Thursday, 18 June 2020

Country Pictorials


This post has nothing what so ever that relates to Machins I know, but I hope that you find it of interest just the same. 

One of my other sins of accumulating what my late wife called "stuff", was that of collecting Pictorial Regionals. I thought that they were quite nice designs and I liked the fact that they were completely new stamps. A new definitive from four different regions, different values and a collection from day one of the issue. Every collectors heaven, not my missus though, god bless her. Her favourite saying was, "I spent to much on stuff". In one ear and out the other :-)

The first issues of this new country definitives were printed by Walsall Security Print, issue date 8th June 1999. A set of four values 1st, 2nd, 65p, and E for European rate.  Four regions. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 I decided at the time to obtain them in cylinder blocks of 2 x 4 because the borders incorporated the country they related to, the cylinder numbers and the actual printer. Which was a good idea as within a short period of time the contract was then awarded to De La Rue. Dot and no dot blocks added more interest.

Later they also changed the actual design, as borders were added and several new values issued due to postage rate rises which is another story for another time.

Now according to the SG Concise the DLR  issue shown are exactly the same stamp as the Walsall issue, which myself cannot quite fathom their logic. 

Quote
"New printings of Nos W83 and W84 produced by De La Rue instead of Walsall were issued on 28th May 2003 and 4th March 2003, Stamps from these printings do not differ from those produced by Walsall"
End of quote.

Poppycock! Different printer different stamps, or am I being to pedantic? I can see that single stamps with no marginal markings would look the same. But Concise has never been the best catalouge for specialist collectors. As usual I have got a bit carried away and diverted by a long way from what I originally wanted to show on this page, so I will now try to get back on track.

Whilst going through my stock books I noticed that this 1st class Wales SG W84 De La Rue printing issued in 2003 has an extra dot in the top of the box identifying the black cylinder. Left of stamp 5 See enlarged images.

Nothing to get excited about I know, but it is something different to the norm. I like to query anything different. I seem to remember the same type  of thing on certain Machin cylinder blocks, but I am not 100% sure of my facts. Perhaps these were missing dots that were added.

I  do not foresee that it will make the block anymore valuable, but it does add a talking point, and something to write about in this case.  I might also mention if anyone wants it for their own collection I am open to offers of face value +. Just e-mail me gbmachins@gmail.com

This is also a chance to get involved in this little debate and help me out at the same time. I have a question. Answers in the comments section please.

Does anyone know or have some sort off idea how or why this has occurred? The size and shape of the dot looks to be added or engraved. I am only guessing again here, perhaps a bit of grit has deposited itself on the cylinder.

Back to Machins in my next post.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Arnold Machin Family Tree


While I was working on the previous post up to the discovery of the entry of Joseph Machin 1813 - 1862  I cross referenced my data to a family tree program. I did this in order to record what I had uncovered to date. It is a shared data base on the same site which also allows you to search for the entries. This aids the users to preserve their work in a family tree and to help others with the same goal. A brilliant piece of kit considering that it is free of charge.

To my amazement someone else had cross referenced some work that he had done previously on his own family tree. The software provisionally added it to mine referring that it could be related and to check the entry. It turned out that was related, so with the click of a mouse I automatically transferred the existing data to my own log. This saved me weeks of work maybe months, and I was well pleased.

There is also lots of data on the same log tracing back the families of the majority of the Machin clans spouses. I am not going to add them to this report as they fire off in many so directions, plus some of the entries have been left blank. This implies that they are not traceable or they can not be confirmed.

The complete Machin Ancestry on the male side up to his last entry of John Machin 1634 and my own findings are now combined from Joseph 1813 to Arnold 1911. A total of ten generations.

In my own research I cross referenced every entry where possible so I am 99% certain that my own work is accurate, unfortunately I do not have the time to double check out the third party entries. His entries all link back to Joseph Machin but as this data has been researched by another the work can not be guaranteed. If you wish to try out this free program for your self log into www.family search.org
                                    

     John Machin                Margaret Machin 
1634                              1638

      John Machin                  Mary Bowler       
1660                             1664

William Machin            Esther Lownes
   1693                             1702

Samuel Machin              Mary Payne
        1728                                ?         

Jonathon Machin            Ellen Gater
  1761                           1766

Thomas Machin               Ann Guest
     1779                            1790

 Joseph Machin             Ellen Meadows
 1813 - 1862                 1817 - 1901

 William Machin             Emma Machin
1847                              1843

William J Machin          Sarah Ann Walker
 1870                              1875

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  Arnold Machin R.A  O.B.E  1911 - 1999 
                                   
 

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Updated - Family Of Machins


It was while I was researching my own family tree I discovered via marriage that the Simpsons were related to the Machins way back in the mid 1700s.

This took me to read something on site that Larry wrote back in 2009 regarding A certain Joseph Machin who was a Potter. I know that this does not answer your original question Larry, but does give us an understanding of The Machin clan that were in the area of the times.

Now it is quite obvious that this is not the same Joseph that Larry was inquiring about as this was circa 1830. But it is quite possible that this family (below) is related to the late Arnold Machin in some respect, who was born 30 September 1911.

1871 - 1881 Longton District 19 number 66 Marsh Street (house in field)

Joseph Machin head of family 43 (Potter) born Staffs, Pitts Hill
Julia wife  41 (Potter) born Fenton
George son 18 (Potter) born Longton
Mary daughter 13 (Potter) born Fenton
William son 11 (Scholar) born Fenton
Joseph son  9 (Scholar) born Fenton
Albert  son 8 (Scholar) born Longton)
Julia daughter 7 (Scholar) born Longton
Henry son 5 Scholar) born Longton
James 3 born Longton
Edna 1 born Longton

Linked to other evidence, this (above) has now been researched and the record  of the entry has proved to be a red herring. Below is the actual true evidence (1871 and 1881 census) of Arnold s true fathers details, also the names of his grand parents.

Arnold's father was a modeler. Thanks to Larry, we now have a name. His Christian names were William James. His mother was called Sarah Ann. I have further discovered that her maiden name is Walker. 

William Machin born 1847-48 and Emma Machin born 1843 are the grand parents. Their son, (Arnolds father) William James was born 1869-70.

I have found a record from the 1851 census of Arnolds great great grand parents Joseph 1813 and Ellen 1822. It also appears that Arnold was not the only member of this family to serve a term of imprisonment. Joseph did a stretch in Strangeways Manchester when he was 60 years old.






Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
 Head
Male
24
Burslem, Staffordshire
Wife
Female
28
Lawton, Cheshire
William Machin
 Son
Male
2
Burslem, Staffordshire


Name:William Machin
Event Type:Census
Event Date:1871
Event Place:Burslem, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original):Burslem, Burslem, Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Sub-District:Burslem
Enumeration District:8
Gender:Male
Age:2
Birth Year (Estimated):1869
Birthplace:Burslem, Staffordshire
Relationship to Head of Household:Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):Son
Entry Number:18
Affiliate Image Identifier:GBC/1871/2851/0124


Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Head
Male
33
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Wife
Female
38
Lawton, Cheshire, England
William Machin
Son
Male
12
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Daughter
Female
9
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Son
Male
7
Talk Oth Hill, Staffordshire, England
Daughter
Female
0
Burslem, Staffordshire, England


Name:William Machin
Event Type:Census
Event Date:1881
Event Place:Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Registration District:Wolstanton
Residence Note:High St
Gender:Male
Age:12
Marital Status:Single
Marital Status (Original):Single
Occupation:Scholar
Birth Year (Estimated):1869
Birthplace:Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Relationship to Head of Household:Son
Page Number:13
Registration Number:RG11
Piece/Folio:2713/10
Affiliate Record Type:Household







Arnold Machin OBE. RA was born into a family of 12 at Oakhill Stoke on Trent on 30 September 1911. Soon after his birth the family moved to nearby Trent Vale. I did read that this was a family of 12, Now confirmed.

This is conformation of Sarah's maiden name by the births records office 1911.
Sarah Ann was born in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire in 1873. I have also confirmed this by the England / Wales census in 1901.

Name:Arnold Machin
Event Type:Birth Registration
Registration Quarter:Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration Year:1911
Registration District:Stoke On Trent
County:Staffordshire
Event Place:Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, England
Mother's Maiden Name:Walker
Volume:6B
Page:418
Affiliate Line Number:106

To date I have also found several of Arnold's siblings from the 1901 census.

Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
William Machin
Head
Male
29
Burslem, Staffordshire
Wife
Female
26
Stoke, Staffordshire
Son
Male
5
Stoke, Staffordshire
Son
Male
4
Stoke, Staffordshire
Son
Male
2
Stoke, Staffordshire
Daughter
Female
0
Stoke, Staffordshire

Name:William James Machin
Event Type:Baptism
Event Date:15 Sep 1897
Event Place:Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original):All Saints, Boothen, All Saints, Staffordshire, England
Parish:All Saints
Age (Estimated):2
Birth Date:1 Jul 1895
Father's Name:William Machin
Mother's Name:Sarah Ann
Affiliate Image Identifier:D3789/2


Name:Albert Machin
Event Type:Baptism
Event Date:15 Sep 1897
Event Place:Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original):All Saints, Boothen, All Saints, Staffordshire, England
Parish:All Saints
Age (Estimated):1
Birth Date:29 Jul 1896
Father's Name:William Machin
Mother's Name:Sarah Ann
Affiliate Image Identifier:D3789/2

Name:Percy Machin
Event Type:Baptism
Event Date:1 Sep 1898
Event Place:Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original):All Saints, Boothen, All Saints, Staffordshire, England
Parish:All Saints
Age (Estimated):0
Birth Date:14 May 1898
Father's Name:William James Machin
Mother's Name:Sarah Ann
Affiliate Image Identifier:D3789/2


Name:Elsie Machin
Event Type:Baptism
Event Date:7 Nov 1900
Event Place:Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original):All Saints, Boothen, All Saints, Staffordshire, England
Parish:All Saints
Age (Estimated):0
Birth Date:15 Sep 1900
Father's Name:William James Machin
Mother's Name:Sarah Ann
Affiliate Image Identifier:D3789/2

Another census was held in 1921. This will identify the rest of the Machin siblings but the results are not released to the public until 2022. Without the names I can not take this part of this exercise any further.

Further Information

It is written that William James Machin made Arnold his first set of modeling tools. Arnold had a older brother called William who worked with his father after leaving school . It is known that they operated from a shed in their back yard.

Unfortunately it was difficult for them to survive making and selling models to the pottery industry and both had to find more reliable work. The lad William worked as a modeler at a local factory and the father got employment as a turner at Bullers Porcelain manufactures.

Arnold started work at 14 as an apprentice china painter at Minton, where he stayed for 7 years. He learned how to sculpt at art school in Stoke on Trent. Moving on to Derby school of Art later (1937). He then attended the Royal Academy in London. In 1940 he moved back to Staffordshire and was employed by Wedgwood.

This was during the era of the 2nd world war, and it was at this period in time he was imprisoned for twelve months in Wormwood Scrubs as a conscientious objector. Having served his sentence, in 1943 he returned to Stoke where he was re-employed at Wedgwood.

Machin married Patricia Newton at Kensington, London in 1949. They had a son called Francis who was born in Newcastle- under-Lyme in November 1949.   

This is about as far as I can take this with the software that I have available. However any and all new information is welcome. Please email me or leave your comments.