Grandma Didnít Want Me To Know!
Speaker at our January meeting was Steve Manning, Chairman of
the Peterborough & District F.H.S. His talk was entitled "What
Grandmother didn't want me to know, and other family stories."
He talk included lots of pictures to accompany his many interesting
stories, two of which I have included below.
A Canadian cousin mentioned in one email that her mum had an older
sister who didn’t live with the family. Already aware of
the parents’ marriage date and the birth dates of the previously
known children, Steve realised there was something ‘a little
wrong’ with this new piece of information. He eventually
tracked down the older sister - who was in reality a half-sister
– alive and well in Queensland, Australia!
It was Steve’s Great Uncle Ernest who was to blame for the
title of his talk. On one occasion, some 40+ years ago, his uncle
told of a relative who killed a man for molesting his wife in
a pub. But he either didn’t know – or wouldn’t
reveal – anything about the person involved. All Ern did
say was the victim was his brother-in-law! Steve was very excited
by this little bit of scandal and couldn’t wait to tell
his Grandmother all about it. But she was not amused and responded
angrily, 'What did he want to tell you that for?' Suffice to say,
Steve was now ‘hooked’ on Family History - although
he didn’t discover the sad truth about the real story for
many, many years!