I have been working on a family history for quite some time and I’m delighted to report that 'Rabbit George and Me' will be published soon!
'Rabbit George and Me' is based on the life of Mary Stennett (of Billinghay, Lincolnshire). Mary was the third wife of George Smith (of Greasbrough, Yorkshire), farmer, builder and father of twelve children. Mary was the mother of the last four children: Clement, Elizabeth (Schonhut), Florence (Holroyd) and Effie (Hague). These children—particularly Florence and Effie who were born when he was in his sixties—resulted in George Smith being known forevermore as “Rabbit George”!
Family lineage can be difficult to follow and I hope 'Rabbit George and Me' will serve as a guide, not only to the history of George Smith, Mary Stennett, their families and descendants, but also to those of George Smith and his second wife, Mary Crawshaw.
Additionally, I hope the book will be of interest to the numerous descendants of William and Elizabeth Smith (of Wentworth, Yorkshire), parents of “Rabbit George” and his siblings. Those descendants include our Mormon brethren in Utah: the line of Mary Smith Rossiter (George’s oldest sister) and her husband, William Rossiter.
I hope you will enjoy reading our family history as much as I enjoyed writing it! I learned a lot from family members and, crucially, was provided with a wealth of information by Robin Hartley. I thank Robin for continuing the ancestry work begun by his uncle, George Schonhut, and for ensuring that our Smith and Stennett ancestors will never be forgotten.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you!
Veronica Hague is a fundraising, marketing and communications professional, specializing in raising private support for colleges and special-needs schools. Born and raised in Yorkshire, the author lived in London prior to moving to New York City. She has been a resident of New Jersey for over thirty five years.