Our guest writer this month is Reg
Norton who returns to tell the story of the Indian Mutiny in which a
member of the Stideford family played a part. It was not an
episode that reflects credit on the British and it remains a
sensitive issue in Indian history. Through Reg's article, we can
recall the bravery, not only of "our" man, but that of
thousands of brave men on both sides.
It is always exciting to receive
e-mails bringing news of family members who have been hidden from view
by the passage of time, and we were delighted when Shelley McInnes made
contact. There was a brief reference to some of her ancestors in
Issue 10 but the article on Charles Henry
Stentiford represents a further step in the process of putting
together the history of her Ugborough family.
Among our mails this month, we
received an incredible message which began:
"I live in Saint
Andrews, New Brunswick on the Passamaquoddy Bay which is part
of the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the
highest tides on this planet.
One of the earliest
occupant of my house was Edward Stentiford who was the town's
wheelwright and undertaker from 1848 until his death.
I still have
some of his tools in our "loft" which is the upper
part of the barn attached to the
house (dating back to the 1820s we think)."