The red 'New' button on the left provides some information about our present-day family, also about what's new on this site. Most of the site is historical, and will be of interest to Chaplins, Pearces, Skinners, Hardings, Welchers, Dants, Joneses, Hursts, Macleans, and present members of other families mentioned in these pages. I would be delighted to hear from you - to email me please go to the end of this page.
Site online December 2002 - last updated January 2008
I had a link to my political blog here for a while in 2005. When I deleted the blog I didn't delete the link at the same time, and the blog URL was taken by someone else, with an interest in the web's favourite subject. Please accept my apologies if you clicked on the link here before I got rid of it!My wife Elizabeth and I have four children. First Sue, then Johnny, then Michael, and last Merie, each now with their own families. We have ten grandchildren. Sue's children are Jenny and Anthony. Johnny's are Orion and Tai, who have an older brother, Mark (their mother is Carol). Mike's children are Simon and Helen. Merie's are Colin and Paul and their younger brother Matthew. Elizabeth has an older sister, Eileen; and I have a younger brother, Philip, who has two daughters - Sarah and Rachel - and two sons - Simon and Robin - by his first marriage; and three daughters - Veryan, Damsyn, and Madlyn - by his second marriage. My other brother was Tony Ray-Jones, photographer - see Google.
*Click on the 'New' button on the left for more information on the family and a note on 'identity theft'........
My youngest brother, Tony Ray-Jones, born in 1942, was a well known professional photographer in the nineteen sixties and died of leukaemia in 1972, when he was only thirty years old. The photo on the left was taken in New York in 1965 by Bill Jay, then Editor of Creative Camera, who built up a splendid collection of photos of photographers of that period. I think Tony must have been asked to strike a distinct pose - it maybe shows something of his character, which was certainly not conformist.
The link below is to the The National Museum of Photography Film & Television at Bradford, which holds all his negatives and the copyright in his photographs. A retrospective exhibition of Tony's work was held at the NMPFT in 2004-2005. The latest book about him - by Russell Roberts - and many of Tony's photos, can now be bought online from the National Media Museum.