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The Sea Cop Rimmers

Updated June 25, 2008

Gladys (Rimmer) Armstrong

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"Oh what a tangled web we weave" - well, our ancesters were O.K. at weaving - but what a web they left us to untangle!

I am researching the Rimmers of Marshside ("Aren't we all", I hear the cry) because although my father was a Rimmer - he wasn't a Marshside Rimmer! Oh no he wasn't - but Grandad thought he was a High Park Rimmer (totally foreign to us) but I now discover that my father's family originated in Hesketh-with-Becconsall - he was even more of a foreigner than my Grandad had presumed! Oh dear, what would he say to that? However, my dad was born in High Park and he married a Marshside Rimmer, my mother's sister, Mary, married a Southbank Road Rimmer and my sister Isobel married a Birkdale Rimmer and my first mother-in-law was born a Rimmer and none of these Rimmer in-laws are related oh yes, my Grandma Mary Alice Howard's mother was Isabella Rimmer - see what I mean about tangles?

Looking into the past is one thing - it doesn't change, it just gets more complex the further back you go - and what of the future? Well, the family is constantly increasing so to all the Rimmers who are still producing further generations - keep up the good work!

I am now busy travelling around giving talks on Rimmers and on family history in general as well so I have a slight diversion from family history research - but I do so love sitting in our local Library sifting through street directories, electoral registers and fiches looking for the still elusive Rimmers!

I am trying to gather as many Rimmer 'trees' as I can in an attempt to connect as many of them as possible and have had some limited success so far; if you do have a Rimmer Tree and wouldn't mind sharing it, please contact me and let me have a copy - I would be delighted to hear from you. If anybody out there looks at my family tree and has any additions or amendments, please feel free to contact me - I would welcome any advice or assistance offered.

I am very proud to be the Chairman of The Rimmer Family History Society - and equally proud to direct you all to the the Rimmer FHS website or visit; you will find application forms to join the Society on both websites and it would be good to have your company and exchange information.

Following the success of the previous Reunions plans are in hand for this year's Reunion which will be on Sunday, 14th October 2007 (12.30pm to 6.00pm) and will be again at the Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Marshside, Southport (UK) - let me know if you're interested or, again, visit the website.

The family (close and distant) have been helpful and it has been their help which has inspired me to continue with the research - I think they have been surprised by their own enthusiasm! My daughter Susan-Mary has her own page (under Bollins).

I would like to say "Thank you for the inspiration to continue the search" to Rimmers around the world with whom I have corresponded and who have become 'close' friends, especially the attendees of the Rimmer Reunion held on the last Saturday of July each year in Statesville, North Carolina.

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