As this is my first post since before Christmas I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very, very Happy New Year and I hope 2014 will be a peaceful, fulfilling and gentle year and that it will bring you all that you hope for.
This is the introductory post to my new search, which concerns my paternal grandmother and her family. This will be a short post, telling a little about the people and places that I shall be writing about over the next few months.
Annie Cleeve was my grandmother, my father’s mother. He was very close to his mother. She had four sisters (or so I thought) and they all grew up together in a small country village called Dummer, in Hampshire.
Hampshire is on the south coast of England, the county to the west of East and West Sussex, where I live. Dummer is to the north of Hampshire, not on the coastline, and is more of a rural, agricultural small village. It is located six miles south-west of Basingstoke, which is the nearest large town. Dummer is still very small, in 2001 it had a population of just 643, and the village had 127 dwellings in 2013.
Annie Cleeve was born in 1892, she had an elder sister, Edith who was born in 1886. I also knew she had three other sisters: Rose (1895), Olive (1898) and Grace (1900). Their parents were Charles Cleeve and Agnes Maffey.
Here are photographs of the sisters:
Their father, Charles, was an Agricultural Labourer, which was a popular occupation at that time in Dummer. It’s always difficult to know where to begin when looking at a new branch of the family, so I thought I’d start with my grandmother and her sisters. I’ll begin by introducing her elder sister, Edith. My next post will be focussing on Edith and beginning to tell about her life and times and what life was like for her.