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Bethalina CHAPMAN’s first husband, George COWLING, died 163 years ago today at the age of 26. While long-line fishing, he drowned “off Filey” – possibly somewhere in the watery expanse captured by… 465 more words


Leaf Litter from the Family Tree

The leaves from our deciduous forests are turning yellow, or brown, and dropping with alacrity to the ground.  They carpet every surface–grass, water, rocks, moss, driveways. 330 more words

Random Thoughts

18 Oct 2017: The Wheel on the Mill goes Round and Round ... annoying the groundhog

You’ll have to pardon my first attempts at video. I’m more of a photographer than a videographer.  Anyway, although the Old Town Mill  in New London is closed, I was able to get the city to open it up for me.  365 more words


Belle Isle (Detroit, Michigan)

We are on the count down to our new book being released on October 30th. Excited is not even the word to describe how I feel … ecstatic – yes, nervous – yes, overwhelmed – check, proud – a little bit. 148 more words

Family History

Jack and Herbert Gillingham: Civilian War Dead

Edward Jack Gillingham 1902-1940, works labourer and war reserve constable of Southend on Sea, Essex.

Herbert Stanley Gillingham 1906-1941, plasterer, of Ilford, Essex.

Brothers, and my cousins three times removed. 876 more words


Dowry Contracts: Pictures of the Past

We have pictures of the past, but not the full image. When I first heard Giannis Michalakakos make this comment, I accepted its veracity–but with reluctance. 1,485 more words