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Susan M S (#48245832)
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I live in Kent, England and enjoy gravestone spotting. I have been taking photos for a while but didn't know I could contribute them.
I also take photos of the war memorials of the various villages around here.

I have two trees I work on, my own and that of my god daughter. Names I research mostly are in the UK:


Edwards (Kent)
Cheesmer, Cheesemore, Cheesemere variants
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Audrey Blackman
RE: George Edward Funnell

We here are five hours behind you.

Yes, we can look at trees but not records. I will try to find your tree. What is the name of it? Mine is the NealMiller tree although it is private and if you want to see it let me know.

I posted that record page from the book on each of the Funnell's Find a Grave page.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 3:12 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: George Edward Funnell
I do not have any information on who the Charles Funnells married. I did not go too much off the path of Frank since that is my husband's direct descendant.

Not sure! I no longer have access to the England census records anymore so cannot do further research of them.

I do know that George and Elizabeth had 10 kids and most were boys.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 2:20 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: Hythe disaster
I wanted to send you the page out of this book I had on the four listed from the Hythe Disaster but can't on here I guess. Could add it to his Find a Grave entry.


Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 1:59 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: Hythe disaster
WOW! Thanks! You are the best.

I figured he was the one. A lot of good people died that day. What a horrible thing for the County of Kent.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 1:51 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: George Edward Funnell
Yes, I think that was him.

All were from sons of George. So that would make all four of those guys first cousins. Two of them brothers (Henry and Albert).

I will let you know what Richard's Mom knows when we call her this weekend.

Love this stuff! Find a Grave is a huge help as well as Ancestry. And yes, I am a member of that as well although just for the US part. I did have free access to England's Ancestry records for a month but did not continue with the subscription.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 1:33 PM
Audrey Blackman
War Disasters
The English seem to be really good at accidentally ramming and destroying their own ships.
Curiosity got me to look up this Hythe disaster. It is so wierd that the same disaster would strike twice in my husband's Grandmother's life.
Lily Funnell, daughter of Frank Funnell, was not born yet when her father was killed on HMS Hythe.
Then she grew up and married a marine by the name of Sidney Thomas Jeffrey.
Sidney was killed in WWII when HMS Queen Mary struck and cut in two the ship HMS Curacoa of which Sidney was on at the time.
Lily and Sidney's daughter, my husband's mother, was only 2 yrs old at the time.
My husband was aware of his grandfather, Sidney Jeffrey's, death but not his great grandfather, Frank Funnell's death.
Planning on calling Richard's mom this week sometime to see if she knew of it. I am sure she did but maybe not.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 04, 2014 6:45 AM
Audrey Blackman
RE: George Edward Funnell
Oh I see what you mean. George Edward Funnell, son of Edwin and Rose Lovekin Funnell died in Flanders, France during the war.
His brother William Albert Funnell had a son named Frank H. Funnell that died at birth in 1916. His birth makes him too young to be in the Hythe Disaster.....but his father William Albert Funnell could be the William I was looking for. William Albert is another first cousin by a different brother than the other three guys. Mystery solved perhaps?

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 03, 2014 6:05 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: George Edward Funnell
Frank Funnell was son of Horace and Clara Jane Herbert Funnell.
Albert and Henry Funnell, also killed in the Hythe disaster, were sons of Henry James and Martha J. Coles Funnell.
Both Henry and Alfred's dad and Frank's dad were brothers and son of George and Elizabeth Gower Funnell.
Henry James Funnel (father to Alfred and Henry) also had a son named Charley who went into the war right after his brothers were killed.
This is what I have. There was a William Funnell listed in the book as well but I am not sure who he was son of. He was from the same area of Kent as the other three guys were. I am sure he is related somehow.
I could be wrong on all some of this but I do know I am correct on Frank.

Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 03, 2014 5:49 PM
Audrey Blackman
RE: Hythe disaster
I found the Funnell's that died in this disaster were sorta related. At least Henry (listed as Harry in the book) and Alfred were first cousins to Frank, my husband's great grandfather.
The other one, William Funnell, I seem to not be able to find any info on him. There were so many of them that has sons named Alfred, William, John and a few Franks. Very confusing.
Did not know if you knew who this William belonged to or not?
Thanks for all you do.
Audrey Blackman

PS My husband is Richard John Blackman born in Chatham, Kent, England. He was born in 1961 and left at age 17 with parents to Shetland. I met him online in 1997 and he moved over here after we were married. England produces some good people. :-)
Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 03, 2014 12:41 PM
Audrey Blackman
Funnell Name
My husband is a direct descendant from Frank Funnell. He is a great grandson to him. Frank was married less than a year and left his wife pregnant when he died. His daughter Lily Constance Funnell had my husbands mom.
I am keenly obsessed with genealogy and have done a lot of stuff on my people including a DNA test on myself.
Although I am American, my husband was born in Kent, England and as he told me (and I am finding he is correct)his people were in Kent in Sussex forever. I am beginning to find this true and I think they must have been there since the time of Adam and Eve. LOL!
Added by Audrey Blackman on Mar 03, 2014 12:34 PM
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