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Posted by bill cushing on 16th February 2013  bill.cushing@gmail.com 

For steve driscoll,i to am looking for magaret hodson of farmer street ,did you manage to locate her ,i have some important information.many thanks bill

Posted by John Needham on 15th February 2013  john.needham@hotmail.co.uk 

Message for GWAWR EILIAN. I have further info on Arthur James Sproson if you are still interested.

Posted by Dunne on 11th February 2013  

found your link from 2008,the Dunnes were a large Irish catholic family!John and Catherine were my gr'gr'grandparents.Will watch and see if your still about!

Posted by Jeannette Terry on 9th February 2013  

re;French family,Wigan,by Kat California.Hugh Mc Donnell and Ann Sherry are Great g'parents of mine.Ann Sherrys' Mother was also a Catherine Wood!Jeannette,Yorkshire

Posted by Joe Stringfellow on 8th February 2013  joe.stringfellow@liverpool.com 

In reply to a message from a few years ago by Jean Stringfellow.

You say you have information about early Stringfellow's from the Wrightington area you are willing to share. If that is still the case could you drop me a line as from what I can see my grandparents, great granparents etc where all from Wrightington and Shevington.Interested in them and possibly Goulding families of Wrightington.



Posted by joanna on 29th January 2013  joannahallissey@gmail.com 

Hi does neone have imfo regardin the name taberner frm wigan hindley.

Posted by alan banks on 23rd January 2013  rivington_view@hotmail.com  blacklawyers farm.

i mr ellis , in the late forties my mother and dad lived at blacklawyers farm, and i was one of seven childred , we had no running water , just a well in the farm yard, bucket and rope job, also we had no electricity, my late dad used to do his shift down the pit ,come home black has the ace of spades then he would take a sack and walk down the main railway line to pick coal that the local drivers would drop off . how sad was that,the funny thing about it when we were given a new council house in red rock haigh although we now had running water and proper heating we hated it .blacklawyers was built around 1650.if you read this mr ellis e mail me , thank you.

Posted by Steven Driscoll on 20th January 2013  denise_driscoll@live.com 

Hi its me again is there anyone out there who can tell me when Farmer street was demolished, what year. Iam still looking for anyone who knew a Margaret Hodson who i believe had a son called james,any help with this search would be much appreciated thank you.

Posted by agnes dunn on 15th January 2013  agnes39@hotmail.co.uk 

can the person wanting to contact me agnes dunn regarding dunn and parkinson please email me as it wont let me contact you.

Posted by Jean Lacey on 11th January 2013  Jeanlacey1@hotmail.co.uk 

Does anyone have information about St. Johns R.C. Young Men's club. .My grandfather, William Ashton, 1884-1923 was a member of their minstrel troupe. Also does anyone have info. About their family business. The Ashton family had a bookshop at 50 Millgate and a printing business on Crompton Street.

Posted by Fran Slater on 7th January 2013  ella.slater@btopenworld.com 

Looking for Agnes DUNN who was looking for Elizabeth Ann PARKINSON who married 1885 Thomas DUNN

Posted by David Muniz Stephens on 31st December 2012  davidstephensuk@gmail.com 

I have some information for Josephine Wood who posted the following in 2006:

'hello, i am searching for informatation about my parents family.
my mothers name is gwendoline king and she was married first to edward losume and had children one of which i know a girl named nancy. my mother was located in london.
she was than married for the second time in wigan to my father thomas wood.they had me as a child and a son called thomas wood.
both parents were born in the year 1918 and died in the year 1976'

The email address she provided no longer works so grateful for any assistance in contacting her.

Posted by Malcolm Anders on 22nd December 2012  coolrupert@btinternet.com 

Hello, I am looking for information on the branch of the Anders Clan, details of which I have found so far are below.
1.Samuel Anders. Born Goose Green, Pemberton in 1849. Married Rose A born in 1849 in Mellow Brook. Moved to 6 Old Cow Cottages, Sharlston, Yorkshire. One child Samuel Anders
2.William Anders. Born 1824 in Pemberton. Married Rosetia Sharrott born in 1821 in Adlington. Married in April-June 1845. Lived in Goose Green & Clap Gate Lane, Pemberton. Children Ann, Mary & Samuel.
3. According to marriage certificate of William & Rosetia, William's father was Thomas Anders and Rosetia's father, Samuel Sharrott.
Many thanks

Posted by Hurst/Atherton on 22nd November 2012  brian.davidson@gatxrail.ca 

Looking for information on William and Clara Hurst who left wigan July 1922, bound for Sydney Mines, to meet cousin Harry or Harold Higham.

The family ended up in Sarnia Ontario, Canada, and we remain.

William and Clara's children,
Lily Hurst
Fred Hurst
Frank Hurst
William Jr. (Bill) Hurst
Hary Hurst

Would love to hear from long lost relatives.


Posted by Kenneth Walklett on 22nd November 2012  ken.walklett@yahoo.co.uk 

Looking for information on the Walklett or Walkley family leaving in the Wigan area 1700 to 1850 occupation Blacksmith's.Then moved on to Manchester.

Posted by christine murray on 20th November 2012  c-murray@btconnect.com 

hello trying to find info on ENOCH COOK married to mary ellen, had a daughter named LYDIA COOK who married ROBERT JACKSON in 1921

Posted by Diana Brogan on 18th October 2012  dmbrogan@fsmail.net 

Looking for Margaret Horrocks who went to Wigan Convent, leaving approx. 1956

Posted by john on 18th October 2012  jhoughton1954@yahoo.co.uk 

Hi.im trying to trace my gt/gt/gt grandfather john houghton he lived in pemberton in 1833 and possably owned a shop he was also a coal proprioter and owned a pit at brynn street i think in wigan. i also think his wife"s maiden name was also houghton. they had a son john houghton born at pemberton in 1833. any photoes of the shop or burial info would be most welcome. also contact from any decendant of jane whittle of chapel street hindley b1832 who became a dressmaker and later married jh b1833. thanks everyone. John.

Posted by Eve Drimmie on 17th October 2012  e.drimmie@sky.com 

Hi, can any one help please, Sheila Lowe replied to my message in Feb 2011, and wanted to get in touch with me. At the time I had been away and didnt pick her , or her daughters, (Kathrine's) message up, for a few months after they had replied to my first message. If anyone knows them could they please let them know I have been trying to get in touch . Many thanks

Posted by LEP1950 on 17th October 2012  

To Lynn Harrison

I don't think the dining table is Victorian. Apparently Plumptons was run by Harry Plumpton and his brother John. Somebody gave that information a couple of years ago on this website. It seems they were on Ormskirk Road.
There is a baptism of a Plumpton with John Plumpton, cabinetmaker at St Mark's Newton in 1942. In the 1911 census I found Henry Stephem aged 10 and John aged 2 at 315 Ormskirk Road. They may be the people who later had the business. Couldn't find any cabinetmakers called Plumpton in earlier censuses.

Hope I've helped,