A great request reaches me from Rose Marie Burnell, mother of the gorgeous Edward and wife of Richard Burnell, also late of this parish. Rose has started a great project, which given recent discussions, should provoke conversation and questions for all local history buffs hereabouts. I’ll let Rose explain.
My mum and dad met in Brownhills (at the Hussey Arms at a Rotoract local history talk!), and as their families both lived in the area, I’m coming to realise just how much of my family’s history was played out here.
My great great grandmother was Alice Bradbury who ran Bradbury’s department store and Howard Craddock was my great great grandad who ran the grocery distribution business.
On my mum’s side, my grandmother Nancy McCarthy worked as a community midwife here and delivered many, many babies in the area (including me!)
Would you mind at all if I used your blog to ask people in the local community to share any memories or photographs they may have of Bradbury’s, AH Craddock, CT Craddock or of Nancy McCarthy with me to help ‘colour in’ the skeleton family tree I have started work on? Ancestry software allows me to add memories to individual profiles; it would be fantastic to add some detail beyond simple birth and death dates.
If this is okay with you, you are welcome to use the above on the blog. You’re welcome to have a look at the tree when I’ve done some more of it.
Thanks to all for contributions so far, and if you have anything to add, please do comment here or mail me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.
As a side issue, I’m particularly interested in recollections of the Midwife, Nancy McCarthy. We have scant record here of the ladies who helped deliver the next generations of locals and of their essential and caring work. Such important history should be part of the record, I feel.
Any of the ladies here care to comment?