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Links Between Brushmaker Families
The SBD has been in existence for twenty years, and in that time
many of its members have found unexpected links with other members'
brushmakers, even if they did not share a common name interest.
Members have found that their ancestor was an apprentice or
Master of another member's ancestor, that they worked at the same
place, they even belonged to the same branch of the Brushmakers'
Society. In other words, member's ancestors trained each other, worked
together, drank and socialised together and even intermarried!
I will illustrate this with my own example, which is typical of many
discovered by our members.
My ggfather, George Doughty, was a brushmaker
In 1857 he married Emma PARISH the daughter of a carpenter.
Elizabeth, married William HARRIS in 1860
In 1888 Emma and George's daughter, Emma Frances Elizabeth married her
Henry HARRIS, the son of
Elizabeth PARISH and William HARRIS
SBD member Richard HOLMES, who is descended from
HOLMES and HESKINS brushmakers is also the
gggrandson of John Henry's brother, William Thomas HARRIS!
well as the PARISH link we have a HARRIS link and links with the
DOUGHTY, HESKINS and HOLMES brushmakers!
Emma's father John PARISH and his son-in-law,
William HARRIS, were carpenters.
All had connections with working in wood!
Before they frequented discos, clubs and pubs,
young ladies had much less contact with the opposite sex than nowadays!
husbands were found in the sons of their father's colleagues and
Brushmakers would have links with other brushmakers,
and preparers of their raw materials, turners, carpenters etc.
There are even brushmakers to be found in the records of seemingly
unrelated Livery Companies.
I am sure that there are a lot more similar links between members to be
an unexpected link waits for you!
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