I am trying to re-unite a photograph album with its rightful family. The album contains baby photos and children immediately post WW2 plus several marriages. The only name we have is on one of the photos of a young child Robert McIntyre Weir born in 1943. I have spoken to Robert who is alive and well, but he doesn't recognise anyone in the photos below, except that the first photographs shows some family resemblance.
There is also a smaller album which is predominantly from photographs taken in the 1930s.
These three samplers were auctioned recently at an Antiques Fair in Wales. Mike Roberts a keen family history researcher was intrigued and took photographs. He is not related to the family, nor has he any interest in the sale of the samplers, but fond of puzzles has posted this information on various genealogy forums. Another keen family researcher, Jocelyn Bond in Sydney, Australia is also fascinated by these beautiful samplers and has done some preliminary research.
The third sampler shows Mary's parents as George Lees, born January 18th 1747 and Mary, born September 21st 1755 and their children as follows:
Jocelyn has found a marriage between George Lees and Mary Halliwell at Oldham St Mary's Church 9th November 1778, and these are their childrens' baptisms at the same church
James, christened 7th January 1781
Robert, christened 9th February 1783
George, christened 19th December 1784
John, christened 20th May 1787
Joseph, christened 2nd January 1791
Mary, christened 8th September 1793
Henry, christened 29th October 1797
So far, so good - this does seem to be the right family. However on the I.G.I. there are also recorded some LDS patron submissions of these same events, giving the address as Tanner Fold in Ashton. I have identified this as being in the Fitton Hill area of Oldham. It may be in Oldham now, but because of boundary changes this area would have been in Ashton-under-Lyne at the time the samplers were made. This is also very close to other well known families of LEES at Park Bridge and Alt Hill.
Unfortunately these samplers have been split up and bought by different people. It would be really good if any LEES family researchers at least knew of their existence or could add any more details to the family.
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The sampler shown there is so interesting. There was a story in my family that we had an old sampler but no one knows what happened to it. It would have been in the Marple area I believe.
It may have been done by Ann SLACK, or her mother, Sarah Ann (BARTLE) Slack, b early 1800's. If anyone has it, or comes across it, please let me know.
Even if I cannot own it I would love to have a picture