Ephraim Hopkins – my family history journey continued

Time to talk a bit about my family history….

Since I wrote my  blog posts about William Hopkins I think I have discovered what happened to his brother Ephraim. I searched in the Find My Past Worldwide Army Index for 1861 and found an Ephraim Hopkins who was a private in the 94th foot regiment stationed at Mean Meer, East Indies. I couldn’t find any more about him including any army records so I went to the National Archives in Kew and looked up the Muster Rolls for the regiment. I discovered that he had joined up in the late 1850s. He seems to have embarked for India almost immediately and he seems to have spent about 5 or 6 years there until, sadly, the last entry I found was: 9 April 1865 Died at Chundegurh en route to Kussowlie. Disease ‘bronchitis chi?’ or sri. (or chr for chronic?)

I ran out of time while I was trying to trace him forwards in the records to see if there was confirmation that he joined up in Stoke on Trent so I don’t have definite proof that it was our Ephraim Hopkins. However, the only other Ephraim I can find either in birth registrations or in the censuses of the right age lived in Worthing and that one died in 1858. But next time I am at TNA I will look up the relevant muster rolls to see if I can find him immediately he enlisted, and also try and find his enlistment papers but probably the fact that he died in India explains why I couldn’t find his army records on FMP, as they are records of soldiers who were discharged to pension. But at least it probably ties up another loose end. I wonder how long it took for William to discover his fate?

UPDATE: on my next visit to Kew I looked up the previous muster rolls for the regiment but could not see any entries for him under new recruits, so I don’t know exactly where he joined up or any more information – does anyone have any idea where I can go from here or whether there are likely to be any more records of him in any archives?

First posted in my family history blog Entwined Roots.

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Happy New Year!

fireworks pattern for the new year

Happy New Year!

 

Wishing you all oodles of arty, textiley, papery adventures for 2016!

If you’ve noticed that I have been quiet since launching my shop, it’s because I’ve sort of accidentally fallen into the rabbit hole world of planners and all things related! It started when I noticed that printable stickers and digital collage was popular on Instagram so I investigated, with a view to designing some myself.   I have hurtled into the land of stickers and leather filofaxes (I remember coveting these in the 1980s!), decorated paperclips, washi tape and post-it notes and realised too late that I have an addiction to notebooks and all things stationery related …

I also discovered midori notebooks and made this one from some pelmet vilene that I painted years ago:

 

green lurid fauxdori

My handmade fauxdori alongside my trusty cropodile

 

I also bought a few  Websters Pages Color Crush binders which were on offer at Create and Craft…

2 Color Crush binders from Websters Pages and a sheet of stickers

Love these colours! and the stickers…

 

Anyway, here’s to a gloriously colourful and creative 2016!

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Train ticket art progress

*** UPDATED:  I wrote and scheduled this for posting before last night’s tragic events in Paris ***

Paris - collage of photos

PARIS, WE STAND WITH YOU


 

 

 

 

 

I’m still making my train ticket art!  I have been posting photos on Instagram pretty regularly and here are a few of them.

train ticket art

A collage of some of my most recent train ticket art

 

Additionally, Pattern Observer kindly wrote a post about it back in September.  I meant to mention it then but was in Australia without much signal at the time.  In it I spoke about the process and how I have managed to keep it going for so long.

The grand reopening of my Etsy shop selling digital downloads is happening today, Saturday 14th November!!    To celebrate, I’m offering 20% discount on everything in the shop just for this weekend, 14th and 15th November.  I’d love you to take a look!  The code you’ll need is 20414 – at the checkout before payment, you click on ‘Apply shop coupon code’ and type it in the box that appears.  If you need any help with this, go to Etsy’s help page for coupon codes.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the kits:

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I had an inky time earlier this week splashing round India ink to make some more papers!  Great fun, but very messy…

ink splashes on white paper

Ink splashes and drips everywhere!

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Australian Adventure!

You might have noticed that this blog went quiet over the summer months. This was partly because there was so much coming and going with 2 sons on uni vacations, but also because we were planning a trip to Darwin, Australia. Anselm, my eldest son, has been living there for the last 18 months, and we hadn’t seen him for 2 years so decided that it was about time to catch up with him. So we had a memorable 2 and a half weeks there at the beginning of September. It was by far the furthest I have ever travelled and was an amazing adventure. We went on Malaysian Airlines who were the cheapest (I wonder why?!! – we noticed that by the return flight we had been given Frequent Flyer status!).

We spent the first week in Darwin itself and for the second we hired a four wheel drive vehicle to take us to various local national parks – Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield. Of course, in Australia local means driving the same milage as the length of Belgium! Unfortunately my camera spent too long on the beach one sunset and got sand in its lens – the zoom stopped working so I had to take most of my photos on my phone; nevertheless, here are a few of the memorable ones.

palm trees silhouetted against the sky

Palm trees silhouetted against the sky

 

palm leaves

Can you tell I love them?

 

palm tree

Yet another palm!

 

ball thing in Charles Darwin botanic gardens

Not sure what this is, but it was hanging from a tree in the Charles Darwin Botanic Gardens

 

panorama in kakadu

Amazing panorama of escarpment and savannah taken from one of the aboriginal art sites

 

I didn’t get any good photos of the actual art but if you google Ubirr or Nourlangie rock art you’ll see plenty.

We went for an amazing dawn cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and saw lots of wildlife including crocodiles and pelicans.

sunset on Yellow Water Billabong

Sunset on the Yellow Water Billabong

 

bird drying its wings

Not sure what this bird was but it was very picturesque silhouetted against the water with its wings outstretched to dry as the morning mist burned off.

 

fish on wall

I liked this fish made of found art which was on the wall of a Darwin coffee shop (the coffee was pretty good too!)

 

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Sunset on Casuarina Beach on the last night

 

If you’d like to see more photos, my son Anselm has an amazing collection on his Instagram.

Incidentally, the ancient vehicle that the hire firm palmed off on us met with an unfortunate end highlighted here in the local NT News

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