HISTORY OF THE GEES OF DERBYSHIRE
WHICH TOOK 75 YEARS TO CONSTRUCT
First Researched by Hester Victoria Andrew (Hetty)
Circa 1935 – 1949
Secondly Researched by Angela Dianne Andrew
2004 – 2010
Hand written on the back of this post card reads: This is Mrs. Arthur Andrews’ home. This house has been in the GEE family since 1519 [not exactly true]. This was Mother’s home farm where she was raised.
“Mother” was Elizabeth Frances GEE, known as Eliza in real life. She was born in 1865 in Godley, Cheshire, England and died in 1932 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada.
Ralph GEE, my great grandfather 7 x times removed, the great grandfather of my Great Aunt Hetty, 5 x removed, was the proginator of the ASHES Farm. This farm stayed in the hand of the GEES from 1641 until 1921 – a total of 280 years.
AND SO THE SAGA BEGINS:
This picture was taken in September 1983 in a small town in central Manitoba, Canada called Kelwood.
Left to right: Connie Andrew, Hester (Hetty) Andrew, Jessie Andrew, and Angela Andrew.
By this time, Connie and Jessie, the twins, lived 2000 miles apart, and yet they both came to this funeral dressed alike, even the color of their dresses.
This is the last time I saw Aunt Hetty. I remembering having a conversation with her that day about what she was doing. She had been climbing some fruit trees in their yard, pruning them, when she fell out of the tree and broke her wrist.
I remeber saying to her” “Don’t you think you should not be climbing trees at your age, Aunt Hetty?”
“Of course not! Someone has to do it.” was her brisk reply.