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Dorothy ?

Dorothy ?


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  • Name Dorothy ? 
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I31354  Whitton
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Family 1 George Craven,   b. 30 May 1895, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F8904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Don ? 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F11881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Evening Telegraph 5-3-2018

      Nearly 73 years after her mother was born and fostered out, a woman is trying to track down the family of her long-lost grandfather, who was born in Dundee.

      An old photograph and family stories were the only link Kelly Tedder had to go on when she started to track down information on George Craven.

      Her grandmother, Dorothy, was involved in an affair with George who was married to a woman in Canada.
      The pair had a daughter, Kelly’s mother Georgina, but her birth put the pair in a difficult position.
      “Dorothy wanted George but she could’t have him,” Kelly said.
      Three weeks after Georgina was born she was fostered to family friends in Essex and Dorothy followed George over to Canada.
      Over the years, Georgina attempted to get in touch with her parents, but only ever received a letter back from her mother.
      “The first letter from Dorothy was ‘I didn’t want you then and I don’t want you now’,” Kelly said.
      Dorothy eventually married a Canadian named Don, who got in touch with Georgina after her mum’s death and visited a few times while he was in England.
      “Don passed away and that gate was shut and we couldn’t find out what happened to George,” Kelly said.
      Out of options, the family moved on and it wasn’t until Kelly’s computer-savvy son Connor Tedder-Barton began looking online that they were able to find out any more information.

      He sent a photo of George in military uniform, which had been passed down to Kelly by a family member, over to the Canadian Library who were able to tell from his medals and badges he had served in the Governor General’s Horse Guards.

      They also learned he had been born on August 30, 1895, in Dundee as well as some of his medical records from his time in the Canadian Army.

      That information had given the family, who now live in Essex, renewed hope of finding whether George had any living relatives still living in Dundee but Kelly hadn’t told Georgina about the latest developments in case it didn’t come to anything.
      “My mum is 72 now,” Kelly said.
      “I just think this is one thing I want to give her to kind of find that answer.”