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December 2000

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Letter to the Editor

The article 'Reflections'

from Joan Wheeler, Earley, Reading, Berkshire

The article called 'Reflections' by JFB in the June issue of the Historian was very poignant. My father and mother divorced when I was 18 months old and as I grew up I was told my mother was dead and my father wouldn't speak about his family. It was as if he was ashamed of being divorced. He never married again. When I was 45 we found that my mother was still alive and living in Australia. She has only just this year started to tell us, that is my sister and me, about her family. I am now tracing her family in the Newcastle, Durham area. My father, William Joseph MONK, died without telling us anything of his side of the family. He left us some photographs which I think are of my grandparents, his mother, father, sisters and brothers. I'm finding it difficult to find any connections in the London area.

I understand how Sarah, mentioned in the article, feels. I have only a sister and a brother alive that we know of, no aunts, uncles, or cousins, but I do have a lovely husband, four children and seven grandchildren. Many thanks for your great magazine; it is so helpful especially for a beginner like me.


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