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Dorothy Curchin1

#11251, b. 15 August 1906, d. June 1999
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Janet Susan Greathead
Dorothy Curchin
     Dorothy never married - she looked after her mother, Susannah at Gentleman's Row, Enfield . When she became ill she was moved to a nursing home run by Jehovah Witnesses and all the family possessions were sold including pictures, and Bisley shooting cups. She worked for a gentleman called John Lamb, a marine engineer for Shell who was believed to be a descendant of Charles Lamb the essayist.2 Dorothy Curchin was born on 15 August 1906 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England.1,3 She was the daughter of Henry Wallace Curchin and Susannah Verrill. In the census of 2 April 1911 in 39 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of Henry Wallace Curchin.4 Henry and his family left Liverpool on 31 October 1917 aboard SS St Louis arriving in New York on 10 November 1917 where they stayed for 10 days before travelling onto Australia arriving one month before their last child John's birth in January 1918 to be CEO for the Commonwealth Shipbuilding in Australia to reorganise the Australian Merchant Navy for five years. Their passage was paid for by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The Master of the ship was J H Hartley and there were 223 passengers.

Henry returned home in 1925 settling in Middlesex, where he set up company Watson and Curchin. Henry also won many cups for shooting at Bisley.2,5,6

Ivan's body was buried with other family members in the Curchin grave at Edmonton Cemetery.1 Dorothy died in June 1999 in Enfield, Middlesex, England, aged 92 Old age and senility about six years after a fall when she broke her hip.1,7 Her body was cremated and the ashes scattered on grave in Edmonton Cemetery, North West London, Grave 1680 in zone M.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S11255] Emails between Richard Curchin and Jan Cooper from 16 March 2004.
  2. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1806/Q4 Middlesborough Volume 9d Page 499.
  4. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29256 RG78 Piece 1695 Registration District 535 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 18 Schedule Number 206.
  5. [S40018] Ellis Island records website.
  6. [S40000] Website www.findmypast.com - passenger lists.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1999 June Enfield Registration No B40D Entry No 149.

Margaret Curchin1

#11252, b. 19 October 1910, d. 22 January 1991
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Janet Susan Greathead
     Margaret Curchin was born on 19 October 1910 in 39 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England.1,2,3 She was the daughter of Henry Wallace Curchin and Susannah Verrill. In the census of 2 April 1911 in 39 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of Henry Wallace Curchin.4 Henry and his family left Liverpool on 31 October 1917 aboard SS St Louis arriving in New York on 10 November 1917 where they stayed for 10 days before travelling onto Australia arriving one month before their last child John's birth in January 1918 to be CEO for the Commonwealth Shipbuilding in Australia to reorganise the Australian Merchant Navy for five years. Their passage was paid for by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The Master of the ship was J H Hartley and there were 223 passengers.

Henry returned home in 1925 settling in Middlesex, where he set up company Watson and Curchin. Henry also won many cups for shooting at Bisley.5,6,7

Margaret sailed aboard the ship Umvuma to Durban leaving London on 22 February 1935. Her family then fled Zimbabwe and went to Ontario.5,8 She married Alec Lionel Tonkin on 27 April 1935 in The Cathedral, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, South Africa, after the banns had been read. Alec was an engineer.1,9 Alec, Margaret and their three children sailed from Mombassa in Kenya to London aboard the ship Llangubby Castle arriving in London on 23 July 1948.10 Alec, Margaret and their son Michael sailed on board the ship Kenya Castle arriving in Southampton on 10 June 1952. They gave their address in UK as Flat 4, Fortescue Villas, Gentleman Row, Enfield.10 Alec, Margaret and their three children sailed from London to the Cape arriving on 27 March 1956 aboard the ship Rhodesia Castle. They gave their addresss in UK as c/o Imperial Tobacco in Bristol.10 Alec and Margaret sailed aboard the ship the City of London sailing from London on 26 October 1960 for the Cape. They gave their address as c/o Mrs Curchin, Flat 4, Fortescue Villas, Gentlemans Row, Enfield, Middlesex.8 She died on 22 January 1991 in Harare, Zimbabwe, South Africa, aged 80 and is buried there.1,11

Children of Margaret Curchin and Alec Lionel Tonkin

Sources of Information

  1. [S11255] Emails between Richard Curchin and Jan Cooper from 16 March 2004.
  2. [S45000] General Records Office, I hold a copy of birth certificate 1910/Q4 Middlesborough Volume 9d Page 533.
  3. [S23641] Emails between Heidi Tonkin and Jan Cooper from 1 September 2009.
  4. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 29256 RG78 Piece 1695 Registration District 535 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 18 Schedule Number 206.
  5. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  6. [S40018] Ellis Island records website.
  7. [S40000] Website www.findmypast.com - passenger lists.
  8. [S40000] Website Find my past - passenger lists.
  9. [S23641] Emails between Heidi Tonkin and Jan Cooper from 1 September 2009 Marriage Certificate.
  10. [S7] Ancestry.com - UK Incoming Passenger lists.
  11. [S14457] Emails between Neil Cramb and Jan Cooper from 9 August 2005.

Ivan Harry Curchin1,2

#11253, b. 4 January 1916, d. 20 May 1949
Last Edited=29 Jan 2017
Relationship
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Janet Susan Greathead
Ivan Harry Curchin
     Ivan Harry Curchin was born on 4 January 1916 in 1 Percy Road, Winchmore Hill, London, England.1,3,4 He was the son of Henry Wallace Curchin and Susannah Verrill. Henry and his family left Liverpool on 31 October 1917 aboard SS St Louis arriving in New York on 10 November 1917 where they stayed for 10 days before travelling onto Australia arriving one month before their last child John's birth in January 1918 to be CEO for the Commonwealth Shipbuilding in Australia to reorganise the Australian Merchant Navy for five years. Their passage was paid for by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The Master of the ship was J H Hartley and there were 223 passengers.

Henry returned home in 1925 settling in Middlesex, where he set up company Watson and Curchin. Henry also won many cups for shooting at Bisley.2,5,6

He was a journalist on leaving Merchant Taylors School which he attended 1930-33.2,7 On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Ivan was listed as living at The Cottage, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England Ivan was a market grower, growing mushrooms living with his mother.8 He married Grace Hall in 1939 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.9 Ivan was an excellent sportsman and won shooting trophies at Bisley.
After his marriage to Grace Hall in December 1939 he owned and ran Danesbury Nursery in Potters Heath, a successful market garden which specialized in growing mushrooms. He and Grace and his three children lived at 'White Gates' Codicote and later at a much larger property 'New Wood,' Rabley Heath.2 Ivan died on 20 May 1949 in Rabley Heath, Hertfordshire, England, aged 33 He committed suicide whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.1,2 Ivan was buried in Edmonton Cemetery, Grave 1680 in zone M, Edmonton, London, England.1 Ivan's body was buried with other family members in the Curchin grave at Edmonton Cemetery.1

Children of Ivan Harry Curchin and Grace Hall

  • John Curchin b. 6 Jul 1941, d. 13 Feb 2001
  • Christine Curchin
  • Richard Eric Curchin

Sources of Information

  1. [S11255] Emails between Richard Curchin and Jan Cooper from 16 March 2004.
  2. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  3. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004 Registered 12 Feb 1916, sub district of Edmonton, North London.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1916/Q1 Edmonton Volume 3a Page 1139.
  5. [S40018] Ellis Island records website.
  6. [S40000] Website www.findmypast.com - passenger lists.
  7. [S6] Society of Genealogists - Merchant Taylors School Register 1561-1934 Vol 1 SCH/MER.
  8. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/1661C/015.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1939/Q4 Hitchin Volume 3a Page 4267.

John Curchin1

#11254, b. 20 January 1918, d. 4 June 1941
Last Edited=6 Apr 2018
Relationship
2nd cousin 1 time removed of Janet Susan Greathead
John Curchin
     John Curchin was born on 20 January 1918 in Victoria, Australia.1,2 He was the son of Henry Wallace Curchin and Susannah Verrill. He was educated at the Winchmore Hill Collegiate School, Winchmore Hill, Middlesex from 1923 to 1930. The Collegiate School was a private school founded in 1906. John Curchin was the record holder for throwing the cricket ball 192 feet at the age of twelve in 1930 so he had always been competitive and successful. John also attended Merchant Taylors' School from 1930-34, which his brother Ivan had also attended. John and his father won many cups for shooting at Bisley.3,2,4
The London Gazette of 26 April 1940 recorded John's confirmation of rank as Pilot Officer on probation.5 On the 23 July 1940 the London Gazette recorded confirmation of rank as a Pilot Officer.6 Pilot Officer John Curchin's name appeared in the London Gazette of 1 November 1940. It read: This Officer has displayed great keenness and skill in combat against the enemy. On a recent occassion he persued an enemy aircraft thirty miles out to sea and finally destroyed it. He has now destroyed at last seven hostile aircraft and shared in the destruction of others. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.7 He died on 4 June 1941 in Dover, Kent, England, aged 23 He was shot down missing in action. He flew with 609 Sqadron and his service number was 42396.1,2,8 The London Gazette of 18 July 1941 recorded John's pomotion from Pilot Officer to Flying Officer, after his death a month earlier.9 Flight Lieutenant John Curchin DFC 42396 is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, England. John was a Spitfire pilot who fought in the Battle of Britain and was posted missing in action. It was reported that he collided with a Meeschersmitt over the Straits of Dover. He was a hero (8.5 victories) of 600 and 609 Squadron. Johnny Curchin and his chum Sydney 'Ropey' Hill, were known as the "Heavenly Twins", they flew together. From the 609 Squadron Operations Log, “Biggin Hill. June 1941. … It is sad to relate, however, that two of the pilots lost were the "Heavenly Twins" Johnnie Curchin and Sydney Hill. 609 was never quite such a gay Squadron again."

Sources of Information

  1. [S11255] Emails between Richard Curchin and Jan Cooper from 16 March 2004.
  2. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  3. [S113] E-mails between Malcolm Page or Mark Crames or Roger Mansfield and Jan Cooper from 25 April 2005.
  4. [S6] Society of Genealogists - Merchant Taylors School Register 1561-1934 Vol 1 SCH/MER.
  5. [S40045] Newspapers London Gazette - 26 April 1940.
  6. [S40045] Newspapers London Gazette - 23 July 1940.
  7. [S40045] Newspapers The London Gazette 1 Niovember 1940.
  8. [S40021] Commonwealth Graves website.
  9. [S40045] Newspapers London Gazette - 18 July 1941.

Grace Hall1

#11257, b. 8 October 1920, d. 3 August 2003
Last Edited=29 Jan 2017
Grace Klein née Hall formerly Foreman and Curchin
     Grace Hall was born on 8 October 1920 in Bethnal Green, London, England.1 She married Ivan Harry Curchin, son of Henry Wallace Curchin and Susannah Verrill, in 1939 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.2 She was working in a plastic machinery factory in 1950 in Chessington, Surrey, England. She married John T W Foreman in 1950 in Surrey, England, John was Grace's second husband.1,3 Her husband John died on before 1972.1 She married Erich Robert Klein in 1972 in Bridgewater, Somerset, England, Erich was Grace's third husband.1,4 She died on 3 August 2003 in Somerset, England, aged 82 She died from Asphixia from an haemorraged duodenal ulcer whilst sleeping, following a series of strokes over a number of years.1 Grace was buried on 11 August 2003 in Yeovil, Somerset, England.1

Children of Grace Hall and Ivan Harry Curchin

  • John Curchin b. 6 Jul 1941, d. 13 Feb 2001
  • Christine Curchin
  • Richard Eric Curchin

Child of Grace Hall and Erich Robert Klein

  • Karina R Klein1

Sources of Information

  1. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1939/Q4 Hitchin Volume 3a Page 4267.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1950/Q1 Surrey Mid Eastern Volume 5g Page 411.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1972/Q2 Bridgewater Volume 7c Page 870.

John Curchin1

#11259, b. 6 July 1941, d. 13 February 2001
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
3rd cousin of Janet Susan Greathead
     John Curchin was born on 6 July 1941 in White Gates, Robley Heath, Codicote, Hertfordshire, England.2,1 He was the son of Ivan Harry Curchin and Grace Hall. John was a recluse, never quite got over fathers death. He was nursed by his sister Christa in Croydon until his death. He never married.1 John died on 13 February 2001 in Kenley, Surrey, England, aged 59 from brain cancer.1,2,3 His body was cremated and the ashes scattered in Edmonton Cemetery, Grave 1680 in zone M, Edmonton, London, England.2

Sources of Information

  1. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  2. [S11255] Emails between Richard Curchin and Jan Cooper from 16 March 2004.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - Feb 2001 Croydon Registration number C80B Entry number 275.

Denise Breward

#11262, b. 1973, d. 2 December 2014
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Denise Greathead née Breward
     Denise Breward was born in 1973 in Hartlepool, Durham, England, her mothers maiden name was Sweeney.1 She married Michael Greathead, son of Derek Dunn and Kathleen McGowan, in November 1993 in Durham, England.2 Denise died on 2 December 2014 in Hartlepool, Durham, England.3 Nathan Greathead, 20, set up his own business after being encouraged by his mum Denise Breward to put his love of boxing into good use, and vowed to put on a knockout show in memory of his tragic mum after she died suddenly just before Christmas 2014. Nathan and his family were left devastated when the mum of five died just 40.

Nathan said “The night before she died, she was round at my house and she was fine. She hadn’t been poorly or anything. We were all there, and we had a great laugh. The next morning my brother Scott rang me to say she had been rushed into hospital. She never got out, she died at 6.30pm that night.”

Nathan ran his own firm, NSG Boxing Promotions, and lured Frank Bruno to Hartlepool in 2013. Nathan, from the Brierton area of Hartlepool, added: “I was a bit of a tearaway when I was a kid, I was always in bother at school, but she always fought my corner and did her best for me. When I set the promotions firm up, she was so proud of me. When I organised the event in the Clippy Club with Frank Bruno, she couldn’t believe it. I filled the place, but she was always supportive of me with everything I did. When she died, I was in a daze. I didn’t know what to do. I had my brothers and sister to support. My little brother John-Jo was only five. He should have been excited for Santa coming, but I had to tell him his mammy had gone to heaven. I had to sort her house out, I had a funeral to arrange. Running a business and organising boxing nights was the last thing on my mind. I could have rapped it all in there and then. But that’s not what mam would have wanted. I’m still grieving for her, I always will. But she is my inspiration, I want to make this business even better now to make her proud."4

Children of Denise Breward and Michael Greathead

  • Michael Alan Greathead
  • Scott Michael Greathead
  • Nathan John Greathead
  • Jackson Bailey Greathead
  • Brooke Leigh Greathead
  • John-Jo Greathead3

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1973/Q4 Hartlepool Volume 1a Page 2557.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - N Cleveland November 1993 3-1315-1193.
  3. [S40045] Newspapers Hartlepool Mail 19 February 2015.
  4. [S40045] Newspapers Hartlepool Mail.

John Woollams

#11268, b. about 1851
Last Edited=12 Nov 2004
     John Woollams was born about 1851 in St Martins, Shropshire, England. He was the son of John Woollams. In the census of 2 April 1871 he was listed as the brother in law of Joseph Tunley John worked as a gardener.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 2777 Folio 57 Page 9.

John T W Foreman1

#11271, d. before 1972
Last Edited=22 Nov 2009
     John T W Foreman married Grace Hall in 1950 in Surrey, England, John was Grace's second husband.1,2 John died before 1972.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1950/Q1 Surrey Mid Eastern Volume 5g Page 411.

Erich Robert Klein1

#11272
Last Edited=22 Nov 2009
     Erich Robert Klein was born in Austria.1 He married Grace Hall in 1972 in Bridgewater, Somerset, England, Erich was Grace's third husband.1,2

Child of Erich Robert Klein and Grace Hall

  • Karina R Klein1

Sources of Information

  1. [S11256] Emails between Christa Curchin and Jan Cooper from 17 March 2004.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1972/Q2 Bridgewater Volume 7c Page 870.