Archive for the ‘Walter Alliston’ Tag

Introducing the Claydons

I’ve just added a page introducing the Claydons from Essex that I have tracked down.

Sadly, this isn’t a very impressive selection of direct ancestors… only my great grandmother Caroline Claydon, and her father James – more details on my problems tracing my Claydons on the new page!

When I think of the Claydons, it is really Caroline Claydon I imagine. From the stories I’ve been told, and the pictures I’ve seen, she sounded and looked like a formidable person. She was certainly a survivor.

Her first husband, Walter Alliston died of throat cancer, leaving her with two young children (aged 10 & 4). She took in boarders for a while, and one of these became her second husband – Hugo Otto Greiner, an engineer from Germany working at a local factory. They had one child together and a much longer marriage (29 years). Hugo died in 1930, and she lived on to 1949.


Introducing the Allistons

I’ve added a page giving an overview of the Allistons I have tracked down, including a pedigree chart for my great grandfather Walter Alliston.

My Allistons are from Essex, and I haven’t managed to track them back terribly far – my earliest Alliston is Thomas, born in 1774.

When I think of my Allistons, my main thoughts are of sad deaths and spelling that surname!

  • Walter Alliston died in 1899, aged 45, of throat cancer. He took five months to die, and my family has a sad letter he wrote from hospital
  • Henry Alliston, his father, died in 1864, aged 50. He fell from a hay wagon & broke his back, but took nine weeks to die
  • try saying ‘Alliston’ and you can probably imagine all the possible ways people hear & write it down – Allison & Elliston are ones I’ve found quite often

Meet the great grandparents!

When I started researching my family history about four years ago, I was lucky enough to already know the names of all eight of my great grandparents. I think that these ancestors are an ideal way to start my family history on this blog.

Indeed, on this blog, all lines will flow back through history from my great grandparents … as I don’t intend to go into detail for more recent family, in order to protect the privacy of the living.

So here they are, introduced through their marriages, my great grandparents:

Walter Alliston & Caroline Claydon married on 2nd February 1889 in Braintree, Essex.

Eliza Birt & Edward Ward married on 2nd August 1886 in Stradbroke, Suffolk.

Richard Henry Cormack & Annie Rose Nevill married on 1st February 1893 in Islington, Middlesex.

Mary Ann Pooley & Joseph Edmond Shephard married on 23rd February 1881 in Brighton, Sussex.