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The descendants of
George Flint and Elizabeth (Lee) Flint,
of Holbeach, Lincolnshire

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Chapter 15a
James MacNeil Flint, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, etc.

Note: This chapter, the content of which is mostly new to the online edition, draws heavily on materials supplied by Donia (Flint) Stick and Karen Pope.

James MacNeil Flint, son of John Flint, of Wisbech, by the latter’s first wife Sophia Bird (see Chapter 15), was b. 11 Jan. 1859 at Wisbech, and d. there 25 April 1929, aged over 70 years. He was named for James MacNeil, husband of his aunt Sarah (Flint) MacNeil. He was a student in 1861 and 1871, when he was still living with his parents. He m. 28 Sept. 1880 in the Methodist Free Church, Wisbech, Edith Maud Collier, b. between Dec. 1859 and Dec. 1860, d. 13 Dec. 1899 at Wisbech, of typhoid fever and hyperpyrexia, daughter of John Collier, a corn-porter. He and his wife were living at no. 45 Market Place, Wisbech, in 1881, but according to relatives they left the town soon afterward, and did not return until about 1894. Recently, it was pointed out to us by Carol Kimberley[1] that James MacNeil Flint and his wife travelled to the U.S.A. aboard the Parthia, arriving at New York on 19 May 1881.[2] In the meantime, Donia (Flint) Stick and Karen Pope (see below) had both noted the births of several children to this couple in the U.S.A., and the fact that the family returned to England in 1893 on the ship Nevada, leaving New York City and arriving at Liverpool on 10 May 1893.[3] In light of his known residence about 1888 at Hammond, Indiana, our subject was probably the James Flint listed in a town directory of 1891-92 as an employee by “G.H.H. & Co.,” of 76 Oakley Avenue, meaning the George H. Hammond meat-processing plant.[4] He was back living at Wisbech St. Peter in 1901.[5] James Flint is said to have become a master butcher, and to have spent the rest of his life at Wisbech. Donia (Flint) Stick has found him in the 1911 census, which states that his daughter Sarah A. Flint was born at Hammond, Indiana. It seems likely that as his three eldest daughters were born in the U.S.A., the other two daughters with whom he returned to England in 1893 were likewise born there. Children:

  1. Edith Mahala Flint, b. 18 June 1882 at no. 3233 “Hulslitt” Street, Chicago, Illinois,[6] d. in 1948 Sleaford, Lincolnshire. She m. in 1909 at Leicester, Frederick James Godby, b. 1881 at Wisbech, d. 5 Dec. 1938 at Sleaford, Lincolnshire. We are grateful to her husband’s grandniece, Karen Pope, for pointing out the military record of her brother Frank Collier Flint, in which she is listed as Edith M. Godby, his eldest sister and the signatory for his posthumous medals. She also supplied a copy of the 1911 census entry and other materials relating to this couple. Frederick and Edith (Flint) Godby were living at no. 48, Cecil Street, Newport, Lincolnshire, in 1911.[7] Her husband’s probate reads: “Godby, Fredrick James, otherwise Frederick James, of 38 Southgate Sleaford Lincolnshire, died 5 Dec 1938 Probate Lincoln 21 January 1939 to Edith Mahala Godby widow. Effects £1354 6s 11d.” Issue:
    1. Phyllis Mary Godby, b. 25 May 1910 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, d. (unmarried) 1987 at Leicester, Leicestershire. Karen Pope understands that she loved knitting.
    2. Ronald Frederick James Godby, b. 21 May 1914 at Lincoln or possibly Sleaford, Lincolnshire, d. May 1998 at Grantham, Lincolnshire. He played cricket for Lincolnshire County from 1934 to 1954.[8] He m. in 1943, Yvonne Bell, and they had two sons, still living (2011), born in 1946 and 1947.
  2. Kate May Flint,[9] b. 1884-85 (aged 8 in 1893, 16 in 1901, 26 in 1910) at Hammond, Indiana.[10] She m. in 1910 at Wisbech,[11] Ernest Ream, b. 1887-88 (aged 22 in 1910, 42 in 1930) in England of English-born parents, alive in 1930. She is mentioned as sister K.M. Ream in the 1919 military record of her brother Frank Collier Flint. In 1910 they left for the U.S., departing from Liverpool and arriving initially at Montreal or Quebec City on 18 Aug. 1910. [12] They are found in Aurora Township, Kane County, Illinois, in the 1920 census, in which he is called a clerk with a railway company.[13] They are also found there in the 1930 U.S. census, which lists Ernest as a freight checker for a railway.[14] It will be noted that three of their children lived to ages of over 90 years. Known issue:
    1. Grace May Ream, b. 22 May 1911 at Aurora, d. there 17 Feb. 1995, and buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Oswego, Kendall Co., Illinois.[15] She was living unmarried with her parents in 1930, when she was a boxer for a corset company. She m. Thomas Maxwell Collins, b. 26 Dec. 1911, d. 21 Dec. 1999 at Oswego, aforesaid.[16] Known issue:[17]
      1. Irvine Collins.
      2. Marna Collins; m. Tony Bellafiore.
    2. James (“John”) F. Ream, of Aurora, b. 18 Nov. 1912 at Aurora, d. 18 Feb. 2011 at the Countryside Care Centre, Aurora, aged over 98 years. He m. 20 Feb. 1937 at Aurora, Rose Mary Barilla, b. 8 March 1912 at Viola, Illinois, d. 9 Nov. 2000 at the Provena-Mercy Center, Aurora, aged over 88 years, and buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Aurora, daughter of John and Sophia Barilla.[18] According to her death notice, “She was born March 8, 1912, in Viola, IL., to John and Sophia Barilla, from Nikartovce, Czechoslovakia and was raised in Streater, IL. She was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for some 75 years and served on numerous committees where she was President of the Confraternity of Mary and a member of the National Society of Foresters. Rose came to Aurora in 1925 and was united in marriage on February 20, 1937, to James (John) Ream for some 63 years. They owned and operated Reams Donut Shop in Aurora for 24 years until their retirement…. Survivors include her husband, James (John) Ream of Aurora; two sons, James Ream of Montgomery, IL. and Robert (Kandi) Ream of Oswego, IL. … also five grandchildren, Timothy Ream of Eugene, OR., Jeffery Ream of Oswego, IL., Christopher, Patrick and Katrina Ream, all of Oswego, IL. …” According to his death notice, which is headed James “John” F. Ream,
      John owned and operated Ream’s Bakery in Aurora from 1952 to 1976. He was a member of the Phoenix Club. John was a sports fan and an avid fisherman for 80 years and loved to fish in the Fox River. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them how to fish. John also enjoyed his monthly poker games with his friends. He is survived by 2 sons, James Ream of Lehigh Acres, FL and Robert (Kandi) Ream of Oswego, IL; 5 grandchildren Timothy, Jeffrey, Christopher, Patrick, and Katie Ream; and 2 great grandchildren Caleb and Teegan. He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Ream; his parents Kate and Ernest Ream; 5 brothers Sidney, Gerald, Leslie, Frank and Frederick and one sister May…. Interment will be private and at a later date….[19]
      1. James Ream, of Lehigh Acres, Forida, in 2011.
      2. Robert Ream, of Oswego, Illinois, in 2011; m. Kandi ____.
    3. Leslie E. Ream (male), b. 8 Jan. 1914, d. 27 Oct. 1996 at Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois, and buried in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee, Kane Co.[20] An annotation attached to his FindAGrave page dates that he was a long-time employee of Northern Illinois Gas Company, and that his favorite pastime was golf. He m. Erma Fischbach, b. 20 Nov. 1915, d. 4 Feb 2000 in Kane Co., Illinois, aged over 84 years.[21]
    4. Gerald T. Ream, of Aurora, b. 29 July 1916 at Aurora, d. 8 Nov. 2007 at Provena Mercy Medical Center, aged over 91 years.[22] Gerald T. Ream He m. 17 Feb. 1944 at Aurora, Gertrude Angeline Sachen, b. 19 July 1920 at Aurora, d. 22 Feb. 2007 at Provena Mercy Center, Aurora, aged over 86 years, and buried at St. Rita of Cascia Church, 750 West Old Indian Trail, Aurora, daughter of John and Anna (Rausch) Sachen.[23] Gertrude A. (Sachen) Ream According to her death notice, “Gertrude was an active member of St. Rita of Cascia Church. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Elementary School, East Aurora High School and East Aurora Night School. Contributing to the war effort, she was employed by Stoners, during WW II&heelip;. She enjoyed dancing and playing golf and was the 1947 Aurora Women’s Golf Champion…. She also enjoyed bowling and playing pinochle. Gertrude deeply loved and enjoyed her grandchildren, Casey and Carrie and was eagerly awaiting the birth of her great granddaughter, Angeline…. Interment will be private.”[24] According to the death notice of Gerald Ream,
      He was born July 29, 1916 in Aurora, IL. Gerald was an active member of St. Rita of Cascia Church. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School. Contributing to the war effort, he was employed by Austin-Western during WW II. Gerald was united in marriage to Gertrude Angeline (Sachen) on February 17, 1944 in Aurora. He was very athletic in his youth. He played high school baseball, basketball, football and golf. After graduating from high school, he played on the Pike’s Dairy basketball team and played semi-professional football with the Clippers. His favorite and most proficient sport was golf…. Throughout the following years, he won multiple Aurora city golf championships and various other golf tournaments throughout the state. He continued to play golf into his 80s, enjoying every round. He also enjoyed bowling and bowled in the Austin-Western league. He was a member of the Sachen Real Estate bowling team that won their league championship for the 1974-1975 season. Gerald deeply loved and enjoyed his granddaughters and his great granddaughter and was eagerly awaiting the birth of his identical twin great-grandsons. He is survived by his son, Gerald T. “Tom” (Linda) Ream of Salt Lake City, UT; two granddaughters, Casey Ream, Carrie Ream; and great-granddaughter, Ella Wesman, all of Salt Lake City, UT; and by two brothers, James “John” Ream and Sidney (Margaret) Ream of Aurora, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gertrude, in February of this year; his parents, Ernest and Kate (Flint) Ream; a sister, May (Ream) Collins and three brothers, Fredrick, Lesley, and Frank Ream…. Burial will be private.[25]
      1. Gerald T. (“Tom” Ream of Salt Lake City, Utah; m. Linda ____. Issue:
        1. Casey Ream.
        2. Carrie Ream.
    5. Sydney G. Ream, of Aurora, b. 27 Feb. 1918 at Aurora, d. 4 July 2010 at Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center, Yorkville, Illiois, aged over 92 years. He m. in 1940, Margaret Jolan Medgyesi, b. 19 May 1921 at Aurora, d. 24 July 2008, and buried at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora, daughter of Paul and Jolan (____) Medgyesi. Her death notice notes the date of her marriage as 1940.[26] The death notice of Sydney Ream reads, in part:
      He was born on February 27, 1918 in Aurora, IL the son of Ernest and Kate (Flint) Ream. Sidney was a graduate of East Aurora High School. Contributing to the war effort, he was employed by Austin-Western, and later was a pipefitter for Ruddy Brothers and R.J. O’Neil Plumbing until he retired. He was a member of Local 501 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Sidney was on the football and track teams in high school and enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially horseracing and golf. Sidney was a seasoned joke-teller and had a great sense of humor. He deeply loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sidney is survived by his brother John D. Ream of Aurora, his sons Ronald L. (Valerie) Ream of Plano, IL, Richard A. (Beth) Ream of St. Joseph, MO, four granddaughters Romni (Scott) Oleson of Aurora, IL, Andrea (Jason) McCartney of Coralville, IA, Kristin (Scott) Matthews of Platte City, MO, and Kendra (David) Lau of St. Joseph, MO, one grandson Bryan T. Ream of Plano, IL, six great-granddaughters Sarina and Ivy Oleson of Aurora, Koryne Matthews of Platte City, MO, Kody and Josey Nelson of St. Joseph, MO, and Ginger McCartney of Coralville, IA, two greatgrandsons Maxwell Silverstein of Coralville, IA, and Ben Matthews of Platte City, MO and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret J. (Medgyesi) Ream, his parents Ernest and Kate Ream, his sister May (Ream) Collins, and four brothers, Fredrick, Leslie, Gerald, and Frank Ream. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rush Copley Foundation…. A special thank you to the staff at Hillside Rehabilitation Center for the kindness shown to our father and his family during his illness. Family receiving guests Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service 11:00 a.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 Broadway, Montgomery, IL 60538. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora, IL.[27]
      1. Ronald L. Ream of Plano, Illinois; m. Valerie ____.
      2. Richard A. Ream of St. Joseph, Missouri; m. Beth ____.
    6. Frank Ream, b. 14 Feb. 1922 at Aurora, d. 22 April 2000 at Aurora, aged over 78 years.[28] He m. 26 June 1948, Delores Mauer, b. 20 Dec 1921, d. 29 Jan. 2006 at Countryside Care Center, Aurora, aged over 84 years.[29] Dolores (Maurer) Ream His wife’s death notice, transcribed on her FindAGrave page, reads, in part:
      Dolores M. Ream, 84, of Aurora passed away Sunday, January 29, 2006 at Countryside Care Center. She was born December 20, 1921 in Aurora, IL. She was married to Frank Ream on June 26, 1948. Dolores was a member of St. Joseph Church. She grew up in Aurora and attended St. Joseph grade school and Madonna High School…. Dolores put in many volunteer hours at Copley Memorial Hospital. Her three grandchildren were her pride and joy. Spending time with her daughter, Debbie, was something that Dolores cherished. She was the vide-president of the the St. Stephana Court, NCS Foresters. She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Michael) Boyle of Montgomery; three grandchildren, Melissa, Timothy and Tyler Boyle of Montgomery; … several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, of 52 years in April 2000; her parents, John and Angie (Frieders) Mauer; two brothers, Art Mauer and Robert Mauer; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2006 … with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery.
      Only child:
      1. Debra Ream; m. Michael Boyle, of Montgomery. Issue:
        1. Melissa Boyle.
        2. Timothy Boyle.
        3. Tyler Boyle.
    7. Frederick Raymond Ream, b. 18 April 1925 at Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, d. there 2 Sept. 1925, and buried the following day in West Aurora Cemetery .[30]
  3. Sarah (“Sada”) A. Flint, b. about 1888 (aged 5 in 1893, 14 in 1901) at Hammond, Lake Co., Indiana; alive in 1911, but of whom no further record has been found. According to the 1919 military record of her brother Frank, she was then unmarried. Karen Pope wonders if she could be the same Sada Flint who died in the January-March quarter of 1967 at Wandsworth, London, aged 80 years.
  4. Mildred M. Flint, b. 1883-5 (aged 4 in 1893, 12 in 1893), apparently in the U.S.A., alive in 1901. She m. 1913 at Lambeth, London, Charles K. Emary, as evidenced by the 1919 military record of her brother Frank. Probable issue:[31]
    1. Zoe J. Emary, b. in Jan. 1914 at Lambeth, London.
    2. Joan O. Emary, b. in Sept. 1918 at Canterbury, Kent.
    3. Reginald Z. Emary, b. in June 1921 at Paddington, London.
  5. Grace E. Flint, b. about 1891 (aged 1 in 1893, 10 in 1901), apparently in the U.S.A., apparently d. shortly before 24 Dec. 1976, aged over 84 years. She m. (1) 24 Feb. 1915 in the parish church of SS Peter and Paul, Wisbech, Bert George Morrell, b. 1889-90, son of Gabriel Morrell. She may have m. (2), ____ Broughton. At the time of her death she was living at 346 Tile Hill Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire.
  6. Frank Collier Flint, b. 24 April 1894 at Wisbech, killed in action 21 March 1918 in France, dying unmarried; his name is on the Pozieres Memorial at Somme, France, and on the World War I memorial at The Crescent, Wisbech. He was a rifleman in the 17th Battalion (British Empire League) of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Hill Street, Wisbech.[32]
  7. Beatrice Rebecca Flint, b. 16 Feb. 1896 at Wisbech,[33] alive and unmarried in 1919, per her brother Frank’s military record.
  8. Leslie George Flint, b. 25 April 1898 at Wisbech,[34] possibly the one of this name whose death was registered in the July-September quarter of 1961 in the Lincoln registration district. According to the military record of his brother Frank, in 1919 he was enlised in the Northamtonshire Regiment.

Members of Godby family, 1910
Members of the Godby family, 1910. At right, Edith Mahala (Flint) Godby holds her daughter, Phyllis Mary Godby. Photo courtesy of Karen Pope.


1Carol Kimberley is not a Flint descendant, but rather a descendant of a half-sister of Edith Collier’s mother.
2New York Passenger lists, 1820-1957, database at Ancestry.com.
3Board of Trade. Commercial and Statistical Department and successors. Inwards Passenger Lists. National Archives (Kew, Surrey), series BT26, piece 38, item 86. Image available online in UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, at Ancestry.com. The record reads:
name             age  profession
Mr.  Jas. Flint  37   gentleman
Mrs. Jas.    "   34   lady
Miss Edith   "   10   child
 "   Kate    "    8     "
 "   Sadie   "    5     "
 "   Mildred "    4     "
 "   Grace   "    1     "
All of English origin
4Hammond, Indiana Directory, 1891-92, transcribed at Ancestry.com. The identification of “G.H.H. & Co.” as the George H. Hammond meat-processing plant is due to Donia Stick.
51901 Census of England, Registration district: Wisbech; Subdistrict: Wisbech; enumeration district 4, p. 3; PRO piece 1555, fo. 55. On 10 July 2011 the following transcription was available at ancestry.com, but the link led to the wrong image:
name        relationship  age
James McNeil Flint  head  42
Edith Flint         dau.  18
Kate M. Flint       dau.  16
Sarah A. Flint      dau.  14
Mildred M. Flint    dau.  12
Grace E. Flint      dau.  10
Frank Flint         son    6
Beatrice R. Flint   dau.   4
Leslie G. Flint     son    2
6Illinois, Cook County, birth registrations, 1878-1922, image available online at https://api.familysearch.org/records/pal:/MM9.1.r/MZC1-F2L/p1, kindly brought to our attention by Karen Pope. The record calls her Mahala Edith Flint, daughter of James Flint, aged 23, butcher, born in England of English ancestry, and his wife Edith Collins (sic).
71991 Census of England, Lincolnshire, Newport. The entry reads:
Frederick James Godby    head    30  married  tobacconist  Cambs.: Wisbech
Edith Mahala Godby       wife    28  married  -----------  U.S.A.*
Phyllis Mary Gody        dau. under 11 mo. -- -----------  Lincs.: Lincoln
Harriet Godby            visitor 49  married  -----------  Notts.: Kimerley
Ernest Charles Welbourne visitor  2  --       -----------  Cambs.: Wisbech
Complete years the present marriage has lasted: 2
Children born alive to present marriage: 1
Children still living: 1
Children who have died: 0

* Brit[ish] sub[ject] by parentage
8 http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/107/107870/107870.html (a reference kindly brought to our attention by Karen Pope).
9Her middle name is attested by the 1925 death record of her son Frederick.
10Per the death record of her son Frederick.
11Marriage registered in the July-September quarter of 1910 in the Wisbech registration district.
12Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954, NARA publication number M1464, NARA roll number 129; transcription at FamilySearch, found by Kate Pope. The records read:
Name: Ernest Ream
Arrival Date: 18 Aug 1910
Arrival Port: Quebec and Montreal, Quebec, England
Age: 22
Birthplace: Ufuvell, England
Gender: Male
Race: English
Departure Port: Liverpool, England

Name: Mrs. Kate Ream
Arrival Date: 18 Aug 1910
Arrival Port: Quebec and Montreal, Quebec, England
Age: 26
Birthplace: Indiana Hammond, USA
Gender: Female
Race: English
Departure Port: Liverpool, England
131920 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, Kane County, Aurora Township, enumeration district 33, sheets 6B & 2A; National Archive microfilm no. T625_373; FHL microfilm no. 1,820,373. The entry reads:
name  relationship gender age   b.p.      fa. b.p. mo. b.p.  occupation
Ernest Ream*    head M  31      England   England England  clerk R.Y. co.
Kate M. Ream    wife F  35      Indiana   England England  none
=== (page-break) ===
May G. Ream     dau. F   8      Illinois  England Indiana  none
James F. Ream   son  M   7      Illinois  England Indiana  none
Ernest G. Ream  son  M   6      Illinois  England Indiana  none
Gerald F. Ream  son  M  3 8/12  Illinois  England Indiana  none
Sidney E. Ream  son  M  1 11/12 Illinois  England Indiana  none
Year of Immigration: 1909
Year of Naturalization: 1918
141930 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, Kane County, Aurora, enumeration district 16, sheets 5B and 6A; National Archives T626, roll 523, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,340,258; brought to our attention by Donia (Flint) Stick. The entry reads:
name relationship gender age b.p.    fa. b.p. mo. b.p. occupation
Ernest Ream*    head M 42 England   England England  freight checker
                                                       [for] R.R.
Kate May Ream** wife F 45 Indiana   England England
Grace May Ream  dau. F 18 Illinois  England Indiana  boxer
                                                        [for] corset co.
James F. Ream   son  M 17 Illinois  England Indiana  none
Leslie E. Ream  son  M 16 Illinois  England Indiana  none
=== (page break) ===
Gerald Ream     son  M 13 Illinois  England Indiana
Sydney Ream     son  M 12 Illinois  England Indiana
Frank Ream      son  M  8 Illinois  England Indiana
Immigration Year: 1918
* Age at first marriage: 22
* Age at first marriage: 26
16U.S. Social Security Death Index.
17They are mentioned in the death notice of a paternal uncle, Harlan C. Collins, transcribed at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11781300.
18http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5094087, with transcribed death notice.
19Beacon News (Aurora), 20 Feb. 2011; minor typographic errors corrected.
21U.S. Social Security Death Index.
24Beacon News (Aurora), 24 & 25 Feb. 2007.
25Beacon News (Aurora), 11 & 12 Nov. 2007; minor typographic errors corrected and punctuation added.
26Beacon News (Aurora), 26 & 27 July 2008.
27Beacon News (Aurora), 5 & 6 July 2010; minor typographic errors corrected and punctuation added.
28U.S. Social Security Death Index.
30Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, at Ancestry.com; certificate no. 32681, digital folder 4007964; Family History Library microfilm no. 1,503,941; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35606701.
31Karen Pope noticed that these birth records all list the maiden surname of the mother as Flint.
32UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 database, Ancestry.com. See also Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, Roll of Honour, 1914-1918, available online at http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Wisbech1914-19.html, which does not however give his full name.
33Civil registration of birth.
34Civil registration of birth.

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From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson
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This page split off from Chapter 15 on 17 July 2011
Last revised 13 March 2013