Woolfords & Stents in Hampshire . . .

A couple of weeks ago Find My Past released new Hampshire records so I thought I’d have a break from my Derbyshire relatives and see if I could dig up any new information for my Hampshire branch. I already have details for my 3x great grandmother Mary Jane Woolford who was born in Worting Hampshire in 1858. She married Mark Wood in 1877 in London … Continue reading Woolfords & Stents in Hampshire . . .

Anthony Hays (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …

Anthony Hays was born in Pilsley, Derbyshire, in June 1869 the eldest child of of William Hays (1841-1911) and Mary Ann Lee (1844-1912). He already had two older half-brothers from his parents’ previous marriages; John Thomas Hays born 1864 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and James Riley born in 1866 in Lea, Derbyshire. I found Anthony living with his parents in the 1871 around Elm Walk in … Continue reading Anthony Hays (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …

William Hays – This Is Your Life….

I’ve decided to look further into the life of William Hays (1841-1911) my first cousin five times removed and the father of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire from 1909 to 1939 . In my previous post I found out about his misdemeanours & brush with the law. Following his stay in Derby gaol in 1861 by the 1871 … Continue reading William Hays – This Is Your Life….

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Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)

I’ve been looking at the family of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my father-in-law’s Derbyshire farm for part of the 1900s. I’ve managed to find Anthony in all the census returns, but I’m missing his father, William Hays in the 1861 returns. After quite a few searches on both Ancestry and Find My Past, I discovered the most likely candidate for William was resident in … Continue reading Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)

The Troublesome Oldhams ….

I started looking at my Nottinghamshire based Oldham family back in 2012 and came up against a bit of a brick wall. My Great Grandmother was Alice Oldknow Oldham the daughter of William Oldknow Oldham (1854-1886), the son of Thomas Oldknow Oldham (c1834-1904). My problem has been in finding a baptism for Thomas – there just isn’t one! In the 1841 Census he is living … Continue reading The Troublesome Oldhams ….

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way ….

Way back in October/November last year the UK probate office reduced the price for its Wills (1858-1996) from £10 to £1.50 – a huge saving. Not surprisingly it was overwhelmed with requests for Wills, so I held off applying for the ones I was after for a few months. I eventually requested seven in total, all direct ancestors, and they arrived pretty quickly. My 2x … Continue reading Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way ….

All Saint's church in Aston, Derbyshire.

Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

So in my earlier blog post, I found that my 7x Great Grandfather was Brown Whyman. He has a pretty unusual name which makes him a little easier to find in the records than, say, a John Smith! His baptism took place on the 1st January 1703 at All Saint’s church in Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire. Brown’s parents Henry and Rebekah Brown were married a couple of … Continue reading Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

The memorial to Frederick Richard & William Allen in York

A York Memorial….

We recently visited a Van Gogh exhibition, held in a deconsecrated church – York St Mary’s on Castlegate in York. The exhibition was wonderful, but being a family historian I couldn’t help but notice the handful of memorials still visible on the walls. This one piqued my interest so I thought I’d see what I could find out about the family In Remembrance of Frederick … Continue reading A York Memorial….