Tag: brick walls

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…

For about 15 years, I’ve been trying to find out why my great-uncle, Isaac Leonard Williams (known as Len), was awarded the Military Medal. The medal is still with the family, but there is no accompanying citation. I have been unable to find anything to shed any light on this. All that is known is that the medal was awarded posthumously. He was killed in action at Delville Wood on 29th July 1916 and the award of the medal was…

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 Henry Haywood. James was living with the Haywoods in 1851 and he had married by 1858, when his first child was born. His wife, listed on census records as Mary, was born about 1836 in Nottinghamshire. It should be simple…

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…