It’s Mother’s Day today in the UK – here’s a photographic gallery of my female ancestors.
Today is Mothering Sunday here in the UK, so what better way to mark it than to share a gallery of photos of my female ancestors.
The photographs show both my paternal and maternal direct-line of mothers, reaching from my mother to my Great Great Great Grandmother (Ann Bowers) on my maternal line, and from my father’s mother to my Great Great Great Great Grandmother (Avis Tall) on my paternal line.
Click on any of the photos below to see a larger version, and to view them as a slideshow.
Happy Mother’s Day!
My Maternal branch of Mothers
Maternal Grandmother Pamela
MatMat Great Grandmother, Maude
MatPat Great Grandmother, Susan
MatMatPat Great Great Grandmother, Louisa
MatMatMat Great Great Grandmother, Adelaide
MatPatMat Great Great Grandmother Mary Ann.
MatMatMatPatMat Great Great Great Grandmother
MatMatMatMat Great Great Great Grandmother, Ann
My Paternal branch of Mothers
PatMat Grandmother, Edna
PatMatMat Great Grandmother, Clara
PatPatMat Great Grandmother, Daisy
PatPatPatMat Great Great Grandmother, Sarah
PatMatPatMat Great Great Grandmother, Harriet
Caroline Coe (formerly Howlett, née Clark) – my Great x3 Grandmother c.1911. Photo: Andrew Martin.
PatPatPatMatMat Great Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth
PatPatPatPatMat Great Great Great Grandmother, Mary
PatPatPatMatMatMat Great Great Great Great Grandmother, Sarah
Mourning the death of her husband James Yarrow, Mary (née Gothard) loses her thatched cottage on Guy Fawkes Night when a stray firework burns it to the ground. Just 3 months later, she too passes away.
Whilst Guy Fawkes Night is marked this weekend with bonfires and fireworks, the night was one far from celebration in the small village of Little Thetford, near Ely, Cambridgeshire.
On about the 28th October 1930, my Great Great Great Grandfather, James Yarrow died aged 84yrs. He was buried in Little Thetford on 30th. His widow, Mary (née Gothard), aged about 83-84yrs survived him.
With the memory of her husband’s death still fresh in her mind, Mary went to stay with her middle son (my Great Great Grandfather) James Yarrow at nearby Wilburton Station.
However, six days after James’ funeral, and on Guy Fawkes Night (5th November), a stray firework landed on the thatched roof of her home. The building was razed to the ground.
The Cambridgeshire Times reported the story as follows:
It was fortunate that Mary was away, and extremely fortunate that her neighbours had rallied around to rescue as many of her possessions as they could.
The effects of this double tragedy are recounted in Mary’s obituary on page 15 of The Cambridgeshire Times of the 27th February 1931 – just 3 months after the fire.
I’m very fortunate to have located 2, possibly 3 photos of James and Mary – which may have even survived only because of the bravery of those villagers who entered her burning property and retrieved her belongings.
The Gothard family are part of my maternal ancestry.
The most recent Gothard in my ancestral line was my Great Great Great Grandmother Mary Gothard (pictured) who was born in Witcham, Cambridgeshire in 1847.
Her parents were William Gothard and Sarah Hawkins, and she had eight known siblings.
My Great Grandmother remembers that the surname was spoken sometimes as ‘go-therd’. This makes me wonder whether the surname is an occupational one with ‘go-therd’ being to goats, what ‘shep-herd’ is to sheep. Whatever the origin of the name, I’ve only been able to push the Gothard family back (so far) to this William Gothard, born in 1816.
In a must-be-related branch of the Gothard family from just a few miles away, descends a photographer – Warner Gothard.
His work was so highly respected that he opened 4 ‘Day and Electric Light Studios’ in Barnsley, Dewsbury, Leeds and Halifax. He pioneered the ‘Montage Postcard’ and became a photographer for the British Royal Family.
A blue plaque has been erected in Barnsley on the shops and offices that he erected in the 1920s, and to commemorate his achievements and his gift of Seckar Woods to the people of Barnsley and Wakefield.
Common variants seem to include: Gotherd, Gothard, Gottard, Goatherd.