The picture above is of my great great grandparents, John and Mary Stacey, and probably their 4 youngest children.
Their youngest son George was born in 1882 so that would date this photograph mid to late 1880s.
I will start my thoughts with John and Mary who are the maternal branch of my family.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

John and Mary Stacey (nee Wilmot)

The earliest photograph I have in my collection is of Mary Stacey who was born on 23rd November 1837 in Messingham, Lincolnshire.  She was the daughter of John Wilmot and Sarah Bramhill.  I don't know how old she was when this photo was taken but she does look quite young.  Her birth certificate is the earliest I have as registration of births only started in that year. 

Mary married John Stacey in Messingham on10th June 1861.  John was the son or Aaron and Mary Stacey of Thorpe Hesley in Yorkshire. He was born in either 1838 or 39 and was baptised in Wentworth, Yorkshire in May 1839.  It appears his parents failed to register his birth. 


  1. I am getting to know some of these people now!

    1. Maybe as well as I do Edwina lol

    2. What part of the world operates on this time? It was definitely not 10.28 in the morning when I last commented!!

    3. I have reset the time now Edwina ;-)

  2. Well done for getting it to post. It's still a bit odd that you weren't able to wrap the story around the photo. I prefer the brown background too. Much more sepia looking (like mine haha)