Family/Local History Enquiry?

If you have a question about your ancestors Stockton Reference Library’s team may be able to help you with your family history, or with your questions about the local area.

The Reference Library can provide free access to family history websites including Ancestry and Find My Past. We also hold church records for Stockton and the surrounding area, historical maps, local trade directories and electoral registers.

If you’re looking for a newspaper article – we have local newspapers as far back as 1855 which can be viewed on microfilm in our Family History Suite.

We provide one to one help sessions and also a free introductory family history course to help with your research.

Please visit the Reference Library within Stockton Central Library or contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

432 thoughts on “Family/Local History Enquiry?

  1. Hi, I am researching Emily Aline Smith 1890 – 1959, she was the birth mother of Betty While born in 1928. Betty was later adopted and raised in the Birmingham area. I believe Emily was married at the time to a Frederick Harwood. Did they divorce? How would I find that out?
    Thanks Sandie

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  2. I am looking to check records of Stockton Union Workhouse which was in St James Parish, Portrack for early 1900’s. Which will hold best records, Tees Archives or Stockton Reference Library?

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    • Durham County Records Office. Phone to check they have the years you want. If you google “Stockton Workhouse”, there is a history page with a fair bit of information.

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  3. Hi, I am trying to trace details family history from my Gran, we know little about her as she died relatively young. Her name was Sophia Fenny and married Wilfred Pearson. They lived at 11 Wood Street around 1933 when my dad was born.
    Any information around her family history etc greatly appreciated along with location of family home.
    Thanks
    Mark

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    • Sophia Fenny is my 2nd cousin 1x removed.
      1939 Census – 12 Clifton Avenue, Stockton-on-Tess, with Wilfred.
      Harold Pearson b1933 [25 Jan], other child blanked out.
      My grandmother was Margaret Fenny b1881 d1962 on WikiTree.
      The connection to Sophia is on Ancestry.

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  4. Hi on researching my family tree I came across my late grandfathers death certificate Herbert G Young he died in 1939 when he fell downstairs and broke his neck and it states he was in a Social Services home in Hunters Lane Stockton on Tees…. any information on whereabouts this was would be appreciated!!

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    • Hello Sylvia, Hunter’s Lane was one of the streets situated behind Thistle Green, (the site of Stockton Police Station now). It was between there and the ship yards at the riverside.

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  5. Researching a Stockton-on-Tees family on behalf of someone not able to use computers.
    Family name Rogan.
    John Rogan born 1912.
    Mothers maiden name COOK

    Regards Jon Leslie

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    • Hi Jon,
      Thank you for your enquiry. I have sent you some information regarding John Rogan to your email address. I hope that it is of some help.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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  6. Hi There,
    I’m wondering if you can help me. I left an original post on the website for information on the Commercial Inn, Norton Road on January 9th 2017 and received replies from two of your conributors within a month confirming its existence (albeit named the Commercial Tavern).
    Thinking that was the end of it, I did not check for further comment until this Christmas time. I now see that some months later a Mr D. Proctor lodged a further post that I had never picked up. As this person is an unknown relative and as my response has been so late, I wonder if you could alert him to the fact that I have belatedly replied and give him my email address so that he can contact me, if he so wishes.
    Thanks in anticipation

    Antony Henderson Blackburn
    (Stratford-upon-Avon)

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    • I used to have a few pint in the commercial pub at top of Railway Street, I worked at Downings Iron Foundry, Ron & Peggy ran the pub then, I had a few stay backs after hours drinking with my mate Billy Wood from Norton.
      all the best.
      Derek

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  7. Hi, I’m trying to find any information on John and Christina McGuinness, who lived in Kingston Street, Stockton in the 1950s. I cannot find Christina’s maiden name or a marriage. Just wondered if any information on this family
    Kind regards
    Michelle

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    • Michelle, I wonder if this is the person that you are looking for?
      A John McGuinness married a Christiannia Cram towards the end of 1940 with their marriage being recorded in the Durham West registry office. Christiannia appears in the 1939 survey of residents living in Spennymoor, Her birth was recorded as 1 February 1921. She passed away in 1991, her death being recorded at the Durham West registry office.

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  8. Hi, I was wondering if you may have any pictures from between 1968 to 1973 from Ian Ramsey secondary modern, I’m trying to gather pictures together for my mum so she can reminisce as she doesn’t have many pictures from her past. She had a best friend at the time called Lena Fletcher (who may have a different surname now) and we are desperately trying to find her as my mum would love to get in touch. My mums name is Linda Rigby.
    Thank you for your time

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    • Hello Katy,
      any photographs of Ian Ramsey would be on this website, however some could be listed as Fairfield Secondary School. As for your finding your Mum’s friend Lena, if you can email me with her age and if possible any further details, we will be happy to try and locate her. Please email the Reference Library directly at this address: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

      Thanks, Julie

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    • Hi Katy I went to school with your mam we were good friends. I was called Judith Moore, best friends with Denise moody & Rosey Kidd. We had such fun when we were kids I remember your mam played the banjo. I don’t have any photos but would love to be in touch. I’ll ask my friend Denise about Lena Fletcher she lived near her mam

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  9. Hello, I am searching for my family on my mother’s side, she was a Robinson, from Stockton-on-Tees (Norton), and had her mother Phyllis (Green) and Brian Robinson, and grandmother Florence and Grandfather George Green. I am trying to locate Florence’s maiden name. She died 1989 and was born around 1927 aged 62. Does anyone have any information on this family tree?
    Much appreciated.

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    • Hello,

      We have found a marriage between a Florence Grange and George Green registered in the July-Aug-Sept quarter of 1942 in the Durham South Eastern district (which would cover Stockton). We have also found an entry of birth for a Phyllis Green, which was registered in the Oct-Nov-Dec quarter of 1944 in the Durham South Eastern district. The mother’s maiden name is given as Grange on the birth index. Does this information fit with what you have already?

      I hope that this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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      • Thank you so much Hannah and Cliff, all that information correlates and mum just happened to remember her grandmothers maiden name, she thought it was ‘grainger’. Thank you again for all the information, now I can try and track down George Green’s side of the family and add to the tree. Much appreciated and do you have anything about George Green also anything on his parents?
        Many thanks,
        Martin

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        • Martin, George Green was born in Stockton in 1920 to John Thomas Green (1885-1922) and Jane E Kilburn (1886-1956). You can find an extensive family tree for George Green’s ancestors on the Ancestry website. This website is usually available through your local library service.

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    • The registration for Florence Green’s death in 1989 gives her date of birth as 7 October 1923. The only marriage of a George Green to a Florence in the early 1940s was in 1942 in S.E.Durham to a Florence Grange. The 1939 Survey of Residents, records Florence Grange’s birth as 7 October 1923, so this confirms that she was your mother’s grandmother. In 1939 Florence was 16 years old and living with her widowed father, William Grange, a foreman at the gas works. The family lived at 10 Paxton Street with Florence’s sister and brother Doreen (b.1931) and Herbert (b.1934). The maiden name of their deceased mother was Waring or Warin.

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  10. Morning, I’m researching a grade 2 listed building in Hartburn village and was wondering if anyone had any information. The property is 39, 41 & 43 Hartburn village. I’ve checked the national archives but all they have on there is a brief description of the building and not much else. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    • It might be useful to look up the tithe map for Hartburn, c1830, as this might show you if the house was still divided into three. Teesside Archives holds a photographic copy of the tithe map for 1839 and the apportionments – showing who owned the properties as well as who were the tenants.

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    • Hello, I can tell you that the OS map for 1898 shows that nos. 39 & 41 were once one property. The Reference Library has historical maps and trade directories which would help with your research if you are able to visit us. If not please email us directly on reference.library@stockton.gov.uk and we will try to help.
      Regards, Julie.

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  11. I am researching my late mother’s family tree and relatives from Thornaby. My grandmother was Mary Eleanor Kelley. My great grandfather was James Kelley, ferryman from Thornaby. Any information please.

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    • Andy, you will know from the 1911 Census that your grandmother had a sister called Elizabeth. In 1918, Elizabeth married James H Booth at Stockton.
      If you look on the 1939 Register, you will find Elizabeth and James Booth living at 15 The Square, Stockton along with their 4 children. Also living there was her Mother, Eleanor Kelley, now a 74 year old widow, and Elizabeth’s brother Thomas, then 36 years old.

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      • Thanks Cliff – I only saw 2 children listed, Audrey and Allan. I think there was a Doreen (Murphy) who’s children Jill and Colin I’m hoping to get in touch with.

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        • Andy, the two children redacted from the 1939 Register are Ronald (b.1918) and Doreen (b.1924). Audrey Booth married Thomas E, Sanderson in 1955 and they had two children, Gary J Sanderson (b.1959) and Tina E, Sanderson (b.1956).

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            • The 1939 Register respects the privavcy of those who may still be alive by redacting their entry. Presumably those names that are published are known to have passed on. I worked out the names of the missing children using Ancestry’s Register of Births, by using their Mother’s maiden name in the search.

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        • Hi Andy. It’s Jill here. We were just talking about you a few days ago. I’m on Facebook as Jill Murphy Walkeez my dog services business. If you’re not on Facebook we’ll exchange numbers. Cheers Jill.

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  12. Hi further to my recent post. Does anyone have any information on the Clarke family. Mabel and Joseph I believe they lived in Dobing Street.

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    • Anisha, just before W W II the government did a survey of all the country’s residents. This survey shows that in 1939 Mabel and Joseph Clark were living at 14 Dobing Street with their four children. These were Elizabeth (b.1930), Kathleen (b.1931), Joseph M. (b.1934) and Phyllis (b.1935).

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  13. Hi, I’m trying to find out about my grandmothers family. Does anyone know a Mabel Booth? I believe she had children around 4 one named Phyllis and I think Bill is another. I know they were born and resided in Stockton-on-Tees but that is all I have to go on. Any info would be great thanks

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    • Anisha, Mabel Booth was born 12 June 1912 to Dorothy and William Booth.
      Her parents had married at Stockton in 1909. Her mother’s name was Dorothy Oyston. The 1911 Census shows that the Booth family were living at 4 East Street, Thornaby. Dorothy was aged 23 and William 22, and they had a daughter Violet aged 1. William was a riveter at a local shipyard. William’s parents were Thomas and Alice Booth.

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  14. Hello! I have found through Ancestry that my Great Grandfather Jeremiah Spaven, worked as a Steam Engine Fitter for Worth McKenzie in Stockton. around 1911. I’d love to be able to find out more info on him and working conditions at that time. If there are any photos from around then, I would be extremely grateful.

    Thanks, Jess

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    • Jess I suggest that you try Googling for “Worth McKenzie”. This will show you the range of steam engines that the firm produced, and where they were installed, possibly with your G.Grandfather’s assistance. You will also find some museums where the Worth McKenzie engines are still being operated.

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  15. Does anyone remember Oxbridge Pub going back to the mid seventies?
    I use to frequent with my boyfriend Paul Dent & his sisters Lorna, Linda & Margaret, great place and great memories.

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  16. Hi I’m looking to find my gg granddad William Orr I know his wife was called Jane? They lived at 15 Major Street, Stockton and had children Margaret born 1879 and William 1880 but can’t find Williams date of birth or Jane’s surname hope someone can help thanks.

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    • Barry, I have not been able to find the birth details for William Orr, but I believe that he was married at Southwick, Sunderland on 6 January 1879 to Jane Tweddle. Jane was born at South Stockton (i.e. Thornaby) in 1854, the daughter of William Tweddle. William Orr’s father was Alexander Orr. There is no sign of the Orrs in the 1871 Census, I believe that they were a Scottish family. If you obtain a copy of the marriage 1879 certificate, the details of their parents’ occupations might help you identify them.

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      • Hi cliff thanks for the help, talk in the family said our relatives came down from the north so that could be them. Thanks again, Barry

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    • Hi I have a William Orr in my tree he was married to a Ellen Jane Oliver.
      She is my connection as I come from the Oliver side of the family she was a great Aunty.
      William was born around 1883. If it’s the same family he died in the war they had 6 children I know of.
      Cheers Jacqueline Lewis

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      • Hi Jacqueline William Orr and Ellen Jane Oliver were my dad’s grandparents on his mothers side I have only been able to find five children 1903 Maud (my grandmother) 1904 John William 1906 Ellen Jane 1912 Margaret 1913 Alexander, William Orr was born 25/4/1880 and died 31/5/1916 aboard HMS Queen Mary at Jutland he was living at 17 Cowper Street, Stockton at the time. Hope the info is some use to you, Barry

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    • My name is Dalrymple and I am from Billingham originally. My Dad was from Thornaby. I only know of one other Dalrymple family in the Stockton area. One who was well known was Frank Dalrymple, he was a supervisor of some kind for William Press. I never ever met a Dalrymple in the U/K but have come across quite a few in Canada. I hope this was of some help

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      • My wife lived in Parliament Street her mother worked in the munitions factory in Darlington during the war. She is a twin and I believe she had relatives in that area. She as very little memory of her childhood due to difficult times. We both live in Billingham

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  17. I have obtained my grandmothers birth certificate and it states she was born in the ‘SHIP INN COTTAGE’ In 1927. It also states this was where they lived at the time. I’m wondering if the cottage part of the Inn is still there Or Demolished?. Also would anyone recall a Joseph and Agnes Tingle. (Her parents) or any of the Tingle family. My grandmother had 12 brothers and sisters. So rather large clan! Any information would be appreciated!

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    • Zoe, in Stockton, the only Ship Inn that I know about stood on the north side of the High Street in the 1890s. It was a long, narrow building, and immediately south of it was the Ship Inn Yard. I suspect that Ship Inn Cottage may have stood within Ship Inn Yard. The building which once housed the public house is now being used for other purposes, but the Ship Inn Yard is still there, and is well signed off the High Street. Look for it opposite the Market Cross. (There was a Ship Launch Inn down by the River Tees, but that stood within the “Housewives Lane Improvement Scheme” and would have been demolished in the 1920s.)

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  18. Hello, I’m trying to find out more about my family history.
    My grandparents were Norman Johnson 16/2/1921? and Elsie May Johnson (nee Oliver) 8/8/1923?
    Norman’s father was called David ‘Di’ Johnson and Elsie’s father was Thomas ‘Tommy’ Oliver.
    They lived in Lune Road, Norton
    Norman was in the Navy and then worked at ICI Billingham
    Elsie worked at Tetley’s for a while I believe.
    There was a rumour in our family that Norman’s mother was Jewish but kept it hidden and we’ve never been able to verify it.
    I’d love to know more, but don’t know where to start.

    Any information would be appreciated.
    Regards,
    Clare

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  19. I would like a picture of Cottage Row, can anyone help?. My mother lived there from 1928 till 1935 her name was Kathleen Harding

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  20. Hi, we are trying to locate the post office that our grandparents owned in Hartburn. Their names were Victor and Florence Jackson . We think that one lived in the Post office while the other lived in the pub next door but we don’t know if that was the Stockton Arms or not? No maps are clear to show this? Any help would be really appreciated. Maybe some pictures. Thanks so much.

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    • Tracy, you will find a postcard showing Hartburn post office on this website at
      https://picturestocktonarchive.wordpress.com/2003/05/18/hartburn-village/
      If you drive along Hartburn Village via Google Earth Street View, you will see that this building (on Fraser Road) is no longer the village post office, though the post box sits nearby. The nearest pub to the P.O. is the Masham, not the Stockton Arms. The Masham is only 5 or 6 doors along from the old Post Office.

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    • Hi Tracy,

      I have sent some copies of maps which show the location of where the Post Office was in Hartburn, to your email address.
      I hope that they are of some assistance.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  21. Hi I’m trying to find information on my Nana’s family
    She was Minnie Ford (nee Conway) born in 1912 her parents were Charles and Elizabeth Conway (nee Lomas) Charles was a basket maker and they were living in 2 Cherry Lane Stockton (demolished 1920 ish). We can find no mention of their marriage anywhere on the usual family history websites. It is believed Charles Conway was blind and he was eventually admitted into an asylum in Stillington. The surname Barron has also cropped up with reference to Minnie Conway.
    TIA Steve Burns

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    • Steve, like you, I have been unable to find any marriage between Charles Conway and Elizabeth Lomas. Neither can I find them in the 1911 Census, although I can confirm that they were not living at 2, Cherry Lane in that year. I think that the asylum that you are referring to was outside Sedgefield. It may be relevant that the death of a Charles Conway was registered in the Sedgefield District in 1919 aged 39. He appears to be the son of James Conway who was born in Stockton in 1880. Charles’ brother, James, was living in Smithfield, near Cherry Lane in 1901. If Charles had been admitted to Sedgefield Asylum about 1917, that would have enabled his common-law wife, Elizabeth Lomas, to marry William R Barron in 1918 without committing bigamy.

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  22. I am trying to find information on Mabel and Alfred Hudson. In 1911 census they were living Moor House, Appleton Whiske along with their daughter Ida aged 2 years. Also with them was Earnest Sanderson age 14, Mabel’s brother.
    Earnest’s full name was James Ernest Sanderson and he was my father. He was born in Barnard Street, Thornaby-on-Tees in 1898. He served in WW1 then in 1923 went out to New Zealand where he married an spent the rest of his life and had no further contact with any family in England.
    His parents were Tom Sanderson a hairdresser in Thornaby-on-Tees and his mother was Elizabeth (nee Angus). In the 1911 census they are living apart. Elizabeth Sanderson is at 5 Teesdale Terrace Thornaby-on-Tees, a boarding house keeper, with her 4 other children and a male boarder. Tom is at Chelmsford Street in a boarding house run by Isabel Fulton along with another male boarder.
    Any information on the Sanderson families would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you
    Shirley Meissner (nee Sanderson)

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  23. Hi I’m trying to trace a burial for a Harriett Smith also know as Harriett Pott she lived at 12 Warfe Street, Stockton-on-Tees. I was told she was buried in Oxbridge but know she was not and no listing of her in Durham Road either. She died on 14th June 1958. Would there possible be a death notice in a old newspaper with her burial information any help would be appreciated. Her maiden name was Bowe.
    Regards Jacqui

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  24. Hi there, i was interesting in finding any information or pictures of Stockton County Court which is now the Thomas Sheraton.
    I have found it difficult to fond anything about the building itself and am intrigued by Stockton’s history.

    Thankyou

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    • Alison, the first county court was held in Stockton in 1846, in the Town Hall. It was not until April 21 1863 that the new County Court was opened in Bridge Road. It was formally opened by Mr Serjeant Dowling (who he?), and had been built on the site of the old gas works! Details about the building are few and far between.

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      • Re Mr Serjeant Dowling, “Serjeant” appears to have been his Christian name and not a rank or position. By the 1860s this solicitor had become a judge on the County Court Circuit No.15, which covered County Courts in North Yorkshire and South Durham.

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    • Jane, I do not think that there are any direct connections with the Winpenny’s of Ossett. Some family historians have traced the Stockton Winpennys back to Joseph Winpenny who lived at Longwood (west of Huddersfield) in the late 1700s, but that is the nearest I can get to Ossett.

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  25. I am trying to trace any members of the Fenny family that still live around the Stockton area. My Father was William Francis Fenny and My Grandmother was Mary Fenny whos last address was Winpenny House in Yarm. Thanks

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    • William Francis Fenny b1923 – My 3rd cousin.
      Connection to the above is on Ancestry.
      My grandmother was Margaret Fenny b1881 d1962 on WikiTree.
      Thornaby was home to me, although ancestors came from Stockton.

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  26. Hi I would like to find anything about my dads family Raymond he was a twin to a sister his fathers surname was Harris mothers name Edna born in Yarm and lived in Thornaby his father was Mayor of Thornaby. I hope you can find something about his family. Thanks

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    • Sheila, there have been several people named Raymond Harris living on Teesside in past decades. To identify which one of them was your father, please can you provide his date of birth?

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    • Janet, please can you provide your mother’s christian and maiden name, and her date of her birth would be useful. Thanks.

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  27. I have been researching my father’s family William Bulmer he was born in 1927 at 5 Carpenter Square. He had several brothers and sisters. However, there is one sister who I can not find any details on and the family has not spoken of her very much. They must have their reason. She was born in 1920 Emily Bulmer also at 5 Carpenters Square. I have been told that possibly she took her own life. I would be grateful if anybody could give me any information or a lead on how I can resolve this.

    Thanks
    Denise

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    • Hello Denise, I will e-mail you directly with some information I have found.
      Kind regards, Adele

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    • Hi Denise
      My grandmother was called Emily Bulmer although its not the Emily Bulmer you are looking for as she was born in 1901 Her farther was called William Bulmer and she had a brother with the same name. Also remember my dad talking about a Billy Bulmer that left the area to go live up in London. My grandmother and her family were from the Thornaby area which I think carpenter square might have been. So maybe your Bulmer’s have a connection to mine.

      Regards Maurice

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  28. Good Afternoon the helpful people who contribute and help with this and all other sections of this excellent site, and not forgetting the library staff.
    I need some help if possible please.
    My mother Margaret Harris was born in James street (possibly no 1/1a) in Stockton which was about where the new hotel is just of Church Road, in 1935.
    I believe her fathers name was Thomas Arthur Harris, her mother’s christian name I believe was Mary but I do not know what her surname is.
    Also I know nothing of my mothers parents siblings, how many there was or there names, any help is greatly appreciated

    Many Thanks. Hazel

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    • Hazel, the maiden name of your Grandmother Harris was Kemp, and she was born on 18 March 1890, probably in Stockton-on-Tees, although I have not yet found her in the 1901 Census. In 1907 she married Thomas Harris at Stockton. They had their first child the following year, Thomas b.1908. I have managed to trace the birth of 12 more children, the last one being your Mother, Margaret in 1935.

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    • Hello Hazel,

      Thank you for your enquiry, I shall email you directly with the information that I have found.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  29. Hi
    I was wondering if you could give me some information.
    My mother Gwendoline Davey gave birth to a son Christopher in the Robson’s maternity home in Bowesfield Lane, Stockton approx 1952.
    Sadly Christopher died shortly after he was born. Can you help me find out what would have happened to him?
    Would he have been buried and if so any idea where?
    I’d be really grateful for any help in finding out.
    Many thanks

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    • Hi Jill,

      Thank you for your enquiry, I shall email you directly with the information that I have found.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  30. Hi
    Can anyone help me find anyone who knew the Bulmer family. My father William was born in 1928 address of birth is 5 Carpenter Square. He had brothers and sisters Bobby, Louisa, Edward,Emily. Violet. My father left Stockton aged 14 came South and raised me and my two brothers in London. I used to visit as a child and have now reconnected with my cousins. Hope someone remembers them.

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  31. Hi I’m researching my family tree, my great gran Emily Grace Farnaby died 6th March 1939 living at Darlington Street, Thornaby, how can I find where she was buried at please?

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    • Hello,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      According to the death notice published in the Evening Gazette on the 7th March 1939, your great gran, Emily, was buried in Thornaby Cemetery:

      “FARNABY – On March 6th, at 49 Darlington Street, Thornaby, in her 64th year, Emily Grace, beloved wife of William Farnaby. Cortege leaves residence Thursday at 2.30pm for Thornaby Cemetery. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation.”

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  32. Hello,
    I am a resident in Norton (381 Norton Road) and my property was built in 1880. I have searched the internet for images and history of the property but not having any luck. Surely there must be a box full of history pics and information as this has survived two world wars and has been a variety of dwellings….. Can anybody help or have any knowledge on my property. I have been renovating it since 2014. Thanks in advance. Kevin

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    • Hello Kevin,
      Thank you for your enquiry regarding your house history.
      We have various different resources here in the reference library that might help with your research. We have a collection of historic maps, local history books ,trade directories and electoral registers.
      We also have family history PCs with free access to the 1841 – 1911 census records which can be accessed using our subscription to Find My Past and Ancestry.
      The census records will help to trace the occupants of the house from new.
      We also hold copies of local newspapers on microfilm from 1855 onwards.
      You do not need to make an appointment to use either the microfilm reader or a PC but we advise that you do so to avoid a wasted journey.
      You can book a machine by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.
      In order to use a PC you must be a member of Stockton Library. If you are not a member and wish to join you can do so by bringing some ID which shows both your name and address.
      I hope that this information helps.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  33. How can I get information newspaper’s Books Census Records Historic map on Bishopton village near Stockton .around the 1800 to 1900.
    I would be so grateful for any information or help you can give me .
    Thank you
    Patricia

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    • Hi Patricia,
      In the Reference Library we hold local newspapers from 1855 onwards on microfilm as well as two maps for the area of Bishopton dated 1859 and 1898. We also have eight family history PCs with free access to the 1841 – 1911 census records which can be accessed using our subscription to Find My Past and Ancestry.

      You do not need to make an appointment to use either the microfilm reader or a PC but we advise that you do so to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a machine by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk. In order to use a PC you must be a member of Stockton Library. If you are not a member and wish to join you can do so by bringing some ID which shows both your name and address.
      I hope that this information is of some assistance to you.
      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  34. Hi could anyone help me find my grans grave? Her name was Beatrice Patterson nee Terry. She was buried with her mum and dad any info at all would be grateful. Her last address was 33 Dinsdale Road. She was married to my grandad James Patterson.
    Thank you for reading x

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    • Hi Angela,
      Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we are struggling to find some information for you at the moment without any dates. Would it be possible to email us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk with some more information about Beatrice please (just an idea of any dates – birth, marriage, death – if possible).
      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  35. Hello,
    I’m trying to find out about my grandmas side of my family tree. On the find my past website, I have started to write up a lot, the one place that keeps popping up is Stockton Town and the Old Post Office post. I was wondering if you had information about the Lawson family please. The head of the family was Robert Lawson born 1798 and wife was Eleanor 1800. Thank you for time in reading this email.

    Emma Scaife

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    • Hi Emma, Robert Lawson appears in the Census returns for 1841,1851,1861 and 1871. He died in 1874 and was buried in the churchyard of Stockton Parish Church. Each Census says where he was born. In 1841 he indicates that he was born outside of the County of Durham. In 1861 he says that he was born in Lofthouse. There are several villages called Lofthouse in the adjacent county of Yorkshire, but there is also the possibility that he was from the village of Lofthouse, which is now called Loftus. I think that you may have better luck in tracing his wife’s ancestry. Robert married Eleanor Rowe at Stockton in 1826.
      All of the census records suggest that she was born and bred in Stockton.

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  36. I am wanting to trace back my great great grandfather, he owned a butchers at the top of Tilery bank in Stockton-on-Tees in around 1920, his surname was Place, I think he was a major in the army, any help will be appreciated.

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    • Was he related to the Hodgson and or Kitching families, by any chance? By marriage or blood line? I have Place in my family tree on Ancestry. It is McKenna O’Neill JackieO90, if you want to look. Please get in touch if there is a link!

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  37. Hello

    I am looking for information about my paternal grandfather’s family from Stockton on Tees.

    My paternal grandfather’s name is Thomas Frederick Whitehouse (born 7 December 1929, died 20 December 2010 in Australia). His parents were James William Whitehouse and Eliza Marley. My grandfather migrated to Australia in about 1952 after joining the Australian Army.

    I understand James was a steward at the Portrack Social Club. He died in about 1939 in Stockton-on-Tees.

    I understand Eliza died in about 1944 and that she and James had 5 children – Thomas (my grandfather – now deceased), Doreen (known as “Deanie”), Norman, Joan and James.

    I would be grateful to receive any information you have about the family and would also love to find a photograph of the Portrack Social Club.

    Kind regards
    Kate Whitehouse.

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    • Hello Kate,
      Thank you for your enquiry. I will e-mail you directly with the information I have found.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Kate, I do not know if you are interested in an the earlier generation?
      James William Whitehouse was one of 4 children born to James Whitehouse and Elizabeth Jones. They married in May 1905 and had James Wm. (born 1906), Thomas Edward (1908), Frederick John (1910) and Margaret (1914).
      Their father had been born in 1884, and in 1914 he volunteered for service in the First World War. He enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in September 1914. but he did not see any service on the continent, being discharged as unfit 147 days later on 28 January 1915. His enlistment papers can be viewed on-line and show him to have been quite short at only 5ft 3ins. He worked as a galvanizer, which may have contributed to his ill health as the 1939 UK survey shows him a resident of the Holywood Sanatorium, Wolsingham, County Durham.

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      • Thank you very much Adele and Cliff.

        Cliff – yes I am interested in the earlier generations. Thank you for providing this information. Can you please tell me how I can view his enlistment papers online? I don’t have an Ancestry.com subscription.

        thanks

        kate

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        • Kate, the enlistment papers are on-line on the Ancestry website. if you live in the UK then try your local library, most have one or more computers available for public use. Many libraries subscribe to Ancestry so you might be in luck.

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  38. Does anyone have any photos of St Vincent Street, Haverton Hill or the Local school & shops etc around 1958. My name is Syd Swan we emigrated to Australia approx 1960.

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  39. Hi I am looking for any information on the Birtch family. My father is Albert Edward Bircth and I have just found out his Father was Albert E Birtch and Mother was Emily Hall. I have also found out that my Grandfather Albert had brothers John, Jack, Charles and sister Edna. John was married to Alice Dickinson. I am trying to find out if there are any of the Birtch family still alive. I only met my Grandparents once and have no family details.

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    • Hi Emma, we have found some information regarding the Birtch family. We will send the information directly to you via email.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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      • Hi Hannah

        That would be fantastic, I have sent off for birth and marriage certificates of my Grandparents but have not been able to find anymore information about my existing family. I was also wondering is it possible to get hold of old photos. My father attended the ‘ICI Engineering College’ in 1967, he met the Duke of Edinburgh and was wondering if he could get hold of that photo. How would I go about getting a photo like that? The college was on Belasis Lane? Thanks Emma Thompson

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        • Hi Emma,

          Hopefully you should have received the information that we sent to you via email.
          All of our photographs are held on the Picture Stockton website but you can also make an appeal for a photograph to Picture Stockton visitors by clicking on the ‘Ask Us’ section at the top of this page.

          I would also recommend contacting Teesside Archives (01642 248321, teesside_archives@middlesbrough.gov.uk) who have a collection of records for ICI, and Beamish Museum (0191 370 4000, museum@beamish.org.uk) who holds the ICI photographic archive.

          Kind regards,
          Hannah

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          • Hi Hannah

            Thank-you very much for the information you sent, only got it today as went into my spam. I am so happy you have managed to find some living relatives. I will have a look at the other organisations to find the photo. Thanks once again for your fantastic service, it is very much appreciated.

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  40. I am tracing my family tree and am stuck almost immediately. My father was Kenneth Alborn (changed his name I think from Kenneth Alborn Spence. He was born in Thornaby in 1920 and had 3 siblings Ronnie, Olive, and a sister. His mother was Annie Spence but I have no trace of her. I think she died in around 1933. His father’s family owned greengrocers shops and his brother Ronnie had a fruit stall in Stockton, Acklam, Bishop Auckland. Does anything know anything about the Alborns between 1915 and 1940. My father married Mary Watson and moved to Norton around 1950.

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  41. What a fantastic service. Thank you to all at the Reference Library for such painstaking care and information. I’m in Derbyshire, and interested in the history of the Tramways on Teesside, including Stockton and Norton. Is there a book or booklet published by a local history group which might be of help, even if this topic isn’t the whole subject of the book ? NB my email address has two “h” in the middle. Thank you very much. Kate Smith

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  42. Hello I’m looking for as much information regarding my grandad and nanna Matthew and Isabella Marley. They lived in Garnet road Thornaby many many years ago. They had 6 children. JIMMY MATTHEW JOAN AUDREY(she passed away when she was little) ISABELLA(my mam) and IRIS.

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    • Wendy, Matthew Marley was born in Stockton in 1900. His parents were Joseph and Johanna Marley, both from Middlesbrough, by 1911 they had 7 children.
      In 1924, Matthew married Isabella Wright, who had been born in Thornaby in 1904. Her parents were John Wm. and Agnes Wright. Her father died, and her mother remarried, so Isabella Wright’s mother appears in the 1911 Census as Agnes Bullen.
      Matthew and Isabella had the following children: Joannah (b.1925), Isabella (1927), Matthew (1929), James (1931), Iris (1934) and John (1940).

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    • Hello Wendy, we have traced your grandparents family. We will forward the information to you via email within the next day or two.

      Kind regards, Julie

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  43. I am researching my family history and would be grateful for any information regarding Dorothea May Wilkinson (1918 – 1983) who lived in Stockton and worked at ICI as a secretary from the fifties until she retired. Also any information would be appreciated regarding Michael (Terence) O’Rourke who worked at ICI sometime during the fifties.

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    • Hi Jane.
      My father (deceased) worked in the ICI in the 1950 he was a process worker. We lived at 25 St Vincent Street Haverton Hill, then emigrated to Australia.
      I also am looking for pictures and stories of Haverton Hill. My name is Syd Swan my father had the same name Syd Swan.

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    • Hello Jane I worked in Stockton and remember a Dorothea Wilkinson, she lived at 4 Salisbury Terrace, Norton. I’m not sure if she is the same person but Dorothea is such an unusual name.

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  44. Hi I’m looking for as much information, pictorial or otherwise, on Billingham South Primary School. Newspaper articles, class photos, anything at all. Please could you point me in the right direction

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  45. Hi I am looking for any information on Margaret Annie Tones who married James Storey in 1933. I am also searching information on William Statham and Isobel E Statham (nee Tiley) married in 1924.

    Thank you
    Wendy

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    • Wendy, Margaret Annie Tones was born in 1913 to John N Tones and Annie Hallett. They had been married in the Easington Registration District in 1911.
      Margaret’s father was born at Castle Eden in 1889, to John and Jane Tones. Her father was the eldest child in a large family with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
      Margaret’s grandfather, John Tones, was born in 1859 to James Tones and Eleanor (Ellen) Coltman. They had married in 1856, when James was 23 years old. I hope this helps.

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  46. Hi, I’m looking for any one that is connected with a Booth family from Stockton. My gr gr grandad Bryan John Booth was the superintendent of the Stockton Police force. Lived at 5 Palmerston St/Rd. His son William was a blacksmith, my gr grandfather. His only daughter was Catherine Booth, my grandmother, she had 6 brothers. A David Booth has just posted a photo of Stockton High St on here, just curious if there is any connection.

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  47. I wonder if the lovely Library Ladies can help. I never knew my Granddad Philip Mee or Grandmother Alice, they moved with all the family apart from my Father Charles Philip Mee to New Zealand in the 1920’s, Dad was left to look after Great Grandma Jane Brown at 5 Mill Lane, the family had lived in Beaconsfield Street until they went away.
    I only ever heard of her called Brown, Mother always talked about granny Brown, we visited the Brown Family in New Brancepeth and Prudhoe and they came to us for Stockton Races.
    Granny Brown I have vague memories of as an old lady who would walk me up the garden at Mill Lane and talk to me she died before I went to school so any memory of what she said are long gone.
    I cannot understand the difference in names her Daughter Alice Fisher Married Philip Mee at Tynemouth in 1902 or so I was told when some of Dads Brothers and sisters came over for a visit, they were quite old and memories were not as they had once been they argued over some of the things they told me.
    I would just like to know what the story was before I join them where ever that may be.
    Frank Philip Mee

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    • Frank, forgive me for not being one of the lovely ladies at the library, but I can not resist the opportunity to repay you for the many educational and entertaining posts which you have made to Picture Stockton over the years.
      I have not yet resolved the identity of Great Grandma Brown, but I do not think that Alice Fisher was her daughter. The 1901 Census for Tynemouth shows the Fisher family living in Brennan Street. Frank Fisher, the head of the family was an sea-going engineer, and presumably was away at sea when the census was taken. At home was his wife Jane Fisher (44yrs) with their two children Alice (22) and Charles (21). Also living there was Philip Mee (24) a professional musician.

      By 1911, Philip and Alice Mee were living at 48 Beaconsfield Rd., Norton, with their children Charles Philip(7), Doris(2) and George (1 month), and Jane Fisher, Mother in Law. Philip’s occupation was still a professional musician.

      The records show that Philip emigrated to New Zealand in April 1922, leaving Southampton on S. S. Ionic. He declared his occupation to be a Fitter. Once he sorted himself out in NZ he called for his family and they left in S.S. Paparoa from Liverpool on 29 December 1923. Alice with her children Doris(15), George(12), Naomi (11), Frank (9) and Nora (3).

      I hope that this is enough to be going on with, I will now try and sort out Mrs Brown.
      Cliff

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    • Thank you for your enquiry Frank. We have managed to find out quite a bit of information for you. We’ll email you shortly for your address and we’ll post out our findings.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Frank, I can now explain Great Granma Brown!
      Alice Fisher was the daughter of Frank and Jane Fisher. They had married in Norton/Stockton in 1879, the bride’s maiden name being Jane Brown.
      Her age was 44 in the 1901 census, and 53 in the 1911 census.
      So this seems to tie in with your recollections.
      Cliff

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      • Cliff, Thank you very much for the information the library ladies have also come up trumps and are posting me more information. It settles a long period of wondering why the names Brown and Fisher were intertwined. Frank Fisher died early and Jane never remarried I assume she dropped back to her maiden name for some reason. My Father was born in Northumberland, South Shields the rest of the family were born in Norton.
        One query answered another raises its head. I now wonder how Dad and Jane Brown his Grandmother came to live in what was a large house in Mill Lane with Stables and a Carriage house built on. From a young age he was a Haulage Contractor first with a horse and cart later with trucks, where did that come from I ask as he never told me.
        Frank.

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        • Frank, I wonder if the family came into some money, maybe a bequest from a distant relative? The purchase of the large house in Mill Lane appears to have been about the same time as the family emigrated to New Zealand, which must have cost a pretty penny.

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          • Cliff the Lovely Library ladies tell me Jane Brown had a young Brother who lived in Mill Lane already running the business. It would appear Jane and my Dad joined him and inherited the business when some mishap occurred.
            As a carefree youth you take such things for granted, the fact my Parents could afford uniforms books and other kit when I passed the 11+ whilst a lot of my friends could not go did wake me up to an unequal world.
            Frank

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