Selected Families and Individuals


Charles Fisher

OCCUPATION: Master Toolmaker, Trade Union Representative at Lucas Limited, Gt King Street, Birmingham, England.

DEATH: Received phone call from family that Dad had passed away. Son, David living in the USA went home to help his immediate family to make the necessary funeral arrangements. He died of a heart attack.

Rose Hands

DEATH: Received phone call from family members, son David went home to finalise funeral arrangements. Rose died from lung cancer.

Marlene Rose Fisher

DEATH: Marlene died of pneumonia whilst away in the country on holiday.
!DEATH: Witton Cemetery, Birmingham, Grave Section 104, Grave No. 17664.

George Albert Goodby

BIRTH: Living family records. Copies of certificates in poss of submitter. 8 Feb 1922 at 6 Victoria Avenue, Lichfield Road, Aston, George Albert boy father George Goodby, mother Mabel Jessie Goodby formerly Vernon, occupation of father Machine Tool Maker. Informant M.J. Goodby mother of 6 Victoria Avenue, Lichfield Road, Aston Manor.

ABODES: 1922 6/176 Victoria Avenue, Lichfield Road, Aston
1930s 14 Mitchum Grove, Ellerton Road, Kingstanding
1930s 284 Kings Road, Kingstanding
1940s 110 Dormington Road, Kingstanding and 415 Kings Road
1953-1955 63 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
1955-1957 Elizabeth, Stone Hut and Wirrabara, South Australia
1958-1961 131 Kingston Road, Risdon Park, Pt Pirie, Sth Australia
1961-1965 17 Walter Cobb Drive, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warks
1965-1966 Pawcatuck, Connecticut, USA
1966-1968 Marietta, Georgia, USA
1968-1978 Inglewood, California, USA
1978-1983 El Segundo, California, USA
1983-1995 Banning, California, USA

NATIONAL SERVICE CARD: Certificate of Registration Reg No. 28985 Goodby, George Albert of 110 Dormington Road, Kingstanding, date of birth 8/2/22 Signed.

MARRIAGE: Birmingham Register Office. 8 Jul 1944 George Albert Goodby, age 22 yrs bachelor, Engineer's Tool Maker, 110 Dormington Road, Kingstanding, father George Goodby (deceased) an Engineers Toolmaker. Dorothy Gladys Tanner, age 21 yrs spinster, Aircraft Parts Viewer, 75 Wilton Street, Lozells, father John Henry Tanner, Works Policeman. Witnesses N.H.Chambers and J.M. Kinsey. Original signatures. Certificate to hand.

OCCUPATION: Served an apprenticeship from aged 14 yrs in 1936 with his father at a company called Buttons Ltd, in England. He became a Master Tool & Die Maker.

DEATH: Certificate in poss of submitter.

IMMIGRATION: Immigrated to Australia under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme on the MV "Georgic" departing Southampton, England on 13 May 1955. Information found on the Australian Archive website at 1955-1961: Lived in Port Pirie, South Australia; joined the LDS Church, being the first members of the Church in Port Pirie in 1958; returned to native England in 1961 on the SS "Orion"; immigrated to the USA in 1964.

OUTGOING PASSENGER LISTS: Found in the FHC in Orange. 10/17/2016. MV "Georgic" to Australia, 13th May 1955. [Knowledge: we didn't sail on that date because it was Friday the 13th and the crew left the ship and we sailed the following day].Tourist Class, port of entry Melbourne, Goodby, George A. dob 8 Feb 1922, 63 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield, Toolmaker. UK citizen, to Australia. Dorothy G. Goodby dob 18 Mar 1923 Housewife, Georgine A. Goodby dob 29 Jan 1945, Barbara M. Goodby dob 1 FEb 1949, Gillian L. Goodby dob 25 Aug 1952. Also on the list next is: Eric A. Grant dob 31 Aug 1926, 11 Brindale Road, Brinnington, Welder. Minnie Grant dob 29 Aug 1930 Housewife. Anne Grant dob 2 Dec 1951. Christine Grant dob 11 Sep 1953.

Dorothy Gladys Tanner

NOTE: During the war, Florence May died of cancer, leaving her husband and daughter Dorothy age 16. Dorothy tells of not looking after herself well, and the doctor sent her on convalesence to Marle Hall nr Llandudno in Wales. She said her best friend also went to the same place and they enjoyed each other's company.

1939 CENSUS WAR TIME: From Ancestry. 75 Willis Street, Lozells. Tanner, John H., Male, birthdate 6 Jan 1885, Married, Watchman. Tanner, Florence, Female, birthdate 3 Oct 1878, Married, Household duties unpaid. Dorothy Gladys Tanner female born 18 Mar 1923 Single Dress Maker.

NOTE 2: At the time of her marriage in 1944, Dorothy was an aircraft parts viewer. Later, Dorothy worked in a sewing factory where she did piece work on children's clothing. In Australia she worked at a drive-in theater as under manager of the food services cafe. In the USA she worked in the office of a furniture manufacturer where she did bookkeeping.

George Goodby

BAPTISM: St Clements, Nechells, Birmingham. Born 18 Mar 1894, Bap 8 Apr 1894 George son of Albert Walton & Sarah Ann Goodby, of 3 Bk Regent Place, Crompton Road, Packer.

1901 CENSUS: 191 Victoria Road, Aston Manor, Birmingham. Parents: Albert Walton Goodby is a Gold Silversmith age 33, wife Sarah Ann is 31, Gertrude M. 12, Ernest John 10, George 7, Norah Evelyn 3 and Leonard 11 months.

MARRIAGE: 1917 Sep qtr Aston, 6d 689. George Goodby and Mabel Jessie Vernon. Certificate copy in poss of submitter; General Register Office, Birmingham, England. Witnesses; George H. Millward and Norah E. Goodby.

BIRTHS: MARRIAGES: CHILDREN; Living family relatives and certificates in poss.

OCCUPATION: Tool Fitter. In 1918 was living at 57 Thimblemill Lane, Aston, with wife Mabel Jessie Goodby. He was 5' 5½", grey eyes, fresh complexion.

DISCHARGE PAPERS: Transfer to Reserves Royal Air Force Regtl No. 169417 Rank AMJ(I). George Goodby enlisted on 21 May 1918. Medals pending verification. Place of rejoining Shrewsbury, medical category A. Specialist Military Qualifications, Fitter Gen. Year of birth 1894. He is transfered to RAF Army Reserve 24 Dec 1919.

1925 ELECTORAL REGISTERS: 5 court 26 Lichfield Road, George Goodby, Mabel Jessie Goodby.
!1925 ELECTORAL REGISTERS: 9 court 26 Lichfield Road, George Harold Millward, Ellen Jane Millward.

ADDRESSES: 6/176 Lichfield Road, Victoria Avenue
14 Mitchum Grove, Ellerton Road, Kingstanding
284 Kings Road, Kingstanding. Aunt Joan was age 14 yrs when they moved there.
110 Dormington Road, Kingstanding, Granny
90 Dormington Road, Kingstanding, Aunt Nell.

Mabel Jessie Vernon

1901 CENSUS: 47a Holland Road, Aston Manor, Aston Brook St Marys, Birmingham. James T. Vernon age 50 Clerk at Ammunition Works. Sophia wife age 49 born in Birmingham. Laura A. daughter age 22 born in Birmingham, Albert E. son age 17 Ammunition Driller born Aston, Ellen J. daughter age 14 born Aston, Beatrice M. daughter age 11 born Aston, Mabel J. daughter age 7 born Aston.

DEATH: Submitter, resident of England in 1967, present at burial of her grandmother.

NOTE: When living in England, used to visit Gran at 110 Dormington Road, Kingstanding, Nr Birmingham.

John Henry Tanner

BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Original in possession of submitter.

MARRIAGE: Certificate obtained. St Margarets Ladywood Birmingham 1 June 1903 John Henry Tanner, age 18 years, a Carter, father John Tanner, Carpenter. Florence May Firkins, age 21, father Joseph Firkins, Butcher. Witnesses were Austin Doyle and May Elizabeth Tanner. Original certificate in poss of submitter.

1911 CENSUS: 186 St Andrews Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. John Henry Tanner age 26 Horse Keeper Heavy Drappery born Cleobury Mortimer, Worcs. Florence May Tanner age 32 married 8 yrs 2 children, 2 living children, born Eckington, Worcs. Albert Henry Tanner son age 7 born Bham, Florence Edith May Tanner daughter age 5 born Bham. Three rooms in this residence.

MILITARY: Corporal, Royal Warwickshire Cavalry, 1914-1918 War. 24/3/15 Gunner, Apt Bombr 11/4/15, RGA Transferred 2/6/17, France 2/6/17, Demob 25/2/19. Total years 3 and 339 days. Asked for a letter of his service so he can get empoyment. Kings Certificate No.5496 Rank Cpl. 11/9/20 upon discharge. Wounded in leg in France. Awarded Brit War and Victory medals 25/1/23. Territorial Force. No. 2225. John Henry Tanner of 75 Wilton Street, Lozells. Signature. 21 March 1915. No. 166755. Medical Inspection Report: John Henry Tanner age 30yrs 60 days, 5' 10&qtr. vision fairly good, health good. Note: He was in the Household Cavalry and loved horses. He kept a horse in Birmingham. He also spent some time as a policeman, according to my mother.

1939 CENSUS WAR TIME: From Ancestry. 75 Willis [Wilton] Street, Lozells. Tanner, John H., Male, birthdate 6 Jan 1885, Married, Watchman. Tanner, Florence, Female, birthdate 3 Oct 1878, Married, Household duties unpaid.

DEATH: CERTIFICATE: Age 63 years, original in possession of submitter.
Death certificate states 65 years of age. John Henry committed suicide whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed. According to his youngest daughter, Dorothy Gladys Tanner, he never got over the death of his wife, and took to alcohol to ease his mind.

BURIAL: Visited the Handsworth Cemetery, Birmingham, in December 2003 and found the gravesite 58/24458. There is no marker, but we took pictures and video. A headstone is planned.

NOTES: As told to submitter by her mother: John Henry Tanner was known to his wife as Harry! John Henry Tanner left Wales about age 12 (1897). Joined up for the Boer War underage, but parents paid for his release; he was 14. Saved his brother, William, from drowning at one time. He worked for a while in a Funeral Home in Hockley, and drove the horses for the hearses. He had a pony and trap and kept the horse in Birmingham. He loved horses and Wales. He was a police officer in the New Town Row area of Aston before 1920, until he and his companion were beaten up by thugs. He then worked as an upholsterer for Lucas's and, after he left, he became a good upholsterer of furniture and had his own business working out of his home in Wilton Street. Dorothy, his daughter, our mother, didn't like the sign in the window which advertised his business. At the marriage of his daughter Isabella, he made her a three piece suite for her wedding present.

Florence May Firkins

DEATH: Florence May died of cancer of the uterus during World War II. Dorothy, her daughter (my mother), tells of a very quiet lady, never spoke much of her family. Visits from her sister Olive were frequent, and also her brother Rowland's wife, Annie.

BURIAL: Visited the Handsworth Cemetery, Birmingham, in December 2003 and found the gravesite 58/24458. There is no marker, but we took pictures and video. A headstone is planned.