MARTIN SAUL FROM LEAMINGTON SPA
by Martin Saul
This article was originally published in the December 2007 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society
I cannot believe how far things have moved on for me with my research into my family history since my last article in the August journal, far too much to cover fully in one article.
My relationship with my Dad has now move forward in leaps and bounds from my first tentative letter, to us meeting for a drink and just last weekend he came to have dinner with myself and my wife and my 10 year old daughter who he had never met.
Martin meets his dad for the first time in more than 20 years
I have also tracked down my Great Uncle Harry who moved to Australia in 1923 and I am in touch with his Daughter who is helping to fill in the last 80 or so years of history. Hopefully she will be able to provide a photo of Harry and possibly more.
And I have met my Great Aunt May’s daughter, Noreen, an absolutely fabulous lady who is not only a wealth of local information but she has immense knowledge of the family and is a complete joy to talk to, and also her Daughter. And I look forward to seeing them both a lot more. Noreen has also been able to give me contact details for other family members which I will be following up very shortly. Noreen has very kindly lent me some family photos so that I may make some copies. Bizarrely, some of them I had in my hands some 15 years ago, with no knowledge of the connection, when I use to run the copy department at the local photo lab to which Noreen had sent them to have copies made.
Two of the photos kindly given by Noreen; the first (below) is my Great grandmother, Emily Saul nee Busson born about 1868 in Leamington, daughter of John Busson. Emily married Henry Saul my Great Granddad on the 18th October 1891 at St Mary’s church Leamington Priors. I estimate this photo to be about 1900.
The other photo below shows Henry and Emily and one of their daughters Eva born 1909. I estimate this photo to be about 1923 which was when their son Harry moved to Australia.
If anyone wishes to contact me with any information or interests on the Leamington Sauls please contact the Sole Society Saul Co-ordinator
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