Discovery of the week: Padfields, Playfords, and Musgroves, oh my!

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The runner-up for title of this post was “Holy Howick!” because that’s where these three families (and more) were all located at the turn of the 20th century.

It’s been a week of snowballing discoveries since I opened my Mom’s suitcase of photos, which had been sitting neglected in my closet for most of the last decade.

Musgrove family.
James A. Musgrove and Catherine (Kate) Padfield with their eldest son James Wilfred

The suitcase belonged to my grandmother, Sarah Ellen Playford, and most of the photos are of that family and the Padfields. I had looked through the photos many times — and had even sorted many of them into their various family groups.  For reason, though, this week the penny dropped… several pennies, actually! First it was, discovering a photo of Thomas F. Playford that had been misidentified on the back. Then I managed to identify a mystery “friend” of my grandmother’s as actually cousin named Muriel Musgrove… that led to the connection that Kate Musgrove was, in fact, Catherine Padfield. And that was just the first hour!

It would be too cumbersome to explain everything I have discovered in the last week or so, but suffice to say that several hours of research has resulted in dozens of new names and images added to the Carmichael Family Tree.

If ever you want to see “What’s New” in the family tree, there’s a page for that!

P.S. If anyone can explain the vest that James Musgrove is wearing in the photo above, I would really appreciate it. 

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