How my grandfather prepared to give his properties as legacies for his family. Continue reading Properties, mortgages, and burials
History repeats itself! “Behind that old mirror, in the sitting room!” Win said. “No-one would look there; besides the room is hardly every used”. “It that’s what you want, my dear, we can hide it there until the weekend”, Cecil replied. … Continue reading The Angell Inheritance: 1924
Jemima Mary Anne Allery 26 Crown Street, Camberwell 3rd September, 1889 Dear Jemima, I am sorry to be away so long from you, especially so near to the birth of our new child. I hope that you are in good health. Is Rosina looking after the little ones for you? My journey to London was worth it and I am really proud to have received the Freedom of the City of London certificate. Quite an accolade for a middle aged tradesman, and one that my father would have been most proud of. Our certificate will be displayed in our … Continue reading Letters from Samuel John Allery
December 1924 I was tired and dusty from the long train ride from London to Dartmouth. The station platform was almost empty, except for a few porters vying for business among the meagre crowd. Spotting a large white card with the word ALLERY in large letters held by a tall, thin man wearing a pinstripe suit and bowler hat; I pushed my way through the milling porters to reach my guide. Black clouds were brooding over the township and I was glad to be heading to Townstal, the countryside of my birth. As we drove to the parish church of … Continue reading The Journal of William Adrian Allery
Mystery Thrillers Anyone? A rainy day! Perfect for reading! Where shall I begin today? Am I in the mood for a mystery? Perhaps a mystery thriller that calls up ancient rituals and rites in far away realms? Take ‘Sanctus‘, for example, one of those books I am reading right now. This one intrigued me the moment I read the overview in GoodReading: An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight… REVELATION OR DEVASTATION? The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies … And … Continue reading On Reading
What do you like to do in the summertime? That was a question posed at our Toastmaster meeting last night. Members and guests responded enthusiastically on the topic and shared myriads of pastimes. This prompted my thinking about my own favourite summertime pastimes and I volunteered one of my own. Getting lost in a good book! Now I usually have 2 or 3 print books on the go at any one time, plus one or two more ebooks on Kobo or Kindle apps. I often borrow ebooks from my local library through Borrow Box by Belinda digital. I love to … Continue reading Getting lost in a good book!
In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe? Source: Reason to Believe | The Daily Post My reason to believe is embedded in my roots; the past that shapes my future; My reason to believe builds a stronger pathway; the future that binds my past; My reason to believe brings hope in darkest moments; the present that rules my life. Reason to Believe This Prompt Post took me down a ‘spiralling rabbit hole’ of music, using Reason to Believe as the search … Continue reading Reason to Believe | The Daily Post
William Adrian Allery, my late great uncle, spent many hours and pounds in searching for his ancestral link to the Angell Estate. William was a Master Tailor with money to spare for his genealogy searches, much to the dismay of his immediate family. He had at last found evidence of the marriage of Elizabeth Benadict Angell to his 8 times great grandfather, Samuel Allery. The news of his find was all over the newspapers of the time and has intrigued me for years as I follow in his footsteps. It was the discovery of an entry in an old parish register … Continue reading William
“The concept of accepting others’ writing into your blog is a brilliant concept. A collaborative project like this would appeal to connected educators and students and would make a powerful contribution to the blogosphere. You have inspired me to follow your lead and create a learning activity that uses this concept. Thank You!” Comment January 14, 2016 for Amra Ismail‘s blog post. Since then I have noted a few other blogs that invite collaboration and my thinking has changed favorably towards the use of blogs, in particular collaborative blogs, for sharing thoughts, ideas and challenges for students in online courses. Prior to Blogging 101 I was … Continue reading Collaborative Learning!
Searching for Angells: facts and fiction When William Adrian Allery was born in June 1845 in London, his father, William, was 28 and his mother, Mary, was 26. He was one of the few surviving children of William and Mary. He married Mary Ann Sampson and they had two children together. He was a master Tailor and the family historian. He believed he had solved the riddle to the family fortune in 1924. He acted upon his evidence of ancestry and seized a dwelling in Brixton, part of the Angell Estate, demanding that the resident pay their rent to him, the … Continue reading Angell and Allery
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