Friday, June 10, 2016

Celia and George Morkot

Join us on a guided walk at Radnor Street Cemetery this Sunday, August 14 at 2 pm

This very stylish, art deco headstone is in memory to Celia and George Morkot.

George was born in Birmingham in about 1857. By the time of the 1881 census he and his brother Charles were lodging at 1 Reading Street with Charles Stanley, his wife and sister in law and three other boarders.  Not unusual for the railway village where men working on different shifts used the same bed.

George and Celia had at least seven children, and again, as was usual the boys followed their father into the Works.  When George died in 1933 two of his sons were named as executors of his will – Charles George and Bertie Morkot, both engine fitters.

For those of you who are researching your family history I wondered if you were aware of the UK Railway Employment Records dated 1833-1963, which are available on the Ancestry website.

The records include those from the Midland Railway Company, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, the London, Chatham and Dover (formerly the East Kent Railway), the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, the London and South Western Railway, the London and North Western and the London and North Eastern Companies, the Great Central Railway and of course of special interest to Swindonians, the GWR.

I was able to find George’s apprenticeship records on this website.  He began his 5½ year apprenticeship in 1873 and there is an account of his wages.  For the first year he was paid a daily rate of 10d, in the 2nd year it went up to 1s 2d.  In the third year it was 1s 6d, 4th year 1s 10d and in the 5th year 2s 4d.  For the last six months of his apprenticeship George earned a daily rate of 2s 8d.

The two main subscription websites for family history are Find My Past and Ancestry.  There is some duplication so you probably wouldn’t want to pay out for both as they are quite expensive.  Library members are able to access Find My Past free of charge. Visit the website for further details and opening times at the Local Studies situated on the 2nd Floor at Central Library.

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