7 December 2015

#52Ancestors - Week 49 - Holidays

Week 49 (December 3-9) – Holidays. What ancestor do the holidays put you in mind of?

This week I'm going to go a little bit obscure:

The holiday that is coming up is Christmas. Christmas is the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. I don't have any ancestors named Jesus, but Jesus had more than one name....

According to the book of Matthew - chapter 1 (NIV version):

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
Immanuel is Hebrew, Emmanuel is the Roman version of the same name - and I have nine Emmanuel/Emanuels in my tree. All associated with the same family line.

I'll start with Dorothy Defty born about 1823 in Durham England. Her father was Emanuel Defty and her brother also an Emanuel Defty (possibly both known as Manuel) - brother Emanuel also had a son called Emmanuel with his wife Sarah.

Dorothy married Robert Richardson in 1844 in South Shields Durham England and they went on to have at least 10 children:
Emanuel, Ann Defty (whose son was Emmanuel Richardson Boyd) , Mary Jane, Isabelle, Dorothy Emma, Sarah Frances, Elizabeth, John Robert, Elizabeth Ada and William Boyd.
- Sarah Frances married another Emanuel Defty and they had 2 sons called Emmanuel

Emanuel Richardson, Dorothy's son married Mary Jane Dixon - according to the 1911 census listing for Mary Jane they had 12 children, 4 of whom had passed away (their names remain unknown to me. The other 8 were:
Robert, Emmanuel, Henry Gibson, Mary Eleanor, William Boyd, Anne, Martha Dixon and Thomas
Unfortunately Emanuel Richardson (Dorothy's son) had been admitted to the Sunderland Borough Lunatic Asylum - as recorded in the 1911 census and Mary Jane had to work as a servant to support herself

Emmanuel Richardson (Emanuel's son) married Margaret Ann Lee in 1904. Margaret is the sister of my great grandmother Maria Annie Lee (so now you can see where all these Emmanuel/Emanuels fit in)

On the 1911 census, my grandfather Charles Frederick Farley was staying with his Uncle Manny and Aunty Meg:

Here is a picture of my grandfather Charles Frederick Farley (Freddie) with his Uncle Manny and Aunty Meg - taken around the time of the 1911 census or shortly afterwards

And lastly Uncle Manny Richardson with his great nephew Andrew "Andy" Farley (Charles Frederick Farley's son and my uncle) taken in about 1936 shortly before Emmanuel Richardson passed away in 1937.


  1. This is a clever take on the theme. Makes me want to see if I have anyone named Emmanuel in my tree.