From: "Ray Lloyd"
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:29:19 PM
I attach a photo of my Grandmother Elizabeth and her sister Alice, Daughters of Samuel Jerrams and Sarah Pritchard, (they were born at Kemeys Inferior, Near Newport, Monmmouthsire, South Wales UK,) circa 1950, taken by a street photographer in Cardiff, South Wales.
Its not the quality of the ones in this last issue, but the only one of the two of them, I do have a fair photo of Alice which I will attach on a second mail, Gran Fry suffered with Cataracts and her sight was poor, Aunt Alice never married she was a Nannie to a Surgeons family and was a lovely lady.
Note: Ray Lloyd is descended from Samuel Jerrams of the Wappenham family, whose father Thomas was the brother of William (1778- 1859). William was the father of James Jerrems b1812 (the father of the Civil War veterans) and Joseph Jerrems b1814 (Sandra's great great grandfather).
|Brad Jnr, Nathan, and Jess||
Ray and Di Jerrems, Proud Grandparents
Nathan, in the middle, was born on December 16th, and lives in Sydney with his parents, Roger and Caroline.
Samantha (on the left) and Jessica: Anita McDonnell is our mother; Brad is our dad. We now live in Sydney.
|Ray Jerrems, Mystery Solver||
On a 1926 Visit from Chicago to Sydney
The smartly dressed man at the left hand end of the top row of people in the top left photo (taken in Sydney in 1926), and the woman below him, were Uncle Arthur and Aunty Mame (Uncle Arthur is also top left in the right hand photo).
I can hear you asking "But who were Uncle Arthur and Aunty Mame, and why were these people from Chicago in the Sydney photos?
Therein lays a story, which involves the Sydney and United States members of the Jerrems family. Bear with me and I will tell you.
But who was Uncle Arthur? Seasoned readers of the Journal could skip the next two paragraphs because they have heard it all before, but I always explain the historical context of my main characters afresh so that new readers can understand where the characters fit into the "Jerrems" family picture.
Uncle Arthur was born in Sydney in 1872, his parents being William George Jerrems l and Mary Nicholl Jerrems. You have heard a lot in the Jerrems Journal about Arthur's father, who had been in the family that migrated to Melbourne from Gainsborough in the 1850s, and you have heard about Arthur's siblings including William George ll, Helen, Alexander, Donald and Annie. But Arthur has been keeping his head down. Until now, that is.
Briefly, after leaving Australia the family migrated to the United States, spent time in England, and then returned to the United States, finally settling in Chicago in the mid 1880s.
Arthur's parents William and Mary became wealthy through William's tailoring business. They were actively involved in social affairs in Chicago and entertained frequently, so Arthur would have had an early introduction to Chicago society. For instance there are 1892 Chicago newspaper references to Arthur's parents and Arthur holding receptions at their home. After he finished school Arthur studied at Harvard and joined the very lucrative family tailoring business. He seems to have been overshadowed somewhat by two of his more famous brothers, William George Jerrems Jr (who was a great coin collector) and Alexander Nicholl Jerrems (who was a well known gridiron player). These brothers show up a lot in newspapers but Arthur only gets occasional mentions. Mainly, Arthur shows up as being in the "Chicago South social set" in the 1890s before his marriage to Mary Morse in 1896. Like his father and his brothers William and Alexander he belonged to a number of social and sporting clubs, which businessmen tended to do in those days.
Aunty Mame's actual name was Mary, but in those
days "Mame" was a popular alternative (I cannot
describe it as a diminutive because it has the same
number of letters). Mary was born in Iowa in 1877.
Mary, her parents (who included her father John) and
two sisters Emma and Elizabeth (Bessie) probably
moved to Minneapolis (in Minnesota) and then
(definitely) to Omaha (in Nebraska), where her father
worked for the Union Pacific Railway. Finally the family
moved to Chicago, where John worked for the Missouri
Pacific Railway. It was in Chicago that Mary would have
|Donald Jerrems, Publisher||
There will be a gathering of Jerrems folks in Florida in May.
Tom and Vanessa (daughter of Susan Jerrems Begat and Didier Begat) will be married. Tom and Vanessa are both graduates of the University of Florida. A grand time is expected by all!
If you would like to see the wedding website, click on the link below: Tom and Vanssa Seitz
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