Albert John Calow was my Great Grandfather. He was born in Sheffield in 1873, where his family lived for a short period, but by 1881 he is living back in Clowne the birthplace of his parents Elisabeth and William (first cousins).They are living at 7 North Road.
In 1891, Albert is working as a Coal Miner Labourer and the family are now at 155 North Road; boarding with them is a young school teacher called Charles Hubert Mohertson, Elisabeth is now a widow.
Albert John married Alice Kenyon in 1893 and by 1901 is living at 103 Colliery Cottages, Barlborough with Alice, his daughter Ada and sons Alfred and Arthur, his occupation is described as Colliery Deputy below ground worker.
In 1911 the family is back living in Clowne at 26 Gray Street and son Cyril is a further addition to the family.Father-in-law George Kenyon is also living with the family. His job has changed again and he is now an Insurance Agent. He continued doing this job for his working life, working for Wesleyan Insurance and collecting money from people for their insurance schemes (a way of saving). Alice died in 1812, she was having another baby. At this stage they were living at 134 North Road.
Albert John married Lucy Bramer (nee Newton) in 1814 and she and her children joined the family, I think back at 7 North Road, (certainly North Road). She had a daughter Gertie and sons Joseph and Ernest (who were killed in WW1) and Frederick.
Albert John was a local councillor and judging by photographs and accounts, a rather austere figure. Grandma Walker called him “the Duke”. However this letter shows a softer more caring side.
This is a photograph of Albert John and other Councillors at Clowne, it was reproduced in a newspaper in the 1970s.
He died in 1939, he left everything in his will to his widow Lucy.