Friday, 7 December 2007

Henry Eayrs is hungry

Text of letter: 

Cambridge May 5th 1775 / Mr Comis'r Davis pleas [sic] to Deliver / to Henry Eayrs Provisions for / 52 Men / Abner Cranson Cpt. / indecipherable initial.


Approximately 6 1/8-inchs x 3 5/8-inches.


Possibly Abner Cranson of Ashfield, MA. In 1808 moved to NY. Cranson Cemetery in Town of Lincoln, Madison Cty, NY has gravestone engraved Cpt Abner Cranson died 25 Jan 1847 aged 83 years. Cranson's Company was part of Colonel Asa Whitcomb's Massachusetts Line. Henry Eayrs (p. 190 Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolution) is listed as an Orderly Sergeant & Clerk in Abner Cranson's Company, Col. Asa Whitcomb's Reg't. There appears to have been a Lt. Col. Joshua Davis who was a Commissary or QM in the Continental Army (1777 - 1779)


Where it all started for me

My main brickwall in my family history searching is Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire, UK. This is where my GGGG Grandfather George Eayrs' birth was registered in the parish register in 1766, and where his marriage to Mary Fowler was celebrated on 23 Nov 1787. They resettled immediately after marriage to nearby Market Deeping, and from then on I know about most (not all) of the family descent.

The picture is of St James' Church, Castle Bytham, where my ancestors (according to the Parish Registers) must have been married. You can learn more about the church here.

Picture copyrighted to Ron Cole.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Off to Australia

The greatest mass migration from Britain 2,000 people including 450 children and a family of 10, leave Liverpool today aboard a 27,000 ton Georgic from Australia, they started their journey from Euston this morning.

L to R Mrs Eayrs, Robert aged two, Estelle 3 and a half, behind Wallace 15, Barbara 13, and Mr Eayrs, a family of six from Islington leaving Euston today. They are going to Sydney.

[11th January 1949 - ME]

©2000 Credit:Topham Picturepoint

Almost killed by Vulcan bomber

Seventy year old Mrs Amy Eayrs and farmer son Geoffrey escaped death when a RAF Vulcan jet bomber crashed into their farmhouse.

[This took place approximately 30th January 1968, in Rutland UK - ME].

©2000 Credit:Topham Picturepoint

Playboy, December 1980

The Eayrs family may be small in number but we get around.

Big Gala Christmas Issue. Playmate of the Month is Terri Welles. Features include interviews of George C. Scott and Truman Capote, Inside Khomeini's Iran, a portfolio from Bradley Smith's book "20th Century Masters of Erotic Art”; the anatomy of desire, and a pictorial of Linda Kerridge (Marilyn Monroe look-a-like). Plus, Sex Stars of 1980 with Bo Derek, John Trovolta, Robin Cook, Richard Gere, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Barbara Bach, Ringo Starr, Angie Dickinson, Jacqueline Bisset, Tanya Roberts, Shelley Hack, Victoria Principal, Robert Hays, Larry Hagman, Suzanne Somers, Loni Anderson, Lauren Hutton, Karen Hafter, Maud Adams, Christopher Atkins, Brooke Shields, Mat Dillon, Jodie Foster, Nastassja Kinski, Patti D'Arbanville, Gilda Radner, Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Kellerman, Sam Chew, Dudley Moore, Victoria Cooke, Robin Williams, Jayne and Leon Isaac Kennedy, Kim Cattrall, Cindy Pickett, Debra Winger, Sylvia Kristel, Ornella Muti, Laura Antonelli, Marilyn Chambers, Misty Rowe, Constance Forslund, Linda Kerridge, Deborah Harry, Sybil Danning and Dorothy Stratten. And a feature on the 20th anniversary of “The Rabbit”; with Wanda Huizenga, Betsy LeVeille and C.J. Mobley, June Wilkinson, Cynthia Maddox, Joyce Nizzari, June Cochran, Carrie Radison, Terri Kimball, Kelly Collins, Joni Mattis, Christa Speck, Pat Higgenbotham, Sheralee Conners, Connie Mason, China Lee, Gloria Steinem (a.k.a. Marie Ochs), Lauren Hutton, Sharon Rogers, Kai Brendlinger, Marika Lukacs, Candis Eayrs, Marjie Martin, Dolly Read, Majksen Haugedal, Gwen Wong, Carole Green, Marilyn Cole, Gina Byrams, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Cynthia Myers, Karen Christy,Kathie Witt, Cheryl Lee, Jean Bell, Ava Cherry, Farrah Fawcett, Carol Vitale, Janet Lupo, Vicotia Cunningham, Glenda and Brenda Lott, Barbara Sawyer, Patti McGuire, Lynne Moody, Hope Olson, Yurika Aoki, Moira and Sheila Stone, Dorothy Stratten, Candace Collins, Venice Kong and Danita Jo Fox.

Coming Home Repentant

Lizzie Eayrs, the stagestruck girl who ran away from her home at No. 45 Cheeverplace, Brooklyn. on Thursday, returned yesterday morning with a long, deep cut on her nose and a tale of sorrow and remorse. When she tucked her infant sister under the bedclothes and ran out or the house on Thursday she had fully made up her mind to become an actress. In order to obtain a practical knowledge of the needs of modern theatres she visited Niblo's and engaged herself under the name of Mary Anderson as a ballet girl In the “Rat Catcher”. During the rehearsal on Saturday a "supe" struck her in the face with a property battle axe, laying open the flesh on her nose from its tip to the frontal bone. That settled it. With disgust on every feature and court plaster on her nose she returned to her father. Once before, a year ago, Miss Lizzie, with another stagestruck companion, dressed herself up in her best clothes and tried to engage herself to a Variety troupe which was going to Boston. She was rejected on account of her size.

The New York Times, December 7, 1885

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