Having stood down as Chairman last year I am now pleased to announce that my good old friend Sue Washington will be taking over my role as Editor of the Weekly Newsletter as from next week. I would like to thank all members for your support over the past 8½ years (first newsletter 17th January 2010) with the absolute confidence in knowing that Sue will equally enjoy the same association with you all in the years ahead. For future ‘Requests’ and contributions please email Sue firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS On Thursday July 19th we are starting our beginners course on Family History at the Cheslyn Hay library from 2.00 pm until 5.00pm. We have already received a very encouraging response and Malcolm Podmore will be running them together with other experienced researchers on hand. For further information telephone Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295.
OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual for everyone from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS Further to the recent resurrected interest in the Stokes/Hodgekins/Bate families, Ann Molloy (nee Stokes) from Australia passes on her ‘grateful thanks to our team for all the documents just received’ and emails ‘It is so wonderful to have this information as we now think we are some way to getting to the bottom of the mystery of how John Stokes came into possession of the two properties but land transfers seem to have become organised in the late 1860s. So it is early days yet and we still have some digging to do! John Stokes was a miner all his life and so were his sons, my grandfather and his brothers probably being the last of a dying breed. My ancestor was Charles Stokes, the son of John and Rebecca born 1832, who went to Longton in the 1850s to find work. He lived with his brothers, Enoch, Sylvanus (Venus) and James. Some time later Venus went back to Cheslyn Hay to live and he died there in the 1860/70s possibly from a coal related illness. As far as we know, Moses did not leave Cheslyn Hay but stayed on with his mother and father until his marriage. Both John and Rebecca were widowed when they married in 1832 but they had lived together for many years before that. We cannot be sure who their spouses were but we think Rebecca was previously married to James Hodgkins.’ And Ann would be grateful for any further information to add to her researches.
There has been some interest raised of the copy we have in our archives of the first baptisms at the New Connexion (prior to the Salem) collated from 1790 – 1835. Unfortunately not all of our members are able to visit our Base so we will be only too pleased to help wherever possible. John Russell Davison emails from Reigate ‘I am still looking for clues about Joseph Russell born somewhere in Staffordshire circa 1806 and his wife Ann Locket(t) born in Cheslyn Hay circa 1816. There was another Ann Lockett daughter of Job Lockett & Jane Westwood born in Cheslyn Hay in 1817 but she died young. Could some kind person in the Society take a look at this new set of records for any mention of Joseph, Ann or any Russell children such as their daughter Eleanor Russell born in 1835 following their marriage on 28th October 1833?’
RESPONSES Vi, Jean and Malcolm have all chipped in with all the information that Norma required on her Onions family including births, marriages and deaths as well as addresses and occupation of all the family.
And Vi has now successfully responded to Jeanette Jones’s quest from Virginia in April to trace the part of her husband’s Cheslyn Hay family who remained here whilst the others emigrated in 1910 and has now been able to supply Jeanette with the name, address and telephone number of one of her husband’s Arrowsmith’s g-granddaughters.
Finally the only lead our Jean has for Lindsay on her Thomas Whitehouse (b1827 in Wyrley Bank) who married Martha Charlesseems that they emigrated to Iowa in America.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Family history of four generations of the Peach family donated by Mick Clarkgoing back to Thomas (b1838) and linking with others including the Leech, Frank, Wollaston and Middleton families.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington An appeal for donations to build a new church (St Marks) to accommodate the townships of Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay. Family names aleady contributed include Walhouse, Gilpin, Hordern, Messenger, Smith, Greensill, Massen, Lycett, Forrester, Yates, Rathbone, Bettson, Charnley, Hatton, Sayer, Bowdler, Poyner, Jones, Green, Marshall, James, Edgerton, Lewis, Benton, Bate, Farnell, Evans, Stringitharm & Cooper. (Wolverhampton Chronicle 29 April 1840)
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
11th July 1968 Cannock Advertiser Glancing Backwards 25 Years to 10 July 1943 The second of a series of product shows in aid of the Red Cross and Village Comforts Funds was held at Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club on Sunday with names of judges and competitors.
11th July 1968 The Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own held their traditional garden party with an added attraction of a children’s dancing display with all od the stallholders named.
13th July 1918 Cannock Chase Courier A Garden Party was held on Saturday afternoon, at ‘Glenthorne’, the grounds being kindly lent by Mr and Mrs T A Hawkins. Full coverage of the event including the Pierriot Troupe and the appearance of Private Butterworth.
13th July 1918 On Sunday evening a sacred concert was well given in the grounds of ‘The Park’ with full details given of the performers.
13th July 1918 An government award given to Sapper William Brian of 40, Low Street. Details of his army service given.
GENERAL NEWS An interesting email comes from Phil Jones ‘Just noticed a Hawkins/Coppice/ Cheslyn Hay wagon just on sale (Hornby 00). Not sure if it’s a re-issue, but ideal if any locals want their own ‘coal-train’. The contact is Hattons, telephone 0151 733 3655. Ref : Hornby R6875 (coal wagon Hawkins £13). They have also had more batches in of the Warstones Bedford bus …. must be really popular!