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I am determined to find the owner or
any living relative/s of the owner of this box to hand it back to them. If you
can help in any way please email me
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the story started
found alive and well by Les Parry from Barnsley Road
his story below
show Les returning the box of photographs and memories to Laura
interest in Laura Moran started when I saw the article in the Barnsley Chronicle
about the box of documents found in Brierley Hall, having an interest in both
Family and Local history decided to have a look at Garyís Brierley Village web
site to see what other information he might have that might help locate Laura.
I also contacted Gary to see if I could have a look at the contents of
the box with a view to trying to find Laura to return them to her.
Having obtained what information I could from the contents of the box I
decided to treat it as a Family History Project and started to trace her family,
using Barnsley Archiveís Birth, Marriage and Death records I found that
Lauraís mother and father married in Barnsley in 1918 and that she had in fact
six brothers three of whom died young and three who died in the 2000ís but
without any family that I could find, so that just left Laura but there was no
record of her in Barnsley after the mid 1950ís.
It was time to look further a field so I started to look for a marriage
for Laura only one that I could find that fitted Lauraís age and the right
fatherís name (they appear on the marriage certificate) was in Cheshire in
1958. I now had a new Surname for
Laura but that didnít seem to help at all as I could not find any children
born to Laura or even a death and the electoral registers didnít help as there
was no record that I could find.
It was now time to look for her husband Thomas and here I had more luck
finding his death in 1997 in London, but this didnít help in returning the box
so looking again at there marriage certificate I realised that Thomas was in
fact a widower when he married Laura so I decided to look at Thomasís previous
marriage and found that he had two children with his first wife a boy and a
It was now time to find these children the boy Peter was in fact the one
who led me to Laura via his children. I found a marriage for Peter in 1969 and
his death in 2007. Checking for children from his marriage I found that he also
had two children a boy called Daniel and girl called Beth and again I
concentrated on the boy mainly because they donít change their name when they
marry, it was time to look at the electoral registers and found only one Daniel
with the right middle and surname of the right age living in Cornwall, it was
now time to consult the phone book and found him listed.
I gave him a call about 5pm on a Saturday night and to my amazement after
I explained why I was calling he confirmed that Laura was very much alive and
well and living in London he agreed to give Laura a call and get her to call me
back which she did about 7pm that same evening, she was amazed firstly that
anyone had taken the time and trouble to try and find her and secondly how the
box of documents found their way to Brierley Hall.
Over the next couple of weeks Laura and I spoke on the telephone about to
return the box too her and we agreed that would take it down to her in London,
which I did accompanied by Michael Pointon at the end of March 2011. She is a
lovely lady and very sprightly for someone of her age with a full social
calendar and full of life as we talked over lunch in a pub near her home she
told us she had left Barnsley in search of a better life and adventure and I
think she certainly found that.
Laura was absolutely amazed to see the documents again after so many
years but is at a loss to explain how or why they should have turned up in
Brierley Hall, so if anyone can help try and resolve that mystery we are still
trying to get to the bottom of it. I am also trying to help Laura find her Irish
ancestry and still in contact with her so if anyone thinks they remember her or
can help solve the mystery of the box please feel free to contact either direct
or through Gary.
One person I would like to get in contact if he reads this or anyone
knows his whereabouts is Melvyn Jones or his sister Mary whoís father Les was
caretaker at Brierley Hall in the sixties.
You will have noticed that I have purposefully not mentioned Lauraís
married this to protect Laura and her familyís privacy but if anyone does know
her and wants to get in touch with her I will be only too pleased to arrange it.
Parry Barnsley Road Brierley