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Thelma Chambers Ferris uncredited. Edit Did You Know? Trivia: Children: Zoe Millsand Ben. Star Sign: Leo. Not Bruce. Fascinatingly, it is Bruce himself who starts to draw parallels with how he has behaved in his own life. And it is he who asks whether the tendency to cheat and desert can be inherited.
They married in and had two daughters - Charlotte and Louisa - but their six-year marriage ended with allegations of infidelity. Bruce discovered that Joseph's first marriage also floundered - and for reasons associated with roving eyes. Joseph, his great-grandson discovers, married for the first time in He was a year-old apprentice gardener and his wife, Elizabeth, was eight years older and working for a grand Yorkshire family. They had six children, the eldest of whom, John, was Bruce's grandfather.
So far, so Armchair Charlie - Annie Raitt & Brigit Forsyth - Angel Of The North (CD. Until recently, the Forsyth family in the UK assumed that they were the only branch of this particular clan. Then Bruce got a surprising letter from a woman in Georgia, who claimed to be a descendant of Joseph. Was it possible, the letter asked, that he had two families? So many lies must have been needed to cover his tracks. It doesn't look too good that he deserted two families'.
And the news was shocking. On his return from a very successful eight-year stint working in Belfast, helping establish the city's Botanic Gardens, Joseph's star was on the rise. London was booming, and the ambitious Joseph opened a shop in Bond Street, where he sold exotic plants and seeds, and undertook landscaping commissions. At some point in the early s, Joseph met a young woman named Frances, who worked as draper's assistant near his shop.
On 28 Decemberthey're both listed as passengers on a liner heading for New York. Joseph was 46 and Frances 26, pregnant and listed as his wife. Bruce is shocked to discover that his great-grandfather had effectively run out on Elizabeth and their children - although they may not have been aware of this at the time - leaving them in dire financial straits as a result.
His wife was forced to take a job in service, as were their children. There is an awkward moment during filming when the clerk charged with helping Bruce trawl public records offers her conclusion on what happened.
It was, she says, a 'classic story of a very successful man who leaves his first wife - the one who has stood by him'. It is Bruce who offers a parallel with his own life. It is similar Armchair Charlie - Annie Raitt & Brigit Forsyth - Angel Of The North (CD my life.
When I married my first wife we were a double act. Then, all of a sudden I went to the top of the business. When you finally get the big break it is difficult to still be a family man. I think that is what happened to me. It is very similar to Joseph in a way. He just had to leave all that and go to where he thought his destiny was. When Bruce comes across a birth certificate for Joseph Jnr - Joseph's seventh child, he again makes a comparison with his own life. Laughing he says, 'I have six.
He's already better than me. A further two children were born; then, in the late s, something strange happened. At first, it seems that Joseph died. Public records start listing Frances as a widow and an obituary suggests Joseph has died at sea. But this does not tally with Bruce's own records - primarily based on a diary kept by Joseph's youngest daughter from his English family. It mentions him returning to the port of Liverpool inwhich is confirmed by passenger records, Album).
Classic story: Bruce's great-grandad Joseph Forsyth Johnson had families on either side of the Atlantic. The next year he returned to New York. In fact, he kept popping up on passenger records, flitting between the two countries, with his last voyage recorded as When it emerges that Joseph has abandoned both families, Bruce is aghast. For the second time he has let his family down.
Bruce is horrified. So Armchair Charlie - Annie Raitt & Brigit Forsyth - Angel Of The North (CD lies must have been needed to cover up his tracks. It doesn't look too good that he deserted two families. Particularly sad for Bruce was how it all ended for his great-grandfather. He is shocked to find that Joseph actually died inalone and living in a hotel in New York. He didn't leave a will. That Joseph was buried in an unmarked grave is something his great-grandson finds particularly difficult.
Visiting the cemetery to lay a bunch of flowers, Bruce drives past lavish monuments, and thinks he is heading for the section where gravestones are more modest. Alas, no. There is not even a gravestone. Moved by what he has discovered, Bruce has now commissioned a memorial to honour his great-grandfather's work.
What of his own once-complicated private life, though? Bruce has always acknowledged his tendency to stray, but has declared himself a changed character since he met the third Mrs Forsyth.
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