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Page last updated Friday, April 04, 2008
1. First, some old British ID and travel documents - note that picture ID was not always part of the format and that a first name was referred to, presumptuously, as a "Christian" name.
1b. The following images are of Louisa Mary Reid's passport - which is of interest because it was issued by the British Foreign Office in 1921 - shortly before partition of Ireland and formation of the Republic of Ireland. Today, Louisa's home, Donegal, is in the Republic.
The other interesting note is that the passport is almost double the size of a typical passport today and constructed 'map style' - that is it has no pages in the conventional sense but is one large sheet folded into ten sections.
2. Some show programmes from Daphne Miles' (Dorothy Miller) career.
3. Miscellaneous items of interest.
4.Armorial identities and family crests.
First some general comments - although various images below relate to some of our family names, don't get too excited, you're probably not directly related to some old aristocratic family. For example a person's second name might be Windsor (have a look in the phone book, there are a lot of Windsors around) but it is hardly likely that they are cousin to the British Monarch. So I regard these images as just a bit of fun not to be taken too seriously by us.
If you want a good summary of the history of armorial crests, have a look at this web site: http://www.heraldryclipart.com/history-heraldry.html
Some additional Comments on the picture 6 above, relating to the Piff(e) crest, were added by Robin Godfrey, as follows:
I had contacted Anthony Davis in 1994 who, like myself at the time, was a member of the Gloucestershire Family History Society. In one of the journals, I noted he was interested in the names Davis, Carwardine and Piffe. I contacted him and discovered that we were in fact related. His great grandfather Richard Holbeach Davis, married Ellen Judith Carwardine.(see Carwardine family trees on this web site)
Part of Tony's investigations led him into communications with a man named Reginald Piff who wrote an interesting letter about the Piffe/Piff family with family trees, one showing the marriage of Mary Ann Piffe and James Carwardine (also see Carwardine family trees on this web site) Also in his letter he quotes:
"......among her aunt's possessions a painting of the Piff(e) family heraldic device of which I enclose a photocopy of a sketch I made from details she supplied me with. It would appear that the 'E' had been painted on subsequently. The symbols on the coat of arms indicate it being applicable to a second son with naval connections. I approached the college of Heraldry with a view to having it authenticated but as they required a fee of £200 I did not proceed."
Another interesting snippet from his letter: "A Ronald Piff rang me way back in 1978 to say that a retired Colonel, an historian, who had a retreat in the Cotswolds, had told him that the name of Piff(e) is connected with Kenilworth Castle in the 12th century and came over to England with the Normans (dePiffe?)...."
5. Trains and boats and planes
From time to time these feature in the family past and this section has a selection of related photos and documents.
Members of the Carwardine family had emigrated to the USA in the late 19th century - some to stay some to return. The precise reasons for these major family decisions are not precisely known (readers may have some further data on this and are encouraged to email so that this site can be updated) but some information exists and the images below are of interest.
First, the journey to the USA by Reginald Miller, his wife Adeline and eldest son Leslie. I believe that their intention was to settle in the USA but clearly something did not work for them and they returned (when and on what ship?)
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It is an assumption that these are the same ship although the first is listed as "SS Belgian Land". Researches cannot uncover a ship with this name at that time. The image on the document by the way is a standard image not one of the ship listed.