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Tag: family history

James Eyles Keating (1839-1884) and Jane Slater (1840-1899)

James Eyles Keating and Jane Slater were my great-great grandparents. Born and brought up in Woolwich, both were the children of long-serving gunners in the Royal Artillery. James worked as a tailor or tailor’s cutter; Jane as a seamstress or dressmaker. Their stories are told in this PDF.

Roger Keating (1770-1832) and John Keating (1813-1872)

Roger and John were father and son. Both served for decades in the Royal Artillery. Roger is my great-great-great-grandfather (which is a lot of greats), and John is my great-great-great-grandfather. Their life stories are told in this PDF.


Benjamin Grassby (1836-1896) and Mary Ann Taffs (1836-1915)

Here is a write up of the life stories of Benjamin Grassby and Mary Ann Taffs as far as I have been able to research them. Benjamin and Mary Ann (sometimes Marianne were my great-great-grandparents. Their story is told in this PDF.


Blog post: Henry William Street – Chartist

Here’s a new blog post on Henry William Street. As a young man, he took part in the Chartist “monster meeting” on Kennington Common on 10 April 1848 which was to have preceded a march on Parliament to present the third great petition calling for the Charter to be implemented.

The Chartist who crossed the road and his father the special constable: one family’s radical heritage.

The post originated with an email from Henry’s great granddaughter Jennie Street, who learned of the site when she met doctoral student and Chartist enthusiast Vic Jane Clarke…

Jennie was kind enough to share her family records and photograph with me and to allow me to share them with the wider world.