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Ann Jane "Nan" Allaway Spratley
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1870
Surrey, England
Death: Aug. 18, 1941
Berkshire, England

This burial record was confirmed by St. Sebastian church administrator Amanda Evans, Jan. 2012 via email.

WRITTEN BY BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN: Annie Jane Allaway was a schoolteacher at the time of marriage and her father John Charles Allaway is listed as a "Builder". Her mother's name was Mary Pocock.

My grandfather, Frederick C. McLaughlin, called Anne Allaway 'Nan' as in 'Nanny'. Nanny is what I ended up calling Frederick's mother, my own great-grandma Beatrice, when I was a child. Apparently that name was passed down the Spratley/Allaway line. Nan always sent little Freddy a book at Christmas. Inside one of my family books, I've put a flower from Anne Allaway that she sent in a letter to her daughter Beatrice in the United States in 1921. It has been preserved forever by contact paper. Also, I am in possession of many letters from Anne to Beatrice, spanning from 1921 to the late 1930s. I also have the letter that one of Beatrice's sisters wrote from England about Anne Allaway passing away in the 1940s. My grandfather, Frederick C. McLaughlin, never met Anne Allaway -- missing her by just a matter of years. Frederick visited England during World War II and met all of his uncles and aunts and cousins, for the only time in his entire life. It was a 72-hour whirlwind tour of meeting family. Frederick's cousin, Jacquelyn Harrington, spent a summer over in England during the late 1930s, and wrote me a letter about the experience of meeting her grandparents Anne Allaway and husband Frederick Spratley. These were also the grandparents of MY grandfather, Frederick McLaughlin, and are the only first-hand accounts of these two people that I've been able to attain since I became interested in genealogy.

From Jacqueline Harrington Lowe --
Jacqueline Harrington Lowe was my grandfather's (Fred McLaughlin) first cousin through our great-grandma Nanny's sister May. Jackie was the only person in our American side of the Spratleys who ever spent time in England getting to know Frederick Spratley and Anne Allaway. In 1936, her family went back to England and spent three months with their family there. She was 12, and enjoyed meeting her relatives, which she said she envied other kids having. She remembers visiting her grandparents, which she called "Nan" and "Farbie" at "Little Montrose", the home that was purchased by Sir Spencer Spriggs and Gladys in the country -- and named after their estate, Montrose. "Nan was everything a Grandma should be. Funny and sweet and very smart! She had been a school teacher in a private girls school at one time." 
Family links: 
  Frederick Spratley (1869 - 1942)*
  Beatrice Annie Spratley McLaughlin (1895 - 1991)*
  Elsie Mabel Spratley Vickers (1903 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
St Sebastian Churchyard
Wokingham Borough
Berkshire, England
Plot: unknown (according to Amanda Evans)
Created by: BF McLaughlin
Record added: Jan 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84192108
Ann Jane Nan <i>Allaway</i> Spratley
Added by: BF McLaughlin
Ann Jane Nan <i>Allaway</i> Spratley
Added by: Byron Davies
Ann Jane Nan <i>Allaway</i> Spratley
Added by: Byron Davies
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