Friday, 23 April 2021


Jabez Graham - Lincolnshire Chronicle article - 1850

Jabez Graham - Lincolnshire Chronicle article - 1850

The image above is taken from the Lincolnshire Chronicle, representing an 1850 newspaper cutting giving details of the trial of Jabez Graham who had been caught poaching with a J Silvester. The trial occurred in a magistrates court in Spilsby, Lincolnshire on July 1 1850. The ages of the two men are not given but a Rootschat entry seems to imply that the two men could be cousins. This supposition is probably based on the fact that Jabez Graham (b.1821) in Lincolnshire, the son of William Graham and Elizabeth Taylor, was employed as an agricultural labourer. This fits with the occupation stated in the newspaper article. The other link is the man's companion - a J.Silvester who also was being charged with the same offence.

The Jabez mentioned in the article above had an older brother, Taylor Graham who was born in 1812. Taylor was my direct ancestor, my x3 great-grandfather. Taylor went on to marry a girl from Hagworthingham in Lincolnshire, a Harriot L.Silvester, and it can be assumed that the 'J.Silvester' mentioned in the report was related to her. This connection between the two families may go some way to explain the claim that the two men appearing in court could be cousins. Before this fact can truly be claimed as true however, further research would need to take place into the Silvester family themselves.


Sunday, 18 April 2021



(Photo: St James Cemetary)

A depiction of one of the two mills situated at Mount Sion (or Zion), Toxteth, Liverpool in the late 1700's. St.James' Mount (it's more common name), was also known as 'Quarry Hill' at one time as a large quarry was built and mined there.

My sixth great-grandfather, Edmund Highton (b.1744 - d.1805) was of the Church of England faith, and worked as a miller on the site when he was 35 years old. This had been recorded within the baptism data for the christening of his daughter, Ann Highton (b.1770 - d.1847), my fifth great-grandmother. 

Edmund married his wife, Ann Barton (b.1749 - d. n/k), in Liverpool on the 5 November 1765. They went on have at least four children that we know of so far (Jane (b.1767), Thomas (b.1769), Ann (b.1770) and Mary (b.1773).

Edmund's occupation of miller was still recorded as such in 1805, when he was 61 at the time of his death. He was buried on 12 February 1805 in St James' Cemetary... the site of his workplace throughout his life.

Photo: St James Cemetary

(Photo: St James Cemetary)

The site was later developed as St James' cemetary and was chosen to be the site of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the World.

The quarry access tunnel can still be seen in situ within the graveyard below the cathedral itself, and the windmill depicted above would have been on the site of where the current Oratory building now stands.

(Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James' Mount)

(Photo: Graham Seaman)

(Text Source: Seaman Family History / St James Mount by Reginald Threlfall Bailey M.B.E) 


Thursday, 6 June 2019

William John Welsh - Grandad's Birthday - 6 June 2019

Graham with his grandad William John (aka Jack Welsh)

...another photo of Graham with his Grandad William John Welsh (b.1897 d.1965)

Remembering my grandad, William John Welsh, who would have been 122 years old had he still been with us today. 

Happy birthday Grandad - missing you. x. 

#familyhistory #seamanfamilyhistory

Saturday, 8 December 2018


(Muriel Frances Seaman)

From today, the title of these posts are going to change. I'm moving the focus away from them being 'Friday' photos to 'Family' photographs instead. The past few weeks have been a bit frantic for me for a number of reasons, and I've found it impossible to keep to my weekly posting schedule. Hopefully, doing this now, I should be able to remove some of the pressure and leave me with a little less guilt than I have been feeling of late!     

The post today gives details of my great-aunt, Muriel Frances Seaman, who was related via my paternal side of the family.

1920 - Muriel Frances Seaman was born on 1 Nov 1920 in Liverpool, Lancashire. She was the fifth of six daughters born to Joseph Frederick Seaman and Sarah Ann Smith, my paternal great-grandparents. Only one of her sisters was younger than herself - Daisy - who was born in 1922.

1939 - In the 1939 register Muriel was found to be living with her parents, at their home in 4 Lily Grove, Wavertree. As well as Joseph and Sarah, her brother William and sister Daisy were also in residence. On the original register entry, her name had been given as Muriel F Seaman. This surname had been crossed out however, and the name 'Holmes' entered, with a date of marriage being written alongside of 3 January 1945. Muriel's occupation at the time that the register was taken was given to be a 'general office clerk'. 

1944 / 1945 - According to the marriage indexes, Muriel married Dennis E Holmes in the 4th quarter of 1944. This is contrary to the evidence of the note made on the 1939 register entry which states that their marriage date was 3 January 1945. This fact is also confused by the fact that she featured on the Electoral Register for 1945 by her maiden name of Seaman. The actual marriage certificate would need to be ordered to try and resolve this discrepancy.

1944 / 45 - The couple were reportedly married in St Cyprian's church, Edge Hill, Liverpool. The church itself is still standing, although it has now been converted into a modern block of flats for student accommodation.

1944 / 45 - Married Dennis Edwin Holmes in Liverpool on 3 January 1945 (evidenced by a note made in the 1939 register). The couple went on to have at least three surviving children.

2006 - Records were found in the Death indexes stating that Muriel passed away on the 13 November 2006. She was 86 years of age when she died.

Both Muriel and her sister Daisy were known to my father, Charles Seaman during his lifetime. He went to visit them on a number of occasions, although sadly I can't recall if he ever took my brother or I to meet them. I know that at least one of them used to live in Woolton village quite near to where we live now, in Cavell Close, which is off School Lane in the village, although unfortunately I now cannot be sure which sister it actually was.

Friday, 23 November 2018


This photograph shows Marion Erlis, centre-right, taking up her role as Queen Mary in one of the annual parades organised by the Orange Lodge in Toxteth.

Her 'husband' - William of Orange (or 'King Billy' as he was known) - is standing to her right holding up his sword.

The exact date the photograph was taken is unknown, but the parade's traditionally take place on or around the 12th July each year. Judging by Mal's apparent age, the year was potentially around the early 1950's. 

I personally recall the parades passing through Toxteth as being a grand spectacle, consisting of marching bands, decorated lorries used as floats, and members of the order marching in lines behind the Protestant King and Queen, all wearing the familiar orange sashes across their chests.

These were colourful, noisy, exciting events that we kids living in Toxteth would look forward to.

I remember well how my grandad, William John Welsh, would stand at the front door and listen out for the bands playing, then pick me up and run along to Park Street to watch the parade as it passed.

Looking at this photo brings back nice memories of both Mal and also the times when we were growing up in Toxteth.

Friday, 2 November 2018


My wife's grandfather - Laurence D'ANNUNZIO - seen here sitting second from left in the photograph, with his shipmates on the stoker training ship HMS Drake. The ship, previously known as HMS Marshal Ney, had been renamed 'Drake' in 1934 by the Royal Navy.

Laurence served in the Navy following his marriage to his wife 
Agnes SAUNDERSON in 1934. 

He was originally trained on HMS Eaglet, the shore-based training centre for the Royal Navy based at Salthouse Dock, Liverpool, before taking up his role as a wireless telegraphist, 1st class Petty Officer, as denoted by the ranked insignia on his uniform. 

Friday, 26 October 2018


(Terraced houses in Hughson Street)

An official photo, taken around 1963 by the City Council, prior to the properties being purchased and subsequently demolished under a Compulsory Purchase Order.

Hughson Street in Toxteth, Liverpool was where I spent my formative years, up until the age of seven years old. 

Number 25 in the street had been the home of my grandparents, William and Elizabeth Welsh, prior to my birth. Following this, my parents, brother and I also lived in the same property, which only had two bedrooms - one front and one back - and a small back kitchen and front reception room on the ground floor. My aunt slept on a pull-out couch downstairs, while my grandparents had the front bedroom. My family, the four of us, all slept in the rear bedroom. 

There was no bathroom in the house, an outside WC being supplied instead which had been situated at the bottom of the back-yard. A large brick coal-shed also stood outside in the yard. This had formerly been built as a bomb shelter and used by our family during WW2 when German bombers attacked the city during the Liverpool Blitz of 1941. The gap between the two blocks of houses to the right of the photograph was where numbers 27 and 29 once stood. 27 took a direct hit from a bomb and 29 had to be demolished as it had been too badly damaged to repair. The subsequent 'bommie' which was created, (the bulldozed area of land where the houses had once stood), then became a play area for two generations of our family. 

This photograph brought back so many memories for me when I found it posted on one of the Liverpool Facebook pages, but it was to surprise me even further when I enlarged it and looked at the image more closely.

The front door of number 25, next to the bommie is open and there are children playing outside. The boy outside our home looks suspiciously like my brother Gary.  

Amazing to think that the official council photographer chose that particular moment to record the properties which were to be demolished in just a few years time, as well as recording my brother and his friends at play.