My Uncle George is 90 years of age and has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
We are not sure how much time we have left with this wonderful man and I am desperate to try to help him with something he has asked for, which might well be considered as a last request.
He has recently been asking if any family members have a photo of his mother, Blanche May Tyson (my grandmother).
She died very young of a slow developing, muscle wasting disease, when he was a teenager and he has no mementos of her.
I have tried asking around the extended family and also via the Ancestry website but have not had any luck so far and time is pressing.
My grandmother’s family were a long standing, born and bred, dyed in the wool South Shields (St Hilda’s) family.
I know that two of my grandmother’s sisters and one brother, lived in South Shields until they died.
Their names and dates are: Blanche May Tyson, born 1901; parents George Tyson and Violet Tyson (nee Newstead);
Sister Edith A Tyson, born 1894; Sister Rosanna (known as Rose) Tyson, born 1895, married John H Thom in 1919. Had two children – Winifred and James Thom;
Sister Martha Elizabeth Tyson, born 1898, married James (Jim) Hird in 1925. Had one child, Derek James Hird;
Brother George William Henry Tyson, born 1900.
I hope someone reading this might be a relation, or know of a relation, that might have a precious, old black and white photo tucked away somewhere.
I am sure the three sisters must have had a photo taken together at some point – perhaps at a wedding?
The key surnames are Tyson, Newstead, Thom and Hird.
I would really love to be able to do this for my wonderful uncle. He would be so happy.
My contact number, should anyone be able to help is 07904 144286.