52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #35 Leslie Godfrey Slawson

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme.  This week, the theme is “School Days”: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census?

I haven’t been able to find any records about my ancestors’ school days, so I decided to have a look for a more distant relation.

I decided to use one of the more unusual surnames in my tree (Slawson), within the London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911 collection at Ancestry.   One of the records I found was for Leslie Godfrey Slawson in the Rolls Road School, Admission and Discharge Register for Boys.

Leslie Godfrey Slawson school record
Ancestry.com, “London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911,” database and images, Ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 1 Sep 2015); Leslie Godfrey Slawson; School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives. Reference number LCC/EO/DIV07/ROL/AD/001.

This record shows that Leslie was the son of Chas Slawson, and the family lived at 736 Old Kent Road.  Leslie’s date of birth was 23 February 1881.  His last school was a Private School.  He attended the school in 1889 and 1890.

Leslie was the son of Charles Godfree Slawson and Sarah Anna Palmer.  The 1881 census showed L Godfries Slawson was in the household of Charles G Slawson at 736 Old Kent Rd, Camberwell, London.  He was Charles’ son, born about 1880 in Farnham, Surrey, England.

How is Leslie related to me?  Leslie’s father Charles Godfree Slawson was born about 1841 in Brighton, Surrey.  He was the son of John Slawson and Mary Price.  John Slawson was baptized 16 Jun 1804 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.  I’m descended from John’s brother George Slawson (1810-1889).