chastwell on Family Tree Circles
I was born 31/05/1929 at Burnley, Lancashire, and was educated at Burnley Grammar School, and Balshaw's Grammar School. Leyland Lancashire. I served my National Service in the Royal Air Force, In the Police Dog Section. I was a memberof the squad which was at the first Royal Tournament after the end of the war. On leaving the RAF I joined the Burnley Borough Police force. In 1959 I left and became a Civil Servant, employed as a Driving Examiner. I regraded and was promoted to Higher Executive Officer. I have been retired since 1989. I have a younger brother: Harry born 1944. He has two daughters.
My wife is Madeleine, who like me endures poor health. Madeleine has a son from a previous marriage, with whom I have a very good relatioship. I do not have any children.
My paternal family came from Kirby Steven area of Cumbria, and Cornwall(Merrifield). My maternal family: Simpson/ Bownass, came from Kendal, Cumbria(previously Westmorland).
My paternal grandmother: Mary Ann Merrifield, the daughter of John Merrifield(born 1852 Corminete Greenbottom, Cornwall) and Selinda?
My grandmother was born 1879 at Burnley. Lancashire. Her father John was orphaned in Truro when his parents died within one year. The family were interned in the workhouse (I believe Truro). John; who was in his late teens; made his way north, to Burnley. He set himself up as a dealer in birds, and twelve months later, returned to Cornwall, where he assembled his family, and brought them all to Burnley, where they lived with him. A truly remarkable and eye-watering fete, accomplished in very dificult circumstances.
I would love to hear from anyone who can throw light on the Merrifield family history.