Lincoln's Hope

I am trying to trace my family can you help

Hoping you’ll forgive another colonial trying to track down his roots, I am looking for information on the Lincoln family in Laindon. I visited there in the mid-sixties, (I was about eight years old) and had two aunts living in the area, though I’m sure neither of them had the last name Lincoln. What I remember clearly is a house–next to the house one of the aunts lived in–on a rural road walking distance from town that had a sign on the front gate saying “Lincoln’s Hope”. My father (also Tom Lincoln) told me that the house and lands nearby had once belonged to his grandfather. Though the house no longer belonged in the Lincoln family, the sign was still there.

I’m only just beginning to try to find out more about my family history, and would appreciate even the smallest titbit someone might have on the subject.

A quick bit of biography in case it might help. My grandfather–a Londoner I believe–immigrated to Canada around the turn of the last century. He and his family returned to Britain several times, but finally settled in Canada permanently. My father was born in Calgary Alberta, and as a young man joined the RCAF. He spent much of WWII in York, but I know he spoke of visiting Laindon on leave.

I appreciate any information you can provide.

Editor: This message has been republished from the Community Message Board.

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  • Hi Tom, thanks for your email, received all okay; so by now I hope you are getting some of the information you are seeking.  Best wishes for 2014.

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (31/12/2013)
  • Andrea, are you getting my emails? I’ve sent three but I got one from you that makes me think you haven’t received mine. Let me know on the board here, and if there’s a problem I’ll use another email address.

    By Tom Lincoln (11/12/2013)
  • Yes Tom, you are right, I have not received any emails from you  -  I found an email in my junk mail from a Tom HAYE and left it unopened - deleted it – was that you?  I look forward to hearing from you – please type something in the subject heading that I will recognise.  Best wishes from Andrea

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (11/12/2013)
  • Hi Tom

    Thanks for your email address and I hope by now you have been able to contact Carol, one way or another!  Also hope there’s some information that you will be able to share on Laindon History site – sure I am not the only one interested!

    I do remember visiting Grandpa and Grandma Lincoln and ‘exploring’ their home  – when I think about it now I recall a long corridor on the left and bedrooms to the right – could it have been a converted train carriage – not sure.  I remember it being warm and cosy! 

    Down at Aunt Em’s with cousin Barry, I remember playing around outside, lying on our tummies looking down the well (no health and safety rules then), lots of trees and just enjoying a kid’s paradise. 

    Inside the kitchen, a pump was used to draw off water to make drinks for us. I can still memorise the carved black furniture and ornaments around Aunt Em’s home that had been shipped from India where the family had lived for a certain time.

    As regards Aunt Grace, I was aware of some Canadian connection but too young to know much – I wasn’t aware of a brother as I only met the four aunts.  I’d truly like to know more!

    Regards Andrea


    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (01/12/2013)
  • I am so pleased to get so much information so quickly, and from people so close to the family members I remember. Of course as soon as I saw the surnames Pinnell and Alderton I recalled them.

    Nina, in fact I remember Barry quite well, though through the eyes of an 8 year old. He gave me a book of stories for boys that had belonged to him. I wonder how he’d feel knowing I still have it and it was a favourite of my sons as they grew up, (they are now 25 and 29). There was also a Corgi Fire Engine, which I had until my teen years when it went to the young son of an injured fire-fighter in Victoria B.C.

    I looked at the picture of ‘Auriel’, and though I couldn’t have told you which of the aunts lived there, I did recognize it. Thanks for that. I very much appreciate the information you found in the online records. I no sooner read your note than I was on Google Earth trying to see if I could see any familiar places along Lower Avenue. Sadly it looks as if they’re all gone. After all, it has been 50 years.

    Andrea, it was Grace we stayed with back about ’64, though we wore a trail between her place and Em’s. I do recall my father talking about an Aunt Sue, but Mary is a name I don’t recognize.  I’m thinking my Grandfather had a much bigger family than I ever suspected.

    One of my major problems is that I recall people I met then, and some names, but my father was the primary link to family back in Britain. He passed away twenty years ago, and I’m a little late to the party as the saying goes. Andrea, I would love to get in contact with Carol, and you can most certainly pass along my email address to her.  My only stumbling block so far is that I haven’t found the “contact web master” button on the site so I can ask him to pass it along to you. 

    Many thanks for the replies, and the information. It is very much appreciated and I hope to hear more.

    Editor:  Hello Tom, as requested I have passed your email address on to your cousin Andrea.

    By Tom Lincoln (23/11/2013)
  • Dear Tom; If you give me your email address, I can put you in touch with our cousin Carol; she is a very private person and does not want to “go public” but is very eager to have contact with you.  Carol says she has lots of information for you and photos.  I will tell you more if you let the Webmaster know that you are willing for me to have your email address.  Regards, Andrea.

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (18/11/2013)
  • My aunt Emily Pinnell (nee Lincoln) lived in ‘Auriol’ Lower Avenue; up the road lived my cousins’ grandma and grandpa named Lincoln; next door lived (second aunt) Grace Alderton (nee Lincoln). 

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (11/11/2013)
  • Re the Lincoln’s – Aunt Em and Aunt Grace also had sisters called Mary (my God-mother), Susan – there’s a chance I maybe able to pass on a photo of them.

    By Andrea Ash(nee Pinnell) (11/11/2013)
  • Hello Tom.  I have taken a look at the Electoral Register for the late fifties and found ‘Lincoln Hope’ in Lower Avenue, Dunton (this was in walking distance of Laindon).  The residents at that time were Susan Lincoln and Stanley Rogers.

    I then looked further back on the 1929 Electoral Register and found ‘Lincoln’s Hope’ in Lower Avenue, Dunton with residents: Thomas William Lincoln, Susan Lincoln and Emily Gladys Lincoln.  According to the online records, Emily Gladys married Ernest Pinnell in 1934.

    I then looked on the 1949 Electoral Register and found Emily and Ernest living in a bungalow called ‘Auriel’ in Lower Avenue.  Is this the bungalow where you visited your aunt?  Please use the following link to see a photograph of ‘Auriel’: Find it by scrolling down to picture No 13. 

    By co-incidence I was in the same class at school as Emily and Ernest’s youngest son Barry Pinnell (your cousin).   Barry is on the 1958 long school photo on the front page of this Laindon Archive website.  He is No 51 on Page 8.

    Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like me to do any further research on the Census etc.  Best wishes.

    P.S. I have now traced your other aunt.  Constance Grace Lincoln married Arthur Alderton in 1925 and according to the 1949 Electoral Register she was apparently living alone in ‘Edelweiss’, Lower Avenue which was next door to ‘Lincoln’s Hope’.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (08/11/2013)

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