Bob Anderson's Family History Website

BobAnderson.co.uk is my Family History website, detailing genealogical research into my ancestors, with a particular emphasis on the Anderson, McCauley and Britton parts of my family. The site includes family trees of my genealogy, many photos, and video materials, including footage of the 1911 Eltham Axemen's Carnival in New Zealand, at which my grandfather George McCauley competed successfully.

The Britton and Thomas Families: Gallery

Here are all of the photos from the Britton side of my family. Single click onto an image to see it at full-size.

St. Oswald's Parish Church, Oswestry, Shropshire

Florence Britton's parents, Joseph Ridgway Britton and Eliza Thomas, were married here on  12 November 1880.

 

 

Florence Britton with Jane Heaton/ Freestone

Florence sitting on the knee of Jane Heaton/ Freestone. Taken in Thirsk, Yorkshire, in about 1881.

Reverse of Photo of Florence Britton with Jane Heaton/ Freestone

J. R. Clarke was a well-known photographer born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1840. He set up a photography business in Thirsk in 1870. Ingramgate was the last of his three studios. His work is said to be "characteristically full of detail and carefully composed while often looking entirely natural". Many of his photos can be seen in Thirsk Museum.

Bagby Parish Church

Florence Britton was baptised here on 6 February 1881 while still in the care of her  parents, Joseph and Eliza Britton.

Keepers Cottage, Islebeck, Bagby, Yorkshire

Was this where George Freestone, gamekeeper, and his family lived? Was this where Florence was abandoned by her parents between February and April 1881?

Keepers Cottage For Sale

Sale notice in local newspaper on 9 September 1995.

Thirkleby Hall

Photo taken in 1992. Just the shell of the old hall remains.

Florence Britton

Photo taken in County Durham in the early 1900s before Florence left for New Zealand in 1908. The photographer, Thirlwell and Co., set up business at 21 Bridge Rd., Stockton-on-Tees in 1902/3.

 

 

 

 

 

Florence Anderson (nee Britton)

Photo taken in New Zealand in the 1930s/ 1940s.  Provided by Stephen Watson, her great grandson.

Florence Anderson (nee Britton) with Bob Anderson

Photo of myself and my grandmother taken at 99 Smithfield Rd., Wanganui, New Zealand in about April 1943 when I was 14 months old.

Florence Anderson (nee Britton)

One of the last photos taken of Florence when she celebrated her 80th birthday on 29 November 1962. This was actually her 82nd. birthday. She died on 25 March 1963.

Brynkinalt Hall Stables

Joseph Ridgway Britton, Florence's "father", was born in these stables on 20 December 1857. His father, John Britton, was coachman at Brynkinalt Hall.

Brynkinalt Hall

Home of the Trevor family in Chirk, Denbyshire, North Wales.

Brynkinalt Hall

Postcard of Brynkinalt Hall.

Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas (nee McCausland)

Photo of my great great grandfather and his second wife. Discovered by Theo Pardoen in 2013 in a collection of old photographs obtained from his first cousin once removed, Yvonne Patricia Chirgwin, a great grandchild of Charles and Eliza Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse of Photo of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eliza Ann Thomas

Photo of Eliza Ann aged 76. Cropped from a photo of a larger family group taken in 1909 at the wedding of her granddaughter, Kathleen Gertrude West, and provided by Theo Pardoen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding of Kathleen Gertrude West and George Henry Dearnley

Wedding in 1909 attended by various members of the Thomas family as follows: 1. Catherine Godden (nee West/ Thomas) 1859- 1928 2. Kathleen Gertrude West 1885- 1946 3. Hilda Annie West 4. Eliza Ann Thomas 1833- 1913 5. Helena Flora (Ena) Johnson 6. Helena Gertrude (Lena) Bearman 7. Georgina Gertrude (Gertie) Bearman (nee Thomas) ? 1875-   8. Jane Elizabeth Turner (nee Thomas) ? 1873-  9. Annie Rhoda Johnston (nee Thomas) ? 1866-  10. Helena Agnes Bearman (nee Thomas) ? 1869- . Photo provided by Theo Pardoen

 

Samuel William Thomas

Photo of Samuel William Thomas (1855 -  ), the son of Charles and Mary Jane Thomas and probable brother of my great grandmother, Eliza Britton (nee Thomas). Provided by Samuel's great granddaughter, Fiona May Rogers

 

 

Catherine Thomas

Photo of  Catherine (Kate) Thomas, the eldest daughter of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas and the half sister of my great grandmother, Eliza Britton (formerly Thomas). Provided by Catherine's great grandson, Theo Pardoen.

 

 

Andrew Thomas

Photo of Andrew Thomas, the eldest son of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas. Provided by Theo Pardoen

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Thomas and William Henry West

Photo of William Henry West (standing) and who is presumed to be Andrew Thomas (sitting). Taken in 1882 in Valetta, Malta, when they were both serving on HMS Alexandra. Andrew was the eldest son of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas. William Henry West married Andrew's sister, Catherine Thomas, in 1884. Provided by Theo Pardoen.

 

 

 

Annie Rhoda Johnston (formerly Thomas) and her Family

Photo of Annie Rhoda Johnston (nee Thomas), another daughter of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas, and her family. Eliza Ann lived with this family in Portsmouth during the last years of her life. Provided by Theo Pardoen.

 

John Alexander Thomas

Photo of John Alexander Thomas, one of the sons of Charles and Eliza Ann Thomas. Provided by John's grand-daughter, Mary Pearson.

 

 

 

 

US Congressional Medal

Charles Thomas was one of the seamen on the brig Daring  who, along with sailors from other English, French, Spanish and American ships, were awarded this medal by the USA Government for "their exertions in saving several of the officers and crew of the US brig "Somers" in the harbour of Vera Cruz on 10 December 1846". The medal is considered a metallic masterpiece, engraved by Charles Cushing Wright; ten of the original medals were struck in gold and the remainder in silver. This is a photo of an exact replica in bronze of the original medal re-struck by the US mint (the box is antique but not original). Just ninety medals were struck in bronze, a smaller number than the published mintage of the silver specimens coined to be presented to those who helped save seven lives from the wreck, though the silver ones are far rarer today. This medal is sought after by naval collectors and shipwreck specialists alike.

 

US Congressional Medal

Silver medal awarded to Charles Thomas. It was sold by Nesbits Auctions, Portsmouth, on 20 May 2015, together with a letter from Charles and one from his wife, Eliza A., for £560. The seller was Patricia Thomas, the widow of Michael Thomas, the great grandson of Charles Thomas.

 

 

 

US Congressional Medal

Original silver medal awarded to one of the fellow seamen of Charles Thomas, Phillip J. Gunn, Captain Main Top on the Daring, and sold by auction in 2008 for £710



Coastguard Boathouse, Minlaragh, Donegal, Ireland

Charles Thomas, my great great grandfather, was a coastguard here, near Inishbofin, for various periods in the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s. It is likely that Charles' daughter, my great grandmother, Eliza Thomas, was born in this area.

Inishbofin Island, Donegal

Seen in the distance from Minlaragh

 

 

 

 

BallyConnell House

My probable great great grandmother, Sarah Jane Fair, was a servant at this house near Falcarragh, Donegal at the time of her marriage to Charles Thomas.

Raymunterdonay Church, Donegal

Charles Thomas married his first wife, Mary Jane Fair, in this church on 22 January 1849.

Cappagh Church, near Omagh, Tyrone, Ireland

Charles Thomas married his second wife,  Eliza Ann McCausland, in this church on 17 October 1857

Cappagh Church, Tyrone

Interior of church.

Cappagh Church, Tyrone

Photo taken in June 2010.

Erganagh Road / Glebe Road Sign

Andrew McCausland, Eliza Ann's father, farmed about 13 acres of land in Erganagh Glebe townland close to Cappagh Church.

St. Leonards, Hastings, Sussex, England

Charles Thomas and his family lived in houses in Caves Rd., St. Leonards, after Charles retired from the coastguard service. This panoramic view, composed of a number of photos, shows the close proximity of Charles' house in Caves Rd. to the house at 107 Marina on the St. Leonards waterfront where the Trevor family of Brynkinalt were staying at the time of the 1871 census.