Monday, June 9, 2008

Pictures of our Adventures

Church in Reading where my Mother and Father were married during World War II.

Barbara, Matthew, Brandon, Brice, & Nicole in front of my Mother's home where she grew up.

The cemetery on the Isle of White. Almost all of the headstones are under a large juniper tree which has protected them from the weather. We were able to read almost all of the inscriptions. Here they are: George Dore, 1877 and Mary, his wife, 1885. Elizabeth Dore, died Feb 28, 1865 age 72 years, John Dore, died Jan 25, 1877 age 87 years, Isabella Theobald Miller, born Dec. 10, 1845 and died in 1906, John Theobald, died 1859 at age 84, Elizabeth Dore, died in 1825 at the age of 40 and Sarah, John's second wife, died in 1857 at the age of 71, Charles Stevens born on Nov 4, 1806 and died on April 19, 1875 married to Mary Theobald Stevens, died Nove. 30, 1899. Charles Theobald died at 18 years of age on July 24, 1865. George Theobald, died on Oct 21, 1835 at the age of 20. Caroline Theobald, died on April 23, 1810 at the age of 32. Benjamin Taylor Smith died at the age of 33 years. He was married to Christian Theobald who died at the age of 27 along with children Julia Smith, Anne Smith, and Caroline Smith age 11 months. They all died in 1853. Maria Murwood and Thomas Theobald's graves but could not read the dates. All of these and other graves we found in the All Saints Cemetery at Freshwater, Isle of Wight on June 2, 2008.

Barbara in the cemetery on the Isle of White.

Brice and Matthew in the cemetery on the Isle of White.

The Theobald /Dore family home called "Blackbridge House" at the corner of Blackbridge and Easton Street at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. It is a large manor house that was built partly in the 14th century and partly in about 1540. It has a thatched roof and is very beautiful. At one time the estate also included 80 acres of land. Most of that has been sold off now, but there is still a large garden and barn that accompanies the house on that lot. A man by the name of Harold Schenck from Germany now owns the home. He showed us around the home and was very kind to us. He said that he is glad to show any other family members who may come around also. It was such a thrill for me to see the very spot where several generations of our ancestors really lived.

Inside Blackbridge house.

Harold Schenck and Ken inside Blackbridge house.

Inside Blackbridge house.


CSH said...

I enjoyed seeing your pictures. I, too, found Blackbridge House a few years ago. It was the home of my ancestors too. What year were you there? I think we were there in 2001 and again a couple of years later. A young woman lived there with her small child at the time we first found the house. My grandfather was a descendant of William Theobald b. 1813.