Be Alert

Much of the news these days is disturbing. It’s unfortunate that there are people out there who are so angry, or sick, that they cannot find help in ways other than a spectacular manner. Much too often we see that another angry man has taken a gun to innocent persons to achieve fame and attention in deadly actions. The news reports another episode all too frequently. This person may not be able to control his actions, but does want fame and attention and knows how he can get it. He is not concerned about his own safety. In fact, he may be seeking solace in death.
It just happened again, this time in London, yesterday. 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber who was among the dead.
We can only hope that, if we are in a place where the angry person is as well, that we don’t come into his sight. I’ve thought of a few measures we can take to possibly avoid being hurt, or killed.
Avoid crowded places. However, no place is safe from these disturbed persons. Just be very alert.
Important! Watch the people around you. The assassin will be obvious. He will be wearing heavy clothes, even in hot weather. He will have a gun, probably a large gun. He will not be smiling.
He is looking for a crowd of people so that he will have many good targets.
Be very alert when you are out. If you see someone who doesn’t seem to fit in, do not run. Walk quickly away from the crowd, and in the opposite direction from the stranger. And call the police from a safe distance.
If you know someone who is disturbed, or angry, you might not be able to prevent his intentions, but you could possibly help by offering other solutions.
There are places where he could be helped. Unfortunately, most times, the danger is not evident. Just be aware of the people near you.

Denyer Family in England

I just found some of my late husband’s ancestors in England. I have not been doing much genealogy lately, but I keep a toe in the water so that if something turns up I can add it to my family’s history.
These ancestors, the Endicotts, were found in the 1841 census of a town in a part of London on the Thames. The town is Deptford and has a tumultuous history.
Deptford is a district of south east London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames. It is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne, and from the mid 16th to the late 19th century was home to Deptford Dockyard, the first of the Royal Navy Dockyards.
Deptford and the docks are associated with the knighting of Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth I aboard the Cook’s third voyage Golden Hind, the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cape for Elizabeth, Captain James aboard Resolution, and the mysterious murder of Christopher Marlowe in a house along Deptford Strand.
My husband’s ancestors were not famous, but to me they are a part of my children’s lives, so it’s important to know them. The genes of the elders were passed on to their descendents. The men were sawyers, which meant they sawed the wood for carpenters. None of my children are carpenters, none work with wood, but all three are creative.
Many years ago my daughter and I spent 2 months on a trip to Europe. We were in London for about a week. However I was not doing much family history at the time and had no knowledge of the Deptford connection. I did know that my husband’s grandfather was born in London and we visited the house where he lived as a teenager. I had written in advance to the people who currently lived there to ask for permission to see the house. They were very hospitable and we were treated to a tour of the 2 story home. We even discovered a street named “Denyer” and tried to find other Denyers, but the telephone listing was so many pages long it would have been impossible to pin down any relatives.

Now I wish I could go back and visit Deptford. I have much more information than I had in 1973 and perhaps could find connections to our family. But my age makes that journey impossible. My daughter who accompanied me on the trip to Europe would like to make the same trip with her daughter at some point in the future. I hope that she will be able to do it.