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REQUEST FOR HELP
Am researching my family history, and am writing if there is any
information you might have which will help my enquiries. My father
was Ernest Hall born 29 Schofield St., Mexborough 7.6.1929 and
married Renee Etheridge in 1949, after which they immigrated to
Australia in 1950/51. We have been told that my father had five
brothers and one sister. His parents were Lucy (nee Smelt) and
Thomas, who married about 1908 when Lucy was still a teenager and
Thomas was referred to as an older man - we think it could possibly
have been the second marriage for Thomas. Thomas died when my father
was quite young, but Lucy survived to the age of about 70 and was
apparently buried in a family plot, although we have no idea where
this is. Any information would be gratefully accepted, and any
family members are welcome to contact me.
(we will forward any
Thanks: Christine Pfingst (nee Hall)
UPDATE 2017. Hi Christine we have a possible family member called Tracy wants to get in contact with you, if you get in contact with us we can pass it on.
REQUEST FOR INFO
Hello, In trying to find an old team mate on a London University
football team in 1958/59 called Geoff Moss, I came to this site as I
know Geoff attended Mexborough Grammar school. Geoff Moss was at
Imperial College London studying Physics from 1956 -1959. I am
drawing a blank with his University friends and wondered if anybody
from the Grammar school knew Geoff and had kept in contact with him.
The entry for him in the Imperial College data for 1956 shows a
James Geoffrey Moss. He played Goalkeeper at college. I see some
former pupils from around that time have entered memories. If any
body has any information I would be grateful for an answer, or a
link. Kind regards, Steve Pick Richardson TX
If you can
help, please email us here
UPDATE May 24:
Hi, I played soccer with Geoff. He usually played goalie. I remember
my Dad, who watched all our matches, putting Geoff's fingers back in
line when he dislocated them diving at somebody's feet. He did it
more than once!! Geoff occasionally played centre forward - in fact
he represented the county at both GK and CF. He married Janet
Gelder. I have not seen or heard of him since he left school.
Regards, Brian Wright
REQUEST FOR INFO
From the Mike Hawthorn site
Hello, I run the Tribute site for Mike Hawthorn
whom as you well know, was born in Mexborough. It's possible that a
cousin of Mike's went to the Grammar School in the early 1950s
according to memories of a former pupil who remembers a tall boy
aged about 13 who claimed to be his cousin. Do you know if this is
true or have any further information? We are aware of an Edward
Grenville Hawthorn who was a cousin but not sure if this is the same
person. Thanks for any help.
If you can help, please email Tony Bailey here
Empress danceband, late 30s
Former Mexborough Grammar Schoolgirl Ciceley Bilverstone (nee Smith)
has kindly sent in this photograph of her father's dance band.
Ciceley, formerly of Conisbrough but now of Abingdon, explains: It
was taken about 1937/8 in the Empress Ballroom in Mexborough.
father was Les Smith and is the one on the trumpet, his brother Sam
on drums. Another brother, Alf, is on the piano accordian and
youngest brother John plays the double bass. The family lived at 12
John Street when they came to live in South Yorkshire. My
grandfather Edwin Smith was the Musical Director at the theatre in
Mexborough . Some readers may remember my Aunt, Amy Smith ,who was
deeply connected with the Scout and Guide Movement in the area
during the war and the late 40's and early 50's.
March 2007: A request for
information from Mr Mick Brooks, who wonders if anyone has any old
pictures of Harlington Road.
We will be happy to pass on any information, if you could email
FEBRUARY 2007: Graham Humphries wrote in, asking if anyone
had any pictures of a grand house in Mexborough, which was
demolished around the late sixties: "I was just wondering if
the society has any photos of the old glen, and big house, which
overlooked it, which was situated on the field which is
at the junction of Herbert St and Harlington Rd. It was demolished
around 1968 and the site used as landfill by Mexborough Urban
District Council. I remember the great big house and gardens with
fountains and orchards"
If you have any information, please email us and we'll pass it
David J. Butler writes:
I was pleased to discover your web page today. Sometime in the past, about
twelve years ago, I was in touch with the Society, concerning the presence in
Mexborough of many of my family, the Butlers on my father's side and the Cramps
on my mother's : for years both sides of the family lived in Lower Church
Street. It was upon discovering the website and reading through it that I
realised a photograph I have here will be of interest so I now attach it for
The subject is the staff of flour mills which I believe were called The Don
Roller Mills and owned by James White. Mr White is sitting in the middle, and on
his left, wearing a bowler hat,is my grandfather Samuel Arthur Cramp ( 1875 -
1937 ) who started there as bookkeeper and later became traveller and then, when
the Barnsley Co-operative Society bought the mills in 1912, S.A.Cramp left them
and obtained agencies from various other mills in the district, for example
Thomas Hanley and Sons in Doncaster, Hudson Ward and Company in Goole and Joseph
Rank Ltd.in Hull and set up as their sales agent. Others who are identified by a
note with the photograph are Ben Binch, wearing a cap, to the right of James
White and the young man who is sitting on the ground and wearing a suit was
probably Harry Chambers. Incidentally, several of the Butler side of my family
appear on the group photograph of those helping at the Rainbow Bazaar which was
organised to raise funds at Easter 1893 and I see you have reproduced it as no.
6 in your series " Buying and Selling - Commerce ". I have a fairly complete
list of those on that photo and I know my list is at variance with the list
published in " The South Yorkshire Times " in 1949 ( when the photo, long
forgotten, came to light ) as it was painstakingly put together by my
grandmother ( Mrs Charlotte Butler , 1861 - 1954 ) at my request when she
mentioned to me that some of the names were incorrect in the newspaper article.
BELOW: This group photograph, taken in Mexborough, shows what appears to
be a farewell party and presentation to a departing Minister. On the back of the
original photograph is the inscription: 'J Drummond, Minister, August 1906'. It
was found among the personal effects of Edna Alexander (nee Butler) after her
death in 1995.
Included on the front row: Mrs Tom Adey, Mr William Butler, Miss Ada Jackson
(later Mrs Percy Butler), Mrs William Butler. On the ground, among the children
are: Wilfred Butler, Phyllis Butler (later Mrs H Crookes) and John H Butler
(aged 1yr 11months); also on the front row, is Mrs John Jackson.
From Chris Dixon,
Greetings from the Australian outback. My mum left Mexborough when
she was 15 in WW2 because she was orphaned. I returned in 1997 and
was impressed by the 90% of my very extended family who made me
welcome.I love the site - loads of photos, pity we don't have names
of people in them. I attach a photo of my great-granparents' family
- I have all the names - Joseph and Louisa Severn. He was big in the
Methodist Church, where the Lindsay Centre is now. In the
photo - L-R - Joseph, Ada (my grandmother married EVANS), Ted, Joe
Junior, Jack (at top), Myra (below married SCHOLEY), Louisa (above
married VENABLES), Albert (below) and Louisa.
Chris Dixon, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
Can any of our readers help with this enquiry,
I was born Alyson Schofield in Rawmarsh, my ancestors lived for several generations on Warren Vale, some were baptised in Swinton, but the oldest ancestor I have found documentary proof of was John Schofield born 1771 in Mexborough (no baptism found but his father was also John).
I wonder if any readers of your website may have a John Schofield 1771 in their family tree, as I am looking for details of his baptism, where he was born, and more details of his parents. I have been using Ancestry, GENUKI, Family Search and Find my past.
Thank you. Alyson Mannion