Pamela Chadwell (nee Channon) - genealogist and local historian

I wish to pay tribute to my late mother.  She had a passion for all aspects of history.  Without her detailed research, undertaken without much in the way of family cooperation, who felts she was "poking her nose into other people's business" and to be fair, given the dreadful circumstance of my grandfather's death (see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/lt-leonard-chadwell-mc-chris-chadwell-s-grandfather---an-englishman-to-be-proud-of) one can understand the sensitivity; in those days such matters were never talked about.  Despite her being untidy and poor handwriting (which I have inherited), all those who she dealt with, remarked as to the high quality of her research.  And in her day, there was no internet, so she spent a lot of time checking gravestones and parish records. This was a good thing, as checking the original records improves the standard of your research - nowadays, people swallow whole what is on the internet but transcription errors exist, which can lead to numerous errors, which are uncritically copied and thus perpetuated.  Yes, computers and the internet are amazing but data-bases are only as good as the data that is put in.  From my own botanical field, I know all-too-well, just high a proportion of mistakes are made, with those with just a little knowledge, blindly accepting information, unaware they need to question much more.

My mother, Pamela Chadwell (nee Channon) with my father, Tony Chadwell in April 1978

Pamela undertook research into other families. I recollect my mother showing me one or two offensive letters from relatives of the people she was researching, who wished to keep "the dark sheep of the family" secret; they did not appreciate my mother discovering such information.  Nowadays, most families seem to be rather proud of such 'black sheep'. I promised my late mother, that I would, after she passed away, pull together the information on the Chadwells.  My attempts, in her later years, to organise her research better, did not work, so it seemed best to let her continue as she was.  My mother was not at her best in her latter years (though did enjoy time, in short bursts, with my first son), suffering, like her mother had, from mental health issues.

Pamela Yvonne Channon with her father outside St.Peter's, Iver, 1955

At Iver Church 2nd April 1955 Pamela Yvonne Channon marrying Anthony Chadwell - bridesmaids to left were Diana Channon and Joyce Martin; Pamela's father immediately behind Tony, her mother far left at back then John Chadwell, Tony's brother between the Channons; unsure of name of other bridesmaid, then Tony's mother, Florence Chadwell with fox fur (fashionable at the time) - cannot recognise any of others to the right.


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