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tightrope walker

Posted: 2 Feb 2003 6:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Mar 2003 4:52AM GMT
Surnames: Fry, Gravelet
I am trying to find out how I am related to Blondin. My paternal grandmother was Celia Anne Francis Fry and I believe Blondin was her grandfather. I heard he was married twice. One wife was a trapeze artist and I think she was my G.G. G Grandmother.

He died in London, England, and my family come from London.

If anyone could help me I would really appreciate it.

Susie rudgley

The tightrope walker Gravelet-dit-Blondin

bridget (View posts)
Posted: 4 Feb 2003 7:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Nov 2003 2:36PM GMT
Surnames: Gravelet

Re: tightrope walker

Posted: 27 Aug 2003 4:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Aug 2004 6:44AM GMT
Surnames: Gravelet-Blondin
Grandmother's maiden name was Gravelet Blondin.First names Pauline Charlotte. Would like to know if there were any other siblings, besides brother Stuart, and where their families are now. There appears to be Gravelet Blondins in South Africa, and I would like to know if they are related.

Re: tightrope walker

Susie Rudgley (View posts)
Posted: 14 Sep 2003 1:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gravelet/Blondin
Hi Jody,

I am assumung you know that Pauline Charlotte's parents were Henry (Blondin's son) and Isabelle, formerly Lofting.Henry had a few siblings. Blondin had two wives, but I don't know if the second one had kids.

I am told that my great (great?) grandmother was South African. My Grandmother was Celia Fry. My family have aways told me we are related to the tightrope walker, but I haven't been able to establish how.

Good luck with the search. Maybe we are related :-)

Susie

Re: tightrope walker

Posted: 14 Sep 2003 4:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Aug 2004 6:44AM GMT
Surnames: Gravelet
To Susie Rudgley....I know practically nothing about my grandmother, Pauline Charlotte Gravelet Blondin. Do you know if there were any other children, did she have any brothers or sisters? If you don't mind me asking, how are you related to the Gravelet Blondins, and do know of a Rod Gravelet Blondin from South Africa. Would he be connected to you?

Re: tightrope walker

Posted: 15 Sep 2003 1:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Pauline had 3 siblings that I know of. A brother, not sure of his name, and two sisters, Beatrice and Dorothy. I'll try and find out when they were born.

I was born in London. My paternal grandmother was Celia Annie Francis Fry and my family have always told me she was the link to Blondin, the tightrope walker. They said he was my great grandfather, or great great grandfather, but so far I haven't found any evidence to support it. My family have a photo of a trapeze artist who they say was my G.G. grandmother. She was hanging upside down by her ankles/feet. I wasn't raised by my dad which is why I have so little info, and he died in 1985. I keep asking my (half) brothers and sister, but they don't seem to have much info themselves, infact i think i have found more than them on the internet. They had also told me my great grandma was from South Africa, and I think she was black. but I am not sure. She was involved in theatrical stuff.

Blondin had two wives and quite a few kids, so the connection could be anywhere.

I think Henry also married twice, and got divorced from Margaret Sweeney. They had three kids, Helen, Hazel and William, but I am not sure if it is the same Henry that had Pauline Charlotte.

Do you have any info that might help me? I am getting really frustrated. If I knew when my Grandma was born I could get her birth certificate and that would say who her dad was, but no one in the family seems to know when or where she was born. I think it was 1896. She had my dad in 1924. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hope my info helps you.

Susie Rudgley

Re: tightrope walker

Posted: 15 Sep 2003 2:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Aug 2004 6:44AM GMT
Surnames: Gravelet-dit-Blondin, Lofting
Sue, I have a copy of my grandmother's birth certificate. She was born on Dec. 5th, 1885 at 22 Lisson Grove, Marylebone. Father Henry Blondin, mother Isabella Blondin, nee Lofting. The certificate is registered in the District of Marylebone.Sub-District of Christ Church in the county of Middlesex. Nana was my Dads mother, and she married Harvey Coomber somewhere in England, then they moved to Canada, where my father Ralph and his brother Harvey, were born. Nana had a brother called Stuart Blondin. I always knew him as Uncle Buzz, and didn't know he was her brother til a few years ago. I never made the connection as a kid, and never thought about it. Both my Dad , his brother and Uncle Buzz are all dead now, but my Uncle Harvey's wife is still alive. I can ask her if she remembers anything about the Blondins. Are you still in England? I live in B.C.

Re: tightrope walker

Susie (View posts)
Posted: 15 Sep 2003 7:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Jody:

I now live 50 miles north of Los Angeles. We've been in America since 1991.

My father's side of the family still live in London.My gran who was a Fry, married my grandad, Percy Pemberton, and they had my dad Denis Pemberton.

I found out that your gran had two other brothers, one with the initials W.H. , older than the girls, and another Francois, younger. Of course they may not have lived to adulthood. According to the stuff I found on the internet, Henry had 3 kids with Margaret Sweeney called Helen, Hazel and William. If you don't know about them I am wondering if it was another Blondin sibling, maybe Edward who married M. Sweeney. There is a huge family tree belonging to this family if you go into the Family Tree part of Ancestry.

In 1891 J.F Blondin was widower, and his daughter Adele was also widowed and living with him. She was 36, and there are no kids on the census suggesting at that time that she didn't have any, though she might have remarried and had some later. J.F's 2nd wife died in 1901 so I don't know when they got married or if they had kids.

It's quite a mystery isn't it?

Is B.C. British Columbia? (excuse my ignorance).

I saw an email from Kay Coomber. Is that your aunt?

Susie

Re: tightrope walker

Posted: 15 Sep 2003 9:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Aug 2004 6:44AM GMT
You seem to have a lot more info than me, and a better grasp of who everyone is. I'm still really confused about who belongs to who, after my Dad and uncle!I'll make a point of calling my aunt in the next day or so, and see if she can help. Yes, B.C. is British Columbia. I live in a small town on the coast, about 100 miles north of Vancouver.Our claim to fame used to be our pulp and paper mill, but that's been steadily shutting down over the years. It employs less than half as many people as it used to.They're trying to turn us into a tourist town, now. It's a beautiful place, and if you are into the outdoors, this is the place to be. Kay Coomber is my Dads second wife.We are not close, and since Dad died, we don't keep in touch. She may contact my brothers once in a while. I don't know..Would it be too much bother for you to put down in numerical order, the names, dates and places you might have? I don't have a printer, so I've been writing down the bits you've sent me so far, but like I said, there are too many names for me to get them right. If you did, I could run it by my aunt, and see if it sounds right to her. You mentioned a photo of you gr. grandmother, are there any other photos? I have a couple here belonging to my Dads side of the family, but there are no names. It would be interesting to see if any of the photos match up. I also have a photo-copy of the cover of an original leaflet, advertising Blondins walk over the Falls. My Dad had the original leaflet, which now belongs to my brother.

Re: tightrope walker

susie (View posts)
Posted: 16 Sep 2003 6:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Jody.

I just spent the evening trying to get all the info in chronological order, then i got your email!! Maybe we should conduct all this thru our own email rather than on the message board. Anyhow, the easiest way is probably for me to write it in something like Word then paste it into an email. I will scan the couple of photos I have and email them too. I don't have the trapeze artist photo, my Dad had it and since he died I don't know if anyone in the family knows where it is. It might take me a while to get round to doing it as I have friends coming over from England this weekend and I have to have a mad cleaning fit! They are here for 3 weeks so don't be surprised if I drop off the face of the earth for a few weeks. I will also email one of my (half) brothers and see if he has any info that would help. I am thinking of sending away for my Gran's birth certificate, assuming they can find it with only her birth year, as that is all I have (1896). Then I can see who her parents were.

I live near Six flags magic mountain theme park which is our claim to fame.

Anyway, got to walk the dog before we go to bed. I have spent so much time on this project the dog feels rejected! :-)

Susie
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