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Dear Reader #185

Dear Reader,

My books are available in a number of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Afrikaans and Swedish. And now a new language for my stories with the translation of my Eve’s War Heroines of SOE series into Hindi.

Clara Bow’s twenty-fourth movie was The Keeper of the Bees, a silent drama released on September 19, 1925 at Salt Lake City. The movie went on general release on October 18, 1925.

The promotional blurb: “Joseph P. Kennedy presents Clara Bow in her greatest emotional triumph!” However, Variety stated: “Clara Bow acts all over the lot and aside from weeping (her specialty) and swirling around, does little.” 

At this stage of her career, B.P. Schulberg was still farming Clara out to substandard productions.

I’m organising the Golden Age of Hollywood Mastodon Mega Movie Poll. Here are the results from Week Three.

Voted for by the movie lovers of Mastodon.

The format: 32 movies seeded and selected by the American Film Institute receive a bye to Round Two.

Round One: 64 movies selected by Mastodon movie lovers, matched when possible by era and genre.

My Man Godfrey 39% v 61% The Thin Man

Rebel Without a Cause 64% v 36% Sweet Smell of Success

All About Eve 76% v 24% A Face in the Crowd

It Happened One Night 69% v 31% The Lady Eve

Stagecoach 54 % v 46% The Searchers

Frankenstein 80% v 20% Mutiny on the Bounty

The Jungle Book 49% v 51% Fantasia

Meet John Doe 75% v 25% This Happy Breed

Intolerance 13% v 87% Sunrise

The Awful Truth 13% v 87% His Girl Friday

I’ve traced the Axe branch of my family back from Jane Esther, born 1812, to John, born 1670. All ancestors on this branch were educated, literate and married merchants, captains in the navy, daughters of lawyers, etc. Although often faced with the challenges of life, all did well for themselves and their families.

Jane Esther managed her family’s financial affairs, Samuel, born illegitimate, was a property developer, while the three Johns were Freemen of the City of London and traded as tallow chandlers. Crucially, for further research, Ann, her father John and grandfather John were Non-Conformists. Going back in time, the story is about to get ***very*** interesting.

My 8 x great grandmother Anna Maria Turner was born on 12 October 1696 and baptised on 1 November 1696 in Canterbury, Kent. Her parents: William Turner and Anna Maria Papillon. Her denomination: French Protestant. Anna Maria’s grandfather, David Papillon (c.1581-1659) arrived in Kent from Dijon, France, escaping religious persecution.

On 25 April 1720, my 8 x great grandmother Anna Maria Turner married John Axe in St Margaret’s, Lee, Kent. Between 1722 and 1731 Anna Maria gave birth to five children: Ann, John (my direct ancestor), George, Richard and Turner. George joined the Royal Navy as a gunner. Ann married a prosperous coal merchant. John continued the family business as a chandler.

📸 Remains of the tower of the former Church of St Margaret in the Old Churchyard (Wikipedia).

My 9 x great grandfather William Turner was born on 1 December 1660 in Canterbury, Kent. His mother, Elizabeth Brodnax, died when he was seven, so a tough start in life. The key to understanding this branch of my family is the entry that accompanies them in the church records, “French Protestant.” Faced with religious persecution in France, they sought sanctuary in Kent.

On 14 August 1689 my 9 x great grandparents William Turner and Anna Maria Papillon married in Canterbury, Kent. French Protestants, their families had fled religious persecution in France. 

William became a lawyer. When he died on 24 September 1729, the following words were written about him: “That excellent man, William Turner, gent. A man exceedingly remarkable in his piety, benevolence and compassion towards God, men, his own family. 

Highly expert in English municipal law, abundantly eloquent in conducting law cases, a loyal patron of his clients. Mourned with sadness by everyone and particularly his own family.”

Clara Bow Quotes: “The first few months when I moved up to the ranch and Rex and I began to build our home there, I was dreadfully lonely. I did miss the studios and the hustle and bustle of the sets; I missed the autograph hunters and the crowds. You can’t just turn your back on a career and forget it in a moment. But I did find that being a wife and planning a home was quite the most wonderful job in the world.”

As ever, thank you for your interest and support.

Hannah xxx

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