I have just found the excellent site (by accident via Google!) and notice your enquiry about the Armstrong family, glad to say I can fill in one branch for you. Isabella Amstrong, the youngest daughter of George and Frances Edgar was my husband’s grandmother. The facts are a bit sketchy as my late father in law was a very quiet man, my husband said he rarely talked about his family and they saw little of them.
Isabella married William Dockray, another iron ore miner, (1883-1936) in 1910, marriage registered in Whitehaven. William was born in Cumberland but so far I haven’t found him on any census figures. They had 8 children:
ISABEL (1915- )
All the children’s births were registered in Whitehaven but I know George was born in St. Bees. Dorothy married and went to Canada but used to return home to visit.
George was my father in law, he served in the Army in W11 he then came here to work on the RAF camp initially. His brother Jonathan (known as John) was also here in Watton, why we don’t know but he farmed in a small way in the area called Neaton. George worked for him for a while and then went as a store manager at Tyrell and Byfords which was a seed merchants.
He married Evelyn Watling (nee Tennant) in 1950, there was a step son, Michael Watling from her first marriage.
They went on to have a further 5 children,
William (Bill my husband) 1950
Rebecca (known as Cindy) 1956
John died a couple of years ago but the others are still resident here in South Norfolk.
George and Evelyn both died in 2000.
To go back to Isabella, at some point she came to Norfolk,she didn’t live with either of her sons but was in a nursing home on the coast near Cromer, a village called Overstrand, she died in 1964 and is actually buried in the graveyard of our church here, St. Mary’s about 5 minutes walk from where I am typing this, as far as I know there is no headstone but I’ll find out.
Jonathan (John) married Alice, they had one son Alan who is still alive, but has Parkinson’s Disease.
The name DOCKRAY is very rare in Norfolk, apart from one lady who lives in Norwich ( she comes from the Midlands) they are all descendents of Isabella, there are 13 with the name (like me) , direct descendents, 5 grandchildren, 11 great grand children and 8 great great grandchildren, with 2 more due in November.
We think there is a connection to the Sewell family some where as we have here a silver pocket watch, engraved
Jonathan Sewell Egremont 1891,then William Dockray –and under that (sadly not done professionally, it looks as if it was done with a pin!) George Dockray 1936, presumably my father in law received this on his father’s death.
I do hope this will be of interest to somebody, contact me if there is anything else I can help with.
I have already had contact with Nancy and Dale in New York!
Greetings! I’m writing to you, from Independence, Missouri, U.S.A., so hoping you will report our families reunion in Egremont 2012, in your newspaper. My name is Maureen (Brophy) Seskis. I am the great-granddaughter of Henry and Margaret (Lowther) Allison formerly of Egremont, England. Below is a brief summary of our families history. Will you post this in your newspaper? It is okay for you to list my home address in this announcement.
Descendants of Margaret Lowther, born February 9, 1858 in Egremont, England, and Henry Allison, also of Egremont, are organizing for a reunion in 2012 in Egremont. Eight of us are coming from America to visit our great-grandparents homeland. Henry arrived in Lucas, Iowa, U.S.A. and one year later Margaret arrived by train and were married that afternoon in 1885. We feel confident there are Lowther and Allison cousins still in the Egremont area. If we are related, please contact me by email at this address; firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the newspaper for my home address.
Maureen M. Seskis
Address: 15201 East 41st Street South
Independence, Missouri USA