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Some more facts about Minnie

14 Jan

My search for the identity of my grandmother’s adopted sister Minnie took a step forward after Christmas 2010 when I was given a photo of a couple and it was identified by my mother as possibly being Minnie and her husband. I wrote about this photo last March in the hope that someone might recognise the mystery couple.

I also mentioned that there were several other “facts” that came to light after the discovery, the most obvious being that she got married. Although I didn’t know if this was her wedding photo it was thought that she did get married.

Furthermore it was thought that her husband’s name was either Fred or Stan (presumably short for Frederick and Stanley), unfortunately I could find no likely marriages in the GRO Indexes for a Minnie and Frederick or Stanley (or variants). It was also thought that the couple had at least one son.

Perhaps the best clue is the fact that they lived in “one of the Meon villages” in Hampshire, possibly either East or West Meon, but somewhere in the Meon Valley. Not only that but they had a connection with a local garage (possibly a Jaguar dealership) although whether it was owned by them or they simply worked there wasn’t clear.

This didn’t really progress the search that much further forward. At least I now had a geographical area to home in on and the connection with a garage raised my hopes. I felt sure that if I was able to get access to some directories for the county around the 1950s and 1960s I might be able to locate that garage and perhaps find the name of the proprietor.

Unfortunately the chance to check any directories never emerged during 2011, but fortunately I was to receive a much better clue just before Christmas 2011.

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Who was Minnie?

12 Jan

It was never going to be easy finding the identity of my grandmother’s adopted sister, as I had very little information to go on. Initially all I had to go on was the first name Minnie and the adopted sister relationship.

Of course the term “adopted sister” is suitably vague enough to mean just about anything, was it an official adoption? Was she actually related in some way? Perhaps a cousin? Perhaps she was a half-sister or step-sister?

There were too many possibilities, but my only real hope would be that somewhere there would be a record of my grandmother and Minnie living together or going to the same school, that would give me a clue to her surname (which of course might not be the name her birth was registered under).

The fact that her name was Minnie might not seem particularly helpful, assuming that this was her real name and not a nickname. At least it is a relatively unusual name which always helps when you don’t have much else to go on, but more importantly it was a family name.

My grandmother’s mother was Minnie Driver and my grandmother also had an aunt on her father’s side of the family by the name of Minnie Hemsley. This hinted at a family connection, but of course there were no likely Minnie Drivers or Minnie Hemsleys that seemed to fit the idea of being around my grandmother’s age.

That raises another issue, just how old was Minnie? Was she a younger or older sister? Natural sisters can be born years apart and presumably adopted sisters (whatever that means) could be born even further apart.

So in short there were virtually no hard facts to go on, but slowly a few more “facts” came to light.

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