Main families

Finding myself in Oldswinford, Stourbridge, recently, I took the opportunity of having a look around St Mary’s Church, which I know has connections with my Yeadon/Haden ancestors.   Luckily, I had already downloaded a copy of the Oldswinford parish registers…

Ancestry family tree

Receiving my AncestryDNA results prompted me to look again at family history research relating only to my direct ancestors. I had thought I was doing quite well – with one line going back ten generations to my 8x great-grandparents. However, because…

Image of High Street, Swindon

The family of Isaac and Sarah Williams (nee Baldwin) moved to Swindon, Staffordshire between 1869 and 1871, moving from Lower Mitton (Stourport) in Worcestershire to Wolverhampton between 1861 and 1863 and then to Swindon, a small village in Staffordshire, near…

Image of St Peter's Church

Joseph MOORE and Elizabeth COOK married on 25th December 1824 at St Peter’s church, Wolverhampton. The 1851 census shows them living in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, with Joseph recorded as a miner. Elizabeth is listed as being born in Wolverhampton but Joseph’s…

Image of St Mary's Church, Oldswinford

The first trace I have of James HADEN  is on the 1851 census, at which time he was aged 20 and living with his sister, Mary, and her husband, Henry HAYWOOD, in Grove Street, Heath Town, Wednesfield. He appeared to have…

Image of Braunston village

It’s thanks to contact from a fellow researcher (Margaret Redfern) that I discovered the existence of the FERN branch of my tree. Information from Margaret gave the father of my great-grandfather Henry MOORE as Timothy Fern. All I had known…

Image of John and Rachel Corns' gravestone, Wombourne

The marriage of Richard CORNS and Ann CARTWRIGHT on 1st December 1700 is the first time the name CORNS appears in the Wombourne parish registers. Where Richard came from and why he moved to Wombourne, is unknown. Ann gave birth to…

Postcard of old Stourport

John BALDWIN was born c.1812 in Lower Mitton (Stourport), Worcestershire, and the son of Thomas and Sarah Baldwin. He wasn’t baptised until the age of 6 (the baptism took place as Stourport Wesleyan Methodist Church). John Baldwin became a boat builder…

Image of members of the Crump family.

George Crump, born abt. 1803, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. On census returns, George CRUMP gives his place of birth as Wolverhampton and he seems to have been born about 1803. However, as yet, I have been unable to trace his baptism or…

Image of St Chad's, Pattingham

Thomas JONES was born c. 1804 in Ellesmere, Shropshire and died in Pattingham, Staffordshire in August 1853, aged 49. Thomas was born in Ellesmere, Shropshire and Ann in Blymhill, Staffordshire. They married in 1827 at St Peter’s church, Wolverhampton and they…

Image of St Mary's Church, Frampton

Stephen Summerhill married Sarah Cratchley (of Dursley, Gloucs) at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, on 6th July 1778. At the time of the marriage, Stephen is listed as being “of Frampton”, although he actually seems to have been born in Siston, where his…

Image of Bill Williams

My grandfather, William Thomas Williams (known as Bill) was born in Staffordshire, as was his father, Isaac. The story in the family was that his father (whose name was unknown to the family member telling me the story) was born…

I’ve blogged before about my brick wall regarding my 3x great-grandfather, James Williams, born in Aston, Shropshire. It now seems that I’ve made a breakthrough, thanks to the Shropshire Parish Registers, which have recently been added to Find My Past…

Holy Trinity Church

It proved something of a challenge to trace back from my 2x great-grandfather James HADEN. Known information was that he was born about 1832 in Old Swinford, Staffordshire/Worcestershire and that he had an older sister, Mary, born about 1817. Mary married…