Daisy Maud Green was born in 1882, in Blackheath, London. In 1907, she received a large, green, leather-bound album as a Christmas gift and started to fill it with photos, autographs, drawings and cartoons. The  album depicts gatherings of family and friends and gives an insight into Daisy’s life. Daisy’s own marriage to Walter Young in 1908 is featured, as is her sister Doris’s marriage to Edward Longueville. Family gatherings at Burlingham Hall and Taverham Hall (both in Norfolk) are shown, also a visit to Llanforda Hall, Oswestry (the Longuevilles’ home), Daisy and Paul’s honeymoon at Loch Lomond, and their trip to India.

Mysteriously, the book ends abruptly, apparently during a journey along the Suez Canal. Extensive family history research has added some more details of Daisy’s life, and shows she went on to have a daughter, named Ruby, in 1918, but sadly Daisy and Paul divorced in 1921. At this time, Daisy and Ruby went to live in the village of Titley, Herefordshire, near Daisy’s sister Doris.

By 1940, Daisy and Ruby had returned to London. In April 1940, Ruby married Francis Osborne and their first child was born the following year. Unfortunately, Ruby and Francis also divorced. In 1945, Ruby remarried and had another child. The family relocated to Canada in 1946, where Ruby and her second husband had three more children. In the meantime, it appears that Daisy never remarried, and went to live with Ruby and her family in Canada, where Daisy died in the 1950s. Ruby died in 2000, leaving five children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ruby seemed reluctant to talk about the English side of the family, so the Daisy Book gives some fascinating glimpses of Daisy’s life for Ruby’s descendents.


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