Category: Haden family

family tree showing DNA matches

Tracing the Nottinghamshire birth of Mary, wife of James HADEN (1831-1901), has proved to be very difficult. It would have been easier had the new versions of the General Register Office birth indexes (which give the maiden name of the mother from 1837) been available to search earlier.

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 and Monumental Inscriptions (MIs), published by the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (BMSGH) without which there is no way I would have found the Yeadon gravestone, above. Even with the details and the sketch map from the MIs…

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…