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Title: the Wright Family
Post by: on September 02, 2006, 09:12:01 PM
My family were living at 291 Shroffold Rd when I was born in 1957. Sadly my family is very fragmented and I would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew them, especially if you remember my father. His name was Jesse Wright and my mother was Ivy Wright. They had a son called Michael who was born in 1946 and a son called Matthew who was born in 56.  I was christened Mandy. They came to the area from Rotherhithe I think.
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on September 19, 2006, 01:46:04 AM
Quote from: AmandaWR
My family were living at 291 Shroffold Rd when I was born in 1957. Sadly my family is very fragmented and I would dearly love to hear from anyone who knew them, especially if you remember my father. His name was Jesse Wright and my mother was Ivy Wright. They had a son called Michael who was born in 1946 and a son called Matthew who was born in 56.  I was christened Mandy. They came to the area from Rotherhithe I think.


Do hope you have some luck tracing your family.  You might succeed now we've got this wonderful thing called Internet.  I managed to track down some of my father's family with whom we lost touch with in the early 60s. It's a great feeling and I don't care what anyone says, blood ties matter.
My friend, Christine Bourne, lived in Shroffold Road.  I'll ask her if she remembers the name.

Bren
Title: the Wright Family
Post by: on September 19, 2006, 06:26:44 PM
thanks Bren, I'm really hoping for some results as there are no elderly relatives left who can fill me in on my family details. Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: mike on September 30, 2006, 04:35:06 PM
Hi - the original post was by Amanda - somehow I managed to delete her username, so apologies for that!

She has now re-registered so I hope will forgive me and post again soon...
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on October 07, 2006, 08:28:30 PM
thanks mike, apart from hoping to find out more about my family, I enjoy reading the other posts about life in downham. although I was only a small child when we lived there I have some clear memories of my life then. I remember riding my red tricycle up and down the pavement outside our house. I am also very interested in the link with Rotherhithe as I know that lots of families from that area were rehoused in Downham. While we were living in shroffold road my mother Ivy Wright gave birth to my brother, Markham in 1959, He was born retarded due to problems at the birth and my mother nearly lost her life. Hope you don't mind me sharing these personal details but I thought it mught just help someone to remember them. It was quite tragic and the neighbours and friends must have been aware of it. Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 09, 2006, 12:38:09 AM
I have emailed my friend, Amanda and will let you know what she says, whichever way it goes.  I presume you have posted your query on various 'looking for' websites?  I lost touch with a very dear friend when she moved and ... well, for whatever reason doesn't matter.  Anyway, I posted a 'looking for' message under the heading of the town where she last resided.  Some friends of her daughter in America saw it, contacted her and she contacted her parents to say I was looking for her.  A nice success story so don't lose hope.  I think your messages show how much you long to find your family connections again.

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 10, 2006, 01:06:33 AM
Hallo Amanda,

I have heard from my friend.  Unfortunately she does not remember a Wright family.  So, your quest continues and I do hope you succeed.  Are you looking only for your father or for your siblings too?

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: christine on October 10, 2006, 10:33:32 AM
Hello Amanda
I am the friend that Brenda spoke of.  Sorry I couldn't help - I actually lived on the corner of Shaw Road and Woodbank Road (a parade of new houses which I believe replaced houses that had been destroyed during the war) from about 1947 until 1959 - my parents moved there from Reading where they had been evacuated during the war.  Good luck with your search.
Christine
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 11, 2006, 11:54:46 PM
Hallo Chris,

I had a vague idea I'd got Shaw and Shroffold muddled up.  Brain fade strikes again!

Good to see your name pop up on 'our' site. 

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on October 12, 2006, 11:31:05 AM
I'm mostly looking for anyone who knew my father, Jessie Wright as my parents parted when I was 3 and I lost contact with him in the eary 60's. He was born in rotherhithe and moved to downham maybe when they married in 1946 or soon after.  He had five brothers but I haven't been able to find any of them. Also I am looking for my brother Michael Wright who was born in 1946 and would have been at senior school when the family lived in Shroffold Road.  He had ash blond hair and wore thick glasses becasue his eyesight was very poor. The brother, Markham, whom I mentioned in a previous post went to live in Goldie Leigh Hospital where they had a unit for retarded children. Sadly I have no idea what happened to him either. Broken families are a cause of a lot of sadness, I have always wanted to find them. But of course I also know that, if I do, it won't necessarily mean a happy ending. Nice to chat to Downham folk anyway. Here in Northern Ireland where I have been living since 1979 no one has heard of it! Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 12, 2006, 11:59:40 PM
Hallo Amanda,

Well, that's certainly a sad story and I can imagine just how it makes you feel to have lost your family.  What sort of research are you doing on-line? 

I remember an albino on Downham but as you don't use that term (and it may not be politically correct these days), I presume this would not have been your brother.  I rather think he was older than me anyway so the dates don't fit.

May I ask if your mother supplied you with any other information about your brothers?

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on October 15, 2006, 02:14:03 PM
hello Bren, no, my brother Markham was not an albino, be was born with brain damage due to lack of oxygen during an emergency C section. My mother said he was put into care when he was very young and she couldn't cope. She doesn't want to talk about the past so I can't ask her for more information. My brother Michael was born in Shroffold road 1946, another boy was born shorthly after, my brother Matthew in 1956 and myself, christened Mandy, in 1957. After Markham was born in 1959 and put into care the family moved away and the marriage broke up.  The only brother I know is Matthew who knows less than I do about the family.  Michael would have been at school in Downham, but I don't know what schools he went to. I remember he wore a cap and short trousers but I expect all school boys did then!
I have been searching census records for previous generations hoping to trace it back but found nothing definite yet. My father's family seem particularly elusive.
Any advice anyone can give me about how to go about looking will welcome.
Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 17, 2006, 05:33:55 AM
Hallo again Amanda,

Have you posted any 'looking for' messages on appropriate websites e.g. Curious Fox; Cousin Connect; Around.Co.UK; Missing You.  Then there are Wright one-name studies in which you just might find a connection somewhere or Ancestry.Com (which is where I left a message and was found by a woman in Canada whose great grandmother was my great grandmother's sister and I've found an amazing amount out since then and also some other cousins.

Are you a member of Friends Reunited Co.UK?  I did have a browse for Wrights on there but no-one seemed to fit the bill.  I wondered if your brother went to Downham Secondary School which was a boy's school on Downham.  If you aren't a member, I will be more than happy to keep looking on the site in case anything comes up.

I do so understand the need to find connections and roots (as you've probably already guessed!) and do hope something comes up for you soon.

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: christine on October 24, 2006, 02:56:49 PM
Hello Amanda

Its Christine here - left a message a little while ago.  Just been watching Trisha on Live 5 if you have digital (just while I do the ironing - honestly).  She has been reuniting people on the show - extremely emotional programme.  She put a number out for anyone trying to trace long lost relatives - its 09012 700 550 and for them to ring.  Maybe it might be worth a try?

Christine
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: christine on October 24, 2006, 04:09:07 PM
Sorry Amanda I gave the incorrect channel - its Five Life not Live 5 - a senior moment!
Christine
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on October 25, 2006, 06:45:17 AM
Hallo Chris,

Are you sure it's only while you do the ironing!  Sounds like the sort of programme not to watch when in one's cups, eh?  Wouldn't it be nice if Amanda could find some of her family.  Everything is worth a try.

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on October 25, 2006, 08:13:21 PM
I would make a more public appeal, like the Trisha show, if my mum wasn't still alive. I don't want to upset her by publicly looking for my dad as I know she wants the past to remain buried. She doesn't use the internet so I feel happy using it to try and find the family and I have my brother's backing to try and find them so we are in this together, but at this moment in time I have to be discreet. Thanks for the thought though,they must be out there somewhere. Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: maureen on October 26, 2006, 08:14:46 AM
Hi Amanda, I lived in Shroffold at number 98 from about 1957 til I got married in 1968 but parents stayed until around 1978 and moved to Sandpit. I knew a Christine Wright but not sure what number she lived at, think she had brothers and sisters as used to pop into her house some afternoons after school. We were only casual friends and the house I believe was on the corner of the road leading into Churchdown Road where our school was. Other than that don't know anymore Wrights but I will speak to my younger brother as he's got a much better memory than me - cos he's younger!!

Good luck in your search.

Regards

Maureen x
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on October 28, 2006, 06:12:37 PM
I'm not aware of any Christine Wright in the family.  Maybe this is a branch of my father's family that I don't know about, He had five brothers and I know that at least two of them lived around the area, one was called George and he had a daughter with  long ginger hair, she was older than me, she was about 12 when I was 5 or so she would have been born around 1950. I wish I could find their birth certificates but I can't seem to track any of them down. It's difficult with little information to go on. Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: christine on December 07, 2006, 02:46:56 PM
Amanda - Hi Christine here

Finally managed to get my son-in-law to come up with an address for the Salvation Army - although in fact it is on their website.  It is: Family Tracing Service, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN.  Tel. 0845 6344747.  Have a look at their site though, it is quite informative.

Regards
Christine
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on December 15, 2006, 06:09:31 PM
Thanks Christine. I'll look into it. Who knows what the new year could hold? Wouldn't it be great if I finally got some connection with members of my family.  Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Dickie eagle on February 20, 2007, 04:45:02 PM
Bren there was most certainly an "Albino" in my days ,a tall lad but his red eyes and white hair (eyebrows and lashes also ) made him a daunting figure until you got to know him,he lived in the moorside /shroffold area and I believe he was later employed by the Undertakers at the bottom of Downham Way          dickie.....................
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on February 22, 2007, 08:51:36 AM
Yes Dickie, that's the young man I remember.  When I worked at Grove Park Hospital, a nurse there was dating him.  I wonder if anything came of it.  I can't remember her name.

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: amandawr on February 25, 2007, 07:52:59 PM
Nothing has come of my search so far, it seems that I need more info about my dad for the salvation army to be able to help. He was in the RAF in the war but I don't have any more details about his service. After the war when my family moved to Downham he worked as an engineer. I know it was something to do with aeroplanes becasue I remember being taken to his work one day and I had to wait in a reception area where there was a glass display cabinet full of model planes. Does anyone know of a company in the area that might fit this description??  We didn't have a car so it must have been within a reasonable distance of Downham. Amanda
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on February 26, 2007, 02:20:47 AM
That's very disappointing for you, Amanda.  There must be ways of tracing which regiment etc he was in although I imagine it would be time consuming and involve fees to look at records.  What about trying the free - oh blow - I've forgotten the name of it. Yes - BDM - Births, deaths and marriages.  There are links to other databases.

I don't know of any aircraft component factories or such in the Downham locality. Don't forget though, a lot of people on Downham didn't work locally; they choofed off to London by train or perhaps went out in the other direction to places such as St Mary Cray.

Good luck with the continuing search.

Bren

Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Pauline on February 26, 2007, 07:25:47 AM
That's very disappointing for you, Amanda.  There must be ways of tracing which regiment etc he was in although I imagine it would be time consuming and involve fees to look at records.  What about trying the free - oh blow - I've forgotten the name of it. Yes - BDM - Births, deaths and marriages.  There are links to other databases.

I don't know of any aircraft component factories or such in the Downham locality. Don't forget though, a lot of people on Downham didn't work locally; they choofed off to London by train or perhaps went out in the other direction to places such as St Mary Cray.

Good luck with the continuing search.

Bren




There is a new site I found looking on the BBC webpage.  http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ I don't know what it will let you do online, but there is information there now on Wartime personnel.  It is mainly WWI but there are some WWII details which might help you.

Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Graham on February 26, 2007, 04:52:20 PM
Greetings Christine,

Searching for ancestors can be frustrating, time consuming and expensive as I well know. I now have a family record on my mother's side  back to 1518.

I have found the attached web site most useful and one which maybe of help to you.

Check it out and let me know how you get on.

www.findmypast.com       

Happy searching.....   Graham Allen,
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Brenda on February 27, 2007, 09:44:48 AM
Hallo Graham,

1518 - that's absolutely amazing.  So far, I've (well, others have done the research, not me) I am back to 1760 on my father's side and I thought that was wonderful - but 1518!  How long did it take you?

Do hope all is going well with you and the family.

Bren
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: maureen on August 09, 2007, 11:59:35 AM
Hello Mandy, I lived in Shroffold Road from around 1956 to 1968 when I married and left the family home. I knew a Christine Wright but their house was in Shroffold but right on the corner of the Churchdown Road where my old school was but I am sure your house was much further up the top end of Shroffold, we lived at 98 in those days. One brother went to Churchdown Boys and the other to Mallory, I will ask the youngest born 1951 if he remembers a Wright family.

The very best of luck in your search.

Kind regards

Maureen (nee Pick)
Title: Re: the Wright Family
Post by: Dickie eagle on November 16, 2009, 10:59:26 AM
That's very disappointing for you, Amanda.  There must be ways of tracing which regiment etc he was in although I imagine it would be time consuming and involve fees to look at records.  What about trying the free - oh blow - I've forgotten the name of it. Yes - BDM - Births, deaths and marriages.  There are links to other databases.

I don't know of any aircraft component factories or such in the Downham locality. Don't forget though, a lot of people on Downham didn't work locally; they choofed off to London by train or perhaps went out in the other direction to places such as St Mary Cray. or ev H.J. Maybrey in Wosley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham which was a Die Foundry that specialised in Aircraft components, Dickie....

Good luck with the continuing search.

Bren