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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 to Dudley. It is assumed that they moved for reasons of work. Isaac was an iron worker and the company that he is believed to have worked for, E. P. & W. Baldwin, had works in Wilden, Worcestershire as well…

Image of soldiers

“KILLED IN ACTION Sergt. Isaac Leonard Williams, South Staffs, whose mother resides at High Street, Swindon, Dudley, has been killed in action. Sergeant Williams, who joined the Army four years ago, had been on active service for two years. He was 22 years old and received his first wound in June 1915. He fought through many battles. ” Wolverhampton Express & Star, 17th August 1916 Len, as he was known, enlisted as a regular soldier in the South Staffordshire Regiment…

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…

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…

The name Isaac seems to feature strongly in the Williams family. Both my great-grandfather and 2x great-grandfather were called Isaac and my great-uncle was Isaac Leonard. The name was also given to children of several of the daughters who married into other families in the 19th century. It looks as if the name Isaac actually came from the SUMMERHILL line via Charlotte Summerhill who married James Williams sometime before 1836. The earliest Isaac I have is Isaac Summerhill, who was…