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Posted by Kathleen on 18th January 2005  kathleenelliott@hotmail.com 


MERCER William 1765-1823 and LIVESEY Ann 1870c married 9/4/1992 at Upholland, there were 11 children of the marriage, Margaret, William, James, Jane, Ellen, Mary, Joseph, Eve, Ann, Elizabeth and Esther.
William married Margaret PRINCE in 1814 = 10 children
Ellen married William STANLEY in 1839 = 8 Children
Mary married ? HOUGH 2? children
Eve married Samuel DUTTON in 1846 = 1? child
Esther married Nathan ROBY in 1843. If you have any interests in any of the above families I would love to hear from you, I am also trying to determine the parents of the above William MERCER 1765-1823. Thank you for taking the time to read all of this, if you can help in any way it would be much appreciated.

This site is wonderful! very user friendly

Kind Regards

Posted by John Wogan on 15th January 2005  

Rosie Berry can you contact me your e mail address is wrong and i have some information for you .

Posted by Joyce Riddick on 11th January 2005  joyce.riddick@btinternet.com  http://www.joyceandgeorge.co.uk

Thank you for a great site. I am looking for the family of Hugh Mason who married my grandfather's sister Elizabeth Mason they lived at 1 Barton Street Platt Bridge in the 1901 census. The family consisted of Hugh 39 Elizabeth 40 Thomas 12 Mary Ann 11 and Agnes 9. Hugh's father was Edward Mason who lived at 30 Warrington Road Ince with his wife Elizabeth Babot both aged 59 Hugh (Hagh) aged 19 and Richard aged 17. I would like to find their descendants can anyone help?

Joyce Riddick(Nicholson)
North Wales

Posted by Janet O'Regan on 8th January 2005  TAIDHGH@aol.com 

Hello, I am hunting for descendants of James WOOD and Maria SYKES, who in 1881 were living in York Street, Wigan. They married in 1872 and had at least three children, Charles, Arthur and Minnie.
Also knowledge of Samuel BROOK and Damaris SYKES who married in 1876 and lived in Darlington Street, Wigan. Samuel died before 1881.
Maria and Damaris were sisters and came from Friskney in Lincolnshire.
Any help appreciated.
Janet O'Regan.

Posted by beverley sharp on 8th January 2005  beverley2003@fsmail.net 

I am after some help in tracing my Uncles natural mother, Her name back is Alice Bibby. We know she lived at 17 Chester Road, Warrington in 1949, the house has now been demolished. She had my uncle John Bibby but changed his name to John Turner. He was born on the 22nd March 1949 at Warrington Maternity Unit. He was given up for adoption at 6 weeks old and was legally adopted in September 1949 by Linda and Wilfred Turner. We know at the time my Uncle was born Alice may have already had a son and was an aliminium worker. If you can help me in any way please contact me. Also the adoption was done through St Mathews Church Pemberton Highfield Wigan.

Posted by june livesey on 8th January 2005  jl001g8776@blueyonder.co.uk 

i have got to day my g.grandfathers death
cert.and i would like to know where i can get details of of the inquest which was held
in january 1893,where do i apply to?thank you j.livesey

Posted by ann on 5th January 2005  scarmichael303@internet.com 

hi, still looking for seddons does any one know of lannan seddon aged 1 years lodging at 46 wigan street westleigh lancashire possible mother ellen seddon this is in the 1881 cencus
thanks ann.

Posted by ann on 3rd January 2005  scarmichael303@btinternet.com 

hi i am looking for any seddons my great- great-great grand farther was thomas seddon married to sarah seddon nee brown who had my great-great grand farther george seddon born 1859 at 7 bowling green yard duke st wigan county lancaster.george married maragret seddon nee darbyshire in the 1881 cencus they were lodging with william seddon and sarah seddon also lodging was ellen seddon and john seddon and lannan seddon and mary seddon also richard seddon and william t seddon. iwould love to know who these people were to george. george and maragret had my great great grand mother alice seddon born on the 3 of august 1881 and then residing at15. wigan rd west leigh. i dont know any other children they may have had . alice went on to marry edward flitcroft in 1902 and had my grand mother emily flitcroft jonny flitcroft and sarah also known as sally flit croft some time when emily was small they moved to northumberland near i think the scottish borders. would be grateful for anyone who knows this side of my family
thanks ann.

Posted by Fay Tuckey on 30th December 2004  fayt@sci.net.au 

I am researching my grandmother's family who migrated from Wigan to Melbourne,Australia in the late 1800's.
Have got stuck trying to find parents of one William Greenough born about 1791 in Wigan and was a member of the King's Own Regiment.
His son Henry Greenough was born at Eastbourne 15/07/1805. Facts regarding Henry have been established by researcher.
Also need to know William's wife and other children of the marriage.
Research into Military History has cost over$200A and just cannot afford any more at that rate. Anyone who can help please contact me at the above Email address. fayt

Posted by Karen Dixon on 30th December 2004  kdpd@cox.net 

Thank you for such a wonderful site. I am hoping to find out more information about the Green family of Wigan. I appreciate this site.

Posted by Karen Dixon on 30th December 2004  kdpd@cox.net 

Looking for any info on Fred Green, born (around 1928) and raised in Wigan until 14 or so. Had a sister named Olive. Came to U.S. with grandmother since mother did not want him (or possibly grandmother wanted to save him from child labor market). Anyway, would appreciate any info. Thanks and kind regards.

Posted by D.J.Blackshaw on 29th December 2004  qb@free.net.nz 

Henry RIGBY born Burnley or Marsden, Lancashire about 1837 m. Elizabeth HUDSON.

Children: Susannah b.1860,m.S.REDMAN; Catherine b.1865,m.H.BEAUMONT;
Richard Henry.b.13/08/1866,m.Alice THORNBURN;
Albert b.1874;Elizabeth b.1870(Both no child)

1881 census has them as coal miners & cotton weavers, but some appear to have been preacher, scholar, doctor & business persons. We would like to trace HENRY RIGBY's parents & maybe those of Elizabeth HUDSON.

Posted by Peter Dewhurst on 28th December 2004  pixelphotos2-you@yahoo.com 

My great grandfather Dewhurst was known as 'Snowy' - he was a railway man who began with the railways in 1867 and eventually became a train driver on the main line in 1883 at Wigan. He later moved to Fleetwood in 1889.

If anyone knows of his family connections I would be delighted to hear from them.

Posted by Moira Forde on 23rd December 2004  moira@raforde.plus.com 

I come from a long line of ELLISONs, back to William Ellison b abt 1728 who married Elizabeth 'Betty' Pink; my father was Henry Ellison born 1908 died 1980, who left Hindley to join the Army at the Recruiting Office in Wigan when he was aged 19, on the 24th July 1928. At this time his father and step mother were running a pub, the Cases Arms, Manchester Road, Ince in Makerfield, near Wigan, Lancashire. I have amassed a great deal of information on Ellisons in Wigan, Ince and Hindley, including births, marriages and deaths as well as census entries. If any one else is also interested in ELLISONs (or the families that they married into, including: PETERs, GREENHALGH, FINDLEY, ATHERTON, ORRELL, PLANTON, PINK, SHARPLES, HOLME, RAWLINSON, RUSSELL, SEDDON, HUNT, MARSH, LEE, LOWE, TAYLOR, BROXON, BARBER, ROSCOW and DIGGLE), you would like to share the names that you are researching I'd be interested in seeing if we have any connections!
Christchurch, Dorset, England

Posted by Marvis Sofield on 23rd December 2004  admin@bhlibrary.org.au  http://bhlibrary.org.au

Looking for Hitchen family from Wigan. John (Jack) my grandfather and his brothers Thomas and ??? came to Australia in the early 1920's. Any info welcomed. Marvis Sofield.

Posted by Ward Greene on 22nd December 2004  wardgreene@hotmail.com 

GREEN family,mid-1700's.John Green and brothers Robert and (James ??) went to Boston in 1770's.Lived Boston, Nova Scotia,and Newfoundland.About 1778 John and Robert settled permanently in Point Verde,Placentia,Newfoundland. I found some births in Wigan that match well for these young men,best I found so far,but they could be from elsewhere. Anyone have GREEN relatives that left in the 1770's ? Please contact me.(I was born in Newfoundland but have lived in Australia since 1966,so cannot wander around Wigan knocking on doors.) Thanks.

Posted by Ann Dale on 18th December 2004  ann.dale3@ntlworld.com 

Looking for information on the Mansell family from Hindley
On 1901 census:
William 12 (b.Hindley)
William 41 (b.Towl End Staffordshire)
Mary 38 (b.Hindley)

Any information would be great

Posted by melanie denby-ng on 18th December 2004  mjdenbyng@hotmail.com 

I am searching for any people with the following surnames:


I am researching my wigan roots.


Posted by Mike Handley on 17th December 2004  mike.handley@tinyworld.co.uk 

Thomas Mcfadden married Elsie May White Banks in May 1912 at Lamberhead Green Primitive Methodist Chapel. His father was also Thomas and hers James.He was a coal miner and they moved to Castleford in 1913. Any information about their Wigan families and background much appreciated.

Posted by Dorothy Pointon on 16th December 2004  dorothy.pointon@ntlworld.com 

I am searching for Moorcroft and Moorfield in the Pemberton and Up Holland area. I have just started this line of search and I would like to contact anyone else interested in these names. Thank you