The Longstaffs, The Grays and the Gairs, Family History and Old Photographs



This section of the site will contain a selection of Victorian and Edwardian photographs of my motherís side of the family, which came down to me via my grandmother Violet Longstaff (nee Gray). Also in this section I will add family tree background details where known. Thanks to Owen Rowland for researching this this information. My grandfather Matt Longstaff, pictured on the right of the photograph was born in 1876 and married his first wife Hannah Gair on March 31st 1904. This excellent photograph would seem to date from around that period. On the 1901 census Matt is listed as living with his father George, mother Dorothy and younger sisters Ada and Sarah at 3 Queen Street, Thornley. Hannah died in 1913 and he married my grandmother, Violet Gray, on October 11th 1915. At this date he was living at 8 Coronation Street Ludworth. The other photographs in this collection I will add to the site in due course.