Many moons ago, when my future hubby and his family moved into their Derbyshire farmhouse, the original beams were covered by a false ceiling. During the course of renovations the false ceiling was taken down & they found a small American coin. A bit of cleaning revealed a dime, dating from 1876 that had been altered to make a small piece of jewellery. It could … Continue reading A Mysterious Dime …
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 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 …
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….
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)
I want to try and track where my 5x Great Grandfather John Hays (1776-1858) was living and farming in Pilsley, Derbyshire, so I took advantage of an introductory offer of two weeks of free access to The Genealogist. I’m after the Tithe Maps in the area as they date from 1841, so I can tie it up with the census & find out where John … Continue reading A Second Crazy Coincidence ….
When I met my future hubby back in 1981, he was living with his parents on their farm in a village a few miles from my home, we still live locally now. The farmhouse is lovely, four hundred-ish years old, with beams, thick stone walls and a huge fireplace. My hubby and his brother inherited the farm following the very sad loss of my father-in-law … Continue reading A Strange Coincidence …
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 ….
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 ….
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