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The BLAKEMAN family
 
John BLAKEMAN born in 1808 in Folkston, Kent married Elizabeth GREEN who was born in 1812. In 1851 John a Labourer, and Elizabeth were living in Saint John Street, Lichfield, with their children John (1832), Thomas (1836), Henry (1842), Emma (1845), Jane (1848) and Ann (1850). John who was aged about 19, was a Tailor
 
John and Elizabeth’s son John married Sarah Elizabeth BICKLEY. Together they lived in Saint John Street, Lichfield. John changed his occupation from Tailor to Postman. John died in Lichfield 1892. Sarah was born in Lichfield on the 5th October
1834, and christened on the 2nd November 1834 at Wade Street (formerly Sandford Street) Independent Church. John and Elizabeth were married in Lichfield in 1855. Following their marriage, Sarah moved to St John Street, and became a Tailoress. She died in Lichfield in 1908
 
John and Sarah had 10 children, all born in Lichfield, Sarah Elizabeth (1859), Edward Henry (1860), Charles Frederick (1863), Herbert Thomas (1864), George Francis (1866), Albert Reginald (1868), Anna Maria (1870), Ernest Bentley (1875), Ada Jane (1877), and Florence May (1879)
 
Albert Reginald, the 6th eldest born, in his early years was living in Saint John Street, Lichfield with the family. In April 1891, he was living at 39 Sandford Street, Lichfield. He was avery musical person and he became a Drummer with the 4th South Staffordshire Regiment. (It is believed that Albert played with the Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra)
In 1901, he was living at 155 St John Street and was a musician. Albert married Mary Ann RUSHTON at Saint Mary’s Church in Stafford on 11th September 1889. Mary was born in No Man’s Heath, Warwickshire in 1866. In 1891 she was a Grocer. By 1911, she had moved to Lichfield and was living at 22 St John Street
 
Albert and Mary Ann had children, Agnes Dorothy (Doll) (1891), William Henry B. (1892), Margaret Eleanor M. (Maggie) (1895), Stanley, Henry, Nellie Kathleen (1896) and Walter Frank Hassell (1903)
 
The eldest daughter Agnes Dorothy (Doll) married Herbert JONES, in Lichfield in 1915. Herbert was from Lichfield
 
 
(Doll & Herbert’s wedding)
 
(Doll & Herbert are in the centre. On the left side are the JONES’s. On the right side are the BLAKEMAN’s. The lady in the large hat and dark suit in the front row on BLAKEMAN is Maggie’s mother Mary Ann, and the
boy far right is Walter Frank Hassell)
 
Doll and Herbert had two children. The elder a son Edwin JONES, and the younger a daughter Dorothy May Holland JONES who was born in 1919. Her father Herbert died just before she was born.
He died of wounds inflicted during the First World War.
 
Dorothy May Holland JONES went on to marry William John HOOPER in 1939 in Lichfield. They had four children, all born in Lichfield; Patricia A. (1942), Andrew John (1944), Dianne M. (1952) and Stephen A. (1958)
 
Patricia A. went on to marry William BUSBY in 1961 in Lichfield and they had two sons both born in Lichfield; Christopher P. (1963) and Robin Peter (1967)
 
Margaret (Mggie) Eleanor M.’s younger brother Walter was born the 18th December 1902 in Lichfield. In 1911 he was living with his family at 22 St John Street, Lichfield. In late 1931, Walter married Victoria May HALL in 1931, and their marriage was registered at Lichfield
 
Victoria was the daughter of George HALL and his wife Sarah HALL (nee PERRY)
 
George and Sarah owned and lived at Apple Tree Farm, Hammerwich
 
         
 
(George & Sarah c 1900)                   (George at Apple Tree Farm )
 
Victoria also had a sister Kath. Kath died at the age of 13 from T.B.
 
Victoria became a teacher
 
 
(Victoria at Apple Tree Farm, Hammerwich in Teacher training Blazer 1920's)
 
In the 1930’s Victoria taught at Chase Terrace High School. She moved to High Offley School, where she eventually became the Headmistress
 
Frank Water Hassell and Victoria lived at Apple Tree Farm until the 1930’s. From there, they moved into The Laurels, which Victoria had designed. The Laurels has since been demolished and new house have been built on the site. In early 1937, Victoria became pregnant. Three months before Victoria was due to give birth, her husband Frank died at N. Cotswold. He was buried at Hammerwich
 
 
(Frank's resting place in Hammerwich)
 
Victoria was left alone to give birth, and she did so in Lichfield and had a son, Walter John BLAKEMAN
 
 
(Victoria & son Walter c 1938/39 at High Offley)
 
Walter John was also a teacher and was later ordained. He still takes services when health permits
 
         
 
(Walter at various stages in his life)
 
Walter’s mother Victoria died in 1970
 
In 1962, Walter married Barbara J. MOORE. Their marriage was registered at Stafford
 
In 1965, Walter and Barbara had a daughter, Jane BLAKEMAN. Jane married and became Jane REYNOLDS
 
Jane is busy compiling her family history. If you have any information or photographs of the BLAKEMAN or HALL family, please contact us at enquiries@bfhg.org.uk or Jane direct
 
If you have any information to add on the BLAKEMAN family, please send details to us at enquiries@bfhg.org.uk
 
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