PETE'S FAMILY HISTORY
Here we are with the history of The Perrys (Pete's dad's family) and The Cards (Pete's mum's family)....
THE PERRY FAMILY
The Perry Coat of Arms
The furthest we can go back with the Perry line is to Pete's paternal grandfather, James Perry, (above)born in Chelmsford in 1863, to James Perry, a Lodger horsekeeper, born in Chelmsford in 1843, and Sarah Perry, born in Bishopsgate in 1845.
THE DUKES FAMILY
The Dukes Coat of Arms
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James married Pete's paternal grandmother, Sarah Dukes, (pictured above with her eldest son) born in Bishopsgate in 1873, to Robert and Sarah Dukes. They married, and had several children, The eldest being James (Big Jim), who was a Royal Naval Captain, RM48 Commando. Jim died in June 1944 during the Normandy Invasion, Operation Overlord.
BELOW: James when he was Cheif Petty Officer.
Other children included ALFRED HENRY PERRY who died on September 20, 1943 in Military Service, Harold who died as a child, William Perry, a bus driver who died at the wheel, Frank Henry Perry (Pete's father) born in Walthamstow, London on 15th March 1906, Mabel ( who died at the age of 16) Minnie, Ethel, Florence and Elise, dates of birth not known.
It seems that James Snr was a Horsekeeper, and his son James was a stable boy.
Sarah Dukes was the daughter of client Robert Dukes, and James and Sarah met and fell in love via this connection.
Robert and Sarah Dukes lived at 53 Leadenhall Street London. Their children were: Mabel, born in Finsbury, 1894, Alfred, born in Chelmsford in 1897, Harold, born in Belvedere 1900,
Mabel, the eldest (seated, above) died at the age of 16. Alfred is on her knee, Minnie is seated beside Mabel, and James is standing behind.
Pete's dad Frank (above) ran away from home at 17, lied about his age and joined the Seaforth Highlanders.
Pete's cousin June (above) died of meningitis shortly after this photo was taken, in 1939, when Pete was only 2 years old.
The daughter of Pete's aunt Florence (pictured above), She was a child progidy in playing the piano.
After June's death, her father, Alfred Ind, was called up to fight for his country in the army, and so Florence joined the WAAF to serve her country in WWII, so they never had the time to grieve properly.
Pete followed in Florence's footsteps by joining the RAF in 1955, and running the radio show 'After The Bull' at RAF Ruislip
THE MEE FAMILY
The Mee Coat of Arms
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Pete's maternal Grandmother, Mary Anne Caroline Card (nee Mee) was born on 14th March 1871 at 16 Addey Street, Deptford, to Mary Anne Mee (formerly Cramp, nee Daniel) and Joseph Mee, a shoemaker (Journeyman).
Joseph Mee was born 24/01/1829 of parents Jacob and Susanna Mee.
Joseph was married to Mary Ann Cramp (maiden name Daniel) in June 1859.
Mary had been previously married to Zebulon Cramp 1833-1857. We can assume from the marraige certificate that Zebulon died, making Mary a widow...
JOSEPH AND MARY ANNE MEE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
June 5 1859
Parish Church, All Saints, Hastings
Joseph Mee (batchelor/shoemaker) + Mary Ann Cramp (Widow)
Parents (respecitvely) JOSEPH Mee(Shoemaker) and John Daniel(Fisherman)
witnessess - Joseph Cramp, Sarah Cramp.
We have found JACOB MEE married to SUSANNA with a JOSEPH, a son born 1829 .
Further enquiries seem to put them in St. Marylebone Poor House and JOSEPH may have married SUSANNA ATKINS in 1828, (pagets) - all happening in the poor house!
Pete's maternal great-grandfather Joseph Mee. He was a shoemaker (Journeyman) Born in 1829. He married Mary Anne Cramp (nee Saunders). One of their daughters was...
Pete's maternal grandmother, Mary Anne Caroline Mee, born 1871, who married into...
THE CARD FAMILY
The Card Coat of Arms
ABOVE: William John Card (a basket Fitter with The Royal Mail, Mount Pleasant) and Mary Mee married in June 1893 in Poplar. The story goes that Wiliam, a known wit and romantic, proposed with 'Will you marry me Mary Mee?'
The furthest we can go back with the Card family is with the birth Pete's maternal grandfather, William John Card, (pictured above) born 14th September 1867 at 15 Coupland Terrace, Plumstead, Kent.
He appears in 1851 census, living at 8 Burrage Place, Lewisham, Plumstead, Eltham, Kent, with his father William John Card, a labourer with The Royal Arsenal, who was born in 1849 in Woolwich, his mother, Mary Anne Card (nee Saunders) a former laundry maid, and his brothers and sisters, Sarah, Henry (a guard boy), Charlotte (a scholar) and Samuel (also a scholar).
According to the 1901 census, they lived at 8 Chatham avenue, Deptford, Kent.
William was also a keen gardener, specialising in lilies, and also a very good artist. These traits have been passed down the generations to Pete, via his uncles Herbert, Harold and Alfred, and shared with his cousins, Bert, Sylvia, Kenneth, Betty and Beryl.
Children living with them there were: William J Card, Herbert E Card, Arthur P Card, and Alfred C Card.
William J Card born in 1895 and died in 1922 (aged 28) He married a "Nellie Quick" and served in the army in the first world war.
Later, they had Doris Ivy (Pete's mother), below, (born 25th December 1902 in Hoxley New Town, Shoreditch), Harold, Hilda and Irene.
Doris Ivy Card, Pete's mum, who married...
Frank Henry Perry, and they had three children...
Patricia, Peter and Eileen.