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Thread: Letter signed by A.S.Gunnell - looking to return to family member

  1. #211
    how can they not be interested??? i have been researching my family since last november and may i add im 27..i am completley hooked and have spent many hours searching the web and a member of ancestry and lots and lots of geneology websites.. i am very proud of what i have found and pieced together...i would love someone to hand a letter photo or anything to do with my family :-) such a shame and you do right to hold onto it.x

  2. #212
    It is difficult for us to understand I know Jammin, because we are all so absorbed in family history. For those who aren't though I think they just see it as a very old letter that doesn't have any relevance today.
    I wish it were my family letter too
    Chrissie

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    This is so sad. I have something similar, my hubby runs a recycling centre, he brought home an old, full photo album and other bits and pieces of paperwork. All dating from the 1930'2 to the 1950's. Included in these was a diary. I managed to piece it all together, created a little Family Tree and found a living relative. I got in touch and was told a point blank 'No thank you, they were put in a skip for the simple reason we dont want them'! I was gob-smacked - I would absolutely love this kind of thing to be connected to MY family. So I still have them, in the hope that a future generation family member may find them important

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    Sorry Debbs, I have only just seen your message. I can understand how disappointed you were, as I was over the letter. I imagine that there have been many of these precious object destroyed over the years, simply because the descendants aren't interested in their family history though.
    Chrissie

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    Hi there,
    I've only just seen this post (silly me for not coming onto this site very often!) and the name Gunnell caught my eye because I have (Alice) Hannah Gunnell marrying into my family.

    She was Alice Hannah Gunnell, known as Hannah Gunnell. Ref: Births Index: Dec qtr 1885, Marylebone, Vol 1a page 609.

    Marriage: Hannah Gunnell, daughter of Edward Gunnell (coal porter, dec'd), married Thomas Whittlesey in 1903 at St Matthews, Marylebone -
    Ref 1: Marriage Index: Dec qtr 1903, Marylebone, Vol 1a page 1231.
    Ref 2: London England Marriages & Banns 1754-1921.

    Hannah & Thomas Whittlesey's children (as far as I know) - Ivy Gertrude b.1904, Charles Thomas b.1906, Edward Frederick b.1908.

    Hannah's parents: Edward Joseph Gunnell married Elizabeth Bryan - Ref: Marriage Index: June qtr 1881, Marylebone, Vol 1a Page 998.
    1891 Census: Edward & Elizabeth Gunnell + Charles, Susan, Hannah, Emma, Charlotte, living in Marylebone, parish of St Matthew.

    Just wondering if any of these names feature within the letter??

    Best regards
    Last edited by Sand Dancer; 14-03-15 at 13:20.
    Karen x

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    It is so long since I did this but I do remember that the two names (hers and his) were the only names in the letter. I seem to remember that I did a small tree at the time but I would have to look and see if I can still find it anywhere. If I find anything I will let you know
    Chrissie

  7. #217
    Hello. This is my first post but was so interested to read the story about the letter, which by now I assume has been 'claimed' by a family member. Ann Sarah Gunnell was my 2nd great grand aunt. I am a family tree addict too and descend from her brother, James George Gunnell. I would love to have a copy of this letter and wondered if you would mind helping me further with this. You also mention a family tree you put together (possibly on Ancestry) and I would really appreciate seeing this too in the hope of piecing together more of my family jigsaw. Many thanks for your support. It has been wonderful reading your messages, which I have only just discovered.

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    I have replied to your PM
    Chrissie

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    Chrissie Smiff, I would very much like to talk to you regarding this subject. I am now to this site and have signed up specifically to talk to you. Im not sure how I can send you a Private message so I have reached out to you on here.

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    Hi Adam and welcome to FTF It is so long since I did this search for a friend that I can't remember too much about it, apart from what is on this thread. Without reading the whole thread again I seem to remember that I sent copies to a couple of distant descendants who were interested, but I THINK I returned the letter to my friend. She is on holiday at the moment but I can ask her when she returns. As a new member who hasn't made at least 10 posts I don't think you can send a Private Message, but I will PM you and I think you will be able to reply to that with anything you want to say in private.
    Last edited by Chrissie Smiff; 20-11-19 at 09:42.
    Chrissie

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