Brickwall Times

January

Sylvia Steel Hackers

6 January 1906 - Dads 1/2 sister Mary Ann Gartland was born on this day in 1906 in Swalwell Durham UK her grand father were McGartland who came from Ireland & had dropped the Mc in his surname

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9th January 1799 - William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister at the time, introduced income tax at two shillings (10p) in the pound.   He did this to raise funds for the Napoleonic Wars.  Thanks, William ... that's definitely had an impact on ALL of our ancestors!

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10th January 1863 - The first section of the London Underground, running from Paddington to Farringdon Street, was opened by Prime Minister Gladstone. I wonder whether any of our London ancestors travelled on it in that year?

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11th January 1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent from London to the United States. Not sure how much immediate impact that would have had on our ancestors but, just think, if it hadn't have been for that date you wouldn't be enjoying rhubarb pies in the US today!!!

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12th January 1836 - Charles Darwin arrived in Sydney, Australia, aboard his ship, The Beagle.

        The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online      darwin-online.org.uk
 
 
Moon Lustie
‎13 January 22 - Flu epidemic has claimed 804 victims in Britain - my paternal grandfather died of flu in this epidemic, he died on 31 January 1922.  Also a lot of soldiers came back from WWI with lung related illnesses so it wasn't difficult for something like flu to affect them and antibiotics weren't in use for another 20-25 yrs

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18th January 1698 - Have found a rather obscure January date ... My 8x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth PREEDY, nee SMITH, died on 18th January 1698 in Great Tew, Oxfordshire. No connection, but interesting to find on British History Online that on exactly the same date, at the sitting of the House of Lords, two items on the agenda were, "Consideration of an Act to prevent the throwing or firing of Squibs, Serpents and other Fireworks", and "An Act for dissolving the marriage between Charles Earl of Maclesfield and Anne his wife; and to illegitimate the children of the said Anne"! Wonder what caused the rift between Charles and Anne?!!!

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19th January 1915 - I have lots of ancestors from Norfolk (RUSHMER, FLOWERDAY, BROOKS), many of whom lived in the Great Yarmouth area. Trawling the net, I have just discovered that the first air raid over Britain occurred in January 1915, when German Zeppelins bombed the Great Yarmouth area. I'm sure my more recent ancestors in that area would have known about that!
(On the morning of the 19th January 1915 three zeppelins, the L-3, L-4 and L-6, were launched from their base in Germany and began the long flight to Britain, armed with explosive bombs and incendiary devices. The L-6 encountered problems soon into its flight and had to return to base, leaving the L-3 and the L-4 to continue their mission alone. Their initial target had apparently been the dockyards of the Humber Estuary, but a combination of bad weather and poor navigational aids saw the airships being blown off course and encountering the coastline of Norfolk instead. The L-3 had arrived at Great Yarmouth and, considering it to be a legitimate target, began dropping its payload over the town. It is reported that the first bomb was dropped over the marshes near Ormesby, but at 8.20pm the second bomb heralded the start of the raid on Great Yarmouth as the L-3 made a steady course across the town from north to south.  Eight bombs were dropped in total, three of which failed to detonate, one landed at the Fish Wharf, and another on St. Peter’s Plain where there was a scene of utter devastation.  Many buildings were heavily damaged and two people lost their lives here – 72 year old spinster Martha Taylor and 53 year old shoemaker Sam Smith. This was the very first air raid on Britain and it heralded a new era of warfare. The L-4 Zeppelin had continued north and at around 11pm began bombing Kings Lynn, killing a woman and child.   http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/blog/2011/02/the-curious-case-of-the-graf-zeppelin/)
 

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‎23 January 1874 — Marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria, to Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, only daughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia. - My paternal great grandparents were married on 4 January 1874 - would they have been aware of this I wonder - did they have any affinity with it?
 

Margaret Frank

My brother was born on 29th January 1948 and both my parents died 10 years apart in January 1974 and 1984.Not of great world importance but very important to me.i,m the only one left of that line.  My goodness i just googled 29th january 1948 and found that Ghandi was assasinated the very next day.That was of great significance to the world.I would never have connected but for you people.
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