Not got a clue ?? Page 3 Family groups

And now for a few family photos to add to the album ? The first one is not a mystery.

It shows “Grandma Paling with Elsie and May” (written on the reverse)
Elsie and May Paling were twin daughters of Arthur Edwin and Annie (nee Ebbern) .. they were born on August 24th 1916.
Grandma Paling would therefore be the mother of Arthur Edwin and thus the wife of coalminer Thomas of Cossall Village.
She was born Hannah Cook on August 20th 1856 at Little Hallam, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (nee Smith), and would be approximately 60 years old when the photo was taken.

Photo 4a

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These two are put together as the woman appears to be the same one The man is off to war ? …. or returned ?

Photo 4b

Photo 4c

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Photo 4d

Alfred Seaman was a well-established photographer with premises in Chesterfield and Ilkeston in the latter years of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. There is an excellent history of his business, compiled by Brett Payne at Derbyshire Photographers’ Profiles

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The Old and the Young ……

Photo 4e

Photo 4f

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Photo 4g

Photo 4h


Let us concentrate on Photo 4g for a moment and introduce a little of the Ebbern family genealogical background.

Born in 1856, Annie Rebecca Ebbern was the youngest child of Francis and Marina (nee Burgin Richardson). This daughter married Samuel Robinson in 1873. Their youngest child was Lily May Robinson, born in 1889. And in 1910 she married Bernard Whitman Maltby,  son of George and Elizabeth Jane (nee Sudbury) of the Red House on Wharncliffe Road, in Ilkeston.

It may be that the three children in Photo 4g are the children of George and Elizabeth Jane …. Alice Mary born in 1879, Margaret Edith born in 1881, and (possibly) Bernard Whitman born about 1887.

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