#52ancestors (Wk22): At the Cemetery – George Backhouse

The cemetery is our location in this week’s family history post, coming after the ‘delight’ of seeing the corpse of Leeds United’s three-year return to the English Premier League well and truly buried at the end of the 2022/23 season this last weekend. The club was relegated back to the EFL Championship, ending with it … Continue reading #52ancestors (Wk22): At the Cemetery – George Backhouse


#52ancestors (Wk16): Should Be a Movie – Spencer Simpson

It’s got all the ingredients. He’s got more than a hint of actor James Cagney about him in many photos. Maybe from some angles, even Herbert Lom with my grandfather’s slicked back hair in younger days. My grandfather Spencer Simpson - more than a whiff of James Cagney. His wife, despite having a difficult life … Continue reading #52ancestors (Wk16): Should Be a Movie – Spencer Simpson

#52ancestors (Wk8): I Can Identify – John Willie Simpson & Ellen Walton

I can identify John Willie Simpson and Ellen Walton as one of my four sets of great grandparents, but they are the couple with the least essential information associated with their profiles. In the case of Ellen, her family line goes no further back than this, and is the least well populated on my entire … Continue reading #52ancestors (Wk8): I Can Identify – John Willie Simpson & Ellen Walton

#52ancestors (Wk7): Outcast – Joseph Noad

The Penal Servitude Act (1853) substituted imprisonment with hard labour on UK shores for what had been transportation to a distant British colony when the sentence was for less than for fourteen years. Had it not been for that Act of Parliament, my 2x great grandfather Joseph Noad [8 May, 1834 (Leeds, Yorkshire) – June, … Continue reading #52ancestors (Wk7): Outcast – Joseph Noad