Harold CARTER 1913-1977 was the stepbrother of my paternal grandmother Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON 1901-1983). Ivy's father Samuel DIXON 1869-1906 passed away on the 20th November 1906, succumbing to tuberculosis at a relatively early age. Mary Maria MAPLETHORPE 1878-1964, Samuel's widow, later married Joseph CARTER 1872-1959 and the marriage produced two children:
Often during the summer holidays I would stay at my Aunt Kath's house, situated on a little close off the Roman road that is Littleborough Lane, Marton near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Uncle Harold managed a farm at nearby Fillingham. One of my earliest childhood recollections is staying overnight at his farmhouse, having spent the afternoon exploring the farmyard and making dens and playing on the haystack. A few years ago myself and one of my Marton cousins drove past the area where he farmed, but alas the farmhouse has been demolished.
Harold married Annie CARTER (née Annie LANCASTER 1914-1997), a wonderful lady who had worked in service at nearby Gate Burton Hall. Their marriage produce 2 children, both of whom are alive, one of whom I occasionally 'bump into' when visiting the Marton area.
Annie LANCASTER was a wonderful teller of stories about life: both working in service for the landed gentry and working the land in and around Fillingham. I had the pleasure to meet Annie in the 1990s, just a few years before she died; by this time she was living in a bungalow at Upton. For several hours she kept us entertained with stories of working in service at Gate Burton Hall and escapades of an earlier era. I will try and obtain some photographs of Annie and provide further details in another post.