A Journey Through My Family Tree: Eliza Emily Basham

Birth: 1870 Chigwell, Essex, England

Death: Unknown

Relation to Me: My 2nd Great-Aunt

Parents: Charles Basham (1844 – 1916) &
Mary Anne Brewer (1852 – 1907)

1. Henry Charles Basham (1872 – 1949)
2. Mary Elizabeth Basham (1874 – ?)
3. Sarah Ellen Basham (1876 – ?)
4. Florence Basham (1880 – ?)
5. Ethel Daisy Basham (1887 – 1859)
6. Edith Margret Basham (1889 – 1987) (My Great-Grandmother)

~1870: Christened on 30 Jan in Chigwell, Essex, England.

~1871 (age 1): Living with her Father, Mother and Grandmother (Elizabeth Brewer) 14 Hainault Road, Chipping, Epping Forest District, Essex.

~1881 (age 10): Living with her Father, Mother and 4 siblings at 14 Hainault Road, Chipping, Epping Forest District, Essex.

~1890 (age 20): Birth of daughter, Catherine, on April 16 at Union Workhouse, Theydon Garnon, Epping, Essex.

~1894 (age 24): Marriage to Maurice Clarke on 8 July at West Ham, Essex.

~1896 (age 26): Birth of daughter Mabel Ellen Clarke (christened in Chigwell, Essex on June 7th)

No more information following the 1896 birth of her second daughter.

To see more of the journey through my family tree go here.

Bless you ancestors!



Surnames Saturday – Basham

Basham Name Meaning

English: habitational name of uncertain origin. It may be from places in Norfolk and Suffolk called Barsham, from the genitive case of the Old English word Bar meaning ‘wild boar’ + Old English word ham meaning ‘homestead’.

Edith Margret Basham is my great-grandmother. This is her paternal line:
1.  Edith Margret Basham

b. 05 Dec 1889, Chigwell, Essex, England

d. 07 Sep 1987 West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States

m.  Oscar Rowan Lindsay;1911 West Ham, Essex, England

*Baby Girl Lindsay b. 18 Nov 1916  Stratford, Perth Ontario, Canada

*Oscar Rowan Lindsay b. 21 Nov 1917 Stratford, Perth Ontario, Canada

2.  Charles Basham

b. 11 Mar 1844, Haverhill, Essex, England

d. UNK

m. Mary Anne Brewer; 10 Oct 1869, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Eliza Emily Basham, 1870, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Henry Charles Basham, 13 Mar 1872, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Mary Elizabeth Basham, 1874, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Sarah Ellen Basham, 1876, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Florence Basham, 1880, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Ethel Daisy Basham, Oct 1887, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Edith Margret Basham (see above)

3.  John Basham

b. 20 May 1810, Maldon, Essex, England

d. UNK

m. Susan Evans; 25 Dec 1883

*Elizabeth Basham

*Robert Basham

*Maryann Eleanor Basham, 1835, Maldon, Essex, England

*Charles Basham (see above)

4.  Thomas Basham

b.  1778

d. UNK

m. Sarah Ong, 7 Apr 1800, Maldon, Essex, England

*Thomas Basham, 1803, England

*William Basham, 1806, England

*John Basham (see above)

*Daniel Basham, 3 Oct 1813. Maldon, Essex, England

*Sarah Basham, 21 Jan 1815, England

*James Basham, 7 Jun 1818, England

*Mary Basham, 21 Apr 1821, England

*Henry Basham, 21 Apr 1821, England

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

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Wordless Wednesday – Edith Learning To Drive


Back of photo: “You can just see Oscar and I [Edith] in the car, I am learning to drive myself.”

Edith Basham Lindsay and Oscar Lindsay

I believe this was taken in the early 1920’s.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Oscar Lindsay

Oscar Lindsay
son of Wyndham Rowan and Hilda Cooper Lindsay
husband of Edith Margret Basham Lindsay
father of Oscar Rowan Lindsay
27 Aug 1887 – 2 Nov 1926

Buried at:
Grand Lawn Cemetery
23501 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48219

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Maritime Monday – Sailing on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 1948

Above is the 1UK Incoming Passenger List for my grandfather, Oscar Rowan Lindsay. My grandpa and his mother, Edith Basham Lindsay traveled to England on the Queen Elizabeth in 1948. They arrived on 4th May, spent a month there and came back to America on the 7th Jun.

This is a little 2history about the RMS Queen Elizabeth:

Operator: Cunard White Star Line
Built by: John Brown & Co., Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland.
Length: 1,019 ft (310.7 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36.0 m)
Tonnage: 83,673
Engines: Steam turbines. 160,000 s.h.p. Two masts and two funnels.
Service Speed:  31 knots
Passenger Limit: 2,314

Keel laid on December 4, 1936. Launched, September 27, 1938. Note: Largest ship built to date. Promenade deck 724 feet long. Her funnels are 70 feet high from deck level. Commenced her first sailing from the Clyde, bound for New York, February 27, 1940. Her secret sailing was under British Government regulations, so as to lessen the danger of being sunk by the Nazi. Throughout World War II she served as a very valuable troop ship, completing the long period of duty in March 1946. Reconditioned for passenger service. Passengers: 850 first, 720 cabin, 744 tourist. Commenced her first regular Southampton-New York voyage, October 16, 1946, making the crossing in four days, 16 hours, 18 minutes. This was not a record-breaking passage, and not surpassing the time of her running mate, the Queen Mary, but on this occasion no special effort was made to accomplish that feat. The liner is equipped with two sets of stabilizers. Passenger accommodation in 1960: 800 first, 650 cabin, 700 third. Running mate: Queen Mary.
Length: 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36.0 m)
Tonnage: 83,673
Engines: Steam turbines. 160,000 s.h.p. Two masts and two funnels.
Service Speed:  28.5 knots
Passenger Limit: 2,314

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1Ancestry.com. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces.

2Ancestry.com. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Various maritime reference sources.

Friday’s Find – Ethel Basham Photo

Friday’s Find will be an ongoing series for Finding Mielke, as I thought this would be a good way  to share the multitude of family photo’s I have.

So for this week, I pulled out of my box of pictures, a photo of Ethel Basham.

Ethel Daisy Basham, was born in 1887 at Chigwell, Essex, England, and she was the seventh of eight children born to Charles and Mary Anne Brewer Basham. I have very little information about Aunt Ethel, I know that she had two children, Ted and Florrie, but otherwise have no idea about her life, when she died, or whom she married.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the first Friday’s Find! If you have any photo’s you would like to have featured here please email me at findingmielke@yahoo.com.

Happy Searching!


(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Lindsay Family Portrait

My mom came back from Michigan this week and brought me lots of goodies! Including a bunch of new photographs for me to share! So on this Wordless Wednesday (well Not So Wordless), I thought I would share my favorite picture so far!

This is my Great-Grandparent’s Oscar and Edith Margaret Basham Lindsay and my grandfather Oscar Rowan Lindsay. I believe this picture was taken in Canada and by guessing about how old my grandpa was, I’m thinking it was about 1919.

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