Last year I used try and walk home from work on a Friday evening, it was a wonderful way to start the weekend. Today it was the other way around, I was making my way into Horsham to pick up some shopping. I also had a couple of other things to do on the way.
This week I have been sorting through GASSON files and came across a monumental inscription which I had transcribed back in March 2003. I discovered that I didn’t have a photo of it, and I am not even sure that I had a digital camera seven years ago.
Not only that, my transcription was different from that provided by the Sussex Family History Group. I felt I should visit Nuthurst, Sussex and get a photo of the headstone and check the inscription. Whilst I was in Nuthurst I also wanted to take a look at New House Farm, where my ancestors were living in the 1841 census.
I had a nice walk, the weather wasn’t brilliant to start with, lots of cloud with the occasional break that let the sunshine through (at least there wasn’t any volcanic ash!). The route was a bit further than my walk home used to be, about 10 miles in all, and I didn’t quite make it all the way to Horsham (I caught the bus for the last little bit).
It was good to get out and forget about job hunting for a few hours, enjoy a bit of sunshine and do a bit of genealogy as well. Just the sort of thing a wandering genealogist should be doing. Plus I got plenty of photos and things to write about along the way, like the one below of the primroses along the side of the disused railway line south of West Grinstead.
I have been neglecting my postcard collection a bit recently. I’ve only made a few purchases recently on eBay, and I haven’t actually posted any of my postcards on this blog since the 1st January.
This is a real photographic postcard of St. Andrew’s Church in Nuthurst, Sussex. The postmark on the reverse is not very clear, but it looks like this card was posted in 1915. There are no clues as to who the photographer or publisher were.
The church itself doesn’t appear to have changed a great deal, however the churchyard has changed quite a bit. Most of the headstones have now gone, as have most of the trees.
My family connection with Nuthurst Church comes from Henry and Catherine GASSON who passed through the parish around 1830-40. They had five children baptised here including my 3x great-grandfather Thomas GASSON.
Hmmm, looking back at last week’s goals it seems that I didn’t really manage to achieve most of them, but tomorrow is a bank holiday so I have an extra day off this week to try again.
- This week I want to get my paperwork down to just three folders, one of original documents, one of general research material (although I am having second thoughts about keeping that one as well) and one where I need to scan or transcribe the information (some of that is gong to take some time). I still have another folder with filing materials (dividers and punched pockets) that I have salvaged from the other folders, and can’t bare to part with just yet, but that doesn’t count.
- I still want to tidy up this blog. I haven’t got around to doing much work on it recently, other than posting. I have quite a few ideas for things I want to do, but it is just a question of finding time to do it.
- I still haven’t been for a walk around Nuthurst, Sussex. I want to visit the church and New House Farm, but again it is just a question of finding the time to do it.
- I really need to sort out the bookmarks on my PC. There are two reasons for this, firstly they are getting a bit out of hand and unmanageable (the need sorting into sub-folders or sub-sub-folders). The second reason is that I want to copy them over to my netbook, but I would rather they were better organised before I did it.
- Next Saturday I am hoping to visit the Picture Postcard Show in London. I need to produce a list of places and subjects that I want postcards of, aside from my main collecting interests. Also I need to get a research plan in place should I have time after the show to pop into the City of Westminster Archives just up the road.
Most of last weeks goals fell by the wayside as I got a bee in my bonnet about getting organised and purging my paper files. I still have much sorting and filing to do so this week is going to be pretty much all about organising.
- Continue the work I have already done sorting out my folders and capturing the data on my PC. I would like to get the bulk of the folders emptied this week, leaving only some of the more time consuming tasks to be completed in the following week.
- I didn’t get the opportunity to walk home from work last week, so I didn’t get to see New House Farm, Nuthurst, Sussex where my 4x great grandparents Henry and Catherine GASSON were living in 1841. So I will try again this week, although the weather doesn’t look to promising.
- I would still like to do some housekeeping on my blog. I need to review the categories and such like, update my blogroll and just make it look better, maybe a new header image and few other pictures in the sidebar and my profile needs a once over again.
- NO NEW RESEARCH UNTIL I HAVE GOT ALL MY FOLDERS ORGANISED. So please Ancestry.co.uk and any other data providers, no new databases this week!
- Find the quickest and simplest method for keeping my PC and netbook synchronised.
I am sure I won’t be able to avoid doing some research, that is just not possible, but I already have so much material to sort through that I don’t need any more just yet.
If anyone has any suggestions for synchronising my PC and netbook I would love to hear them.
I started looking into my GASSON research this evening, the earliest ancestors I have on my family tree for this line are Henry and Catherine GASSON, my 4x great grandparents.
I do know who Henry’s parents are (from someone else’s research) and I have a copy of his father’s will, but it is such a complicated situation (three wives) that I haven’t got around to putting the details in my tree and checking all the facts, but I am sure you will hear more of them in the future.
What interests me about Henry and Catherine is that they are the generation that moved over the border from Surrey into Sussex. From the details of their children’s births it seems to have been around 1830. At least four of their children (possibly more) were born in Surrey and then another five were born in Nuthurst, Sussex. The youngest child, Edward, is just one day old on the 1841 census and hadn’t been named.
Of all the children the only one I really know anything about is my 3x great grandfather Thomas. He was one of the Sussex children. The others are a bit of a mystery to me, so this is my first task for this family, find out some more about them.
The Surrey Marriage Index CD from the West Surrey Family History Society has Henry GAYSON marrying Catherine HOLMAN in Burstow, Surrey on the 16th March 1814. The 1851 gives Henry’s birth place as Charlwood, Surrey and Catherine’s as Burstow, Surrey. From some quick census searches on ancestry.co.uk and on the IGI it looks like Horley, Surrey is going to be a good place to start looking, several individuals which look like good matches have turned up from there.
It all seems more than a little confusing at the moment. I think I need to get this generation sorted out and clear in my mind before I try and go back any further. So back to some basic genealogy I think. Starting with extracting everything I possibly can from the 1841 and 1851 census returns for Henry and Catherine.