Many of the sheets that have been ‘processed’ by the herbaria@home project come from the collection of Isaac Helsby. The notes on the herbarium sheets are in a precise and neat script. To date, some 1300+ Helsby sheet have been added to the H@H database.
He married Alice Smith Holmes in 1880 and they moved to Watford soon after. They had four daughters and one son Frederick George.
His eldest daughter was Elsie, the others were Elizabeth, Alice and Evelyn. Elsie married William V Copple and had three sons.
On some of Helsby’s sheets – the name Elsie Copple is to be seen, as is the name of her son Richard Copple.
Clearly the botanising ‘ran in the family’. Isaac and family lived at Kingsfield Road, Watford for a number of years. He died in 1940, aged 81.
My thanks to Meg Pettitt (nee Copple) for the information above, and also Claire Copple, wife of David Copple, grandson of Elsie Copple, and great grandson of Isaac Helsby for the photographs of Isaac Helsby above.