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Posted by Patricia Marsden on 11th October 2004  hi0u22f5@liv.ac.uk 

I am a third year undergraduate at the University of Liverpool and am currently
undertaking research into the working wartime lives of women in Wigan for my
dissertation. I have a special interest in Wigan as I was born there, and my
half of my family still reside there.

I have interviewed several women about their wartime experiences but only been
able to retrieve limited information regarding propaganda and recruitment
campaigns that took place at the time.

If anyone would be able to help me with this it would a great advantage. Or if anyone has any information regarding woemens wartime experiences that would be a massive help also!

Many Thanks!

Posted by Tim Crook on 24th September 2004  t.crook@gold.ac.uk 

I am researching any information on my mother's family and would be grateful if anyone can assist:
Her father John William Dickinson who was accountant/collector for UpHolland Urban District Council in the 1920s/30s/40s/50s.
He was born in Orrel 1894 and died Wigan 1960. His parents were James and Martha and in 1901 they lived at 113 Moor Road Orrel. James was a coal miner/hewer.
My mother's mother was Sarah Hannah Dickinson- maiden name Rigby. She may have died around 1939. It is thought she worked in catering at Haydock Racecourse. My grandfather's last known address in UpHolland was at 31 Tower Hill Road.
John William had a brother James- still living in UpHolland in 1960 at 58 Dingley Road, UpHolland.
They had a brother Harold Dickinson who may have been killed in the First World War. There is an 'H Dickinson' on the UpHolland war memorial.
There was also a sister Elizabeth Dickinson who was 9 in 1901.

Many thanks in advance for any assistance.

Tim Crook.

Posted by PATRICK MORRIS on 18th September 2004  pmorris@siptu.ie 

Any information on James Ainscough and Winifred Rosbottom marrried c 1835 in Wigan.Later moved to Liverpool. Would like some information on James, I suspect his father's name was Henry.

Posted by Sandra Lee on 12th September 2004  sands_lee@hotmail.com 

Information on my maternal grandmother - Catherine Berry b. 6 Sep 1896, the daughter of William Berry and Alice Mary is causing me difficulties. I think she was born in Wigan - this was certainly where she lived most of her life. She had one sister Clara b.1902 (her mother died during this childbirth), and a brother who died in infancy. There were children from her mother's first marriage to someone called -. Hilton. That is the sum total of information I have about her earlier life. She married my grandfather Henry Sheriff James in 1920. Three children survived to adulthood (my mother being one of them)- Lilian, Joyce and Eric. Catherine died on 30 Jan 1937, ten days after her husband's death. Does anyone link up with my family, or know anything about them please?

Posted by Alison Watson on 10th September 2004  alison.watson@tameside.gov.uk 

From the IGI I have found reference to a marriage on 12 November 1781 between William Peet and Jane Parr. The reference is given as Wigan but no particular church is mentioned. Is anyone able to help me out?
Many thanks,

Posted by Ray Berry on 2nd September 2004  rcber@shaw.ca 

I am researching my (Berry) family history,
and would like to contact anybody else who is doing the same. I am related to the Berry's of Pemberton, my grandfather was John Nathaniel Berry of Billinge road, he was married first to Jane Unsworth and then to Mary Bibby, also of Pemberton. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by Debra Shaw on 1st September 2004  the.noisylot@virgin.net 

Looking for information on Tither family from Golborne. Sarah Ann Tither dob approx 1880 father Joseph Tither. Sarah married William Shaw 1n 1903.

Posted by Denise, M/C on 31st August 2004  dml@lilmore.fsnet.co.uk 

I am researching my family name, all from
Ashton-in-Makerfield area.

Posted by Bill on 23rd August 2004   http://www.bickershawchurch.com

Hello! Have you seen our church site yet? Maybe you would like to link to us as we have to you.

Posted by Jacqui Kilcoyne on 22nd August 2004  KILCOYELS@aol.com 

Hi Everyone

I am looking for information on the Lee/Holland family who were living in Elbow Lane in 1881.
Jane Holland b 1837 at Wigan m James Lee b 1833 at Bolton. Were they still in Wigan in 1891? I know one of the daughters, Mary, married James Green and died 1915 in Westhoughton.
The Lee and Hollands are my gt gt grandparents

Posted by John Wogan on 11th August 2004  

Looks like people are superstitious about being the 13th submitter.Now it is out of the way let us have your comments.

Posted by debbie shaw on 11th July 2004  the.noisylot@virgin.net 

Great site. Looking on information on the Shaw family from Aston in Makerfield. It is thought that William Shaw married Sarah Tither 1903, they had 6 childen John,Joe,William,Sam,Molly,Olive is thought they had lived in Leigh then Pewfall Haydock.My connection is with John dob 10.10.1904 he died 1969 and was married to Dorothy Orrell on 26.5.1928 at Holy Trinity Church Ashton in Makerfield his address at marriage was 212 Liverpool Road Pewfall and Dorothys address was 382 Old Road A-in-M.
Dorothys fathers name was John Orrell and was a farmer and Johns father William was a collier when sosn maried. John had 2 sons Gordon 1930 and Eric 1935 it is thought that John Shaw was known as Jack and he worked as a joiner on the railways. Any help with family would be greatly appreciated as I am finding it very difficult to find info on this family and would love to find out more to enable me to visit Wigan and dig deeper. Debbie

Posted by june livesey on 8th July 2004  jl001g8776@blueyonder.co.uk 

can anyone tell me if st josephs r c church had a graveyard? my g.grandparents edward and mary cartwright nee mcardle who lived
atnumbers 21 and 23 miry lane at the time of marriage in 1874. [they both died 1890/1894]or does any one know the rc cemetery where they would be buried .

Posted by Colin Dawber on 3rd July 2004  Cdawber@aol.com 

What a great site you have which will be of help to all of us who do not live in the county. I am researching the family name from the Wigan area where I believe my 5th. Gt/Grandfather who lived in Standishgate was a Yepman of the town and had property there. Any help would be gratefully accepted as I seem to draw a blank with records from the Eccleston with Douglas area.

Posted by Mandy Gallie on 28th June 2004  m.gallie@btopenworld.com 

I am looking for any information on the surname Buzza i understand my grandfather was born in Wigan in 1886 but moved to cornwall and married a Mary Tipet after ww1 his full name was William John Buzza

Posted by Keith on 21st June 2004  kandv.birkett@btopenworld.com 

Any information about the Birkett family that lived in Marsh green around 1900. Particulary Edwin as he was my grand father

Posted by Susan Williams on 1st June 2004  colin@williams442.fsnet.co.uk 

As I do not live in the Wigan area I would be interested to know if there are any listings or information available for JOHN EDWARD HARRISON and his wife JANE who were at 8 Crompton Street Wigan in 1901/3. He was a Railway Engine Driver at the age of 33.His wife`s family were the Harrisons of Golborne.

Posted by Patricia Foggon on 30th May 2004  tfoggon@ssafara.net 

I live a long way away too. I'm looking for information on a Richard Fairhurst born c1830 in Ashton in Makerfield, married to Betty (Wittler?). Can anyone help?

Posted by Ricky Weinberg on 25th May 2004  rickynj58@msn.com 

Researching Bailey Family from Wigan Circa 1714

Posted by Alex Seath on 13th May 2004  seath.family@btopenworld.com 

Thanks Brian for getting the site off the ground... It helps those of us a little further from Wigan, to keep in touch with you locals :-)

I am looking for info on a Richard Fairhurst born in Pemberton, Lancs. around about 1838. His father was John Fairhurst, his mother Mary Daniels or Griffing, any connections any one ?