I started to research my family tree in 1995 after my Mum died. It helped me come to terms with her loss. Over the years it has grown into a near obsession, I can't get enough information about all of my ancestors. It is such a fascinating hobby, finding out about family life before our own! I wish I could concentrate on one name, but I am too eager to find out about all my ancestors! Unfortunately I do not have as much time to devote to it as I would like, as I work full time in a school, have a husband and two young adults to mother(!!) and run the home as well.
Some of the names that appear on my tree are:
Applegate, Bishop, Branton, Chapman, Doe, Ewell, Goozee, Hutton, Mackelden, McLeod, Morris, Tidd, Wakefield.
My tree is full of unknown dates but I am working on this by visiting the PRO in London.
Update January 2000
I have been lucky over the past few weeks to make contact with two people who have helped me with my Mackelden's and Applegates.
Having discovered that Elizabeth Mackelden was registered using her mother's maiden name of Attaway (as she was born out of wedlock) and that she was christened on the same day as her brother (a Mackelden) I have been able to prove that my Mackelden's are the same branch as those belonging to Karen Palin who has researched the family back to Thomas born 1795. Thank you Karen!
The other person I made contact with via the Wiltshire family History Society. We have a positive link with the Applegate branch of the family. Many thanks to Adrian & Katie Targett for sharing their information with me.
My next line of investigation is the Wakefield branch. I have them back to Charles Saffery Wakefield and Phoebe Wade who had Charles Theodore in 1855.
Any Wakefield contact would be appreciated!
Update February 2000
This is what it's all about!I have brought together two members of the Goozee line who, unknowingly, are living a mile apart. Their forebears emigrated to the States many years apart and knew nothing of the others existence until I was contacted through the internet by Carol and found out where she lived. My father's cousin Joyce Branton and Carol Dugger have since met up (which is more than I have done!).
I have also found a very interesting article regarding the death of my great great granmother Ann Applegate in 1876. You can read it by clicking the link below.
Update May 2000
I have been in touch with Jean Smeeton, who, together with her distant cousin, has spent many, many years researching the Goozees. I would like to thank them both for all their effort and for sharing it with me.
Over the past year I have had many contacts from people researching the same names as myself. But one of the most exciting is finding my second cousin, Grant, living in Canada. He searched the web for the name Wakefield and found my site. After contacting me and extracting as many memories as he could from his father we have confirmed our connection. We do have a mystery to unravel, but hey, that's what it's all about!!
Also Helen from Australia has contacted me regarding the Applegate branch and again it looks like we could be second or is it third cousins!!
A very big thank you to both of you!
I have also found a lot more dates to fill in some of the unknowns on my tree so if in doubt please email me to check.
Having spent a wonderful day in Westbury Wiltshire, retracing Applegate footsteps I would like to thank (rather belated sorry!)Adrian and Katie Targett for all their help with my Applegate research.
Time flies when you're having fun. Unfortunately I've been really busy at work and in the home so I've had very little time for family history. Thank you to everyone who has written to me with possible matches. Many thanks to John Mackelden who has sent me a large branch to add to my Mackeldens.
- Richard Wakefield (121 KB)
My Grandfather off to watch the cricket at the Oval. Probably about 1925.
- Jesse & Evelyn Applegate (nee Chapman) (63 KB)
1st September 1923
- Dick Wakefield (268 KB)
My dad, not sure when it was taken, maybe around 1925, looking very handsome!
- Dick and Joan Wakefield's Wedding Group (226 KB)
Richard Wakefield, Maurice Applegate, Eugenie Louise Wakefield (nee Goozee),Dick and Joan, Nancy, Evelyn Applegate, Jesse Applegate
22nd September 1950 at Bramston Road Harlesden NW London
- Jesse Applegate (Jnr) as a baby (33 KB)
He made a very pretty picture! He was born 22nd July 1897.
- Eugenie Louise Goozee and baby Ivy (80 KB)
Eugenie Louise Goozee with baby Ivy who died aged three. Taken in 1921.
- Dick and Joan Wakefield (nee Applegate) (239 KB)
Dick and Joan Wedding photograph. 22 September 1950
- Henry Chapman (17 KB)
Henry Chapman - born 10 March 1859
- Elizabeth Chapman ( nee Mackelden) (51 KB)
Elizabeth Harriet Mackelden - born 1864
- Isabel Branton (nee Goozee) and baby Joyce (56 KB)
Joyce was born 30 August 1920 so this was taken soon after.
- Ethel and Aubrey John Chapman - Wedding Day (98 KB)
Taken on 3rd Nov. 1934. George Tidd is on the left and Henry Holden on the right.
- Joan & Eugenie Wakefield (117 KB)
Joan (nee Applegate) and her mother-in-law Eugenie (nee Goozee) off to Ascot Races just after Joan & Dick were married, 1950.