Category Archives: Mason family

Stories and information about my MASON ancestors

Leonard Eric Mason (part 3)

1923: The next stage of Leonard’s life was about to begin.   He sailed from Liverpool on the SS Megantic on 1st June 1923. He was 14 years old, travelling with a large group of about 100 boys – the … Continue reading

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Leonard Eric Mason (part 2)

A while ago I wrote a post about Leonard Eric Mason, one of the half brothers of my great Grandfather, Herbert. I had found (on Ancestry.co.uk) the details of Leonard’s departure for Canada in 1923. He had been a resident … Continue reading

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More details from 1939: my great grandparents (Mason and Saunders)

I was fairly sure that I knew where  to find my great grandparents on the 1939 register.  On my father’s side, my great grandparents Herbert and Georgina Mason (née Briancourt) had lived round the corner from us when I was … Continue reading

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A First Look at the 1939 Register – my grandparents

Now that the 1939 Register is included in the FindMyPast 12 Month World Subscription I have started looking up my ancestors who were alive at that time.  At the moment the records of my parents, Roy and Doris Brittain (nee … Continue reading

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Mary Ann Dorsett born in Sunbury in 1792

For some time now I’ve wondered whether I would ever find out more about my 4x great grandmother Mary Ann Dorsett who married William Millington Mason in 1818.  I knew from the 1851 census that she was born in Sunbury, … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Researching “Mrs Wakerley”, Part 4.

Trying to trace the origins of my great great grandmother Mary Ann(e) Mason, previously Wakerley and formerly Davis has been a real nightmare. At her first marriage (to John Blenchall Wakerley) she gave no father’s name – a line is … Continue reading

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The Brittain family on a day out at Jaywick

I love this photo, which was given to me by my uncle.  One the reverse is written “Brittains at Jaywick”.   Everyone looks happy and relaxed.  The picture may have been taken by a “walking photographer” on the promenade but it … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Researching “Mrs Wakerley”, Part 2

My 2x great grandmother, Mary Ann, has proved to be one of my elusive research challenges. In my previous post on this topic I described how I was able to find her marriage to my 2x great grandfather, John Thomas … Continue reading

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Workday Wednesday: Into the Laundry Business

The photograph below shows the staff of the New Century Laundry in Turnpike Lane, Hornsey,  London.  The laundry was owned by my great great grandfather, John Thomas Mason,  in the early 1900s.  A trade directory of the time states that … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Researching “Mrs Wakerley” (Part 1)

When I first started researching my family tree I became fascinated by the information I received from relatives about my great great grandmother, Mary Ann(e) Mason. On a hand written tree provided by my uncle she was named as “Mrs … Continue reading

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