HEATHER'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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HEATHER'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY was launched in 2020 and is a site dedicated to the historical and genealogical information and documentation that I have collected over more than fifty years. 

My husband and both my sons, Alex and Dom deserve a special mention as they have always supported me. This entire site, however, is attributable to Alex; without his vision and enthusiasm, I would not have the opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition of having a website where I can share my research.

With filing cabinets brimming and my computer congested with photographs, downloads, projects completed and in progress, this website will also give me an opportunity to develop structures for the many avenues of my research.

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RECENT POSTS

14 MAY 2022
MY FENWICK FAMILY
Tales from my Grandmother Thomasina Johnston Fenwick (1880-1974)
30 JANUARY 2022
THE FENWICKS OF 1 PRUDHOE STREET (1874-1894)
Over a period of twenty years, this was the home in North Shields of my maternal grandmother, great grandparents, and great grandfather.

27 DECEMBER 2021
AN AMAZING DISCOVERY IN CLEADON VILLAGE!
It was only whilst doing further genealogical research at 'The Word', the library where some of the South Shields archives are held, that I discovered my connection to both of the buildings.

12 DECEMBER 2021
RICHARD SCOTT (1740-1804) OF SOUTH SHIELDS & HARTON HOUSE FARM > PART 3
From Arctic Whaling to Red Sea Lighthouses; Shipbuilding and Ship Ownership in South Shields and Sunderland to Bottle-Manufacturing and Amazing Properties!

06 NOVEMBER 2021
RICHARD SCOTT (1740-1804) OF SOUTH SHIELDS & HARTON HOUSE FARM > PART 2
Moving on from Richard Scott's life I have considered in this part, his legacy, the early lives of his children leading onto shipping connections between the River Tyne and the River Wear Who was Robert Whinnem, in whom Richard Scott had so much faith in nominating him to oversee his estate and provide guardianship for his children (John Scott, his heir, was aged fifteen)?


09 OCTOBER 2021
THE YEOMAN FAMILY OF HARTON: POIGNANT MEMORIAL TO A FAMILY BESET BY TRAGEDY (1781-1803)
This memorial stone in St Hilda's Church, South Shields is significant to Richard Scott (1740-1804).

RICHARD SCOTT (1740-1804) OF SOUTH SHIELDS & HARTON HOUSE FARM > PART 1
James Evans Part 2 concluded with a reference to James Evans the Elder's sponsorship of his son James Evans' indenture with Richard Scott.


03 JULY 2021
JOHN CROWELL POLLARD (1859-1906) > PART 3
I have found it fascinating how I have been able to find so much information about John Crowell Pollard.


01 MAY 2021
JOHN CROWELL POLLARD (1859-1906) > PART 2
It was in a bundle of family records that I came across a receipt for the re-opening of a grave in Westoe Cemetery in 1901 for the burial of my great uncle, Thomas Young (1880-1901) and the name on the receipt was 'J C Pollard'.


28 FEBRUARY 2021
BARNARD CASTLE
This painting was noticed, by my husband Nigel, in our local Antique shop in Cleadon five years or so ago.


22 FEBRUARY 2021
THOMAS WILLIAM THOMAS (1881-1923): THE AMERICAN DREAM THAT ENDED IN TRAGEDY > PART 8
This is based on two letters found in the loft of Rowland's marital home in New Malden, Surrey in 2009, fifteen years after he died and a few months before a flood was to devastate the property.


14 FEBRUARY 2021
THOMAS WILLIAM THOMAS (1881-1923): THE AMERICAN DREAM THAT ENDED IN TRAGEDY > PART 7
The only information about the death of Thomas William Thomas was retained in a bureau/writing desk in New Malden, Surrey by his son, Rowland in the form of the original death certificate.


30 JANUARY 2021
JAMES L. HATCH MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS CARD 1958: ALTOONA TO NEW MALDEN
This is the Christmas card of December 1958, kept in a writing bureau in the family home in New Malden, Surrey of Nigel, my husband.