Thomas Bradney Shaw Hellier

Thomas Bradney Shaw-Hellier was born on 2 Oct 1836 and was effectively the last of the Shaw-Hellier line when he died in Italy on 23 Dec 1910. Continue reading →
Last updated on 13 November 2018 by JJ Morgan

Beacon Lodge

Beacon Lodge was owned by the Downing family as a shooting lodge from about 1910 to 1939. It stands in a remote place on the Welsh Borders about two miles west of Llangunlo station. It is now a ruin. The track that now passes by the house is on the Owen Glendower trail and the lodge presents a welcome staging post for walkers following the path. Continue reading →
Last updated on 10 June 2019 by JJ Morgan

Elizabeth Jane Treleaven

Elizabeth Jane Treleaven, known as Ginny, was born at 23 Claremont Street in Plymouth in 1854. Her father, George Treleaven, was a Ropemaker in the Royal Navy. Continue reading →
Last updated on 2 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Hannah Pitt Showell

Hannah Pitt Showell was born in Oldbury on 2 March 1855. She was the eldest of thirteen children of Walter Showell and his wife Sarah (née Hartill). Her father was a successful brewery owner in the town of Oldbury. Continue reading →
Last updated on 25 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Margaret Sarah Chiswick

Margaret Sarah Chiswick was born in Poplar on 29 Sep 1851 the eldest daughter of Daniel Chiswick and Margaret Lucas. Her father was a cooper, whose family had practised the trade in Bethnal Green for more than a century. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2018 by JJ Morgan

James Shaw-Hellier

James Shaw-Hellier was born in Dudley in 1759 the eldest son of Thomas Shaw, the perpetual curate of Claverley and vicar of St John’s Wolverhampton. In 1786 his father inherited the estates of Sir Samuel Hellier and changed their name to Shaw-Hellier. The family then moved to the Wodehouse in Wombourne. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2019 by JJ Morgan

Richard Evans

Richard Evans was probably born in the Old Bell Inn, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton in 1768. He was the eldest son of John and Mary Evans. His father died when he was 15 and he was brought up by his mother who continued to run and expand the Inn business. The Wolverhampton Chronicle records in particular the acquisition of the Red Lion Inn. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2018 by JJ Morgan

William Downing, Smethwick Maltster, 1821-1901

William Downing was born on 19 Apr 1821, the eldest surviving son of George and Elizabeth Downing. He took up the family trade of maltster in the West Midlands and was to oversee the expansion of the business from his birth place in Smethwick to take in concerns down the Severn in Gloucester under his sons. Continue reading →
Last updated on 6 February 2019 by JJ Morgan

Edward Bagnall Dimmack

Edward Bagnall Dimmack was born in Bilston in 1808 the son of Jeremiah Dimmack and Jane Bagnall. Both his parents’ families had been caught up in the heart of the iron, coal and steel revolution that swept this area of the West Midlands from 1750-1800. Jane Bagnall was descended from a junior line of the wealthy Bagnalls of Broseley. The Dimmacks had worked in the Iron founding industry since its inception. Continue reading →
Last updated on 1 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Robert Giles Marten

Robert Giles Marten was born in 1792, the eldest son of Robert Humphrey Marten. It would be fair to say that he lived his life in the shadow of his father, unfortunately dying three months before him at the age of 47 in 1839. Continue reading →
Last updated on 2 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Henry Evans Unexecuted Will 10 Feb 1880

This is a transcript of the handwritten original of Henry’s will drawn up aged 49 shortly after his mother’s death when he is living with his sister Sarah and before he married Floss. Continue reading →
Last updated on 19 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Walter Showell

Walter Showell, the Oldbury brewer, was born on 26 September 1832. He was baptized in St Martin’s Birmingham on 25 Oct 1832. He undoubtedly had a difficult childhood. His father, also Walter Showell, died when he was only three in 1835. His mother, Eliza Ann Breakspear, remarried in 1840. In the 1841 census the eight year old Walter can be found in the household of his Aunt, Mary Ann Hands. It seems he was brought up in the Hands household rather than with his mother, who inherited a family from her new widower husband. Walter trained as a Chemist and Druggist before entering the Brewing trade. His uncle, Thomas Showell, is listed as a licensed Victualler in the 1851 census so there were strong family connections with the trade. His grandfather Joseph Showell had, for many years, run the Bull’s Head in Price Street, Birmingham Continue reading →
Last updated on 23 June 2019 by JJ Morgan

Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer was baptized in Stoke Damerel on 16 Aug 1818. He was the eldest child of Nathaniel Palmer, a blacksmith, and served in the Royal Navy all his life, receiving a pension right up until his death at the age of 88. He married Mary Ann Ash Tingcombe on 2 Aug 1837 and they had five surviving children. Continue reading →
Last updated on 1 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Robert Humphrey Marten

Robert Humphrey Marten was born in 1763 to a non conformist family in Whitechapel. Robert’s father Nathaniel had established a place in The City of London in the Cooks’ company, which formed a base for Robert Humphrey’s particularly varied and interesting career. Continue reading →
Last updated on 28 October 2018 by JJ Morgan