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  • Name KEELEY, Greta 
    Born 2 Jul 1918  Easington Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Buried 1998 
    Died 20 Sep 1998  Sedgefield, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I320  Edgoose
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father KEELEY, Samuel,   b. 19 Sep 1878,   d. 20 Sep 1953  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F3742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family EDGOOSE, George Albert,   b. 11 Mar 1915, Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 2015, Stockton on Tees, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1942  Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, J.S.
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    GEORGE ALBERT EDGOOSE (1916-2016) and GRETA EDGOOSE nee KEELEY (1918-1998)

    Date: 20 APRIL 1942

    On their wedding day. On the left: brother and sister-in-law James Henry Edgoose (1905-1971)and Olive Edgoose nee Green (1910-2003)

  • Notes 
    • GRETA EDGOOSE nee KEELEY 1918-1998

      Greta KEELEY was born on 2 July 1918. Her mother's maiden name was OGLESBY.
      (GRO September Q 1918 [OGLESBY] Easington 10a 873)

      From the 1939 Register of 3 Maureen Terrace, Seaham U.D., Durham:
      Samuel KEELEY, born 19 September 1878, married, insurance broker managing partner
      Ethel KEELEY, born 15 June 1891, married, unpaid domestic duties
      *Greta EDGOOSE (KEELEY), born 2 July 1918, single, insurance clerk
      (RG101/2798B/ 021/17 FFYL)

      She married George Albert EDGOOSE, son of Sarah Annie and John Holborn EDGOOSE, on 20 April 1942.
      (GRO Q June 1942 Durham E 10a 1197)

      The wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Easington Village, yesterday, of Mr. George A. EDGOOSE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. EDGOOSE, Paradise Gardens, Easington Colliery, formerly of Sunderland, and Miss Greta KEELEY, only daughter of Councillor S. KEELEY and the late Mrs. KEELEY, of Maureen Terrace, Seaham Harbour. The bridegroom is a lay reader at St. Mary's, and the bride was a Sunday school teacher at St. John's, Seaham Harbour.
      The Rev. G. A. WEST officiated at a choral service, with Councillor J. T. BROWN at the organ. The bride, given away by her father, wore a dress of white lace with georgette trimmings and embroidered veil to match, and carried a bouquet of pink roses. She was attended by Miss Eleanor EDGOOSE (niece of bridegroom), with Mrs. A. PROUD as matron of honour. Mr. J. H. EDGOOSE (brother of bridegroom) was best man, and Mr. W. WOOD was groomsman."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 21 April 1942)

      Her father died on 20 September 1953:
      "KEELEY Samuel of Glenhurst Easington Colliery county Durham died 20 September 1953 Probate Durham 19 December to Greta Edgoose (wife of George Albert Edgoose). Effects 3618 18s. 9d."
      (National Probate Calendar 1953)

      A letter dated 26 September 1985 to Michael EDGOOSE from Greta EDGOOSE of Todds House Farm, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees:
      "Dear Michael,
      As you were kind enough to sound interested when I spoke to you on the phone, I am writing to ask some questions and report progress.
      First however, I send my kind regards to June, and also my heartfelt sympathy if she was not as involved in searching out 'Edgoose History' as yourself. It must I think be very frustrating for an onlooker because the little things which come to light fascinate me so much that I can quite see it will eventually push out most other interests! As it is my husband's family history which at the moment is occupying my time, he at least can't complain. I must admit though that he is very interested also, although he does tend to expect me to produce names and dates more or less at the drop of a hat!
      I am waiting for baptism, birth and death certificates - or at least copies - from Lincoln & Long Sutton and I hope we don't un-earth too many long kept secrets! Every family has them!
      George wonders about the lady who was visiting from Australia in 1968, as his father used to say his uncle was involved in the building of the Sydney Bridge. This was done by a Middlesbrough firm and some of the photographs in the two albums which were in James possession were taken in Middlesbrough. The street is still there but not the photographer!
      In your letter to James dated 24th Novr. '68 you mention a photograph which he seemed to think was of his grandfather James EDGOOSE and his mother. You establish the photographer as being at Wisbech between 1851 & 1879. James EDGOOSE married in 1868 aged 31 would have been 14 years of age approx and we think this boy looks younger - could it be the younger brother John whom we have yet to trace? If only someone had named the photographs? There is also the question of Elizabeth EDGOOSE who married a John TAYLOR. This surely must be Martha Ellen's brother although we didn't know that - George knew she had worked at Holbeach Union.
      I have also been in touch with a Mrs. Dorothy EDGOOSE of West Walton - she had a letter published in 'The Farmer's Weekly' in December 1960. I kept it owing to the name and address of the writer and I finally wrote to her on the 9th of this month. She has put me in touch with a Graham EDGOOSE of Sheringham. Have you had any correspondence in that direction. Mrs. Dorothy at West Walton remembers your writing to her, so I hope I don't make everyone fed up with my questions! Her letter was however, kind and interesting if not informative. Finally does the name Sarah FULCHER or the like ring any bells, she was at Gedney in 1841?
      I hope I haven't been too enthusiastic, but I feel I am going to spend this winter writing letters and waiting hopefully for replies!
      My husband sends his kind regards to your wife and family and yourself. I of course join him! Sincerely Greta EDGOOSE."

      A letter dated 21 June 1986 written to Michael EDGOOSE by Greta EDGOOSE:
      "This is a very late reply to your letter of last December. George and I have both suffered the usual ills of winter, and I have also been awaiting replies to various queries, which in their turn have raised other questions, and I am sure you know very well that neither Librarians or Archivists answer by return of post!
      The details you sent me were very helpfull, especially the crew list of SS 'Houghton'. All George's family have maintained that their grandfather James EDGOOSE was born at Wisbech, whereas facts proved it to be Gedney. When I saw from the list that James EDGOOSE himself gave his birthplace as 'Wisbeach' I looked for connections there and found that John EDGOOSE and Mary HOLBORN were married at St. Peter's, Wisbeach. This is a fact which it took a great deal of effort to find, and my only disappointment is that the Registrar in that area began his official records only days after the marriage took place! I had to accept parish records, where as a marriage certificate may have given a few more details.
      I send you some notes and observations (with the help of George who has been a very interested armchair participant in this affair) and when you have time to look at them, perhaps you will let me have your thoughts and answers. I would be very pleased to have them, and of course I will send you copies of any certificates you would like to have. Again, however I must apologise to you. This time for the typing of the notes, this leaves a great deal to be desired. Please bear in mind that the typist has not seriously performed for over thirty years, and the machine is a portable - purchased in 1939. Neither are as good at their jobs as they used to be!
      I hope I haven't been too lengthy in the history of my family. The fact is, that on comparing recollections of the past, George and I have often found much in common, with connections of agriculture, sea-going, Lincolnshire, and points south, and also in similar sayings on similar occasions. We have always found it fascinating.
      Since I finished the notes Judith brought us some family photographs (on loan, from Grace and Olive,) when she took them home from a recent visit to us. In Elizabeth EDGOOSE's album, there is a photograph of a young man of about 18-20 and I have always felt that he has a great resemblance to Stephen our youngest grandson. When we saw James as a boy of about 9 in his school group, (on loan from Olive) the likeness to this young man is very great, and I think he may be the lost John Thomas, second son of John EDGOOSE and Mary HOLBORN. Before receiving the photographs from Sunderland, I had already tried to date the one in the album, which on the back has the name, S & T. E. ROBBINS, No. 32 Norfolk Street, Wisbeach and Studio No 1 Chapel Street, New Walsoken. The only date for this photographer which I have found so far is a chemist in 'Wisbeach' in 1850, which is too early for an 18-20 year old John Thomas. His complete disappearance really annoys me and I would dearly like to find him!
      Again, very many thanks for your kind help, and we all send our good wishes to your family and yourself. Our family are starting to think of holidays, the boys want to camp in the Lake District! I don't envy them if the weather doesn't improve, still it's great to be young!
      George and I are preparing to start on the 'Todds House Edgoose' family album, and we intend to show very clearly the identity of all who are displayed therein! Sincerely, Greta EDGOOSE."

      Greta EDGOOSE's notes sent with her letter of 21 June 1986 [surnames have been capitalised for ease of future reference, together with some very slight editing to correct what are obviously 'typos']:
      "JOHN HOLBORN EDGOOSE. (1877-1960)
      (1) We remember his saying that he first attended school in Penshaw. This was a Roman Catholic school and chosen for convenience, not for religious reasons, but he considered that the grounding he had received at this school stood him in good stead when he later went to Diamond Hall school in Sunderland, from where he was amongst the first pupils to be sent to what he called 'The Higher Grade' and which became 'The Bede School' which took in later years scholarship pupils from the Sunderland Corporation area, in the same way as the old Secondary Schools took pupils from the County Council area. When I was young a place at The Bede or one of the Secondary Schools was considered a prize worth having - the intake being only about 28 pupils a year, boys and girls going to different schools. Grandpa EDGOOSE, as I always call him, went from there to serve his apprenticeship to become a Marine Engineer. We think he was at Wm. Pickersgill & Sons (shipbuilders) for part of the time and then again he was 'one of the first' to attend the then North Shields Marine School. I don't know if you have any knowledge of this system, but the practice used to be to spend so much time at sea and then another period attending 'Marine School'. John Holborn obtained his 'Chief's Ticket' at 23, and he once told me of a fellow pupil sitting the exam at the same time and fortifying himself from the whisky bottle and sucking peppermints to hide the smell. The Examiner told him he would rather have smelt the spirits than the mints, so it was a great relief to Grandpa when he and the other pupils got through! (The Marine school at South Shields has just ceased to function after just over 90 years, there being very little demand now for Merchant Navy Officers).
      (George and I, plus John of course, and my father until his death in 1953, lived at Easington from 1951-1954, and I used to see a lot of George's father at that time. From our marriage in 1942 we had lived at Seaham Harbour with my father in my old home, but Grandpa EDGOOSE wanted George to live at Easington very much. George was in charge of the retail side of the business and he also did all the working of the land so they relied on him a good deal - and when a very nice bungalow with 8 acres of land next to the original market garden came up for sale it was bought by the whole family and we moved there. We soon felt however that for the sake of peace and independence we could not stay, George sold his share to his brother John and we bought this farm in 1954 and moved to Sedgefield. We did ask Grandpa EDGOOSE to come with us, but he preferred to stay in his own home.)

      (2) We know that he did go down to see his relatives in Lincolnshire/Norfolk/Cambs. when he was a young boy, as he spoke of 'Going samfering with his Uncle Eb. in the Gedney Marshes' They took a meal with them in the bottom of the boat, part of which consisted of a home-baked loaf of bread with middle cut out and filled with a large amount of butter. It must have tasted very good as it made a lasting impression! I now realise that 'samfering' which I thought was seeking a certain type of fish, was indeed looking for Samphire, a type of seaweed, it can be boiled and eaten or used in pickles. Samphire is the name now, but it used to be 'sampere'.
      The mention of this visit brings me to your letter of 24/11/1968 and written to James. There is a supposition that there is a photograph of James EDGOOSE and his mother taken by Edward JOHNSON, 21, Church Terrace, Wisbech. In your letter you date the photograph between 1851 and 1879. I have so far been unable to obtain confirmation of the dates for this photographer, but there are a great number in both Elizabeth's and Martha-Ellen's Albums. The earliest ones are from 21, Church Terrace, Wisbeach, before it became Wisbech. The next are those taken after 1886 [error: 1866] when Edward JOHNSON evidently won a prize medal at the Wisbech Industrial and Fine Art Exhibition (he advertises this on the back of the photographs) and the address is 23, Hill Street, Wisbech. There are also, from the dresses, later ones still, where the studio has been improved by velvet curtains, new chair and braids and tassles - this address is Lower Hill House, Wisbech. He also has no advertisement for the exhibition. [see NOTES at bottom of last page]
      The photo you mention was in Elizabeth's Album and is of a very old Mary Holborn EDGOOSE; she looks to us as being over 80 years old of age, and it was taken after 1866, as it mentions the Exhibition. Taking that date it could not be her son James as he would then have been 29 (in 1866). If it were not for the dates you give of between 1851 and 1879, George and I feel the boy looks like George's father. He would have been 9 years and 10 months old when she died, and this boy we think is about 9 years old. He is wearing a stiff white collar - just coming into fashion then - (and a photograph of my father taken about the same time shows him in a similar collar, and there was just over a year's difference in their age.) John Holborn EDGOOSE was very likely to visit his grandmother when he visited his Mother's family, and looking at the stance, remembering Eleanor - John's daughter at Easington in earlier years, and seeing my eldest grandson at times, there is a great likeness to this boy. Of course given your dates it could have been Mary Jane THOMPSON's son if she had one [she did not, she had 3 daughters] - he could have been between 7 or 8 years old then and Mary HOLBORN about 76-77 years old. If she died about 7 years after this photograph was taken she must have looked very old indeed.

      (3) John Holborn spoke very little of his father (a lot of his mother) but he perhaps saw James only spasmodically when he was at sea and after he was shipwrecked according to reports from the family he was very much an invalid. George seems to remember that his grandmother had travelled either to or from London by sea when his father was a youth. I remember Grandpa telling me of the time when he was a boy at Sunderland. He was playing in the back yard and trying to stand on his hands. His father came home from sea at that moment 'with his sea bag' and said to him 'this is way to do it' and promptly stood on his hands with his feet up against the wall. I forget exactly the words used, but I got the distinct impression that it was a source of surprise mixed with pride that this tall bearded man could do this.

      (4) Grandpa told me of his 'Aunt Bess' born Elizabeth EDGOOSE in 1842. She had stayed at Sunderland at one time, because one of her peculiar habits was to stand on the foot of the bed pull her nightdress round her ankles and then flop back so that there were no creases underneath! I gathered this was NOT popular with Martha-Ellen.
      George's mother, Sarah, also knew 'Aunt Bess'. She spoke to me of her as being 'head laundress' at the Holbeach Union, and she taught Sarah the 'correct way to iron' - especially shirts! I never got any impression however of her having worked in Sunderland. For some reason also, neither George nor I knew that she had married Martha-Ellen's brother John [error: she married George TAYLOR]. Both of George's parents spoke a lot of their mutual cousins George and Lizzie-Jane TAYLOR, and we both got the impression that George TAYLOR's father was lost at sea in the far east.

      (5) George's father when he worked at Doxfords worked with a gentleman named Otto KELLER. (I knew Mr KELLER because he did business with my father, who was an Insurance Broker in Sunderland) Mr. KELLER was a Swiss who was especially engaged by Wm. Doxfords (he was a pioneer of the diesel engine, if not its inventor) to supervise and look after the diesel engines in the destroyers they were building, as they were the first to fit these engines and it was considered a great step forward. (To digress a little. - My father left the Londonderry Estates Office in Seaham just before he was 20, and went to work in the first Insurance Brokerage business in County Durham, later he was taken into partnership in the business and finally owned it for many years before his death. It was a very old established business in Sunderland. and I worked from leaving school to being married when I went in at busy times to help Dad as he liked me to check some things which he did not trust to the staff. I often think now how much easier it would have been then with today's pocket calculator. Working out that a policy taken out at Lloyds was completely covered when the underwriters were responsible for odd amounts like 3/290ths of 50,000 would have been so much simpler!)
      Grandpa EDGOOSE loved to talk about Sunderland, and I knew it well, first from childhood and my father's interest, and then working there myself. When the account of our wedding appeared in 'The Sunderland Echo' in 1942 I was surprised by people telling me they knew George's father - 'Jack EDGOOSE'. The Commandant of my red cross division even remembered him at Doxford's - in the first world war she had worked in the Red Cross Canteen run for the shipyardworkers there.

      (6) Amongst your notes to James there is a letter dated 12th Aug.1969. It is from The Public Library and states that the Electors Register 1893/4 shows a J. SCHICKLE, Trimmer, at 19, Duke Street, Sunderland. George's father would have been 6-7 years old at this time, and I think this would be the father of the Jim SCHICKLE, who according to Grandpa EDGOOSE was 'Buggy Boy' at Ogden's farm. The young Jim SCHICKLE used to take John Holborn EDGOOSE to the farm, and he was able to describe what was then considered the latest inovation [sic] for 'Mucking out the byres'. It was a type of over-head railway, with buckets, and strange to say one of the Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture told George that the same system was still in use at that farm in 1960 or thereabouts. This same Jim SCHICKLE later became head-cellarman for the Newcastle Breweries at Sunderland and he lived in the 'Brewery House' next to the Royal Hotel and their Sunderland Offices where James EDGOOSE (George's brother) first started with the Company. We have a photograph of a fairly young James standing beside Jim SCHICKLE near the Brewery Vaults.

      (7) We should have checked our dates for the building of the Sydney Bridge (your letter 21/12/1985). However, George still maintains that there was mention of an EDGOOSE uncle, a connection with Middlesbrough, and going to work in Australia, either in rail-roads or bridge-building. There are, alas unidentified - photographs in Elizabeth EDGOOSE's Album taken at Middlesbrough. I have been able to date them roughly as from 1874/1879. There is only one similar in Marth[a]-Ellen's Album and it is one of the earliest dates.

      (8) 30/7/1968. In your letter to James you mention that Patience EDGOOSE married a John Robson MORRIS, butcher of Sunderland, at Walpole St. Peter in 1883. The only pre-war Directory of Sunderland I have now, records a Firm of Butchers in 1933 - they are listed as MORRIS & Co., Meat Importers. I do not know if they are in existence now as the address in Sunderland was in a part almost completely destroyed by bombing in the war. However, the 'Family Tree' which Graham EDGOOSE sent to me, shows Patience EDGOOSE as having married WICKS. I do not know what is correct. [MORRIS & Co: of no relevance whatsoever. Patience EDGOOSE's sister Ruth EDGOOSE married George Thomas WICKS some time after the birth of her illegitimate son]

      (9) JAMES EDGOOSE. 1837-1895. There is a gap between the marriage of James and Martha-Ellen in 1868 and their appearance at Penshaw in 1875. [James and Martha-Ellen were at Bishopwearmouth at the time of the 1871, 1881, and 1891 census. Their children were born at Penshaw in 1875, 1877, and 1879]. We wonder if this could account for the photograph of James in Policeman's uniform. The letter to you in October 1868 from New Scotland Yard identifies it as similar to that worn by the Surrey Constabulary 1862-1867. I wonder if it could have been a little later than these actual dates, and James and Martha-Ellen were in the south? There was a very great bond between Martha-Ellen and her sister, Mrs. ANDERSON who lived in London and it may have been that attraction which tempted them to go there. George's father with his sister and his mother went regularly to London to stay with the Andersons, and even George's mother had a memorable holiday there with her future sister-in-law Elizabeth before she and John Holborn were married. These Andersons later bought land in Long Sutton, and George visited them when he was staying with George and Lizzie-Jane TAYLOR at Sutton Bridge before the war.
      We do not know exactly when James and Martha-Ellen went to Penshaw, but I wonder if it could have had anything to do with the Franco-Prussian war. (My paternal grandfather was sea-going, and he came from Ipswich, he became established in the coastal trade and he used to sail into Seaham Harbour - Lord Londonderry's purpose built harbour for shipping coals from his mines in Durham. Grandpa met and married my Grandmother there in 1873. My father told me that my grandfather - Samuel KEELEY - was tempted away from the sea and into the mines by the huge wages which were paid on account of the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871). However he disliked it very much and left the mines to join the Londonderry Fleet of Colliers, he stayed with them for the rest of his life - he was Captain of the 'Longnewton' when he died suddenly in his cabin aboard ship when she was in the Port of London, in 1920. There are hundreds of family stories to be told, as my great grandmother's parents, on my father's side, came from the Londonderry Estate in Ireland to help build the harbour, and my mother's parents came from Lincolnshire to the Londonderry Estate in Seaham. My mother lived on the Hall Farm at Seaham all her life until her marriage, as her father was in charge of the famous Clydesdale Stud) But to get back to the Edgoose Saga. I wonder if James and Martha Ellen had similar reasons for coming to Penshaw - it was a Lambton Colliery and this would provide the chance later for James to join the Lambton Fleet.

      (10) JOHN EDGOOSE - Born West Walton
      Parish records show him to be the son of John and Mary EDGOOSE and baptised on 25.4.1802. They show him as buried 8.10.1841 aged 41 years from Gedney in County of Lincoln. His death certificate shows him as having died 5.10.1841 at Gedney, aged 40 years. He was stated to have the occupation of 'Jobber' to have died of Cholera and Sarah FULCHER of Gedney who was present at the death informed the registrar. He the registrar was James NEWMAN and the date was 6 October 1841, and he spells the name EDDGOOSE.
      I have not been able to trace any outbreak of cholera in the Gedney area in 1841, but it seems that the disease was quite common at that time. The onset was sudden, and patients were nursed in their own home, by a special nurse if it could be afforded, and the people who died in hospital were the inmates of the workhouse. Therefore Sarah FULCHER, who could not write (like Mary HOLBORN) could have been a special nurse. On the other hand, in 1819, when John EDGOOSE of West Walton could have been 18-19 years of age, there was a John EDGOOSE married to a Sarah MILAND at Holbeach - 8.2.1819. I went on the assumption that this could have been the daughter of this Sarah MILAND who may have died later, but have not come up with anything concrete. John EDGOOSE was aged 36/37 when he married Mary HOLBORN.
      Parish Registers show that he married MARY HOLBORN at Wisbech St. Peter on 25 June 1837. Witnesses were William BILLS and Hannah LEADBEATER.
      I have not been able to get a copy of this marriage certificate, as records at St. Peter's do not start until July 1st 1837.
      Mary EDGOOSE was buried at West Walton on 25 November 1886 aged 83 years, she was stated to be from Walsoken.

      JAMES EDGOOSE born 8 oCK 8th September 1837 at Gedney, in the District of Long Sutton and Registration District of Holbeach. The name of the father was John EDGOOSE, his occupation is stated to be Pig Jobber, the name of the mother is Mary EDGOOSE, formerly HOLBORN and the registration is dated 23 September 1837, and the informant was Mary EDGOOSE, mother, of Gedney. She made her mark.
      The name of the Registrar was James NEWMAN and the surnames of the family are spelled EDDGOOSE and HOLBOURN.
      JOHN THOMAS EDGOOSE born 29 September 1839 at Gedney, in the District of Long Sutton and Registration District of Holbeach. The name of the father was John EDGOOSE, his occupation was stated to be Pig Dealer, the name of the mother is Mary EDGOOSE formerly HOLBORN, and the registration is dated 10th October 1839, and the informant was Mary EDGOOSE, mother, of Gedney. She made her mark.
      The name of the Registrar was JAMES NEWMAN and the surname of the family is spelled EDGOOSE and HOLBORN
      (I got the certified copies of the certificates from Long Sutton I think yours came from Somerset House.)
      ELIZABETH EDGOOSE born the 6th January 1842 at Gedney in the District of Long Sutton and Registration District of Holbeach. The name of the father was John EDGOOSE. His occupation is stated to be Jobber, the name of the mother is Mary EDGOOSE, formerly HOLBORN, and the registration is dated 28 February 1842. The informant was Mary EDGOOSE, mother, of Gedney, and she made her mark.
      Again the Registrar was JAMES NEWMAN and the surnames of the family are spelled EDDGOOSE and HOLBOURN.
      I do not know the date when the official registration of Births etc., took place in the District of Long Sutton, but in a letter to me the Registrar said that his records went back to 1835. It is therefore interesting to note that the birth certificate for James EDGOOSE in 1837 is numbered 40, in 1839 for John Thomas the number is 86, and in 1842 the number for Elizabeth is 262. The death certificate for John EDGOOSE is numbered 136. I think these numbers must refer to Gedney only, as you will see in a later note that I have one for Mary/ann/Jane EDGOOSE and this is number 95 at Tydd St. Mary.
      The baptisms all took place in the Parish of Gedney and the officiating minister was T.S.ESCOTT. Vicar. I give details as spelled.
      No. 1138. 1st October 1837. James HEADGOOSE. Father: John HEADGOOSE, occupation : Publican. Mother Mary HEADGOOSE. Address Gedney Bampart. [=Gedney Rampart?]
      No. 1216. 29th September 1839. John Thomas Headgoose ALBAN. Father: James Headgoose ALBAN, occupation Pig-Jobber. Mother Sarah Headgoose ALBAN. Address Gedney Church-End. (Either a complete mix-up of families that he knew by the Parish Clerk, or too much celebrating at the time! Or perhaps again confusion because of not being able to read or write.)
      No. 1360. 6th February 1842. Elizabeth HEADGOOSE. Father: John HEADGOOSE, occupation Pig-Jobber. Mother: Mary HEADGOOSE. Address Gedney Church-End
      Elizabeth was obviously born after her father's death at Gedney the previous October, although this is not shown in her birth certificate [many children are born within 9 months of their father's death]. I suppose that there were a lot of differences in the records, as the official recording had been in existence for so short a time. All the certificates were issued by the same Registrar, but he did not spell the names in the same way all the time, and in James' certificate even the time of birth is noted.
      In your notes on John EDGOOSE 1802-1841, you mention that he and his family are recorded as living with his sister Ann OLDFIELD in West Walton. I think this may have been a visit only, as the family was obviously known in Gedney and were living there at the time of the birth of their first two children and also when John died. I have not however been able to trace a Publican at Gedney Bampart - there is no record. so far as John Thomas is concerned therre is no record at the moment of his existing after the Census in 1851. I will try one or two other lines of enquiry.

      Mary Ann EDGOOSE was born on the 20th March, 1848 at Tydd St Mary, in the District of Long Sutton snd the Registration District of Holbeach. There is no name for father given, the informant was the mother given as Mary EDGOOSE of Tydd St Mart, and the registration date is 30. 3. 1948. & No. 95. The Registrar is again James NEWMAN and the surname is spelled EDDGOOSE. (again Mary EDGOOSE made her mark) I have been unable to find any record so far of her Mary Ann baptism. There was at this time only one church serving both Tydd Gote and Tydd St Mary and that was at Tydd St Mary. There was later in the century a chapel provided at Tydd St Mary
      I think that this Mary Ann EDGOOSE is almost certainly the Mary Jane EDGOOSE who appeared in the 1851 Census, and somewhere along the line the Ann became Jane
      Mary (Holborn) EDGOOSE died at Walsoken and according to Parish records, Mary EDGOOSE was buried 25.11.1886 at W. Walton aged 83 years from Walsoken.

      (11) The John James EDGOOSE you mention in your letter of the 21/12/85 as having emigrated to Australia in 1858/59 would be the cousin of of John EDGOOSE who married Mary HOLBORN (I think) but he was only 7 years older than George's grandfather - James EDGOOSE. Whether this was the uncle Grandpa referred to we do not know [John James EDGOOSE 1830-1930 was indeed the first cousin of John EDGOOSE 1802-1841] but on the other hand it could have been John Thomas - James brother, born in 1839.
      In a letter to James on 11/6/1970 you mention a Grace EDGOOSE born in 1899. Do you know which part of the family this is, and do you know if there are still any of the family in either Australia or America?

      (12) Did you get your information about James EDGOOSE being a winding-engine man at Penshaw colliery from anyone? This has always been a very responsible position requiring quite a bit of training, it is also a well paid job, and unless he was unhappy in the work we think it unlikely that he would leave it.

      (13) Have you any knowledge of when Mary nee STANTON, the first Mary EDGOOSE at West Walton? George's great-grandfether must have been around twenty when his father was buried (according to Parish records)

      (13) Did you have any success with the photograph albums which you saw when you visited James and Olive? (For us it is a very quick 18 years!) Were there any which were similar to the ones you have yourself? In Elizabeth's Album there is one of an elderly lady taken at Gainsborough. It is unidentified as usual, but we wonder if it was Elizabeth as she was at Gainsborough when her brother James died. There is also one marked 'Aunt Polly' in Grandpa's writing. It is in both albums and we thought it was Mary Jane until we saw Patience's daughter Mary identified as 'Polly' in the family tree which came from Graham. Have you any knowledge of the facts? She married a Joseph MOLES and was a few months younger than Aunt Bess. They look about the same age in the photographs."

      A letter dated 11 January 1988 written to Michael EDGOOSE by Greta EDGOOSE:
      "Dear Michael,
      I find that the enclosed have not been sent to you as I intended. I wrote a 'yearly letter' on the 1st Decr last, but waited until the threatened postal strike had been resolved to send it, and now in tidying my desk after the upheaval of Christmas, cards letters & gifts to be acknowledged I find it still sitting there! I hope it is not too much of a sign of approaching A.D.!
      I have not found anything to report on the family history - Edgoose wise, since I last wrote. Poor little John Thomas is still unheard of since 1851 but I have at least found and established a direct line to West Walton so I suppose my search has proved some points. I heard from Mrs. Dorothy EDGOOSE. She is not very interested in the Edgoose saga, (her two daughters have little interest either) but she seems to be a very nice person and had I made contact 20 years ago I would certainly have made the effort to meet her personally.
      Over the past year, George's mother's cousin's daughter (!!) has started researching the Stirling line, and I have been involved a little with that, renewing contacts with people at Sutton Bridge which for some reason was not continued by the family after the death of George's mother. Strange to say, owing to facts from Census records we have discovered that George's maternal grandmother was born in Norfolk not that far from Wisbech, about 20 miles, something which no one seems to have mentioned even though George was about 13 when she died.
      I hope your boat is progressing favourably. Judith has bought me a very intricate tapestry - to keep me busy - and I am hoping it will not be as long a project as yours!
      May I again thank you for being so kind with your time and information.
      George and I send to your wife and family our best wishes and to yourself as well, of course! Sincerely, Greta Edgoose."

      She died at Todds House Farm, Sedgefield, County Durham, on 20 September 1998.
      (GRO September Q 1998 Durham West 4421A A43C 096)

      Probate of her will was granted on 4 November 1998.

      Samuel KEELEY married Annie OGLESBY in 1907.
      (GRO September Q 1907 Easington 10A 922)
      The death of a Samuel KEELEY aged 76 was registered in 1953.
      (GRO September Q Durham E.1a 269)

      Name: JOHNSON, Edward b: d:
      Address: 21 Church Terrace Wisbech 1864, 23 Lower Hill Wisbech 1869-1892
      Working Dates: 1864-1892
      Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: His photographs of local churches were published in three volumes by Leach and Son Wisbech. See below for four examples of cartes de visite from the author's collection. The first pair have no text on the front of the mounts, on the rear is written "E Johnson 21 Church Terrace, Wisbeach" (sic) the two mounts are different sizes and printed with a different typeface. The larger mount is 4 and 1/8 inches x 2 and 1/2 inches, the smaller 4 x 2.5 inches, both have square corners and from the address and style of clothing these appear to date from the mid 1860s. The second pair of cartes de visite appear slightly later and the reverse states "Prize Medal, Wisbech Industrial and Fine Art Exhibition May 1866 Edward Johnson, Photographer Lower Hill House, Wisbech, negatives kept". On the face the mounts have text "E Johnson Photo Wisbech". These obviously are produced in or after 1866. Below these is another post 1866 carte de visite from Simon Shirley's collection of a middle aged woman in every-day clothes including bonnet, apron and holding a jug - an obvious attempt by Johnson to show the sitter in the context of her normal existance.
      References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
      Kellys Directories of Cambridgeshire 1864-92: 21 Church Terrace, Wisbech 1864 and 23 Lower Hill St, Wisbech 1869, 1875, 1879, 1883, 1888 and 1892.
      Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News 6/5/1992
      (Cambridgeshire Photographers - J - Fading Images,

      JOHNSON, Edward
      21 Church Terrace, Wisbech

      Lower Hill Street, Wisbech

      Lower Hill House, Wisbech

      23 Lower Hill Street, Wisbech
      KC1875, KC1879, KC1883, KC1888

      (revised 07.12.2017)