On her 80th Birthday ,my mother -in-law Doris Bailey(formerly Deacon ,nee Kreeb), born in Goppingen ,was presented with a complete dossier of all her letters sent to Germany between 1931 and 1950. Doris was originally a kindergarten teacher in Germany, but in 1932 she was appointed governess to the Honourable Patrick Forbes a Ward of Lady Dorothes Birkett based in London and Wiltshire. She married an Englishman Henry Deacon a farmer in Wiltshire with three children whose wife was also German -Maria Heicker. Tragically the latter died in childbirth ,and her great friend Doris agreed to look after the English family. Doris reinvented herself to become a farmer's wife. This was tragically cut short as he was accidentally killed in 1941, six weeks before the birth of my wife Christine. Sadly the youngest child ,had also died a few months before. Now Doris was alone ,a German, with three children in England. The story of how she dealt with these awful matters is set out in over 150 letters /postgcards including the censored missives via Red Cross. Many of the letters are written in gothic German. It would be appreciated if we could be advised as to 1) How these could be transcribed 2) where they could/should be preserved as not only a memory of an extraordinary person but also how the relationship between people need not be spoiled during War. Many thanks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Thorne ..... July 21, 2015 - 01:15 PM
Hi, I am trying to trace my MAY family, who arrived in England in the mid-1860s and settled in Kentish Town, Middlesex. The family were bakers and parquet-floor layers. The census records note they were from Rhineland, or Prussia, or Germany. The father was Jacob May, estimated birth around 1815. The children were noted as British Subjects (BS). Many thanks.