My name is Sheila Priest and my mother is
Maisie Mildred Crawford (nee Sidey). We decided in 1997 to
try and find out what we could about her father's family (Sidey)
and her mother's family (Jane). Although stories vary, my
maternal grandparents didn't have anything to do with the
Sidey side of the family - possibly because it was
considered that my grandfather had married beneath him.
Whatever the reason, my mother knew nothing about her
father's side of the family, not even if she had any aunts
and uncles, and hardly anything about her mother's side. My
mother was the youngest of seven children and her mother
died when she was 10 so I suppose the family had other
things on their mind. Amy, the eldest child, was the one
who seemed to know the most about the family but
unfortunately, as is often the case, no-one was particularly
interested in her stories until it was too late!
I have acquired a lot of information along
the way from many different people for which I am very
grateful. I have also received several photographs which
was a real bonus, as we had very few photos in our
possession. I have verified all the information wherever
possible and have copies of various official documents which
I haven't included on the website but would be happy to
share with anyone interested. If there are mistakes or
anomalies (bound to be some!) on this website then I would
be glad to rectify them. Feel free to contact me on the
email address below with any comments, queries etc.
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