A couple of days have been spent delving into large cardboard boxes piled all over the place in an attempt to rationalise some of the contents. In the process, we came across a small item which my late father gave to Much Better Half, not even knowing that she would develop a fascination with family history. Anyway, he didn’t actually bother to explain who they had belonged to or why they had been kept. The name Rosetta Brannan inscribed on one sleeve meant nothing to us, although the date did impress us – that linen was made to last. I wonder if she, or someone else, wrote those?
However, during the years that have followed she has traced back that Rosetta Catford (who married Walter Chorley* Brannan) was my 2 X Great Grandmother. That makes her a 4 X GG to the kids! Very much in Victorian times. I wonder if she personally did that fine embroidery? Very likely.
The pair are, I have found out, engageantes (pronounced ‘ohn-ge-jhont’ with no ‘s’ sound at the end) undersleeves with embroidered cuffs.
A fascinating insight into what GG Granny had up her sleeve!
The Catford family, by the way, has a strong presence in Australia.