Category: Williams family

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…

This is Swindon in Staffordshire, not the other, much larger one in Wiltshire. I have been browsing through Around Pattingham and Wombourne in old photographs and thought I’d note the following information about the ironworks. Hopefully, this will help me unpick the movements of the Williams family between Swindon, Wolverhampton and Wilden. The first forge at Swindon was converted from a corn mill by Thomas Foley in 1647 By 1834 it was owned by George and Edward Thorneycroft of Wolverhampton…

Well, I haven’t had time to do very much over the last few days. I did order a book of old photos of Rawmarsh and Parkgate, though, which looks interesting (Around Rawmarsh and Parkgate by Anthony Dodsworth). From flicking through it, I have discovered that Parkgate increased rapidly in size over 50 years or so from 1823 Between 1853 and 1861 the Parkgate works was the only one in the country capable of producing huge rolled armour plate for naval…

Just so that I don’t lose the link, here is some great footage from the Parkgate Iron & Steel Co. in Rawmarsh, near Rotherham, Yorkshire. It’s about 60 years later than when my 3x great-grandfather James Williams was working there. There’s a photo of the works in the 1850s here, which is just a few years after James Williams is recorded there on the 1841 census.