I often wondered if there was perhaps any truth in the statement and my Grandmother's skin, certainly on her forearms was always rather tanned. When I started my genealogical research I established that my four times Great Grandmother was Bethsheba Drakeley.
Bethsheba had been born in Nuneaton in 1797 and married William Matthews in 1818 in Nuneaton. Together they raised 9 children. Bethsheba died in 1878 in Newbold on Avon in Warwickshire.
|Old Arm Canal near Rugby circa 1915|
The name of Drakeley is fairly well known for involvement in fairgrounds and canal work, and this week's prompt gave the inspiration I perhaps needed to seek some images of Drakeley fairgrounds. There are quite a few images on the website for the National Fairground Archive.
If there is any truth in the story it will be interesting to explore the Gypsy culture and history. At the moment I can not see any evidence of my branch of the Drakeley's being involved, but who knows what I might discover.
Taking part in Sepia Saturday