I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…


Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

Where I'm From

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Randy Seaver posted a new challange Saturday. I love the idea!!!! Here’s mine

I am from an old dog-eared book of poetry; a vintage crystal necklace; A cup of English Breakfast Tea brewed in my grandmother’s Brown Betty. No milk. I am from the house my father built on Tiffany Street and the path through the woods. I’m from the tune without the words, and where the twilight lives after the dark; That cardinal tapping at his reflection in the window…. I am from Ayn Rand, Edwin Muir, Enid Blyton, and James T. Kirk. From a handwritten letter. Turkey dinner At noon. Sandwiches at five o’clock. White bread. Butter. Mayonnaise. Always. From if the wind blows you’ll stay that way and don’t swallow grape seeds —they might get stuck in your appendix. I am from “Why?” “How?” And, “Who is ‘they’?” I’m from across the pond, shepherd’s pie, (…more)

Lists: Top 5 Mysteries I May Take to My Grave


(but would really rather not)

In no particular order–

  • Which John Denchfield married Elizabeth Brewer on 6 January 1736 in North Marston, Buckinghamshire? Was is John, son of John Denchfield and Elizabeth Purchas, baptized in North Marston on 19 Dec 1716, or John, son of  Richard and Anne Denchfield, baptized in North Marston on 5 September 1714?
  • Was William Baker’s wife Ann Denchfield the daughter of John Denchfield and Mary Gurney? And if so, why did John leave her out of his will?
  • William Turner married Anne Wells in Caversham, Oxfordshire, on 10 February 1748/49, but his origins are unknown. When was William born, and where did he come from?
  • Where did Miss Sarah Collcutt (1750-1838), spinster from St Aldates Oxford, get all her money? Did she inherit from her mother Sarah, whose surname remains a mystery?
  • Was Hannah Eden the mother of George Meadows, hairdresser in Winslow? (…more)