Further to my post on the 17th I received this message from one of my contacts Yvonne Parker a relation of my husband from his FLOWERS line.
"I have just been looking at your blog, having just returned from holiday and saw your 17th June entry regarding the Flowers/Lawson connections to the Gadsby line.
Joseph Flowers (b1855) married Elizabeth Lawson (b 1857) in 1875, the marriage was registered in Newark. They had four children as far as I am aware - Edith Ann 1875 - 1881, Sarah Ellen b 1877, Eliza 1879 - 1882 and Louisa b 1880. The family were in Freeby, Leicestershire on the 1881 census but little Eliza's death was registered in 1882 in Sleaford.
The connection with your Gadsby line comes from the fact that Joseph Flowers was the eldest son of John Flowers 1828 - 1913 whose parents were William Flowers and Rebecca Lawson."
Edward Ward the son of Richard Ward and Mary Gray married Ann Ellen Lawson in the Newark district in the Dec quarter of 1875 according to the GRO indexes. Anne's sister is Elizabeth Lawson who married Joseph Flowers.
Interestingly Mary Gray was born in Marston which is where Eliza the daughter of William Flowers and Rebecca Lawson was born. I will let you know if I find out more about any Lawson connection.
I was looking to confirm the parents of a child found on the census with the grandparents, Richard and Mary WARD, who are my husband's 3xgt grandparents. The mother was also with the grandparents so I was looking to find her with her husband on an earlier census and then to confirm their marriage and her maiden name. I discovered her maiden name was LAWSON and although this is not a particularly common name I already have this name in another part of the tree for the other line of my husband's ancestry. Given that there is already a link to this surname I wanted to see if they were related. I went on to do more searches in the censuses and found that the wife's father had been born in Foston Lincolnshire. Having found the wife's mother on a later census with her grandaughter Ellen FLOWERS I was even more intrigued.
In my husband's GADSBY line his gt gt grandmother was Eliza FLOWERS daughter of William FLOWERS and Rebecca LAWSON she was born in Marston Lincolnshire and the youngest of her children was born in Foston Lincolnshire.
It turns out that the parents of Ellen FLOWERS were Joseph FLOWERS and Elizabeth LAWSON. I have not managed to find out how or if they are related to his GADSBY ancestors but given the geography I feel certain that they will be related.
This is not the first time I have found relations on one line who could be related to others on another line as my husband's Norfolk ancestors are possibly relations to others found on his Lincolnshire/Leicestershire line.
On the 1st June my 3rd cousin Tim Green and his wife Ruth celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary by renewing their vows at Bitterne Parish Church. I was fortunate to be able to attend the service and finally meet up with Tim who I have been corresponding with by email for several years. I took a few photographs and later this year I will write a short piece for the Bitterne Local History Society magazine. I will also post a copy of this on my blog.