REQUESTS Following on from a previous email, Bronwyn adds that she is also researching the Evans family but has not got any further back than Thomas Richard Evans (b1876) and Hannah Knight (b1875) and would appreciate any help from anyone researching the same family.
Marlene Clancy-Horan is also asking for help on the WWI service record of her father, George Pepper. He was born in Islington in 1899 but in 1901 was at Walk Mill in Bridgtown amd in 1911 at the Colliery Yard in Great Wyrley. He and his brother are on Great Wyrley’s Roll of Honour but Marlene has never been able to find anything about either of their war records.
And David Whitehouse from Canada updates us with his research but still has a couple of requests. He has solved the queries concerning the George Woodward/Hannah Brough and it proved to be quite complicated but the only one missing out of that family is Joseph and Eliza Bailey. Locally, I did locate an Audrey Bailey in a news article from the area about 1995 and there is a possibility she may be connected as well if anyone knows her. In other news I have now completed locating the documents up to and including the grandchildren of Richard and Rhoda Brough as well as Ann Baker (nee Whitehouse) (with husbands Joseph Baker and James Whitehouse) and am currently moving on to grandchildren of Charles and Sarah Whitehouse. If anyone holds any documents, photos or other information for any of these lines I would love to be in touch to compare and arrange an exchange of that information and/or digital images.’
RESPONSES Between our researchers Andrew and Jean they have provided the information that Bronwyn requires with John Whitehouse’s christening dates but his parents were not Samuel and Mary Burrows that Bronwyn had surmised. Andrew has also located Lydia Dace on his Cheslyn Hay Database and can now provide a full 15 page family tree going back to her great-grandfather in the early 1700s. This tree is available for everyone with selected pages at £1 per page up to a maximum payment of £20 which includes 77 pages of additional information. Ron also emails in with details of his family tree as John Whitehouse and Lydia Dace were his g-g-grandparents as well and Yvonne of the same line provides us with certificates and a family tree.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Members of the original Great Wyrley Youth Group in 1949 includingJean Gunn, Eric Till, Margaret Rowley, Grace Hall, Dorothy Turner, Wilfred Sambrook andVernon Bullock, the Page family in the 1980s, wedding of Norrie Ann Sassall, Ann Heminsley in the yard at Holly Bush cottages, the Heminsley family at the old Marl Hole including Shirley Worsey, Les Belcher & Jack Jeffreys and friends, Idris Evans at an Abbey Dropforging presentation with MD Rodney Timson and a raft of Carpenter photographs together with the Rowleys, the Bakers (inc Bob & Liz in 1910) and Ron Morgan.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A three page Whitehouse family tree donated by Yvonne going back to John (b1813) and Lydia Dace (b1817) as well as three Marriage Certificates of John (to Mary Stopp), Thomas (Hannah Crutchley and Laurence Harry (Susannah Cooke) and two Birth Certificates of John (1842) and Laurence Harry (1894).
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington. Copies available at £1 per report. We complete the year of 1930 with reports of bowls and cricket matches involving A Brown, A Elwell, W Brough, S Norman, N Harwood, E Sambrook, A Bickley, H Horton, J Allsopp, E Whitehouse, W Belcher, K Whitehouse, G Benton, E Moore, Syd Belcher, S Whitehouse, F Perks, A Thompson, H Cadman, J Baker, J Wesley, W Mason and C Baker.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
25th April 1914 Henry Russell was arrested by PC Cliffe on Easter Monday in Queen Street and full details are given of the court case.
25th April 1914 Cheslyn Hay Bowls Club event with Dr Syree, Mr F W Hawkins, Mr and Mrs G H Seedhouse, Laurence C Hawkins, C Perks, T Holcroft, J Thomas and W Holcroft.
25th April 1914 Details of Cheslyn Hay winning championship honours and the League Cup playing on the Barn Flat Ground with special mention of Charlie Moore of Station Street.
25th April 1914 A story about the Cheslyn Hay Allotment holders involved in buying twelve acres of their allotments from the Duke of Sutherland on his announcement of selling the land.
MEMORIES This week we complete the interview with the old Great Wyrley collier, Mr Bill Turner, dated 13th April 1967 with a few snippets concerning the Grove Pit disaster, local pits and local miners, the story of Richard Payne who became the first Principal of Cannock Mining College and the Territorialsof the Norton Company (Engineers) in WWII.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson The Altrees are a well established Cheslyn Hay family throughout the 1800s and Andrew has an 11 page Family Tree dating back to 1640 when they were only living a couple of miles away in Weston-under-Lizard. Selected pages at £1 a page up to a maximum of £20 which includes 65 pages of fuller information. Names in the tree include Astbury, Austin, Baker, Ball, Bate, Benton, Bradbury, Brough, Carter, Cartwright, Challinor, Clewley, Collins, Cooper, Cowley, Cox, Davies, Dealey, Doody, Dutton, Evans, Everitt, Latham, Lawton, Mason, Mayott, Owens, Parker, Payne, Peake, Perks, Pershouse, Pettit, Pritchard, Purshore, Reaney, Richards, Rowley, Russell, So(u)therton, Stanton, Thomas, Thornley, Tricklebank, Truman, Turnpenny, Wallbank, Westwood, Wheeler, Whitehouse, Wilkes, Williams, Wilton, Wright and Yates. Any queries on these names I will gladly look up for you.
GENERAL NEWS Following the success of our Elliott Lucas Day our colleagues at Bridgtown LHS are organising a Cornelius Whitehouse Day in the future, so anyone who worked there or has any connections or interest with the works or just the family please contact Dave Battersby on 01543 503933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN HARLEY Details of the sad demise of John Harley.