Tag: Aston

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 in Wales. Well, the evidence I uncovered in my research didn’t quite back this up – Isaac senior was actually born in Rotherham, in Yorkshire! His parents, James and Charlotte, had moved there briefly for work at Parkgate ironworks, but James was actually…

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. There are only 7 baptisms of a James Williams in Shropshire 1802-1806 and, again I was drawn to the one in 1803 in Church Aston (the others were in Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Dawley Magna, Wombridge and St Martin’s). My next step was…

WDYTYA Live

Well, I’ve spent today at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition in London. It was an exhausting day, with over 6 hours of train travel, plus a couple of hours hanging around for connections. Still, the day itself was interesting and I did get to ask my question about ‘Aston’ of the Shropshire Family History Centre. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the response I was hoping for so I’m no further forward in terms of keeping/discounting Church Aston…

I’ve been stuck with my Williams line of research for over 15 years now. All because of place names in Shropshire and my 3x great-grandfather, James Williams, who gives his place of birth in census records 1851-71 as ‘Aston, Shropshire’. This would be fine, except there are three places in Shropshire called simply ‘Aston’ and none of them has a church. Without knowing James’ parents’ names or the likely parish of his baptism (assuming he was baptised), I have been…