published a book based on the memoirs of her hus band, Dick McBride. The book gives the reader an exciting glimpse of life in the Australian outback, starting with the arrival in Australia in 1856 of Dick's great grandfather Robert James Martin McBride. A fitting tribute to a fine family.

The three girls share a relatively close relationship with John Holliday above, that of 3c 1r. This relationship is illustrated below.
John->Alfred->William->Rebecca Marsh->Henry Marsh,1773
Win,Eun & Vio->William->William->Esther Norris->Ursula Marsh->Henry Marsh,1773

Winifred finally lost her fight with cancer at 2.00am 6 Nov 2001 in hospital at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. At her bedside were two of her sisters, Violet and Mary, both from England. The funeral was held Thursday 8 Nov and was largely attended by members of the Royal Canadian Legion, of which 'Winnie' was a life member. She was dearly loved and her many friends will feel her loss deeply.
 
 


Robin Marsh

The accompanying picture shows, left to right, daughter Suzanne, wife Jean, daughter Lisa and Robin Marsh. Robin is a retired firefighter and owns an impressive collection of model fire engines and other firefighting memorabilia.

Jean is the family genealogist and I first made contact with her in 1992. Over the years we assisted each other and others, but did not find a connection between Robin and I until March 1999. Robin and I are 6th cousins.
 

Colin James Marsh

I chose the above picture of Colin and his wife Pat because it was taken in the Canadaian Rockies. Colin was born 1946 into a coal-mining family in the Tilmanstone area of Kent. He did not follow a career in the coal mines, but joined the army in 1964 and saw service in Germany and Ireland. After leaving the army Colin served with the Kent County Constabulary and was retired in 1993 due to injuries. Another career change, this time to computers. Colin is now living in Wales with his wife Pat and works with computers for the Defence Industry.

Colin is related to me as a 5th cousin, our common ancestor being Abraham Marsh,1747-1838.
 
 

Ron Howland

The photo shows Ron, his wife Muriel and son Mike. Ron was born in 1938 and is related to Bill Marsh as a 5c 1r. Ron first made contact with Bill in1998 through the Kent Family History Society (KFHS). We soon discovered that we both had Fagg connections. Although to date our Fagg lines have not come together, we have been able to help each other with our Fagg research. Ron has also been very helpful in digging up much Marsh information as he searches through parish registers at the Canterbury Archives. Ron says "I have to thank my good lady, wife Muriel, for allowing me so much time in the Archives and my son Michael for being my link with Bill before I had my own PC." Ron's principal research interest is in his Howland family in Kent, which, as of December 2001, he has traced back to c1600.

An interesting coincidence occurred many years back when my brother Ernest started researching the Marsh family. In searching for the birth certificate of our grandfather, John Marsh, he came up with one for John Marsh s/o John Marsh and Mary Fox. This was eventually discovered to be incorrect when we learned that our great grandparents were John Marsh and Mary Ann Care. The interesting point is that John Marsh and Mary Fox are the great grandparents of Ron.
 
 


Vera (Pace) Beer

Vera, 90 on 3 Mar 2001, a first cousin once removed, is shown here on her birthday with her daughter Marian and son Kenneth. I visited Vera some years ago in her home, she has a wonderful collection of old family photos. Vera's mother, Eleanor, was the youngest daughter of my gt grandparents, John Marsh and Mary Ann Care. Eleanor cared for Mary Ann in her old age.

Roger Marsh

I like this picture, because of its light-hearted nature. Roger and his wife Pat are all dolled up at a fancy-dress party.

I made contact with Roger through "Friends Reunited," a Web site devoted to bringing old school and work chums together, see my links page. Although born 20 years and many miles apart, he in Tunbridge Wells, 1943, and I in South Norwood, 1923, we both attended St Martins C of E School in Dorking, Surrey. When I saw Roger's name on that list I contacted him curious to know more, because I could not recall another Marsh family in the area before I left in 1948 - Roger arrived there in 1951. After a couple of exchanges, it was determined that we were 5th cousins, both descended from thatchers named George and our common ancestors being Abraham Marsh and Elizabeth Prier. Never leave a stone unturned in your search for relatives!

After a career in the National Health Service (NHS), Roger is now semi-retired with a small counselling/psychotherapy practice in Wiltshire. Roger is active with the Devizes branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) - he runs an art appreciation group and a philosophy group; also, he is a member of a discussion group and a sketching group. Roger likes to paint and draw in a small studio in his garden. Roger's wife Pat, a retired Casualty sister, also is active with the U3A, running a dining-out group - a good excuse for visits to various pubs and restaurants. A real busy couple!



Keith Marsh

Compare Keith's photo with the one above it of Roger. The likeness between the two has been pointed out by Keith's sister-in-law Jean, wife of Robin Marsh shown in an earlier picture. Keith is related to Roger as a 6th cousin; he is also related to me as a 6th cousin. Keith is a chef on the Isle of Wight and plays guitar in Country and Western bands during the holiday season.