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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

Posted by Euan Browitt on 5th December 2004  EBROWITT@aol.com 

I enjoy browsing your site.Would be interested to hear from any Browitts still living in the Wigan area.My family came to Australia after my Grandfather-Richard Browitt died in WW1

Posted by Andy Hudson on 30th November 2004  adhudson@onetel.com 

Hi, I am trying ti trace my grandfathers family and would appreciate any help. He was Alfred Hudson (b.1911) and married to Bertha. His father was possibly Alfred(although this is in question) and his mother was Alice. They lived in the Ince area for most of their lives. Thanks.

Posted by Lesley Baxendale on 29th November 2004  lw.baxendale@tiscali.co.uk 

I am researching the BAXENDALE family who lived in Hindley. I have got back to William Baxendale b. 1853 who Married twice 1. Elizabeth Hulme b. 1859 and 2. Margaret Rigby. b.1859. He was a coal miner and lived at 46 New Road Private House, Hindley, in 1881 cencus. I have the family tree down from there. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by carol griffiths on 21st November 2004  carolgriff@aol.com 

Mullen/Mullin family. I have traced my family as coming from wigan to Co Durham in the 1850's.
John Mullen- my great grandfather was born amout 1851 in wigan, his father William Mullin was born about 1831 Wigan as shown in durham census 1861. They were miners. Williams father was Henry Mullin and he was a cotton spinner, I dont know where he was born. i think John had sisters Sarah and elizabeth and a brother Henry.
Any info or advice as how to trace them in wigan would be greatas I am just going off info on censusu returns in durham which are easily available online and marriage certs.
Can you view wigan census online anywhere as i think the 1851 census may be a great help.

Posted by vanessa on 18th November 2004  v.miller@virgin.net 

I am trying to find the parents of my great grandparents. Maggie Atherton and Thomas Foster. They were married on the 24th July 1899. Thomas was a coal miner. Thoms lived at 9 copper house, New Ashton and Maggie lived at number 5. Maggie was aged 21 and Thomas 23.
Thomas was the son of John Foster also a coal miner. I don't know who he was married to or who his parents were. Maggie's father was William, a coal miner. Once again I do not know who he married or who his parents were. As there wre a few maggie Athertons and Thomas Fosters during their birth years. I am having difficulty getting birth certificates. Witnesses at Thomas and Maggie's wedding were Samuel Wilkinson and Martha Atherton. If anybody can help I would be most grateful. Thanking you.

Posted by anne bowen on 16th November 2004  ab5882@hotmail...com 

looking for info on thomas parkinson married mary dean at the time lived at glover street place,children thomas,mary,samuel and ellen who married robert charnock

Posted by Alex Mawdesley on 12th November 2004  ajmawdesley@hotmail.com 

Looking for help regarding any Mawd(e)sleys, particularly the family of Matina or Matena Mawdsley. Born in Wigan in 1859, she subsequently moved with her family to Stoke between 1861 & 1871. Her Mother was known as either Ann or Ellen, and was originally from Stockport. Her (illegible) father was a fireman in a coal mine by the time they moved to Talk o'th'Hill, near Stoke. She had a sister, Ellen, and two brothers, Thomas & Joseph/Jacob, all born after the move. None of them appear to have died, at least officially.

Posted by James Watson on 11th November 2004  

I am trying to fond out about a family of Heatons that lived on the Ormskirk Road, They were Grocers from 1820'3 through to the 1950's. Abraham Heaton b 1831 d.1891 He had six children including Elias, Abraham and Peter. Any photos of the grocers shop??

Posted by Janet. on 11th November 2004  jan.g@blueyonder.co.uk 

Searching for the Wigan family history of the following families:-


Thomas Foster was a Tailor as was his in-laws, including Joseph James; he was born abt. 1865 and married Sarah Ann James. Known addresses include Dicconson Street, Wigan Lane.

Thomas Foster's father was named Thomas too, and he may have married a Mary Hague -
guess that this Marriage would have occurred around the mid-1850's.

On the 1901 Census there is a Mary Donnelly living with Mary Foster - Thomas's Mother; she is listed as 'Niece'.

Unsure of anything positive regarding the older Fosters, so anything would be useful.

Son, Thomas, and Sarah had four Children one of whom ran a Tailoring business known as Thomas & Foster on Wigan Lane.

Some of the Lenegans married into the Halliwell family are known to have gone to America. One of them was an Auntie May, (nee Hague), Lenegan reputed to the daughter of Thomas's sister, Alice. Auntie May married a John or Jack Lenegan; this family were from Ireland originally as were the Donnellys.

All the connections are confusing, so would welcome information on these links too.

There's another name which could be linked to either the Fosters, Donnellys, or Hagues which is Whittle.

E-Mail addy:- jan.g@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks for reading,

Posted by Bill on 10th November 2004  tradegb-search@yahoo.co.uk 

Looking for information on James (Jim)Harrison and wife Glen Harrison, nee Pomfret from Atherton. Three brothers Hubert Hector, and ???? Daughter Kathleen and adopted daughter Jean. In service at Dicconson Street or Dicconson Terrace 1900's. Cousin Glen Parkinson (Pomfret) married to Graham Parkinson from Bolton.

Posted by pam dean on 9th November 2004  teacherthing@tiscali.co.uk 

brilliant site! need some help re family tree.William Bolton died prior to 1881 census-tanner.Wife Ellen lived in Hallgate and sold beer from the house (my gg grandparents)Ggf THOMAS b 1862 a barber.Would appreciate any help especially date of marriage/ Ellen's maiden name.Thanks