Family History


My Story 3

Chapter 3 Diversion with the Eamer's
Following the June issue of the B&AFHS quarterly magazine several researchers contacted me as my name had appeared as a new member listing my interests. One of them Mrs Cooper of Sea Mills, Bristol, wrote to me regarding the names of EAMER and ANCRUM.

I followed up the EAMER connection and found it was my cousin Jack ANDREWS who I had not met for some 40 years. I made arrangements to renew our acquaintance at my next visit to Bristol. I now found my research falling into a pattern. Bristol Record Office until they closed at 5:30pm, Bristol Central Library until they closed at 8pm then on to Jacks for a cup of tea and a chat for an hour or so then the 2 hr drive home to Farnborough.

When I met Jack I found he had done some research into the EAMER’s and had a document written by Frank LYDDEN in January 1967. Frank married into the Eamer line in 1915 and was born the same year as my Grandfather Eamer (Papa).

Jack had attempted to trace his Great Grandfather through Gloucestershire records office but had been unsuccessful as they could not find a christening for Henry EAMER. With my new found knowledge of the records I located Henry and his family. He was baptised only 2 months before is marriage to Elizabeth ELLIOTT in 1845.

Another problem was when he was born the parish registrar recorded his name as Henery Eamor. Following further research into the EAMER’s, the name progressively changed as I went further back in time. When Henry was born in 1820 it was EAMOR, EMOR in 1813 at the birth of Charles and AMER at the marriage of Job and Maria ASHBEE, Henry’s parents.

I found Job’s christening at Great Hinton in Wiltshire when the name AMOR was used. The location of Hinton was now verified as the 1851 census gave Job EAMER as being born in Hinton; however previous research in Wiltshire I had done were under the name EAMER and not AMOR.

There is a story that a number of soldiers from the invasion of 1066 did not return to France and married local girls. The name AMOR is reputed to have been derived from the French name AMOUR.

I remember Jack as a party entertainer when I was a child. He belonged to the magic circle and put on shows for the family, I am not sure whether he performed on the stage as a professional. He was a man of many talents, a very meticulous model maker; he had a model in the front room of his house in Springfield Avenue of the “Dutch House” in Bristol. The model was approximately 2 foot cube all in a glass case.  One interesting feature was a model of a British soldier on the first floor overlooking the street. In the real Dutch House the soldier was carved full size and was painted by my grandfather Harry Eamer.

Another of Jacks talents was “dowsing”, not just for water that is the expected image, but also for all manner of items. Jack and his colleagues were often called upon to assist local archaeologists in finding Roman artefacts etc. On several occasions he assisted the police in locating a buried body. He was also clairvoyant and could detect the presences of deceased beings.

I am not sure I believe all such claims but on one occasion I had mentioned I had mislaid an antique watch that had belonged to Aunt Luke. Phillip (my son) had borrowed it and we were not sure whose house it was in.  Jack asked me to draw a sketch of the two houses and gardens. Through his pendant swinging over the sketches a watch was located in Phillips house but it was not the missing one.

The strange thing was Jack decided that there was the presence of a young woman waiting for something or someone in Phillip’s house, a story that was confirmed by another medium at a later date. 

Another prediction made was that there was an underground stream running under Phillip’s back garden. This was proved to be the River Cam when the route was traced from an old map in the Camberley Library. Whether this was just luck or something else paranormal will never be proved.

Jack was also involved with a local historian, Lionel Ellery who had written a number of books on Easton. 

Jack had drawn a map of Belmont road, the area where the EAMER family lived.

The first member of the EAMER family to move to Bristol from Hawksbury was Henry. 

All the early EAMER’s were milkmen. The milk HENRY sold from the dairy came from the cows that were kept at the end of Stapleton Road in what was then called "Owens Field", the field was bounded on one side by the river Frome and on the other side by Stapleton road, 

The picture on the right was HENRY in his hygienic milk delivery uniform.  

At the turn of the of the century fairs were being held on "Owens Field" before the houses were built. The field faced the present day Merchants Arms.

The milk tradition continued through several generations, the last to own a pony and trap was my grandfather, 
HARRY EAMER. This picture was taken in Belmont Road, the front of the houses were in Stapleton Road.