A NANA to be proud of and a great granddad who was a real character.
They were the stuff of legend as far as Jen Davey was concerned.
She was a girl who grew up in Hartlepool in the 1970s and still has fond memories of her ancestors.
Last week, we told how she shared midnight bedroom meals with her nana Rose Nealon.
And we mentioned how her great granddad Frederick was known as “Cappy” Teasdale, as he walked around Hartlepool wearing a top hat.
Today, Jen tells us more about her nana Rose.
Rosie met and fell in love with Thomas “Tutty” Nealon and they had eight children, Mary, Kathleen, Veronica, Rose Ann, Thomas, Catherine, Joseph and Annette.
Sadly, there was tragedy for almost half of all the siblings.
Kathleen passed away at eight months old while Mary at 15 years. Rose Ann was a mere eight years old when she died.
“How we would cope with that today?” asked Jen. But she added: “Back in those days you just had to get on with it, carry on working and looking after your family.”
She said her gran was very creative and was “always repainting or wallpapering the house, and constantly moving furniture around.”
Unfortunately, her creative side was not good news for Tutty on one particular day in the Second World War.
“She moved the bedroom furniture around and it was late.
“Tutty” came charging into the bedroom to dive for the bed as the air raid siren went off. The only problem was Rosie had moved the bed and he hit the floor with a thud.”
Jen added: “Thomas ‘Tutty’ Nealon was a strict father. His faith was a major part of his life where he would go to church most days. He was the son of Bartholomew Nealon and Annie Nealon (nee Payne).
“Bartholomew was born in Sligo, in Ireland, and Annie grew up in Wolviston.
“They had seven children who were John, Thomas, Mary, Bartholomew, Agnes, Catherine and Joseph. I don’t really know a lot about this side of the family but I believe they lived near St Teresa’s Church.
“Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.”
We would love to hear from anyone who could help Jen with more information.
Those who can shed light on the missing family links should email Chris Cordner or telephone (01429) 239377.