Dring Family History Photograph Album

A selection of photographs taken at various times showing some of our Dring ancestors (in no particular order).

Private Alfred Clark Dring

Private Alfred Clark Dring

On July 1915, Alf got a job as a miner at the Wollaton colliery within easy walking distance of his home. He didn’t stay there long, however, leaving at the end of his first week. Some time later, following an argument with his father, Alf enlisted in the 15th (Service) Battalion the Sherwood Foresters "The Bantams" (men with heights ranging from 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches) following a change in the minimum height for Army recruits and went with it to France. The situation he and his comrades found themselves in a few days before he died is described in "The Blast of War: A History of Nottingham’s Bantams. 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1915-1919".............. read more     Alan Bednall 


Constance Kate Alice Yarrow Dring

Constance Kate Alice Yarrow Dring

1885-1976 Her parents thought they might never have any more children. Hence the long name. She turned out to be the oldest of 15.
;Madonna Taylor


Silhouette portrait of Elizabeth Dring

Silhouette portrait of Elizabeth Dring

It is a silhouette portrait of Elizabeth Dring the first wife of William Flint. She was born in Ellington in 1803 and was buried there in 1824. She was said to have died in childbirth. Elizabeth was the daughter of Oliver Dring, farmer, and his first wife Mary Travell. The silhouette is a graphic artist's copy of a greatly treasured family heirloom held by a different branch of the family.
Three copies were commissioned by John Flint around 1975 and are now in the possession of Elizabeth's direct descendants in the UK and Australia.
For the record, William Flint's second wife, Mary Seaton, is the forebear of all the Australian Flints with the obvious exception of my family.Mike Falconer-Flint


Esther Dring

  • Esther (Dring) Johnston 1866 -1905
  • Esther Dring (Johnston) 1866 - 1905

My grandmother Lilian (Johnston) Burgess's pictures of her mother Esther (Dring) Johnston born Islington, North London 1866 daughter of  Thomas and Caroline Dring of Woodhurst.
Mark Burgess


Mary Alice Dring of Ontario

Mary Alice (Dring) & William Oscar Ewart 1880

Mary was born on 7th July 1862 in the Ernesttown Township of Lennox County, Ontario, Canada and was married to William Oscar Ewart on the 6th April 1880 at the Holland Centre by Methodist Minister Rev. W J Hicks.
This photograph of William and Mary was taken a couple of months after their wedding. The photographer was S J Dixon of the corner of Poulett and Baker Street, Owen Sound and was taken on the 12th June 1880.
Ann Jenson


Florence Martha Dring 1901-1982

Florence Martha Dring 1901-1982

Born in Chicago, IL, she was the 14th child of Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring and the 2nd daughter of Agnes Cowell, whom Nathaniel married after Alice Yarrow's death.
Madonna Taylor


Lincoln Dring about 1914

Lincoln Dring about 1914

This is a picture of Lincoln Selwyn Dring taken in 1914 as he was about to enter the great World War. Lincoln was the son of Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring Sr. and Alice Yarrow Dring. Lincoln had two sons: Lincoln Selwyn Dring Jr. (Lon) and William Bruce Dring (Bill).
Madonna Taylor


Mary Dring Webb at Christmas in 1913

Mary Dring Webb at Christmas in 1913

Mary Dring, dated Chistmas, 1913. She was born 10/21/1853 in England. She came to the USA and married (Morris?) Webb in Cross River, NY. They had three children, Charles, Cora and Ralph who was my G Grandfather. The only other information we had was a note written in my mother's handwriting that Mary was born in Hull, England and her maiden name was Dring. After corresponding with Jim Wilson, we think that Mary may be the sister of his GGrandmother Jane "Jennie" Dring and the daughter of George Dring and Mary Ann Ibbott. We are working on confirming this and will keep you posted. I am unsure about the mention of Hull, could that possibly have been the port that they would have left England through? (Kingston-on-Hull) Ralph Webb(b 2/10/1873 d 1944) married Edith Waterbury(b 8/21/1871 d 1/2/1917) with whom they had 7 children, David, Joseph, Harold, George, Marion, Josephine and Mildred my Grandmother (b 4/21/1897 d 4/21/1977 Norwalk, CT). Mildred married Clarence Henry Jeffery(b 8/26/1895 d 3/26/1955 Brewster, NY) Their son Clarence Edwin Jeffery (b 6/15/1924 d 4/16/2000 Norwalk, CT) was my father. Tricia Jeffrey Jackson


Maurice Dring about 1942

Maurice Dring about 1942

After her husband's death, my grandmother Anne Dring lived in reasonable comfort in a house on Miall Street, Radford with her only son Maurice. When he left school, Maurice joined the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company hoping to become an engine driver one day. As was then usual, he started as an engine cleaner and had progressed to firemen by the start of the War.  He joined the Home Guard and started courting a local girl Barabara.  As the War progressed, he and his driver often had to stop their train and take shelter under it during air raids. It was following one such occasion that he caught pneumonia and had to go into hospital. All seemed to go well initially and he was moved to a sanatorium to recuperate and whilst there he took up leather working to help to pass the time. Fate, however, intervened. Maurice caught meningitis and died  at the age of in 1943. He was buried in his father's grave in the Carlton cemetery -his coffin carried to the grave by fellow members of the Home Guard. His mother continued to live in Radford until her death in 1952. Alan Bednall


Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring Family

Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring and Family c1895

This is a picture of Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring (son of Nathaniel Dring and Phoebe Hutchinson) and his family. This would have been taken about 1895. Clockwise from the standing lady: Alice (Yarrow) Dring, holding Alice Hazel; sitting man is Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring Sr.; girls on right are Phoebe Ellen, below her is Constance Kate, and then Daisy Dora; baby being held by his father is Nathaniel Hutchinson Jr.; Alice Myrtle, Ralph Harold (known his entire life as "Boots"), and Clara Gladys, who was found on their doorstop, a newborn only one or two days old. Having no way of knowing her parentage, they took her in and adopted her. Alice died in child birth with their 12th child. Madonna Taylor


Nathaniel Dring and Phoebe Dring

Nathaniel & Phoebe Dring c1848

Nathaniel Dring and Phoebe Dring around 1848 Photo from Reed Dring
Nathaniel Dring and Phoebe Hutchinson Dring left a good number of descendants in Clay County, Kansas, including the descendants of Mary "Polly" Dring who married a Hubbard, Helen Laura Dring who married a Yarrow, and Sarah Miriam "Minnie" Dring who married a Hammond. Helen Laura Dring and Sarah Miriam Dring are my great-great grandmothers through my fathers side. Mary Polly Dring is a great-great grandmother to my wife. Hence, our second son's name includes the name "Nathaniel."
"Nathaniel Dring and his wife had a huge impact on my life, and their influence continues today." Doug Martin


Peter Yarrow Dring

Peter Yarrow Dring

Peter Yarrow Dring was the son of Nathaniel Hutchinson Dring Sr. and Alice Yarrow Dring. Alice died in child birth having him. Peter died at the age of 30 from tuberculosis. He had one daughter, Marguerite Alice (Dring) Gysegum. . Madonna Taylor


Robert and Jennie (Dring) Wilson

Robert and Jennie (Dring) Wilson 1926

Robert and Jennie (Dring) Wilson taken at their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the home of their daughter Ruth (Wilson) a Leslie Northrup in New Canaan, CT. They were married in Somers, New York on November 26, 1876.
Jane Dring is the daughter of George William Dring and Mary Ann Ibbott. She was born in Woodhurst, England on February 5, 1855 and migrated to America about 1867 with her entire family at that time. She is one of 13 children, eight born in England, and five born in the town of Yorktown, village of Shrub Oak, New York.
She is buried in Old Town Cemetery, Ridgefield, CT next to her husband. Currently, there are five generations that follow, most of which are living, from this marriage. Her husband, Robert Wilson was appointed the first U.S. Postal mail carrier in the town of Ridgefield, CT, using horse and buggy or horse and sleigh for delivering mail. Jim Wilson


Thomas Dring 1857-1942

Thomas Dring 1857-1942

Thomas started life on March 1 1857 , in the village of Muston , Leicestershire, (pronounced Musson), a village nestling below Belvoir castle. He was baptised on 7 April 1857 in Muston Parish church. His father William was at this time a Churchwarden at the church.
Thomas was the sixth child of William and Ann (Green) Dring's ten children, all of whom survived to adulthood. No mean feat for an Ag Lab who worked long hours for a low wage, and his wife. Ann had difficulty in just feeding them. Thomas next appears on the 1861 census, living with his parents and siblings at 51 Clarkes Row in Muston. Thomas like his father before him was to lead a somewhat nomadic life though......................read more    Steve Morse.


Thoday Family Photograph taken at Kadina, South Australia, September 1906

Thoday Family Kadina, Australia 1906

Left to right
BACK ROW. Rev. William Dring, Esther Dring, John Thoday, Ruth Williams, Elsie Williams, Esther Cooper, Linda Thoday, Charlotte Williams.
SECOND ROW. Joseph Thoday, Samuel Thoday, Nathaniel Thoday, Shadrach Cooper, Charles Dangerfield, George Thoday, George Williams (husband of Elizabeth).
THIRD ROW. (not sure of woman and child - but may be wife of Alfred
Charles Thoday, dec.), Cecil Thoday, Edie (Edith) Thoday with Celia, Mary Thoday (second wife of Nathaniel), Henry and Maria Thoday, Ethel Thoday, Elizabeth Williams (nee Thoday), Eric Thoday.
FRONT ROW. Annie Thoday (nee Reid) with Ivan, George Williams (junior), Ettie Maddigan with Les, Winnie Thoday, Allan Thoday, Vera Thoday, Stella Maddigan, Aileen Thoday.
My grandmother, and grand daughter of Henry Thoday, Celia Florence Thoday is in the 3rd row sitting on her mothers lap (Edith Thoday) and would have been about 2 yrs of age. Rev. William Dring mentioned in the photo is the son of Johnson Dring and Alice Thoday. Lee Chamberlain


William Dring and Alice Hurn

William Dring & Alice Hurn 1912 Chicago

William Dring and Alice Hurn 1912 in Chicago.
(my Great grandfather) Reed Dring


William Stokley Alexander & Ellen Rainey Shirritt Dring

William Stokley Alexander & Ellen Rainey Shirritt Dring

Wedding Picture July 14 1884 William Stokley Alexander Dring & Ellen Rainey Shirritt Dring
Reed Dring


William Oliver Dring of Radford

William Oliver Dring of Radford

William Oliver Dring was born in 1876, in Nottingham -the town to which his father and mother, Clark and Emily Dring, had come in the early 1870s. Clark Dring was a Huntingdonshire man and it seems that it was in this county (and its neighbours, particularly Cambridgeshire) that his ancestors had lived for many centuries. 
To try to help him get back on his feet, the brother of William Oliver’s first wife’, (John Ward, superintendent of a knitting mill in Pelham, Carolina) suggested he should take Alf and Kit to America and start a new life over there. Presumably, my grandfather intended that his new wife Anne, and their other children, Violet and Hilda, should follow him when he had established a home there............. read more     Alan Bednall