Brougham Family History Blog

Behind the stats of infant mortality

November 27, 2011
 


For any parent, the death of their child is undoubtedly difficult to handle. Close friends of mine lost one of their premature twins after only a few precious days of life. I know the pain and grief that they went through. In the developed world, fortunately, we know how these occurrences are now quite rare - but for those that are impacted the grief is devastating, no matter what the stats say. Regrettably, as we all know too well, in some countries around the world, infant death rates remain far too high.

The 1911 Census asked questions about infant mortality. In researching my own family, my 2nd Great Grand Aunt (work that one out!), Ada BROUGHAM (b 1865 Honley, Yorkshire) married Sam HAIGH in 1886. By the time the 1911 Census took place they had had 5 children. Three telling Census questions puts some sad detail behind this.

Total children born alive - answer 5
Children still living - answer 2
Children who have died - answer 3

After 24 years of marriage Ada and Sam had 3 child deaths to deal with. The hurt they must have gone through must be life changing - the joys of having given birth squashed by the premature end of their new child. I don't know at this stage if they had any more children later on, or indeed, if they had any still births - but I do know I feel for them.

Until I started to research my family history I never knew that my father had an older brother, Terrence, who only lived 21 days. My Father recently took me to the memorial ground where Terrence is buried. Now a small area of walled grassland on the junction of 2 main roads; you would certainly miss the significance of it unless you were told.

The 1911 census, because of these three questions, brings home to us in a very personal way, the extent of infant deaths in our own family history.

 

The Railway Broughams

August 29, 2011
Having worked for a railway company now for nearly 10 years I've never really considered myself as coming from a Railway family.  Indeed no where have I found the Railway's mentioned in any of my research.

Searching through old Railway Employment papers 1833 - 1963 on Ancestry.com I discovered only 7 mentions of Brougham - confirming that really the Broughams are far from a Railway family.

Does anyone know these Railway men I wonder?
  • W Brougham worked at Six-Pit Junction in the Coaching depa...

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Leaving our historical footprints for tomorrows generation

July 23, 2011
As I prepare to move house you start to think about the good memories and of course, some not so good.  22 years is a long time in one house - a quarter of the average life.  Yet in the reaches of history it isn't really a pin prick.  In 1901 the Census reveals that Alice King aged 31, lived in my house with her 2 daughters, Doris W, aged 6 and Gladys R, aged 4.  Although Mrs King is described as married, there is no record of her husband.  Where could he have been I wonder?  Mrs King was a s...
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How to pronounce Brougham

April 9, 2011
This always seems to be the big question - how to pronounce Brougham?  We have a rich and varied language that has evolved over time with many influences and accents from around the world.  We also know that in the 1800's there were many who could not read or write so many names were not accurately documented.  Authors may also have put their own slant on names from their own experiences so names that were not Brougham may have been transcribed as such if they were similar. Different regional...
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A Gathering of Broughams

January 9, 2011
Peter Brougham Wyly devoted his life to researching the Brougham family history.  Along with his trusted friend, Peggy Stacey, they spent many hours in libraries and archives collecting information, long before the computer made life a little easier for the family genealogist.  Peter pulled his research together into 'A Gathering of Broughams but not a clean sweep' but this was never actually published.  Although Peter did send copies to many fellow genealogists his invaluable research was ne...
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The Brougham Clergy.

November 2, 2010

In my research to uncover the Brougham story I came across a very interesting and well put together site - Clergy of the Church of England Database or CCED for short - www.theclergydatabase.org.uk.  The database covers the years 1540 to 1835,and although not complete is getting there.  At the time of writing the database reveals just 8 Broughams who went into the Clergy:

Brougham, Bernard (1692 - 1751)
Brougham, Edmund (0 - 0)
Brougham, Henry (1728 - 1728)
Brougham, Henry (1689 - 1696)
Brougha...


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A gathering of the Taylor clan

August 29, 2010
Family History is gripping - once you get started you get hooked!

Next weekend we have the gathering of my father's cousins from his mother's side - Taylor.  My grandmother had 9 brothers and sisters so there were many cousins.  Over time the cousins have lost touch, and some have even moved to New Zealand.  It will be great to meet them all and I'm looking forward to capturing all their relatives in our family tree.

These Taylors all descend from Fred Taylor (1880 - 1944) and were initially ba...

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Lord Brougham lays the foundation for an interesting week

May 15, 2010
What a week in politics we've had with the first coalition government for 60 years between the Tories and the Lib Dems. Over the channel the 2010 film festival has begun at Cannes in the South of France.  Both of these events have of course got links with the first Baron Brougham and Vaux.

Lord Brougham was a leading Whig in the early 1800s.  The Whigs being a forerunner to the Liberal Party who later went on to form the Liberal Democrats.  At the time it was the Tories, a forerunner to the Co...

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Brougham's of Alston

April 11, 2010
This Easter I have just finished the Coast to Coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  Essentially we went through or near to some Brougham strongholds of the north.  The second highest point on the trip was Hartside at 1900 feet which was cold and bleak.  Once at the top though you travel down hill for 5 miles - superb,  and you enter the small market town of Alston, which at 1000 feet, is the highest market town in England. We stayed overnight at the Cumberland Inn which had a very ...
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James Brougham where are you?

March 28, 2010
My search for the Broughams in the Wetherby and Collingham areas of North Yorkshire has come to a grinding halt with James Brougham Snr.  We know that James Brougham Snr had a son by the name of James, born about 1839 in Collingham, died 1912 in Huddersfield.  He married Jane Midwood (1842-1910) on 16 June 1862 in Huddersfield.  It is this marriage certificate that subsequently identifies the father of James Jnr as being James Brougham.

I can not find any other trace of James Brougham Snr who ...

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