An antique wardrobe that was recently purchased by the owner of a hair salon has been found to contain a birth and marriage certificate dating back 100 years. The owner of the salon, Rob Nix, is calling for help to trace the family who own the certificates.
Nix purchased the antique wardrobe from a Community Furniture Store in Selby as it reminded him of a wardrobe his grandfather had owned many years before. As he was placing the wardrobe into his home, a metal tin fell from the top. Inside the tin was an envelope containing documents belonging to an Ethel Annie Payne; her birth certificate in 1908 and her marriage certificate in 1932 when she married a George Fisher.
The salon owner has spent time trying to trace relations of the owners of the certificates but, so far, has had no luck. He has an interest in genealogy and has been trying to trace his own family tree using an ancestry website, which has kindled his interest in the family of the certificate owners. He said:
“I am a bit of a nostalgic myself. I like things with history and objects which have a story behind them.”
Most antique furniture certainly has a history, although not many will contain birth and marriage certificates. The owner of the Community Furniture Store is trying to trace the person who donated the wardrobe, so far without any success. The envelope containing the certificates was addressed to Mr. G H Fisher in North Yorkshire. Nix believes that the family would have lived locally and hopes that someone will recognise the names.
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