Still buried deep in Chisholm family history as I try to move from Sheffield to my 4 x great grandfather Hugh Chisholm. Then Audrey Barney (my Chisholm expert) and I were discussing the dark colouring in the family as evidenced in photos in her book and my Mum and older brother’s dark hair and easy to tan olive skin. We wondered if there may be a bit of Spanish blood trickled down the Chisholm line from the defeated sailors of the Spanish Armada who sought refuge in the bays and islands off the Scottish coast. Interesting to think about but as I can’t even manage to get the family history out of Sheffield I’m doubtful this is something that I will be able to prove!
I have spent the last few months buried deep in the coal mining and smelting industries of Yorkshire as I have tracked my mother’s family back through time. I have discovered that my great great grandfather, Daniel Chisholm, was a coal miner and furnace manager in the 19th Century, living in the industrial town of Sheffield. To read more about him click here.
Tracing Alfred has not been easy. It has taken almost eight years and a lot of research. For someone who was a journalist he was certainly elusive especially in his later years. So my family members I hope you enjoy reading about him and finding another piece in our jigsaw puzzle which is called family history.