Jane Little’s Story is Complete

Although there are a few bits and pieces still to add, in the main Jane Little’s story is finished, and can be accessed from the Little tab above.  I would like to have known her – I think she must have been a very strong woman to live with so much hardship for so long, and to then decide to move across to the US for a new life.

Jane Little moves to Glasgow

I’ve added a very short piece to Jane Little’s story, in the Little Family tab above.  It’s also the start of the mystery of what happened to her father.  He didn’t go with them to Glasgow, but I’ve not been able to trace what happened to him yet.  Anyway, Jane’s story moves to Glasgow, where she worked in the Cotton Factories.  It also brings her very close to where her future husband is living …

Happy Birthday Nana!

Eleanora and Albert Smith, Monmouth Street, May 1976

Eleanora and Albert Smith, Monmouth Street, May 1976

Today would have been the 100th birthday of my Nana – Eleanora Ann Smith (nee Scrivener).  I hope that wherever she is she’s enjoying a wee half pint or two with my Grandad!

I’ve started the Scrivener story above with the beginning of Nana’s story.

The start of Jane Little’s story

I have now started Jane Little’s story.  This goes back further in time, so there are more gaps and no photos of her or her family.  But it promises to be quite an interesting story …

We start in a small mining community about 5 miles from Ayr, with Irish immigrants John and Rosina Little and the birth of their 7th child, Jane.

John Shaw story completed

I’ve added in the last of what I know about John Little Shaw, including some more photos.  Because there are no published census records after 1911 I don’t have much information about his later years.  He moved to West Cliffe Grove in Harrogate in the early 30s and stayed there until he died in 1941.  I know he was completely deaf but I don’t know anything else about him.  Maybe some of you who are his descendents can find some clues in old letters or photos – if you come across anything while clearing out your loft, please let me know!

I think I will now turn my attention on John’s mother, Jane Little.  Watch for updates.

The Adult Life of John Shaw

I’ve edited a couple of paragraphs, added a family photo and some information about John and Jessie’s family.  Not much information, but if you’re ever asked the question in a pub quiz: ‘What does a Rivetter’s Holder Up Worker do?’, then after reading the latest update in John Shaw’s life story, you’ll know the answer!


I found this local history guide to Duntocher in an internet trawl.  If it ever stops raining long enough for me to get there I’ll go and see if I can find the houses or land where John and Jessie lived.

Old Duntocher Guide


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