Thursday, December 1, 2016

Family-Filled Thanksgiving and Early Christmas Part One

Good afternoon my dears, how are you?

We had a family-filled Thanksgiving and Early Christmas break.


Monday, November 21st

My mum and sister flew across the pond from England for a ten day visit.

The Smith Girls.

Tuesday, November 22nd

On the day after they arrived we made the three-and-a-half hour journey from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC

We checked into our hotel, The Mills House on Meeting Street. Our rooms were 202, and 619. The hotel was built in 1853 and stayed at by President Theodore Roosevelt.





- My mum, sister, and I outside the Nathaniel Russell House -

- In the gardens at the Nathaniel Russell House -


Can we take a moment to talk about the weather? We had Carolina blue skies, and 70 degree weather. It felt more like early September, than late November. If you've been following the news recently, you'll know we've had little to no rain for over a month, and sadly, those in living in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee have had fires. That's how unseasonably warm it's been down South.




- Dinner at Magnolias with my mum, sister, and forever date -

I had the shrimp and grits and it was delish!


After dinner we walked back to our hotel, our home sweet home for the next two nights.







Then it was time to say goodnight to all, and to all a goodnight.

To be continued...

Kiki Nakita

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Hurt Family (8 Generations)

Our story of the Hurt family (my mother's paternal grandmother's line) goes back 303 years.

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "heorot", Middle English "hert", stag, male deer, and would have been given to a swift mover. The surname is first recorded in the mid 11th Century and can also be found as Harte, Heart, Hart and Hurt. [1]

There are no less than twenty Coats of Arms granted to this illustrious family, one of them being a shield divided per chevron blue and red, in chief a fountain and in base two gold hearts counter-trippant. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Aelfric Hort, which was dated circa 1060, in the "Olde English Byname Register", Hampshire, during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Confessor", 1040 - 1066. [2]

Daniel Hurt
b. abt 1713 d. July 15th, 1758

married for thirteen years on June 17th, 1745

Hannah Westley
b. 1713 d. unknown
(8th great grandparents)

Places lived: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, England

Joseph Hurt
b. 1750 d. May 27th, 1798

married for twenty-two years on July 7th, 1776

Ann Wainwright
b. August 6th, 1759 d. unknown
(7th great grandparents)

Places lived: Newton Linford, Leicestershire, England. Woodhouse Eves, Leicestershire, England. Markfield, Leicestershire, England.



Thomas Hurt
b. June 20th, 1779 d. 1850

married for forty-four years on February 18th, 1806

Mary Smart
b. 1783 d. 1855
(6th great grandparents)

Places lived: Newton Linford, Leicestershire, England. Woodhouse Eves, Leicestershire, England.
Ansty, Leicestershire, England.

1851 Census a year after her husband passed.

William Hurt
b. 1820 d. 1887

married for twenty-one years on November 14th, 1836

Elizabeth Lockwood
b. 1819 d. April 22nd, 1858
(5th great grandparents)

Places lived: Woodhouse Eves, Leicestershire, England. Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. Shepshed, Leicestershire, England.

All Saints Parish in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.

 1861 Census

 1871 Census

1881 Census

England Death Index Q2 - April, May, June 1858

Thomas Hurt
b. October, 1837 d. January 1897

married for nineteen years on November 14th, 1856

Elizabeth Bexon
b. July 1838 d. January 1876
(4th great grandparents)

Places lived: Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. Shepshed, Leicestershire, England.


 1771 Census

 1781 Census

1791 Census

William Hurt
b. January 18th, 1857 d. April 5th, 1903

married for twenty-six years on July 16th, 1876

Mary Ann Couthers
b. January 25th, 1856 d. October 1909
(3rd great grandparents)

Places lived: Shepshed, Leicestershire, England. Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales.

 1891 Census

1901 Census

Frank Bexon Hurt
b. May 25th, 1885 d. May 10th, 1921

married for eleven years in January 1910 to

Daisy Hurt
b. 1888 d. ?
(2nd great grandparents)

Places lived: Seacombe, Cheshire, England. Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Frank was a fisherman on the Welsh coast.


1891 Census
1901 Census

1911 Census
Handwritten Family Records


James Albert Bird
b. November 21st, 1910 d. 1969 (still confirming death date)

married for thirty-five years on February 17th, 1934

Betty May Hurt
b. January 1907 d. 1994
(great grandparents)

Places lived: Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales. Aberavon, Glamorgan, Wales. Loughborough, Leicestershire. Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire.


My maternal Nana and Granddad's wedding on December 12th, 1954.
James and Betty (the groom's parents) are on the far left.

My memory of great-grandma Betty is from the summer of 1994 when our family moved from South Africa back home to England. She was a teeny-tiny, frail woman, and she had incurred a leg injury which disallowed her to bend one of her legs. My granddad took us to see her in her assisted living care home, and afterwards took us on a tour of all the places he grew up. I was only eight, so I have snippets of memories. After great-grandma Betty's funeral we were given many of her household belongings (as we'd just moved there). We also got this photo from my Nana's personal photograph collection when she passed.

Happy 303 years to the Hurt Family.

Kiki Nakita

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