Family of Henry Clifford, 1858-1901...
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Research on my wife's family was initially inspired by a sense of guilt, since I had so little compared to my own family records. I started with material given me by my mother-in-law, Marjorie I Kirkman, née Clifford (M.I.K.).
Ap-Jn, 1858 Cheltenham (RD) Birth Index Henry Clifford vol 6A, p369
Ap-Jn,1890 Hereford (RD) Marriage Index Henry Clifford & Annie Robinson vol 6A, p996
26 Oct 1898 Brecknock RD (RD) Birth Index Raymond Clifford son of Henry & Annie 11B/79, date from M.I.K. 
7 Apr 1901 45 High St, Brecon Census
Brecon, Breconshire
p.2, #14
Henry Clifford head, Butcher manager, working at home 42, b. Cheltenham, Glos
Anne Clifford wife 32, b. Hereford, Herefordshire
Rosa Clifford daughter 18, b. Cheltenham
William Clifford son 15, b. Cheltenham
Raymond Clifford son 2, b. Brecon
Gertrude Clifford daughter 2 mo, b. Brecon
7 Apr 1901   Census
Nelle Clifford staying in the household of her great-uncle Thomas Robinson 4, b. Brecon
Rosa and William were the children of Henry's first marriage. William was killed in action in World War I, at the battle of the Somme. Raymond also saw action as a young soldier but returned uninjured. Gertrude, "Auntie G", was the second of five sisters, followed by Irene, Vi and Edna. At the time of the census Nelle was evidently staying with relatives, probably to allow her mother more time for the new baby.
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This photo shows the butcher's shop, seemingly garlanded for a special occasion. Annie is standing in the doorway, Nelle on the left and Raymond (aged about 4) in the middle.

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Henry and Raymond, both in WW1 uniform.

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Family of Raymond and Violet Clifford
31 May 1919 Parish church, Maindee, Monmouthshire Marriage Raymond Clifford 21, bachelor, Butcher, late Lance Corp., 5th Cheshire Reg. son of Henry Clifford, decd. & Violet Anstee 25, spinster
dau. of George Anstee, sculptor
Newport (RD) Marr. index q2, vol 11a, p552
19 Oct 1922 Newport Birth Marjorie I Clifford dau. of Raymond & Violet  
Raymond d. 1981, Violet d. 1975
Family of George and Marjorie Kirkman
12 Mar 1941 New York city, NY, USA US Army Enlistment George E Kirkman single, no deps.,
driver, res. the Bronx
26, b. 1916, NY state
educ. 2 yrs. high school
14 Apr 1945 St John the Evangelist, Maindee (RD: Newport) Marriage
(Index 11a/397)
Marjorie Clifford & George Edward Kirkman
bachelor, 28, Headquarters Cop. 11th Port APO 562, US Army
adopted son of Charlie Kirkman
After their wedding, George and Marjorie went to New York to live. During this time Marjorie met Charlie Kirkman, George's adoptive father. However, she wanted the support of her family for the birth of her first child and so they returned to Wales.
10 Dec 1954 Chepstow Birth Margaret Jane Kirkman daughter of George & Marjorie  
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A wedding photograph of Marjorie and George Kirkman. The chevrons on his sleeve indicate the rank of Master Sergeant.

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This is about the only surviving picture of George Kirkman with his children (Edward, Jane, Marcus and Howard). Grandfather Raymond Clifford is on the left. The background is Wentwood, a large area of wooded hilly country a few miles east of Newport and a favourite picnic site. Jane remembers that the children always built dams across one of the little streams. She and I also took our sons there when visiting.