The Story of my Four Branches
with deep roots, some twigs and many little leaves. Caution: may contain Nuts!


The Family History of my four branches, with some twigs, nuts, deep roots and many little leaves.

This site is dedicated to my Grandparents, Ernest Drain and Ethel Jackson, George Weir and Ada Drain and all the names that fill our family tree with the wealth of their lives, their gifts of life, their courage, and their strength. And most of all their stories.

I have attempted to capture their legacy, the generosity of their hearts and souls for the benefit and enlightenment of my family and friends.

It is illuminating to find out who your parents, grandparents, and other relatives were before they came into your life. They were young, they had dreams, hopes, ambitions, fears. They made mistakes. They did things that helped others. No matter who they were, by learning about them, we honour them. In many cases, since their death, no one has ever spoken their name. They simply passed into oblivion. It is our duty to make sure we never forget them. Without them, we would not be here – or be who we are!

I hope you enjoy my Family History database, and that you will consider helping me make this the most complete and accurate source of such information by sharing with me your family facts, artifacts, and anecdotes.

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About this site.

The idea behind this Family Tree project is to bring all of us together, to explore our mutual relatives, to share our family histories, achievements and memories. These are my memories, yours may differ. However, I am always willing to share your memories too! Just contact me with your memories.

Our family tree includes my own and my children’s ancestry. It also includes my husband’s ancestors, making it a complete (though unfinished) family tree. You won't find any Royal Kings and Queens, although to me some of them are. There are (as yet) no Movie Stars or Pop singers; but those whose names are in our tree are all important in their own right. The photos and images used on this page are all of my family.

"Remember me in your family tree; my name, my days, my successes and my strife, so that I may ride upon the wings of time and live an endless life."
~~~ Unknown

My Four Branches

Many children feel a special connection to a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle. I was one of those children.

Ethel Jackson

My grandmother was kind and gentle. To the outside world, she wasn’t famous, wealthy or special, but to me she was, and because of her caring, she deserves to be remembered. My gran would make soft toys, cushions, shopping or tote bags to sell in the shop, and she could knit and crochet, both crafts she taught me. She could play the Accordion, the organ and the piano – although she never learned to read music. My gran taught me how to cook and bake. She told me wonderous tales at bedtime, and I would be the heroine in each one. She was always there for me, and I knew that in her eyes I could do no wrong. To quote from the song, she literally was “the wind beneath my wings”.

Ernest Drain

My grandfather was strong, yet kind and gentle too. A really wise man, he taught me right from wrong. I always wanted to make him proud of me. And I would like to think he would be. My granddad was the weaver of stories too. Aladdin took on a new twist when told by my granddad. The paint for the castle which Aladdin had to decorate in order to win the princess could only be bought in one place, that place being my granddad’s hardware shop. I spent many happy hours watching this wonderful, hardworking man craft leather belts, little booklets of soap for Easter gifts, and many other things. I sat in the shop window, and waved at the passers-by, all of whom knew my granddad by name.

Ada Drain

My paternal grandmother is the half sister of Ernest, my maternal granddad. Not very tall – topping about 4ft 11 inches, my gran was a fun-loving and strong lady, with a great sense of humour. She hated girls and women who swore. I remember her threatening to wash my sisters mouth out when she called me a cow. My gran was a feisty lady who apparently, I have traits of… I didn’t spend as much time with her as I would have liked, but the past can’t be changed. And all my memories of her are good memories.

George Weir

My paternal granddad died too soon at 58 years old. He was a jovial and very fair man. He would listen and never condemn. At the wake of my maternal granddad, I remember my granddad telling me everything would be okay in the end. I can never forget my reply – nor the look on his face and his answer; I answered “No it won’t, I’ve lost my granddad”; His look of hurt and his reply “But I’m still your granddad” haunt me now even 40 years later. I never meant to hurt him, and I hope he knows that wherever he may be.

Just A Little Leaf

That sums up who I am in a single sentence. One leaf among the many who made me who I am.

I've been asked so many times what made me start searching for my family history.

Everyone has a different reason to begin with. But everyone ends up with the same reasons for continuing. For me, it was the stories I had heard as a child; from listening to my parents and grandparents, from meeting grown-ups who incredibly were "my family" and whose lives held such fascination to me.

Then as an adult, I was finally able to make sense of some of that wonder, that fascination. The problem then was separating the facts from the stories. And there begins a pastime that has become almost an obsession. One that takes us up and down the country to go what we call "grave-crawling"; trying to find those elusive headstones that tell us slightly more than we know. Most of all family history is fun; and leaves a lasting treasure for our grandchildren, even if they don't as yet realise it.

I began my search for my ancestors in 1995 when my daughter bought me a book on the subject. I'd always been fascinated by the stories told to me by my Grandparents about their parents, and I wanted to know more. Funny thing is, while I was at school, I hated history with a passion, after all, what does it matter that back in 1066 someone killed somebody else with an arrow at a battle in a place I've never been?

Now, history has a new meaning. Family history is about real people in a way kings and battles never could be to me. Knowing that these people who were your forebears struggled with poverty, illness, losing a child (or many), and still managed to work very long hours in order that someday in the future you might be here to tell their story makes history alive. It makes the search worthwhile.

"Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking."
~~~ Unknown

My Direct Line Surnames

"We are who we are because they were who they were."
~~~ Unknown

"My forebears played a significant part in making me who I am. I honor their legacy. I will never forget what they gave me. I will love them until the day I die. And no one can take them away from me."
~~~ Laurence Overmire.

Latest Family News

Just a Little Leaf Family History Website
Updated: Sunday 6th of May 2018

The Just a Little Leaf Family History website has been updated with a new look. We are also catching up with information received or discovered in the past few months and will be adding updated research on the Weir/Drain family lines everywhere. We hope you like it.

Suggestions for improving the website are always welcome.

* If you have announcements or newspaper articles of general interest to our members, please send them to us and we will post them here. This would include birth, death or wedding announcements from any of our branches.

On this day

Birthdays for 7 days starting on 13 Dec 2018
William Cartwright - 15 Dec 1646 (372 years ago.)
Elizabeth MCLELLAN - 15 Dec 1799 (219 years ago.)
William Stimpson - 17 Dec 1893 (125 years ago.)
David George Giles - 19 Dec 1951 (67 years ago.)

Anniversaries for 7 days starting on 13 Dec 2018
John Hanvey & Frances Rathbone - 14 Dec 1872 (146 years ago.)
Leslie Barber & Lily Hargreaves - 15 Dec 1929 (89 years ago.)
Ernest Drain & Ethel Jackson - 16 Dec 1936 (82 years ago.)
William Harrison & Catherine Clayton - 19 Dec 1813 (205 years ago.)

Deaths for 7 days starting on 13 Dec 2018
Robert SPEIGHT - 13 Dec 1789 (229 years ago.)
Charles POPPLE - 14 Dec 1971 (47 years ago.)
John Patrick Bromley - 17 December 1947 (71 years ago.)
David Crossley - 17 Dec 2013 (5 years ago.)
John Drain - 19 December 1924 (94 years ago.)
Albert Jackson - 19 Dec 1953 (65 years ago.)

Privacy And User Accounts

Every attempt has been made to protect the private information of the living. This is based on a birth and or death date, and if this information is missing then it is possible for the information on a living person to be shown. If you see any such individuals, please inform us and we will mark them as living. (Better still, send us the dates!) Please review the page "Terms and conditions" which has our Privacy policy included. It can be can be located in the "info" drop down menu.

You can request your own user account, to add to our family history, and to share your research and ours. We reserve the right to deny any request in order to respect the privacy of our family members.

Logging in with a username and password will allow you to see all the information. Don't have a login? Why not register for New User Account.

Care to Share?

Some of you have written biographies or family histories for individuals and families in your family tree. I would be interested in collecting these for inclusion in the database. If you haven't already done so, I would invite you to document your own history, your life as a child, that of your parents and your grand-parents. Document the way things were “way back when” and the events that marked your life and theirs, a sort of time capsule for our future generations.

If you would rather create an audio file of your family history or of interviews with your family elders and have that included, that would work as well.

As usual, I am always looking for any information, photos of headstones or other burial/memorial information, Obituaries and family Photographs pertaining to any of the names in our family tree. If you have some that you are willing to share with others, please contact me.

To enable the easier sharing and submitting of correct information, I've added a family group sheet for you to fill in with the details of your families. (One sheet per family group please). You can find the Family Group Worksheet here!

How to use our website!

If you are looking for a particular person, we suggest you start with our name search on the left. Enter part or all of the name. If you know the middle initial, enter it without the period to get everyone with middle names starting with that initial. You can also try our Advanced Search if you know other details about the person's life. Our surname listing is helpful if you are unsure of the spelling.

If you find someone who might be of further interest, you can bookmark their family history pages to easily find them on your next visit.

Be sure to check all our features using the links and drop down menus above. On This Date gives you a listing of persons who were born, married or died on today's date in history. You might also enjoy our web site Statistics and What's New pages.

In many ways, the web site is like "Granny's attic" - be prepared to spend time exploring it. Keep in mind, we are adding new information all the time, so if you don't find what you are looking for, bookmark us and keep checking back, or subscribe to our website RSS feed to have your browser automatically check for updates and additions.

I have a help page to assist you in using this site. Also, a FAQ page which might be of use to you. These pages can be located in the "More" drop down menu.

Contributions - Care to help?

We are a family focused entity so access to this website and its associated database is free and will remain so. The database is independent of any other genealogy sites, and therefore the information within it will not be on sold (as commercial sites do). This website is also advert free and we hope to keep it that way. However, to keep this information stored online does come at a monetary cost (£5 per month). To help us keep this website running, we gratefully accept any contributions (recommended £5 - £10 pa).

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