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Meek - Drybrook/Ruardean area.


Can anyone help with this photo?

The only clues David has are: "The people are unknown, on the back it says 'J.B.Meek she is cousin to ?????? Jayne'". David thinks that the photo was taken in the Drybrook / Ruardean area.

Thanks to M Taylor who added (Sept 2007): " The gentleman in this photograph bears a strong resemblance to the late Jabez Meek who, I believe, was a cousin of Mr Joseph Jayne who lived at Tracey Cottage, Ruardean Hill, Drybrook. Mr Jabez Meek lived next door to him. This would have been in the 1920's - 1930's"

The following was sent in (April 2009): "Jabez Meek and his wife Eliza Jayne".

Mrs Miriam Taylor added (August 2009): "I believe that Eliza Jayne, wife of Jabez Meek, was a sister to my Grandmother Mercia or Mercy Jayne, wife of Mr Joseph Jayne.   They lived next door to each other at Tracey Cottages, Ruardean Hill".

Janice Jayne-St.Gemme added (March 2010): "... I sent the photo to the family of Jabez Meek and Eliza Jayne Meek. Eliza was the daughter of Thomas Jayne and Mary Boughton Jayne. My grandmother had this photo it was kept in a safety deposit box and then sent on to England from Illinois USA. Eliza Ann Trigg Jayne and Albert Jayne were both related to Eliza Jayne through different families".

Graham Meek added (October 2010): "... This Photograph is of Mr Jabez Meek and his wife Eliza nee Jayne. The photograph was taken outside the Meek homestead on Ruardean Hill at Jaynes Corner. These are my Great Grandparents".

David Turner added (January 2012): "... my mother's maiden name was June Meek. She had 3 brothers Harold, Jeff and Bill. I have a letter of reference concerning a mister Joseph Jayne dated Feb 3rd 1893 from an Alfred R Gaul of Birmingham who was a composer and who wrote a piece called The Holy City. The Joseph Jayne I refer to was blind and played the organ at the Forest Church, Harrow Hill. He was uncle to my late mother. would this be the same Joseph Jayne mentioned on this page?".

David Turner added (January 2012): "... I have a letter of reference addressed to a Mr Joseph Jayne of Nailbridge, Drybrook from Alfred R Gaul, Composer of The Holy City Dated 1893. Would this be the same Joseph Jayne that you mentioned. Was he blind? And did he play the organ in The Forest Church at Harrow Hill?. My mother was born June Meek in 1928 in Morse Rd Drybrook. Her mother was Bertha and I think her father's name was Tom. She had 3 brothers Harold, Bill and Goef/Jeff. The Joseph Jayne mentioned in my letter is her uncle from her mother's side. If you wish I could send you by postemail a copy of the letter and if you have any information please contact me". daveturner1953AThotmailDOTcom

Gerry Meek added (July 2012): "... The photo is of Mr Jabez Meek and his wife. He was a brother of Jonah Meek whose son Ralph Meek married my aunt Etta Meek. June Meek was my first cousin, her father was Alfred and her mother was Bertha. Alfred, Giles, Harold, Bert, Etta and Arthur my father were the children of John and Jane Meek of Morse Road, Drybrook".

Phil Partridge added (Sept 2013): "... If the photo is of Jabez and Eliza Meek they are my great grandparents. They lived at 3 Tracey Cottages, Ruardean Hill. They had 6 children Mary, Alfred, Lydia, Thomas, Ellen & Kate. (source: family member who has researched....) Kate was my grandmother and married Reg Partridge of Graytree Ross on Wye. I remember meeting Jabez when I was a young lad (so probably mid fifies!) at Ruardean Hill. All I remember is a kind white haired old gent. My father handled the sale of 3 Tracey Cottages in the mid seventies but I think Jabez must have died in the early sixties. If you'd like more info - tho I'm not sure I have much more email me at infoATp4filmsDOTcom".

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