Photo of an ancestor with a cat, late 19th century

Or rather one of my husband’s ancestors. Probably.

I was recently contacted by a gentleman who lives in the house in Brockdish, Norfolk where my husband’s ancestors lived for 50 years. We have a number of old photos of the house, showing various family groupings. But we also have a photo from the same branch of the family that’s much earlier, of another house. We believe it’s probably Martin’s gg-grandfather Israel Sharman (1816-1891). And he has a big fluffy cat in his arms.

Israel Sharman standing before Farm House BrockdishI’ve just sent a digital copy of the photo, with the others we are confident is of the known house in Brockdish, to my new contact there. I’m hoping that he may be able to identify the house possible Israel was standing in front of.

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About vivdunstan

Academic historian, genealogist, former computer scientist, and Doctor Who fan.
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