Help Wanted

We are contacted regularly by non-members looking for help with their family history research. We are always happy to provide information and assistance when we can.

If you have a local query that you want help with, or a problem with your research that you would like us to post on the Group Website, please contact Burntwood Family History Group.

If you can help one of our enquirers, please do so by contacting Burntwood Family History Group and we will pass on your information and provide both parties with contact details where a personal follow-up may be appropriate.

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Requests for Help

BEETLESTONE - Pipehill (27 01 2016) John FARRINGTON

Hello. I'm in the process of writing up my family history “The Farringtons of Walsall and their Associated Families” I came across some photographs which were taken at “The Beetlestone’s Farm” in about 1911 and “Pipe Place Farm” in 1944.  They show my father in 1911 and me in 1944 and I have been trying to find what the connection was between the Beetlestones and the Farringtons over such a long period of time. I wondered whether you have any contacts who remember the family or have information about the Beetlestones or their farm. I am particularly interested in finding out if my memory of “Dora” Beetlestone is a figment of my 75 year old imagination! Thank you in anticipation. John Farrington

Martha CHESHIRE - Lichfield (03 09 2015) Doreen PERRY

Hello. I have been searching for a few years for my husband’s gran, Martha CHESHIRE. She is on the 1881 census as living with her grandmother in Featherbed Lane Lichfield. She is on subsequent census as being born in Yoxall and Hamstall Ridware. She eventually was married in Bloxwich to Charles STOKES a Walsall Councillor.

She told her granddaughter that when she was born she was dropped out of a window in a blanket, but despite many attempts I have been unable to find her mother’s name. I wonder if anyone can help me. Yours very hopefully. Doreen Perry

RILEY, FEARN, COX and ING - Burntwood, Hammerwich, Pipe Hill, and Wall  Fred RILEY

Hello. I moved to Lytham St Annes in the 1920's with my mother after my father's death. My family originated in the Wall, Hammerwich, Pipe Hill (Burntwood) areas. I would like to make contact with any relations who are still in this area. The family names are RILEY, HAMMOND, FEARN (nee COX) and ING. In particular, I am hoping to find a photograph of my parents' marriage,  Frederick William RILEY and Lilian FEARN, at Wall church on 12th. December 1923.

If anyone can help me, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Fred RILEY

Thomas COOPER - Hammerwich - (23 02 2015) Barrie COOPER

Hello. I am researching my COOPER ancestors. I go back to my 4 x great grandfather Thomas COOPER born c1730, almost certainly in Hammerwich. He married Frances BUTLER born c1750 in Tilston Cheshire at St Marys Tilston on 16th January 1777. Thomas died on 28th January 1828 and Frances died on 26th June 1818. There is a well preserved tombstone for them at Hammerwich Church. I believe Thomas's parents were George and Ann. Thomas owned the Three Tuns pub at Sandyway. One of Thomas’s daughters, Mary, married John BRIGDEN, born c1774 in Tettenhall, on the 23rd March 1797 in Claverley Shropshire. They moved to Whittington and had 14 children and I have researched all those children and most of their descendants. If anyone has any further information about any of the above I would be pleased to hear from them. If anyone would like any information about any of the above I will do my best to assist.

Thank you, Barrie Cooper

BONELL family - Farewell & Longdon - (24 10 2014) Judith BEAUMONT

Dear Sir/Madam,  My ancestors, were born in Farewell. Their name was BONELL, John was a popular name in BONELL's. There were also some in Longdon, not sure if they were direct to me or not. BONELL seemed a common name in the Midlands. The family ended up in Leeds but travelled to Bilston near Wolverhampton , then went to an area near Rotherham then came to Bramley in Leeds. They were forge men. One was a blacksmith. John, had Robert, who had Edward, who had John, then John, William, and James was my grandfather.  From 1702 to death in 1968. I am wondering if the name was an edition of BONEHILL, as I have seen that name. I would be happy to find anything about them. Yours hopefully, Judith Beaumont

Arthur & Rebecca BROWN (nee WOLFE) - Longdon - (23 10 2014) Liz ROBERTS

Hello.  I am attempting to research my family history and have recently discovered that my third great grandparents moved to Longdon from Sheepy Parva  and lived in Smithy Farm Cottages  in 1881.  They were called Arthur and Rebecca BROWN (nee WOLFE) and were born around 1811.  I have discovered that Rebecca BROWN is buried in St James Church in Longdon but can find no record of Arthur Brown other than a death index indicating that he died in Longdon in 1885.  I can find no other family members and believe the rest of the family remained in Sheepy.  Any information would be very greatly appreciated. Kind regards Liz Roberts, Caerphilly

William JONES Burntwood Asylum - (07 09 2014) Kath WATSON

Hello. I have discovered that my father's great uncle William JONES was a patient at Burntwood Asylum.  He was there on the 1901 census and also on the 1911 census,and I am trying to locate where and when he died. I would be really grateful if anyone has any knowledge of William. Thank you, Kath Watson 

 Brereton School - Brereton - (28 02 2014) Vickie ATKINSON

Hello. I am interested in the above school as one of my ancestors (Edward HALDEN) was listed on the 1841 census as a schoolmaster at Glovers Hill, Rugeley , and I read that he was at Brereton School and that there were minute books from 1838 but your web site states that it was founded in 1843 so I am writing to ask if there was another school at Glovers Hill? Thank you, Mrs V Atkinson

JUPP family - Burntwood - (19 02 2014) Rachel JONES

Hello. I am researching my family history on my mothers side. I am particularly interested in a lady called Eva JUPP born 1906. She was my great grandmother. Her parents were William JUPP and Lucy SUTTON. She had a brother William Charles JUPP born 1907 a sister Gladys May JUPP 1900 and maybe more siblings from Burntwood. From her marriage certificate I can see she lived at 187 Chasetown Road, Burntwood. If you or anybody has any information about any of the JUPP family from Burntwood it would be great to hear from you. Thanks Rachael Jones

Thomas BATE - Cannock - (10 02 2014) Fran ROYLE

Hello. I wonder if you can help! I am trying to find out about the family of Thomas BATE (1848-1931). The family came from Wolverhampton, but Thomas moved to Cannock in the 1880s and lived there for the rest of his life. He was a cabinet maker by trade, and we have just one photograph of him. It was sent on to me by the descendant of one of Thomas's daughters. From all the timber in the background, we guess that the picture was taken at his place of work, but do not know who the others in the picture are. One of the boys may be his son Albert (born 1883), who was also a cabinet maker. According to the 1891 census the family lived in Mill Street, Cannock; in 1901 at Barn Houses, Mill Street, Cannock, and in 1911 at 132 Wolverhampton Road.

Kelly's Directory for 1896 lists one cabinet maker in Cannock - Charles Linford, cabinet maker and builder, at High Green; there is also a David PILSBURY, carpenter and builder (no address given), and James DOUGHTY, joiner and hardware dealer, also at High Green. Kelly does list a Thomas BATE who was a furniture dealer in Stafford Street, Walsall; but that seems a bit distant and in any case the census data indicates that he was a worker rather than an employer.I was wondering if from your local knowledge you could help me to locate his place of work. With best wishes. Fran Royle

John Edward WHITEHEAD - Brocton Camp - (05 02 2014) Valerie AITCHISON

Hello. I have come across your site whilst looking for any information regarding Brocton Training Camp during the First World War. My personal interest is that from a photograph of my Grandfather in his Uniform, dated Xmas 1918 on the back, and a newspaper account on his death stating that "he served as a Regimental Sergeant-Major in the 11th North Staffs Regt. during the First World War. He was an instructor at the Infantry Officers' schools at Brocton ad Chelsea." I would dearly love to find details of his Army career at this date but all Family History sites that I have looked on do not bring up any information for me so wondered if you could point me in the direction of anywhere else that would be helpful. His name was John Edward WHITEHEAD and he was born in Nottingham in 1888 and lived there until his death in 1954. Yours faithfully Valerie Aitchison

Armitage Lodge - (05 02 2014) Jean HANNA

Hello. I am trying to find any information on Armitage Lodge, Armitage. Does it still exist? I have the information about the BIRCH family who were in the 1891 Census. In 1957 my husband and I were newly married and had moved to Armitage (he worked in a nearby engineering company, and I got a job working for the directors of Edward Johns Sanitary Pottery, as it was then,  down the road).  For several months we rented a couple of upstairs rooms at the Lodge, which had been made into a flat by the Lury family who had recently bought the property.  Then in 1958 we left for Canada. I hope all this is not an imposition. Very sincerely, Jean Hanna, Toronto.


Hello. I am trying to trace the POXON line on my family but am having problems around the 1750’s possibly around the Ogley Hay area, also the ADKINS and SUNDERLAND families from same period and area who married into the POXON’s. Many thanks in advance for any assistance. Martin Williams

William FELLOWS - (27 12 2013) Jayne FOSTER

Hello, I am researching my family, we visited Burntwood briefly in the Autumn and noticed on the War memorial a chap named Mr William FOLLOWS – this was my grandmother’s maiden name, we know she was brought up in the area and wondered if anyone has any information on the family.  Her name was Annie and the eldest of 13. Kind regards Jayne Foster

Charles HARRISON - (22.12.2013) Pamela SMITH

Hello, I’m looking for a picture of my grandfather Charles HARRISON. He came from Brownhills, Staffordshire. At one time he was living in Woodbine Terrace, Chester Road, Brownhills. He was in Oxford around 1930 where he met my grandmother. He then returned to Brownhills and joined the army. Mum wrote to that address when she was about 15 and got a reply from his sister Clarice saying he was in Germany in the army. Mum is now in her 80s and would love a photo of him just to give an identity to him. Thanks Pamela

Johnny ERASMUS - Burntwood / Chasetown (29 09 2013) Dave ERASMUS 

Hello. I am researching my paternal family of ERASMUS who were mainly miners and moved to and from Monmouthshire and Staffordshire in the 18 and 19 hundreds.

My great grandfather was William ERASMUS who was born in Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire in 1855, married there in 1874 and moved to Staffordshire a couple of years later. One of his sons (my great uncle) was John (or Johnny or Jack) ERASMUS who was born in Chase Town or Burntwood around 1882. I have found him in the 1891 and 1901 censuses but can't find him after that. Nor can I find any record of his birth or baptism. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks. Dave Erasmus

Martha Sylvester - Lichfield / Burntwood (13 09 2013) Margaret STEAD

Hello.I have done a lot of research into my mother’s family in Staffordshire.  There appears to be a very sad tale emerging relating to my Great Aunt, Martha Catherine SYLVESTER.  She died aged 30 in 1934 at 15 Trent Valley Road, St Michael, Lichfield and in the occupation section of the death certificate it mentions Highfields, Burntwood, Lichfield R. D.?  Not sure about the last two letters. Was this establishment the Asylum in Burntwood?

Her family lived in Chase Terrace which included her two brothers, Charlie Roland (my grandfather) and Richard Henry.  She had an illegitimate son in 1927 at 77 Dudley Road, Birmingham which I understand is a poor law union work house like 15 Trent Valley.  Her son was ‘adopted’ by her elder brother Richard Henry. Any assistance and direction you can give would be very much appreciated.  I have tried the Staffordshire records office and they tell me the records for Trent Valley Road did not survive for this period in time. Many thanks. Margaret Stead

George and Ester Raebold (Raybould) - Gentleshaw / Longdon (23 08 2013) Philip RAYBOULD 

Hello. My name is Philip RAYBOULD and although I have lived in Bedford for many years, I spent all my first twenty five years growing up at Heath Hayes. My late Uncle and Aunt, Tom & Doris MASON, used to run the "Ring-O-Bells" pub at Boney Hay.

I have done a lot of family research and traced my family back to 1608, but find I am still stuck on finding out a few facts about a George and Ester RAEBOLD. I do know that George was born in Old Swinford (Worcestrshire) and Ester in / near  Longdon (near Gentleshaw) and that both were born about 1804. I also know that their son was the first baby to be christened at Gentleshaw church.

The children of George and Ester RAEBOLD were:- Thomas RAEBOLD born abt 1833 at Longdon, George RAEBOLD christened 17 Sep. 1837 (the first christening at new Gentleshaw church), Sophia RAEBOLD born abt 1840 at Gentleshaw, Esther RAEBOLD born abt 1843 at Gentleshaw and Caroline RAEBOLD born abt 1846 at Gentleshaw.

If anyone has any information on this family, I would be very grateful for it. Thanks Philip

William BULLOCK - Burntwood (24 06 2013) Brian BULLOCK 

Dear BFHG. I am trying to trace the whereabouts of my father's grave and possibly unknown relatives in your area. He was William BULLOCK who as far as I know was buried at Burntwood Cemetery on February 25th 1948. He was killed in Elm Road, Wisbech by a lorry when he was an RAC scout. During WWII he was Corporal 1151794 in the RAF and stationed in Norfolk (possibly at Coltishall) and married my mother Violet (nee PLAYFORD) whilst stationed here. Would be most grateful for any information anyone can provide. Thank you. Brian

Joseph ROGERS - Burntwood Asylum (18 06 2013) Paul ROGERS

 Hi. I hope you can help. I’ve been trying to trace the death of my great great grandfather for over 10 years now. Joseph ROGERS was born in Wednesbury about 1840-1845 – his parents were John ROGERS and Sarah HAYES / Ann SPITTLE. Joseph married Martha WOOD in 1865 and the last information I had of him was on her death certificate in 1902. There is no mention of him on the 1911 census and I now have all death certificates of Joseph ROGERS who died between 1902 and 1916. The one from Burntwood died in Burntwood Asylum and I cannot find any other information. He seems the most likely but I would need confirmation. Can you help? Many thanks in anticipation. Paul

Francis Joyce DINES - Cannock (12 05 2013) Quinton PADDOCK

 Hi, I'm trying to find any information about my grandmother Francis Joyce DINES. She was born at 12 Paddy's Lane, Cannock on the 16th May 1923 in Cannock.

Her mother was Alice DINES nee KENDRICK. If anyone does have any information on the family, I would be most grateful. Thanks Quinton

Emily Theres BOLTON - Oaken Hall (06 05 2013) Susanna HUMPHREYS

Hi. I wonder if anyone can help me? My great Grandmother was Emily Teresa BOLTON of Oaken Hall, Staffs. Her father was Thomas and I believe he was a banker. I have a bank note from The Bolton Bank. She also had a sister Ida.

I have tried to find out where Oaken Hall was. It was a large house probably with stables-I have a photo showing the family setting off in a horse drawn carriage and another one with a groom holding a horse for its rider. I assume this house has been pulled down but I just wondered if anyone had heard of it. If any one knew anything further it would be an added bonus. Thank you. Susanna

Septimus Edward EVANS (10 04 2013) Maggie MADDIS

Hello. I am researching my family history. My fathers name was Septimus Edward EVANS. He was the son of Septimus EVANS, who lived at Woodthorne, and the grandson of Septimus Seth EVANS who lived at 'The Mount', Brereton, near Rugeley. He was raised by his grandparents after his mother and father separated.

As I said, my father lived at 'The Mount', Brereton. However I cannot find any reference to where it may have been. I wonder if you would be able to help me. The other address I have for him was Woodthorne, Hednesford Road, Rugeley. I believe this belonged to the NCB. Please can anyone let me know any information about either of these places.

I would be grateful for any snippet of information that anyone may have. If anyone is researching the EVANS family from the Sedgley Area, then please contact me. Many thanks. Maggie.

Rev. George POOLE (31 03 2013) Avryll

Hello. My children Elizabeth and Philip Opie have the Poole family in their family line, which includes the artists William and James. Their direct ancestor is the sister to George, William, Sarah and James……..she was Mary Ann POOLE who married William Wallis MASON in 1834 Aston Juxta. George was the Vicar of Burntwood, and I am rather hoping that somebody might have further information regarding both George and his family. We are simply stuck at the moment. We know from other research that their father was William Poole, merchant, and we think the mother was Sarah, but I am not willing to commit to the line anything which we are not able to check out as 100% accurate. 

We are also wondering whether you have any other anecdotes or even a grainy photograph of George. There is a gorgeous family portrait of their mother Sarah painted when she was oh probably about 15, and I look at the self portrait by William Poole, her son, and I see her again in his face, and it is quite lovely. Any detail however small would be so much appreciated. Avryll

Judith GUNN (14 02 2013) Georget BURLET

Hello. My name is Georget BURLET. I am 69, and I live in France.

I am trying to make contact with Judith GUNN who was my correspondent when I was 13 years of age. In 1957-1958 she lived at 31 Church Road, Burntwood.

If anyone knows where Judith is now, or comes into contact with her, could you please ask her to contact me. Thank you Georget

WEBB family (01 02 2013) Paul WEBB

Hello. In my WEBB family tree, I have the following I would like help with; Sampson WEBB ( - 1594 ) of Aston, Parish of Stone, Humphrey WEBB ( 1573 - ) No detail, Humphrey WEBB ( 1600 - 1674 ) Blythe Farm, Parish of Colton, Sampson WEBB ( 1637 - 1686 ) Old Wood, Parish of Colton, living at Radnal 1660 and in 1661 purchased Wright's Farm, from Walter, Lord Aston etc., Thomas WEBB ( 1656 - 1708 ) Owner of Manor of Uttoxeter and Woodford Estate, Uttoxeter, and William WEBB ( 1701 - 1736 ) Owner of Highwood estate, Uttoxeter.

If anyone has any information on any of the above, I would be grateful to receive it. Thank you Paul

Gertrude GLOVER (YARNELL) (29 12 2012) Marian STAMP

Hi There. Great to see the chruch that ties in so many of my recently unknown family. My Grandmother's sister?? Gertrude was married in this church in 1908 she being a Glover (Yarnall) he being George Golder. Before finding this record we always though my grandmother belonged to a different side of the Glover family. It seems many of the decedents of the Yarnall family are around Chasetown still? if anyone can tie in Yarnall - Glover and Rudd please contact me. Many thanks. Marian

Arthur Stanley WELLER and Steels Row, Armitage (20 10 2012) John WELLER

Hello. Following release of the 1911 census I discovered that my grandfather, Arthur Stanley WELLER last heard of in the 1920s, was living in Armitage in 1911 at Steels Row, Old Road and his occupation was listed as 'Caster sanitary' - working from home. I was recently passing near Armitage and diverted to Old Road, but enquiries did not yield information on Steels Row- perhaps it was demolished to make way for factories or housing. I would be grateful for any information on this address, and what 'Caster sanitary' may refer to. Best wishes, John

John CRAVEN at Burntwood Asylum / Saint Matthew's HospitaL (02 10 2012) Rosemary CRAVEN

Hello. I am researching the family of my late husband, John CRAVEN. His great-grandfather was also called John CRAVEN and was born in Ireland c 1833. The census for 1891 shows a John CRAVEN listed as an inpatient at Burntwood Asylum / Saint Matthew's Hospital. Does anyone have any information about this John CRAVEN, as I feel it may be the John I am looking for. I know his wife was called Bridget and she lived at Great Barr with their children. Thank you. Rosemary Craven

Charles SMITH, Burntwood (08 11 2012) Susan GIBBS

Hello. I wonder if anyone has any information on a Charles Smith my Great Grandfather born 1847, he was a farmer in Burntwood, Nether Lane?. I can't find any information on his death which would be in the late 1890's because his wife Ann was a widow in 1901 when she moved to Sutton Coldfield

His father was William Smith also a farmer in Burntwood. Louisa Smith my grandmother, Charles' daughter, was born 1876 The Lea, Burntwood. I was told that she went to work at Shrugborough Hall I do have a photo of her in service, but can't find proof that she worked at Shrugborough, I also have a very old picture of hers of Hatherton Hall, could she have worked there, I don't know how to find out, hoping someone knows something. I would be grateful for any information at all.

Regards Susan Gibbs

Marjory PRITCHARD of Ogley Hay (04 09 2012) Sue THORNLEY

Hello. I was wandering if any of your readers could help. I am trying to do my family tree on my maternal grandmother. Her name was Marjorie PRITCHARD. In 1931 she was living with her father Frank PRITCHARD at 102 Coppice's Side Ogley Hay. He was a plate layer at the pit. Marjorie married Aaron HATHAWAY from Heath Hayes. He also worked for the Coal Board and was a member of an organization called the Brotherhood - I think. When they married they went to live in Hill Street Heath Hayes, Marjorie had two children, Christine my Mother, and Beryl. My grandmother then left the marital home leaving Aaron and the children. My mother is deceased so I am unable to gather any other information. I am told Marjorie went away with a Policeman from Heath Hayes but I don't know if that's a story or true. If Marjorie remarried I would love to catch up with my relatives and find out more about her. Do any of your readers family's have relatives who lived there and can recall them, was there any more children, and what happened to Frank's wife? I would be very grateful for any snippets of information no matter how small or trivial. I am a HAWKINS from Hednesford married to a THORNLEY from Heath Hayes.

Thank you, Sue

Zofia ANIECKO - Burntwood Asylum (04 09 2012) Christina JANOSZKA

Hello. Can anyone help me to find the burial place of my maternal grandmother, Zofia ANIECKO who died on 5th July 1972 in Burntwood Asylum also known as St. Matthews Hospital. She had been resident at the asylum since 22nd October 1948. I would dearly love to find the resting place of my grandmother, and would be grateful for any information or advice you could give me.

My grandmother, Zofia ANIECKO, was a devout Romal Catholic. I do remember her funeral in 1972 but I don't remember where we were. The Roman Catholic priest who visited the hospital had developed a bond with my grandmother and prepared a special service for her in his church. I'm sure she must have been buried either in the church grounds or the hospital grounds. Unfortunately I have no facts besides her death certificate and details of her stay in the hospital. Thank you for any help that you can give me. Christina

Railway Lane, Chase Terrace (23 08 2012) Vicky POXON

Hello. I stumbled on your site whilst looking for old pictures of Railway Lane, Chase Terrace. I live in the row of nine at the top of the road which we believe was once a railway station. We would love to see how it used to look if this were the case. Do you or your member have any photographs of Railway Lane or the Railway Station, that I could have a copy of. Many Thanks, Vicky

Thomas BOONHAM, born 1855 in Burntwood (15 07 2012) Gloria PACKMAN

Hello from Saskatchewan, Canada. We have recently learned that my husband's Grandfather was Thomas Boonham, born in 1885 in Burntwood. His Father was William, his Mother Rose Ann. Would you be familiar with this family? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Gloria Packman

The Death of a Housemaid in Longdon Green (07 06 2012) Stewart JUKES

Hello, I am Stewart Jukes a resident of Longdon Green ( Brooklands, Hay Lane). I am trying to research the accidental death of a housemaid that supposedly fell down the stairs in our house many years ago. The previous owners ( The Tippers) told us of this and indeed we kept the story from our children for years ! I have searched local newspaper archives and coroners records online but keep drawing a blank. It is sad that if this is true that no record is easily found, the accident victim was meant to be only very young and taken in her prime. The house is to our knowledge confirmed as built circa 1846, however neighbours tell me that there could be a dwelling listed on the site since 1816. The staircase in the property was purchased and installed by Captain Stephen Stokes from the auction of the interior of Beaudesert hall just before it was pulled down and this might give a clue, as the stairs were stone prior to this installment which may account for the tragic outcome of the fall. I would like to find out more about this incident and if her name could be found it would be amazing. I can only assume the story is true and hopefully one day I will find out. Is there anyone that might be able to help me? Thanks Stewart

The History of Heath Hayes (03 06 2012) Alison SHARMA

Hello, I am currently researching the history of Heath Hayes with the aim of publishing a book. I have already done a lot of the ground work and I have started speaking to local residents - so if anyone is interested in adding their memories and photographs to the publication I would love to hear from you. If you are local I am more than happy to visit you for a chat or if not you can contact me by E-mail. The topics I am researching for the book include: The growth and development of the village, local properties, coal mining, shops & businesses, local churches, Five Ways Board School, sport & leisure, local pubs and clubs, World War 1 & World War 2. I would like to point out that this project is a 'labour of love' and is not a profit making venture in any way. Thank you. Alison

The HAWKINS family from Hednesford (21 04 2012) Dawn BLUNDELL

Hello, I have just found this site as I am researching a branch of the family (HAWKINS) that came to Hednesford in the 1880's from Old Park, Telford, Shropshire. There names were Jonas/h and Rosanna Lucy. They had about 11 children and looking at records stayed in the local area. I look forward to hearing from anybody who knew the descendants of Jonas and Lucy. Thanks. Dawn

Dora PAYNE and 'Company Building' Chase Terrace (21 04 2012) Dawn TITSHALL

Hi, I have a family member called Dora Payne born to an unmarried woman called Sarah PAYNE. in January 1893, the address she was registered from was Company Building, Chase Terrace. On the 1901 census she is registered as Dora HARVEY grand-daughter to William HARVEY. Sarah PAYNE was a servant in this household in the 1891 census. If anyone has any info about Company Building or about Dora I would appreciate the help. Thank you. Dawn.

Florence Clara LEES (FEREDAY) of Heath Hayes and Lady PRITCAHRD (24 03 2012) Estelle FIELD

Hello, I am Estelle FIELD, the great-granddaughter of Eli Fereday, a miner and a founder of St Johns Church in Heath Hayes. My grandmother (Eli’s daughter) Florence Clara Lees (born in 1907), worked for a 'Lady PRITCHARD' in the 1920’s. Before the emergence of the World Wide Web, my mother Carolyn and I and my Grandma, tried to find the house where she was in service, but unfortunately my grandmother couldn’t remember exactly where it was. I dont think it was far from Heath Hayes. Would anyone have any knowledge of 'Lady PRITCHARD' in or around Heath Hayes. Regards Estelle

The NEENAN & KIMBERLEY families from Chasetown (27 02 2012) Pat NEENAN

Hello and greetings from Madrid. I am reserching my NEENAN family from Chasetown. My granddad Frank, and my dad also Frank but known as Frankie. Also my mom Maureen KIMBERLEY, daughter of Bill KIMBERLEY and his wife Ivy. My mom still lives on the Chase, but my day died a few years ago. Any help would be welcome. Cheers Pat

Richard WALMSLEY from Pipe Hill and Richard NANGREAVE from Woodhouses (12 11 2011) Paul WEBB

Hello, I researching my family history, the attached Indenture refers to some of my long lost ancestors and other members of the family. I particular, I am interested in one Richard WALMSLEY and Richard NANGRAVE, who are mentioned. I was hoping that some light may be shed regarding any information on these two gentlemen, as Richard WALMSLEY was supposed to have spent some time at Pipe Hill. Richard NANGRAVE was known to have been associated with Woodhouses but I am not sure if the Woodhouses in your area is the correct location. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards Paul

Sarah FAWCETT and Minnie CLIFFE from Burntwood (24 09 2011) Pauline LITTLE

Hello, I am enquiring if anyone can help me with the monumental inscriptions for the parish church, Christchurch, Burntwood. I am looking for a Sarah FAWCETT who died in 1923 and / or a grave reference number. Her daughter Minnie CLIFFE died in 1941 in Lichfield / Burntwood. I would be grateful if anyone has a MI on her and / or any other Fawcetts buried in this area. Many thanks. Pauline

Laurence & Edna ADAMS – Gentleshaw Windmill (04 10 2011) Sue KERRISON

Hello, My name is Sue Kerrison and I am a member of the Landor Local History Society in Rugeley. When I was young (early/mid 1950s) we lived with my maternal grandparents Laurence (known as 'Lol') and Edna Adams at the end cottage at the Malthouses in Gentleshaw (the house with the long garden which goes up to the top of the hill). I have photographs of myself as a child in that garden and outside the cottage. It has always been told in my family, and I remember my granddad telling me personally, that when he was a boy he fell down Gentleshaw Windmill and broke both his legs when he was trying to reach a birds nest with one of his friends. I have been aware of this story all my life and I know that it is a well-known part of the history of the Windmill. However, I would like to know if anyone has a record of the names of the boys, or where I could verify it. If anyone has a special interest in the Windmill I would love to hear from them. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards. Sue

Marcos Anthony LACAYO (30 09 2011) Kaman LACAYO

My father Marcos Antonio Lacayo is the son of Julio Louis Lacayo brother of Marcos Antonio Lacayo (Mark Anthony Lacayo) we live in Costa Rica, he wants to know more information about Mark Anthony Lacayo and familys, pictures of any kind. Thanks. Kaman

Peter and William NICHOLLS from Hednesford (21 09 2011) Kath BURROWS

Hello, I am interested in finding out more about Peter and William NICHOLLS, who lived in Hednesford at the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th century. They were sons of Sarah NICHOLLS nee BOTT and were born in Bevelhey, Shropshire (near Dawley). I would be particularly keen to contact descendants of these men or anyone who may be researching this family. Peter and William were half brothers to my great grandfather. I suspect William did not have children but can't be certain. Thank you in anticipation. Kath

WILKES family, Ironmongers Chase Terrace (21 09 2011) Judy HAWKER

Hello, Can anyone help me please? When I was a child in the 1950's. there was an ironmongers shop on either Boney Hay Road, or Morley Road, just where it meets Cannock Road (A5190) I was frequently taken there by my grandfather Alfred BRADBURY, and I was told that the family who lived there were relatives. I have recently heard that the family who occupied the ironmongers shop was named WILKES. Can anyone throw any light on this query please and let me know if they are indeed related to me? Thank you Judy

Arthur JONES b: 1906 Rugeley (17 09 2011) Graham MARSTON

Hello, I have been researching my late mother Veronica JONES, born 1910 St Asaph. One of her siblings, Arthur JONES was born in Rugley in 1906. Their mother was Margaret Jones. Arthur died at the age of 10 on the 1st of June 1916 in St Asaph workhouse. I wondered if any one could tell me of his irth and early life. I dont know where in Rugley he was born or how long they ived there. Thank you Graham

David BARBERSarah Ann PLANT of Chasetown (02 09 2011) June MALLPIECE

Hello, I visited Chasetown this week to research my great grandfather David BARBER. He was a miner at the colliery. He married his wife Sarah Ann PLANT at St Anne's Church, Chasetown in 1889. It was great to visit and I felt quite emotional. If anyone can help me here, it would be appreciated. Thanks June

HORTON family of Burntwood (31 08 2011) Elaine McGOUGH

Hello, I am researching my grandmother's family, the HORTON's. Her name was Mary, born in 1895. Very interested in touching base with any family members. I am in New Zealand, but hope to visit Burntwood next year to do more research. If anyone is researching the HORTON's or has any information on Mary, I would be grateful. Thank you. Elaine

The STRETTON family from Burntwood / Hammerwich (21 08 2011) Naomi STRETTON

Hello, You have a great site and I am a family tree novice. I am researching my STRETTON family who were originally from Burntwood / Hammerwich (The Triangle). Sarah & William STRETTON (1873) possibly known as Samuel had 8-10 children one of them being my grandad. If anyone has any information on my STRETTON ancestors, I would be grateful. Many Thanks. Naomi

The WINKLE family (17 08 2011) Susan ANSTEAD

Hello, I am looking for help in researching my family history. I am researching my WINKLE family that originated in Warwickshire. They moved to Staffordshire and Andrew WINKLE was born on the 18th October 1818 in Burslem. He married Martha LITTLER. Andrew had a sister, Mary WINKLE and she married Ralph SAWYER. The family were potters in this area. Some of the family emigrated to the US. If anyone can tell me anything about the families I would be so grateful! I would be happy to share any information I have on the WINKLE family in the US and there is a lot! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide me. Susan

The Turf Inn, Norton Canes (07 08 2011) Jan FISHER

Hello, I am researching The Turf Inn at Norton Canes. In 1925, my husband's grandparents ran the pub. If anyone has any information, I would be most gratefull. Thank you. Jan

BENTON family of Brereton / Burntwood / Gentleshaw / Hednesford (06 08 2011) Jane MILLWOOD

Hello, I'm currently researching my father's mother's family BENTON, many of whom are recorded as living in your area. We have William BENTON, nailor of Burntwood d. 1673. His son John of Brereton d. 1683; his son Walter of Hedgeford (Hendesford) b. 1669, d. 1728; his son John of Gentleshaw (1709-1790) married to Mary 1710-1795 (Their names were inscribed on a 'small cottage' in Gentleshaw); their son Benjamin 1744 - 1813; his son John (ka 'The Armourer' in our family; his son John (ka The boy from St Lucia) 1803 - 1884. The latter went to live in Birmingham eventually and was my great great great grandfather. I would be gratefull for any help. Thank you, Jane

William BIRCH b: c. 1790 & Henry Oliver BIRCH b: c. 1810 Lichfield (05 08 2011) Alan MITCHELL

Hello, I am endeavouring to find out any details of William BIRCH who I estimate was born about 1790 and probably married before 1812 . Also the birth of his son (and any siblings he may have had) Henry Oliver BIRCH who was born (according to census returns and his Death certificate) in Lichfield, Staffordshire, between 1810 & 1813. On Henry's marriage to Elizabeth JONES of Carmarthen in 1837 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, both Henry and Elizabeth are noted as Servants, and Henry's father William BIRCH as a Music Maker. Due to the vast amount of BIRCHES around, the closest I have come to locating the relevant details is to find on Family a 'Male BIRCH', christened on 19 May 1815 at St. John's, Longton, Staffordshire, with parents William BIRCH and Elizabeth. At present I have been unable to make any definite connection so any help would be most greatfully received. Many thanks for your assistance. Alan Mitchell

Frank & Victoria BLAKEMAN - Aplle Tree Farm, Hammerwich (22 07 2011) Jane REYNOLDS

Hello, I would like some help in my family research please. My grandfather was Frank Hassell BLAKEMAN. He lived with his wife
Victoria May BLAKEMAN (nee HALL) at Apple Tree Farm, Hammerwich until the 1930's when they moved to The Laurels. Frank died in Hammerwich in 1937. Victoria, who taught at Chase Terrace High School, died in 1970. If anyone knew Frank or Victoria, or has anyinformation about them or where they lived, or any photographs of them or their homes, please contact me. Thanks, Jane Reynolds

Elizabeth BENTON from Brownhills (07 07 2011) Lynn BEANLAND

Hello. I am having problems researching my family history. I am stuck trying to identify my grandmother Elizabeth BENTON. I
believe she was born in 1912, possibly in the Brownhills area. There are so many Elizabeth Benton's recorded in the vicinity, that I'm struggling to identify her. I know that in 1936 she was living at 50 Pear Tree Lane, Brownhills, when my mother Olive BENTON was born. And that is all I know of her I'm afarid. If anyone has any knowledge of Elizabeth, I would be verty gratefull. Thank you Lynn Beanland

The SWAIN faimily living in Rugeley Road, Chase Terrace 1881 (13 04 2011) Sandra GANN

Hello. My name is Sandra Gann, I live in the United States in Dallas Georgia. I am trying to trace my family history. I have a
Great Great Grandfather that in the 1881 England Census lists his address as: Chase Terrace, Rugeley Road, in the parish of Burntwood Edial and Woodhouses. His occupation is listed as Gardner. His name is William Swain born about 1845 in Clawson Leicestershire. He is listed as being married to Caroline Swain and have the following children: Agness, William, Richard, Caroline and Edmund. In the 1891 Census they also have listed Ada,lily and James Alfred Gentle Swain, William Swain was also listed as retired at the age of 46. By 1901 the family had moved to Normanton, south Derbyshire. If you have any information pertaining to the family I would be very interested. Something I would like to know is who did William Swain work for as a Gardner. Thanking you in anticipation for any information you can assist me with, yours sincerely. Sandra Gann

The COLE family and the Station Masters House, Hednesford (29 03 2011) Rebecca

Hello. I have 4 certificates and they are from the Hednesford & Littleworth Coronation Committees. They are for a tree planting in Hednesford Park on Saturday November 12th 1938, 2pm. The certificates are in the names of Mrs. C. A. Cole (Tree No. 89) (My great grandmother), Mr. C. A. Cole (Tree No. 88) (My great grandfather), Miss Iris Cole (Tree No. 107) (My great Aunt) and Miss M. E. Cole (My grandmother). They are all listed as living at the Station Masters House, Hednesford. Does anyone know if the Station Masters House is still there? Best wishes, Rebecca

The JARVIS and COPESTAKE families in Burntwood, Chorley and Longdon (25 03 2011) Colin JARVIS

Hello from Australia. I am wondering if anyone has any information on my ancestors from Burntwood? William JARVIS maried Eliza at Christ Church, Burntwood on the 22nd February 1876. William was aged 24, a Bachelor and a Labourer, and the son of Thomas JARVIS, a Shoemaker of Burntwood. Eliza COPESTAKE was aged 22, a Spinster, and the daughter of William COPESTAKE, a Labourer, of Burntwood. The marriage took place in the presence of John COPESTAKE (X), Sarah COPESTAKE (X) The Thomas JARVIS shown as father of William was in fact his grandfather. William's mother gave birth to several children but was never married.

They also appear on the 1881 census:- William JARVIS Head M Male 29 Ebrington, Gloucester Eliza JARVIS Wife M Female, 26 Longdon, Stafford Henry JARVIS Son Male 3 Chorley, Stafford (Baptised 21 10 1877) George JARVIS Son Male 2 Chorley, Stafford
(Baptised 01 09 1878) (here was also a daughter Sara Ann JARVIS baptised 23 07 1882) If anyone can give me any help related to this family like burials, later details of the children but most of all I would like to know if there are any living descendents still in the area. Any help much appreciated. Thank you. Colin

Harold GREEN and Handsacre Villa (19 03 2011) Margaret MOORES

Hello, Help please if you can. My grandfather Harold GREEN born 5th June 1892, and his siblings, plus his ancestors lived in Handsarce Villa, Handsacre, and my mother (still alive) remembers spending idylic holidays there in 1930's. They were apparently well known. My great randfather was John GREEN born circa 1855 in Armitage. According to the census e was a cordwainer, as was his father before him. Thomas born circa 1816. So ar that's as far as I've got back. What I would really love is if anyone has ny photos of the area. Regards Margaret

Photograph wanted of Queen Street Chasetown (11 03 2011) Carol SLATER

Hello. I have been trying to find an old photograph of the houses that stood in Queen Street, Chasetown, opposite the Old Mining
College. My gran was born in one of those houses in 1895. They still stood while I was growing up and I believe they were knocked down in the early 1970's. If anyone has a photograph of the old houses, I would be very grateful for a copy. I can be e-mailed or contacted by telephone . Thanks Carol

Hammerwich Hall and its former residents (09 03 2011) Amanda CORBETT

Hello there. I'm one of the nurses at Hammerwich Hall (BUPA) and we are trying to resource old photographs of the house or anything of interest to our residents. Despite hours of trawling through local history we can't find any photographs of the house or children from it. Nor can I find any information about the time it was a military hospital and before that. Please could somone help us. We have residents who have lived in the village most of their lives and would love to see some old pictures. Yours in anticipation. Amanda

HARRISON, ASON, SUTTON and WRIGHT (18 02 2011) Alan Betts Webmaster

The BFHG have had several documents donated to us y Arline VOLLUM from Suffolk whose family had connections with Chase Terrace. The documents included two old family bibles, an old prayer book, old family hotographs and St John's Church information. The bibles and prayer book ontain entries of the names of people, who at the times of the entries, were rom Tamworth, Shenstone, Harleston, Lichfield, Chase Terrace and Burntwood. he family surnames entered in the documents are HARRISON, MASON, SUTTON and WRIGHT.  We have photographed the documents and transcribed the names. We would like information about those names. Please take a look at the HARRISON, MASON, SUTTON and WRIGHT page and if you can ive any information at all, we would be gratefull. They may be related to you! ou may also wish to look at the Saint John's Church documents. Thank you. Alan

Lucy THERSMITH - Saint Matthew's Hospital (15 02 2011) David ATHERSMITH

Hello. I have learned that an aunt of mine spent most of her life at the Saint Mathew's Hospital (Burntwood Asylum). She was named Lucy ATHERSMITH and was born in Bloxwich in 1905. The only knowledge of Lucy that I have is the approximate birth information, and the knowledge that she was at the family home of 251 Broad Lane Bloxwich in the 1911 census. If anyone has any knowledge of Lucy or any information about her, I would be grateful to receive it. Thank you David Athersmith

The GEE family of Mavesyn Ridware (07 02 2011Arline VOLLAM

Hello. An aunt of mine, Doris Emeline GEE, was baptised in Mavesyn Ridware Church in 1893. She was one of 10 children eventually but as far as I know she was the only child to be baptised there, and the family lived in Walsall. There were two other children of separate GEE families baptised at Mavesyn Ridware Church in 1889, Lucy May GEE, daughter of Thomas Howard GEE and wife Jane and Thomas Edward GEE, son of Joseph Thomas GEE and wife Phoebe. Does anyone know about this Church and if there were any GEE families living near at that time and what was their connection with that Church? If anyone could help I should be most grateful. With best wishes, Arline

Hammerwich Hall (28 01 2011) Maria COOPER

Hello, Does anyone know were I can get some history regarding Hammerwich Childrens Home / Hammerwich Hall. I was in care there in the 1970's and I'm looking for some history. if anyone has any information, I would be very grateful. Thank you. Maria

Ladies Guild of Chasetwon Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (26 01 2011) Ana RICHARDS

Hello, Can any one help me please with any information about the Ladies Guild of Chasetown Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and about a stained glass window in the Old Chapel building in High Street, Chasetown dedicated to Mr. & Mrs. T. Richards. I would be grateful for any help. Thanks Ana

William BALLANCE and Emma MILES (10 01 2011) Andrea FOSTER

Hello, I am looking to trace any family descendants of my step - grandfather William Ballance who lived in Baker Street, Chasetown. He was born in 1884 and christened in Burntwood. He married my grandmother Emma Miles in 1937 after his first wife Kate, died. I know that my grandparents Arthur, a miner, and Emma Miles lived next door to William Ballance who was also a miner. In 1936 my grandfather died and the following year, my grandmother Emma Miles married William Ballance at Saint Joseph's church in Chasetown. Emma had one son, my father and William may have had children too. William had a sister and his parents were Henry and Henrietta Ballance. Emma died young and left William a widower for a second time. Any information at all about the family would be really great. Thanks very much. Andrea

Peter WINTON and Elizaberth BEAUMONT (21 12 2010) Stephen Bees

My name is Stephen BEES and I live in Brazil. I would like help please in researching my family history My grandparents are Peter M WINTON 1873 -1959 and Elizabeth - nee BEAUMONT 1871-1928 and their addresses:- 1901. Walsall Rd Cannock - a dairyman and his wife a dairy shopkeeper 1911. At 121 Wolverhampton Rd Cannock - Milk seller 1921. Green Lane Farm Cannock - Information taken from their daughters marriage certificate. Her father is a dairyman. (I came across three Green Lanes, one at Burntwood and another at Chorley and one off the Walsall Rd) 1938 Rumer Hill Lane Cannock - a dairy. P M Winton. The children of Peter and Elizabeth are Elizabeth, Thomas, Catherine M, Peter M, Olive M and Jeannie M. Five of whose spouses were: BEES, HALL, WOOTTON, SCARFE and LOCKE. Their eldest daughter Elizabeth 1897- 1979 married at the Salvation Army Hall Cannock in 1921 to George H BEES (1998-1986). George H was a member of the Cannock Salvation Army Band - date taken from a photograph is 1932. He may have worked with his father-in-law at the dairy. Elizabeth and George H BEES had six children born at Cannock - on the farm we were told. Children: George T W, Francis H, Peter S, Gordon B, Ernest B, Audrey E and David P.

My questions are:- 1. When did the dairy of Peter M Winton cease to exist ? 2. Is it possible to identify the locations of the dairy / farm? 3. Were they owners or tenants ? 4. What local school would the children attend between 1927 -1937 5. Is there any information / records on The Bees family ? 6. Did Burntwood have a Salvation Army Band section? I would be happy for any help. Thank you to everyone. Stephen Bees

William RICHARDS and Bertha BREWIN (03 12 2010) Ana Richards

Hello, I am researching my family history in the Chasetyown area. I am researching William Henry RICHARDS and his wife Bertha BREWIN who lived at Bleak House. They had sons Cyril, Cuthbert, Gordon and a daughter named either Elizabeth or Hillarey. William was involved in mining and the the Brewin's may have had a family butchers in the area. I would be grateful for any help. Thanks Ana

The Queens Head, Brownhills (10 11 2010) Carole Jones

Hello, I am trying to obtain a photograph of The Queens Head public house, that stood in Brownhills on the Watling Street at the junction with "the fault" (a road near to the current Castle Street). It was open prior to 1888 and was closed in 1966. If anyone has a photograph of the pub, I would be very grateful for a copy. Thanks Carole

United Reform Church, Brownhills (11 10 2010) Susan Tunnicliffe

Hello, I am trying to locate an old photograph of the United Reform Church in Coppice Lane Brownhills, now called The Old Chapel, United House WS8 7JN. My daughter as recently moved there and would like to find an old photo to give as a moving in present. Has anyone got one, or know where I can locate one? If so please contact me. Kind regards, Susan

Burntwood Bluebell Jazz Band (27 09 2010) Alison Thacker

I am looking for and information or photographs of the Burntwood Bluebirds Jazz Band. Also any information on jazz bands from Heath Hayes and Norton Canes. If anyone can help, I would be very grateful. I also run a website a website called Heath Hayes History and I am looking for material to add to the website. If anyone has any material, again I would be grateful. Alison

Thomas HANKS (08 08 2010) John Bevan

I wonder If you could help me. I am trying to find information on my Grandfather Thomas HANKS born 1880, who died in St Mathews Hospital on the 22nd August 1957. I believe he was a patient at the hospital from around 1938. I am trying to trace his Grave and have visited the church on several occasions without any luck. The only information I have is on a In Memoriam card which states that he was Interred in Burntwood Church,Lichfield. Any help or advice would be most welcome. Regards John

Fosseway House, Pipehill (22 07 2010) Lynda Claridge

I would be most grateful for photographs or other information about the house owned by my husband's family from approx 1910 - 1950 in your area. This was "Fosseway House" Pipehill. Lichfield and the Claridge family were known to own other land in the vicinity. Thanks Lynda

Richard? (Dick) WILLIAM (12 07 2010 Derrick Duval

I am trying to locate and identify a man who lived in High Street, Chasetown – on the opposite side of the High Street to the
present Sports Complex – in or around the 1940/50’s. He was I believe connected with the ‘bookies’ business and had the first name of Dick (presumably Richard) and a surname believed to be WILLIAM, but this is subject to a fading memory!. The first name of his wife was Clarise or similar spelling. Any information would be much appreciated. Please contact me by the E-mail link or write to me.

Thomas FINN and The Triangle, Chasetown (11 06 2010) Tom Cockeram

I have come across some information regarding a distant family connection - Thomas FINN and family, of Triangle Terrace - and the only reference I can find to Triangle in this area of Staffordshire is the Triangle Public House in Chasetown. The Finn family previously lived in Ogley Square, Brownhills. I would be grateful for any information on Thomas Finn and his family. Thanks Tom

Robert HARVEY (06 2010) Julie Harris

Hi, Can you help me please. I'm looking for any information on a Robert HARVEY from Gentleshaw. I think he may have worked in the mining industry in the late 1800's. Also any other Harvey from this area. Thank you.


I am researching my roots in the Chasetown area and I am looking for members of the BIGGS, WRIGHT and THOMPSON families. George and Bertha WRIGHT (nee THOMPSON) had children Ethel and George Ernest. George and Bertha passed away in the 1940's. James and Mary BIGGS (nee THOMPSON) had children Bertha, Annie, Sarah Jane and Rosa May. Mary Eliza BIGGS passed away in 1945. Also anyone with knowledge of the THOMPSON family of New Street. If anyone has any information please telephone

Martha BELCHER Irene Kemp

I wonder if you can help me. My g,g,g, grandmother Martha BELCHER (nee SAMBROOK ) was at Burntwood Asylum, from February 24th 1865 until she died on the 17th November 1867 aged 57 years. I live in Surrey and I would greatful if anyone has any information at all on Martha. Kindest Regards, Irene Kemp (nee Belcher)

Florence BAUGH (11 03 2010) Wayne

Hello, I'm trying to find out about my grandmother Florence BAUGH who was born in 1911 and trained as a nurse in Staffordshire. Relatives say she trained at Stafford County Mental Hospital but I think this could have been Saint Matthew's Hospital, Burntwood. Thank you for any help you can give, Wayne

James STRINGER (07 02 2010) Dawn Davies

Hello BFHG, I am trying to find a burial for a ralative whome die in 1901. His name was James STRINGER. When he died, he lived
at the 'Jackson Buildings' Watling Street, Norton Canes. Does anyone know where that building was back then and where would the nearest grave yards be? Thank you, Dawn

Henry SPURRIER (01 02 2010) Jane Brownlee

Hello BFHG, I am researching my family tree and have discovered that my great great grandfather was Henry Spurrier BRINDLEY of Burntwood. He was a land agent and sometime schoolteacher in Burntwood. I was surprised to find, too, that he was the enumerator of the district in 1851. His wife was Mary Webb whose father, Henry, and family owned the Star Inn in Burntwood for many years. My partner and I came to the village last weekend and had a drink in the Star (very exciting!) and a search around the graveyard. We found some family graves covered with leaves but I notice on your website that you have transcripts of monumental inscriptions and also the surname index to the register of Christ Church. I know Henry and Mary were married there. Most of the family are traceable through the censuses from 1841 right through to 1911 but my great grandfather, Henry, disappears after 1861 and then reappears in Salford Lancashire (my home town) in 1881. Do any of your members have any knowledge of this family and could they shed any light on why or where he might have gone in the intervening years? We had a super time in Burntwood and in the Lichfield Register Office where we searched through wills and tithe maps. Everyone was so helpful... I can't wait to come back again! Any info' would be really welcome. Thank you, Jane

Thomas George and Mary Jane HARPER (29 12 2009) Andrew Harper

Hello there! It is a warm sunny (+33 degrees C) post-Christmas day here in Port Kennedy Western Australia (approx. 60kms South of Perth). While the family is having a siesta I thought I'd surf the net and came across the Burntwood Family History Group's website. My surname is HARPER. I was born in 6 Larch Road Brereton, Rugeley on 8 March 1959 to Allan Victor HARPER (b. 8 June 1927, d. 24 Dec 2001) and Belinda Ursula HARPER (nee BIRD, b. 3 Oct 1931). I have an uncle Jim HARPER who still lives in Cannock, Staffs. The website had a list of surnames and your name/contact came up alongside the Harper surname. I wonder if you have any info on my family tree or could direct me to some online resources that could help me. My paternal grandparents were Thomas George HARPERr and Mary Jane HARPER of Rawnsley, Staffs. I myself emigrated with my family to South Africa in Jan 1971 where I lived until returning to the U.K. (London) in 1986. I met my wife there who was on holiday from Australia. We subsequently married and had a son then we emigrated to W.A. in 1991. We then had a daughter, Natasha in 1992. Ay assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Andrew