A little 'Griffin' imponderable.

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  1. Mealymoo

    Mealymoo A Busy Lizzy

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    When this query was first posted I had started looking for William Griffins' timber merchants and did find a couple, but the search has advanced and I am unable to formulate it; unfortunately if I'm not in in the beginning my now 'silly brain' is incapable of getting its head round queries.........matters not as you've had the mostest, bestest help from Huncamunca who is undoubtedly the best researcher on any FH forum, we are blessed here at Top Dog to have Jane's qualified knowledge and help free of charge. I am certain that Jane's skills are above the majority of many 'professional researchers'. Don't ever leave us Jane, please, cos we love and appreciate you more than you may realise :)

    And if I sound soppy, so what! It's what most members would like to convey, I'm sure of that :):).
     
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  2. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Amen to that Lizzie!;)
     
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  3. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Hello Wendy, still night-time here but I was woken up by a Windows update so thought I'd see what was happening on Top Dog.
    I'm not trying to say this William is from Newbury. He is consistent about Peakirk. I think the simplest explanation is that he is nothing to do with your family . . . which is a shame after all the work that you've put into his line. :(

    My feeling is that your William Griffin the carman takes his surname from his mother Jane Griffin (who married John Richmond). She was from Newbury. If you agree with this line of reasoning then the next step is to look for her origins.

    Unfortunately I don't think you will be able to sort out the Berkshire families purely from information online because Berkshire isn't very well covered by online records. Though Findmypast has partial indexes for Berkshire now, Newbury baptisms are not included. Hence my offer to check Newbury parish registers for you next time I'm in Reading.
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Thank you dear @Mealymoo for your lovely words. They are sooooo much appreciated.
    ():-)
     
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  5. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Jane, how rude of Windows to wake you, just for an update :(.
    I did wonder how both Williams could be the same unless those Peakirk & Newbury families hooked up back somewhere or other.

    I don't mind if I've investigated a wrong line, some day someone will read about it all & perhaps be helped along.

    I've been looking into the three dtrs of 'my' William & Emma H. to see if they married & mentioned their father's name, & also find when he died.
    I believe I have found Ada,& Eliza marriages but no guarantees.

    Eliza Matilda Ann Griffin c1888 married Thomas Parrish 9 Feb 1908 St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey. [not yet seen on electorals]
    Fthr William a labourer.
    ..................
    Name: Ada Jane M Griffin
    Birth: Jan 1885 - St Olave Southwark, London
    .......
    Name: Ada Jane Mary Griffin married Albert William Purbrick,26 May 1912, St John, Horselydown [AKA Mary Jane Purbrick on electorals.
    Estimated birth years: abt 1885
    Father Name: William Griffin (dec'd)
    Spouse Father: Henry Purbrick
    wit's Harry Purbrick & Harriet Griffin.
    ........................
    V. hot here so am away to prep cool things for dinner.
     
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  6. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    If only I was that well-liked, Lizzy. Sadly, to judge from the number of people who have liked your post, it looks like I do not have a very big fan club. I doubt if I can claim the title of bestest genealogist on any forum but I have tried ever so hard to help people. Maybe I have tried too hard and just do not come across as a likeable sort of person. (I do so wish I was good at making friends: I'd trade any amount of my useless knowledge for that.)

    Thank you again Lizzy for your very kind words, and thank you to Wendy, Barb, Chimpy, MollyMay, muggy and Moff for agreeing with them.
    {-(^^)-}
     
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  7. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Jane, I cannot imagine that you are not well liked. I do note some people are sparse with their use of like button, sometimes it just doesn't occur- being still new to some users.
    Often like me perhaps they don't click hard enough on the like button, I've repeated that action in later days when I see I have not apparently done so.

    I like you Jane for who you are which does include all of the lovely work you do here for people, but you are more than a forum detective & fixer upper. Remember that & don't ever doubt your worth.
    Have a little think back to other whichevers you have tackled in your life. Been pretty full hasn't it?():-)

    ps-ever thought some folk may be a bit in awe of you?
     
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  8. Mealymoo

    Mealymoo A Busy Lizzy

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    Jane, listen to Wendy and don't doubt your likeability. You are a kind and giving person, so what's not to like? {-(^^)-}
     
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  9. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    I was otherwise occupied ( 5 vials of blood and 2 hours devoted to the vampire) when I read this. I think Wendy got it right. You have helped me tremendously in the past, just wish I could have found more for you on your William Carter but it was not to be. Sometimes I just read the post and go onto the next one without ever thinking of hitting the like button. Doesn't mean the intent wasn't there. Just a bit of forgetfulness, I guess. ():-)
     
  10. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I have odd feelings about the 'like' button. I take it to mean the viewer liked the post contents- not necessarily the post person- the little messages like those above would mean much more to me than likes, although they too are appreciated & show people do read ones posts.

    I'm sure there are people I've met in person & do like but haven't necessarily told them so. A hug & a warm greeting I hope does the trick.
    How many people on face-book have friends they've never met? & how 'real' are those 'friends'. I've known one who actually said she just likes to collect a lot of friends, which can be lovely too in that if not actively disliking every one, we CAN all be friends. Amen.

    Righto, a little more house work now. ;)
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    :)
     
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  12. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    An offer I'd be happy to accept Jane, when you have the time & are in the correct locality.
    Today I saw a tree owner who quoted 1851 source link with Jane b.1838 Newbury, Mother Hannah but Father unknown. [he was listed on census] A guess I suppose as children other than on 1851 are not listed.

    Another has John Richmond as Jane's Husband & one dtr b. 1859 but no Parents.
    Jane you have spent a lot of time with this post, I so appreciate it but save some of yourself for other endeavours too.
    {-(^^)-}
     
  13. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Well I think you are just an amazing person and genealogist the way you help people without giving it a second thought Jane. One of the best!(+)(^^)(+)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Sorry to hijack ;)

    @Huncamunca , I have looked at the amount of likes. Sorry I compared you with me :nailbiting:

    OK I have a few more than you but.... and it's a BIG BUT, your likes are for the huge amount of help and research you do for people. You do all of this with the ease of the professional you are.

    Whereas, my likes are for no more than the smart-aleck comments I come out with.

    On a genealogy forum (such as Top Dog, the bestest forum in the whole world...... possibly) your worth and expertise is greater than mine will ever be.

    If I had to chose someone to help me research, out of you and I, I would pick you every time. (except for when it came to playing the fool, then sorry.... get in line kido :D )
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I go along with the hairy one Jane - I'm sure most of my 'likes' have come from quips and small additions to other people's comments. You, on the other hand, have an ability to do 'proper' research and set it out in a clear and understandable fashion. The help you give to our members is second to none. And as for friends......I bet if we had a 'be a friend' button you would realise how many friends you have on Top Dog.

    Ann {-(^^)-}
    (who has to confess that she very often forgets to 'click' the like button :oops:)
     
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  16. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Just in quickly -via a call to G'Dtr's email.
    - re #34 isn't that just the awkwardness of 'likes' ? I like online people for what they are..do for others..how they connect with me etc.
    We who never really meet out Genealogy friends here in person [for the main part] are left with a word. LIKE
    I've never met several UK,Canadian & US Cousins with whom I chat in various I'net sites but I count them as friends. What the heck is a friend any hoo, but someone you can appeal to, indulge in snippets with, sympathise with ,rejoice with, chat with.? Oh heck what would I know, I live over here in a new country where odd things occur.
    Animals know more than I do.

    I'll stop now & go for a red. :D
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Odd? Well we are upside down, apparently. :sceptical:
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    I've made quite a mess of my life. Genealogy is one of the few things left that I have confidence I can do - my rock in a very choppy sea. When I saw how few people agreed with Mealymoo that I was a worthwhile member of the forum, a big wave swept me off my little rock.

    Thank you all, lovely people, for throwing in a lifeline for me. When I have dried out a bit I will try to get back to genealogy.

    ():-)

    xxx
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    And get back on that rock. :)
     
  20. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    It's the time of the year Jane, HAPPENS! don't ever think you are the only one.
    When the blues get past the vinyl, or C.D., know it's time to shake it all off .
    I can't think how you've made a mess of your life unless you'd rather have chosen a different path, but hey! would it have made you happier? Auntie Jane is still Auntie Jane to those who are special & Sisters are forever.

    We lucked out here because you shared your talents with us & all who happened by.
    You shook me out of a possible blue funk & I hope I can do same for you.

    You don't have to hurry back to genealogy unless/until it suits YOU.
    The folks you help, don't come calling saying "We want Jane/Huncamunca", they just hope someone can help out a little. You being you, go the whole yard & sort it all out for which we Love you. You won't be forgotten by these people Jane.

    Did you bring a clean hanky?
     

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