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In Search of Ellen Ankers v4

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Story of my wifes genealogical search for her grandmother Ellen Ankers
Story of my wifes genealogical search for her grandmother Ellen Ankers

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In Search Of Ellen Ankers
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2008-2012HelenJWalker
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In Search Of Ellen Ankers
4th Edition, March 2012
The few facts that I knew of my paternal grandmother had always intrigued me but it wasn’t until my mother became i 
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and subsequently passed away in 2008 that I started to look into my family history. Like a
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  amateur genealogists I have gaps and missing information about people but the story of my grandmother  remains the most elusive and the one that I most want to know.
The Oral History
The brief story that my father hadtold me was that his father, a Scot by the name of James Kinloch Paul,travelled the country working as a demolitions expert blowing up oldchimneys and factories. By 1931 hehad arrived in Chesterton,Newcastle
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under
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Lyme,Sta 
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ordshire where he met EllenAnkers. They soon married and hada son, my father, and also named James Kinloch Paul. Soon after my father was born his mother Ellen died and father and sonmoved on. They ended up in Penarth near Cardi
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where James Kinloch Paul
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stayed untilhis death in 1968 and my father lived until his death in February 2012. Two other stories comefrom that time; firstly that she was in some way connected with Mexico and secondly that herhusband destroyed all the certificates and photographs after her death.
 
In Search Of Ellen Ankers
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2008-2012HelenJWalker
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 Initial Research
I was quickly able to obtain copies of my father’sbirth certificate, my grandparent’s marriagecertificate and my grandmother’s death certificate.Taking these together I could establish that Ellen was born between 25th December 1910 and 17th July 1911, that on 24th December 1932 she wasliving at 1 Dixons Row, Apedale Road, Chesterton.She probably moved in with her husband James athis lodgings at 19 Apedale Road, Chesterton afterthey were married.Her father’s name was Thomas Ankers, a coalhewer in the mines and he was already deceased atthe time of the wedding on 24th December 1932.Ellen’s occupation was given as a roofing tilepresser. However I could find no birth certificatefor her, nor could I find a marriage certificate forher parents. Our search came to a stop.
 Private Investigations
In my research I had noticed that the Sta 
ff 
ordshireRecords Research Service provide searches of records they hold for a small fee and given my lackof progress I decided to see if they could discoveranything more. Malinda Law did the research and wrote back confirming our findings and was alsounable to find the marriage certificate of a ThomasAnkers, nor the birth certificate of an EllenAnkers.She did however note one or two possible matchesthat could be followed up including:
“I then searched for any marriage of any Thomas Ankersin Sta
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ordshire around 1911 and found only marriage of  a Thomas which
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was of Thomas aged 20 to Martha Lilian Pessol in 1909 at Knutton. This took place on Dec 25 1909 and the father of Thomas was given as Georg 
 
 
In Search Of Ellen Ankers
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2008-2012HelenJWalker
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 Ankers, a miner. This may be an error as George Ankers witnessed the marriage, and Thomas born in 1890 had a brother George, though his father was John”.“I searched the General Register O
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ce index of births between 1910 and 1912 inclusive and found no relevan
t
 birth recorded. As a
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er June 1911 baptisms give the mothers maiden name I also searched as far as 1914 bu
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  found no child born to Ankers/Pessol” 
I looked up the information but there was nothing that would allow a more positiveidentification. I also decided to contact the cemetery o
ce at Newcastle
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under
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Lyme and ask if they had any burial details for Ellen Paul. Lynn Sharples at the cemetery o
ce came back with a prompt reply. An Ellen Paul was buried in grave number C2 of Chesterton Cemetery, LoomerRoad, Newcastle
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under
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Lyme on 20th July 1936. There was no grave marker. This was the correctname and three days after her death just two miles away.
 Discover Sta
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ordshir 
In August 2008 my husband and I travelled up to Sta 
ff 
ordshire, with a view to seeing ApedaleRoad where my grandparents had lived, visiting the local Apedale Heritage Museum and paying our respects to my grandmother. The visit to Apedale Road helped to give us a historical contextto the area and we even met the current resident of 19 Apedale Road who had lived there sincethe 1950s and had also lived in Dixons Row before that. The house at 1 Dixons Row where my  grandmother lived has long since gone, but it stood half way down Apedale Road on the cornerimmediately opposite 19 Apedale Road where my grandfather lived. It is easy to imagine himseeing a young lady walking up the slight hill to work each day and fancying his chances. At thetop of the hill and the start of Apedale Road is a brick factory. The company has changed handsmany times and was one of a number in the area so there is no certainty that she worked at this

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