G3 Grandparents

Edmund Clifton

Edmund Clifton was baptised on 24 Mar 1776 in St Giles, Rowley Regis. His father was Job Clifton and his mother Alice Darby. The parish register of Rowley Regis records that when his parents died in 1815 and 1819 respectively they lived in Park House in Rowley. This then was probably the house that Edmund and his brothers Job and Samuel were brought up in. The Cliftons were essentially farmers of a middling status, but this economic activity was undergoing substantial change spurred by the rapid urbanisation of the area. Continue reading →

Last updated on November 6, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Eliza Ann Breakspear

Eliza Ann Breakspear was born in 1811 in Chipping Norton, the daughter of John Breakspear and Emma (nee) Salmon. Her father seemed to have moved around as her younger sister Emma was born in 1813 in Brill in Buckinghamshire and older siblings appear to have been born in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. This could be because John Breakspear was a licensee of different pubs – we know that he was brought up in the Blue Boar in Chipping Norton. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 3, 2017 by JJ Morgan

George Downing

George Downing was the youngest son of John Downing of Blakeley Hall Farm in Harborne, Staffordshire. He was born on 14 Sep 1789 and baptized on 29 Sep 1789 at Oldbury by Halesowen Presbyterian Church. His mother’s name was Sarah, probably with the maiden name Sarah Smith. Continue reading →

Last updated on November 2, 2017 by JJ Morgan

William Lucas

William Lucas was born in Sydenham, Oxfordshire in 1789. He married Sarah Holder in 1811 and spent the rest of his life in and around Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire. He seems to have been involved working as a coach driver, employed by Inns in the town. Colnbrook was on the Bath Road (A4) and his addresses in the censuses after 1841 are next door to a number of Inns. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 2, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Isaac Morgan

Isaac Morgan was born in the small Somerset village of Luccombe in 1771 on the very edge of Exmoor. He was baptized in the parish church of St Mary’s on 16 June 1771. The very next entry in the Parish Register is that of Joan Steer baptized on 2 Aug 1771. The two were to marry each other on 20 April 1800 in St John the Baptist in Bristol. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 2, 2017 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 October 19, 2017 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 October 2, 2017 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 October 1, 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 October 2, 2017 by JJ Morgan