Memories of Weston-super-Mare Grammar School for Boys 1954-1962

  The Spring Term of 1954 at St Andrews Junior School in Clevedon, was not one I was looking forward to - for it meant the dreaded Eleven Plus Exam.  I believe now, that when I first went to St Andrews, the Headmistress, Miss Page, put me in the wrong class - for I was …

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The Nickson/Cain Family of Southport, Lancashire, 1829-1994

When considering the Nickson/Cain Families of Southport, Lancashire, one inevitably will come into contact with other families discussed elsewhere - the Woolard and Rusin Families in America, and the Dorber Family in the United Kingdom  What follows therefore, is part of the continuing story of how these families are intertwined My Maternal Great-grandmother was named …

James Albert Woolard II (1885 – 1964) – my Maternal Grandfather and his 3 brothers: Dallas, Herman & George

Over the past twelve years or so that I've been researching my Mother's American Woolard Family, I have often been struck by the fact that many of them, have been married more than once - or their spouses are in second or third marriages.  My Great Grandparents and their sons were, it seems, no exception. …

James Albert Woolard (Snr) [1858 – 1922] – my Maternal Great Grandfather

James Albert Woolard was born in Richland Township, Fairfield County, Ohio on the 25th April 1858.  He was the youngest son and seventh of eight children of Isaac Woolard and his wife, Elizabeth B. Miller. When Isaac died on the 16th October 1867, James was just nine years of age.  There is very little information …

Isaac Woolard (1811 – 1867) – my Maternal 2X Great Grandfather

The US Census goes back to 1790, but it's almost impossible to identify on any Census documents much before 1840, who anyone is and who was married to whom.  It would seem from various other documents, that Isaac Woolard (my Great Great Grandfather) was born in Virginia on the 23rd August 1811. He was possibly …

Henry W. Woolard (1787-1878) – my Maternal 3X Great Grandfather

THE WOOLARD FAMILY AFTER JOHN (c1752-1809) A key feature of the early Woolard Family members, seems to be that many of them married more than once, and that they seemed to have a great many children.  My 4X Great Grandparents - John and Margaret Woolard - had at least eight children - they're all listed …

Teacher Training at Redland College, Bristol, and back to School – 1962 to 1966

Why Teaching ? My Mum and Dad had been secondary teachers for a number of years in Bristol - and were both pretty successful at their jobs.  Indeed I had been in both their schools on numerous occasions over the years,  and had come into contact with quite a few of the youngsters.  Mum and …

Growing up in & around Clevedon, Somerset, in the 1940’s, 1950’s and mid-1960’s

BEGINNINGS Had it not been for the German Luftwaffe, I would have been born a Mancunian - as it was, so my Mother told me - that due to a particularly heavy air raid on Manchester late in the evening of 20th October 1943, she and other heavily pregnant women were evacuated from St Mary's …