Cousin Marion sent her son into the loft at 26 Manor Road and he brought down a treasure trove of old photographs including an album of sepia prints.
The problem is that many of the subjects are unidentified. I am still in the process of scanning them but have posted a great number to photobucket where you have the opportunity to add comments. If you know any of the people in the pictures PLEASE leave a comment with name, place, year or any other information you may have. Click here to view
The good news is that the pictures of George and Helen Eliza that have had a big questionmark are confirmed to be of them as we now have authenticated pictures for comparison. There is still the question of the uniform but we may never know the answer!
I discovered today that the webhost had trashed this site so have now moved it to the current location. I have neglected this site for a long time for many reasons. My husband, tragically, died suddenly in June this year following a short battle with cancer. I miss him but hope to renew my contact with the vast Rebbeck family
1st February 2005
and another cousin has cmade contact. This time it is Alan Rebbeck
who is descended from James Rebbeck and Maria Geary Cromey. Another
set of pages will have to be added to link us all together. I am
going to have to study Ahenfatel numbering!
1st January 2005
The year started with yet another cousin making contact, Margaret
Rebbeck Woods, daughter of William Frederick Rebbeck.
Now the descendancy lists are getting longer with the addition
of Margaret's children and grandchildren. The list of descendants
of George Rebbeck (and also Maria Geary Cromey Rebbeck) has grown
considerably since the inception of this website. Long may it continue
I have had welcome news of another cousin, Rosemary Warwick Woods,
a great-granddaughter of William George "George" Rebbeck
Moody and Harriet Coombes Moody.
Rose did not know how she was related to the Rebbeck family but
she does now! Welcome to the family, Rose (and sister Christine,
Rose has filled in some of the gaps in the descendants of George
I decided to revamp the entire website as you see it now and hope
you find the navigation easier. The site "grew like Topsy"
and navigation was getting very complicated and I was finding it
difficult to add pages and sections.
You will now find it there are main sections - per navigation -
and each section links within itself. You have Family trees linking
down the generations to individuals and their stories plus a surname
index which is also the photo album link.
2003 Another cousin
In September I was contacted out of the blue by Kerry Collins who
greeted me with the words "Hello distant cousin". Kerry
is the great-great-great-grandaughter of Ann Geary Cromey, Maria's
sister. This makes her my 5th cousin, once removed. She found me
through this website having "googled" for Geary Cromey.
Knowing that Kerry lives in Australia (her great-grandparents having
emigrated) I forwarded her email to another cousin, Debbie Howse
who also lives in Aus. Believe it or not but they live less than
an hour apart! Wonders of the Internet - Kerrie is now in contact
with two cousins that were unknown to her a month before. More than
that she has MANY cousins that were unknown to her a month before.
Kerry's Great-grandparents were shipwrecked on their way to Australia
on board the ill-fated "Marion". Their story, written
by Kerry for a reunion group is included in this site. "After
2003 - Meeting members
of the family.
2nd cousin, John Butcher came visiting on New year's Eve 2002
(which counts as 2003) with his wife, Julie, and daughter Josie.
We had a fabulous time going through John's collection of family
photographs, which I have yet to add to the album (and must also
return the originals to him).
This visit was followed in May by Reg Robbins, his daughter Debra
and her partner Peter. Reg is a 1st cousin 8 times removed - quite
distant but still a member of the Rebbeck family. Again we had
a great time chatting and eating burgers.
June came and Stu and I went on holiday and while stopping over
in Cologne on the return leg we were overjoyed to meet 2nd cousin
Peter Hancock, who, with his family have supplied stories and
photographs for this site. He met us in our hotel having spent
2 1/2 hours travelling from his home and we spent about 3 hours
sitting in a bar by the Rhine, talking the hind legs of the proverbial
donkey! He brought a gift with the consent of his mother. Marjorie
Rebbeck Hancock. A piece of his family history - the manicure
set with the letter and handmade Christmas card sent by his grandfather,
(William) George Rebbeck to his grandmother, Murial Ayton, before
they were married. Thank you, Marjorie, for giving me this treasure
which will go with all the other Rebbeck Memorabilia in my possession
to another member of the family in the fullness of time. Yes,
I have listed all the family "heirlooms" in my Will
so they will not be thrown away as junk.