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Posted by Beth Boast on 13th June 2020  elizabethboast@gmail.com 

I have read the info here about my ancestors the Seddons and wondered if anyone had gone further back? My great grandmother was Mary Dinah Seddon 1861, illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Seddon 1834, who was daughter of Peter Seddon 1808 and Catherine Hammell 1810, possibly daughter of Francis 1781 and Margaret 1786. Any help at all would be great. By the way, Mary Dinah married James Pendergast and moved to the Durham area.

Posted by Karen Streeter on 7th June 2020  kevinstreeter@activ8.net.au 

Hi, I am researching Francis Sherrington or Sherington. He married a Catherine Tildsley
on 13 July 1755 in All Saints, Wigan. I am looking for any other information on him. I believe he was a grocer. He had 1 son that I have found, a Thomas Duncan who moved to Glascow. Is there any way of researching old church records for any births and deaths etc.
Any help or clues appreciated.

Posted by lee finch on 5th May 2020  commando29@gmail.com 

im researching my grandfathers family "finch" from wigan,ince,aspull, anyone with info or help please email me, thank you

Posted by Patricia Schofield on 26th April 2020  

Looking for information about Robert Wilson who lived in Ince in Marketfield He was born 1856/1857 his Father Robert born about 1830 unknown where.. He had 6 children he was a collier died in December 1891 his wife was Mary Lowe died in 1887. Trying to trace where he was born and where his Father also Robert came from originally. Children Elizabeth,Henry,William, Ellen,Robert,and Mary Alice, they had a daughter Ellen who passed 1880 age 1

Posted by sarah on 25th April 2020  lilicsarah@yahoo.co.uk 

Hi to you all I have just come across your website and i am thinking about joining the society but before I do I was wondering do you have any records on Wigan St Josephs on Caroline street as i am struggling with my family tree. Hope to hear back form someone soon Thank you from Sarah

Posted by Jaci Richards on 5th April 2020  jacimay2@gmail.com 

Looking for Thomas Jackson born 1855/7 to Mary Brumfitt born 1830/2 from Liverpool and George Jackson his said father. Cant find Thomas Jacksons birth or baptism. His mother didn't marry his father George Jackson until 1865 when Thomas was about 8 or 10 years old? I have this family in Soho Square Liverpool in 1861 on a census. Then I lost George but mary then married again to William Slater Jackson. Is Jackson a very common name in wigan and Liverpool? Oh what a conundrum!!!!!

Posted by Angela on 25th February 2020  

Looking for information on my great aunt Mary Ryan b1888 Wigan. Parents were Thomas & Mary Ann Ryan.
Married John Sheridan (b1885) in 1907 St Joseph’s RC church. 1911 census shows them living at Pitt Street.

Posted by valerie on 23rd February 2020  valjdallison@hotmail.com 

Hi, I am researching the Pennington family from Ashton In Makerfield, on behalf of my aunt. At the moment I am looking at the family of William Pennington 1777-1849 and I have just discovered that 2 of his children, including 4 others died due to "breaking of the ice". I am very intrigued by this and wonder if there would have been a newspaper report about this. There are 6 children buried on 28th December 1814 in Winwick and chapelry of Ashton due to "breaking of the ice". Regards Valerie

Posted by Mary Sayers on 18th February 2020  sayersmarym@gmail.com 

I am researching the GORE and SEDDON families of Wigan, Crooke and Shevington. I have recently been given two photograph albums that were once the property of Catherine Bowyer nee Gore (1853-1926), who was a sister of my great grandfather, William Gore (b Shevington 1846, died Plank Lane, Leigh, 1916). I am trying to identify the sitters in the photographs, many of which were taken in Wigan (others taken in Bolton, Leigh and elsewhere). I have been successful in identifying some of these but others are more challenging. I wondered whether anyone in the Society has had experience of dating Victorian photographs that were reprinted at a later date than the original in order to provide mementos of someone who had died. I know that this happened but would like some more examples, especially where a carte-de-visite was reprinted as a cabinet print. Any thoughts very welcome. Happy to provide more information.

Posted by Carole Ashworth on 26th January 2020  Cas1951@sky.com 

Hello Wigan. My grx3 grandad Henry Higham born Wigan between 1824 to 1826 (varies on census/marriage record). Please can anyone help me find his Christening to know his mum's name. Think it will be RC but date not yet on LancsOPC. 1841 resident with his dad John Higham, step-mum Ann nee Aspinall & half-siblings, on School Common. Henry's mum must've died between 1825 to 1830. Grateful for any help finding his mum's name.
From Carole in Blackburn.

Posted by Carol McEwen on 24th January 2020  carolmcewen@slingshot.co.nz 

Looking to contact Linda who helped me earlier about 2015-2017. Have misplaced some information and am hoping she may be able to point me to the messages she sent to me. Seddon Wilcox Baldwin families from Wigan Aspull.

Posted by PHILIP WOOD on 1st January 2020  greenfingers13@btinternet.com 

Help Please
looking for any information on Fanny Parr b1851 Haigh Wigan Lanc`s. living or visiting Haigh to see family ? residing Barnsley Yorkshire.
happy new year

Posted by Derek Wilde on 13th November 2019  deggsey471@gmail.com 

Dear Debbie,
Sure we can help, could use a little more info. Please contact me at the email address attached. If there is a difficulty reach me via the society email wigan.fhs@gmail.com

Posted by Debbie Turner on 5th November 2019  

Looking for information and family and desendents of Richard E Goulden 1864-1929and Martha Ellen Vose1867-1907 of Hindley Wigan.Coal miner and cotton mill worker.Am planning to visit area and would love to find out as much as possible.Thank you.

Posted by Roy McGuire on 31st October 2019  roy.mcguire@talktalk.net 

I have tried on several occasions to contact you via your email address but without success. Do you have a problem with your address, I have used your cnyacy address as given.

Posted by Angela Turner on 2nd September 2019  

My grandfather John Thomas Ryan and family lived in Wigan around 1887 -1915. The 1891 census shows them living at 7 Caldwells fold. Their parents were Thomas & Mary Ann Ryan ( nee Higo). I am unable to find a birth certificate for his sister Mary about 1887/88 but she married John Sheridan at St Josephs’ RC church in 1907. Does anyone know where the School Admissions registers for St Josephs’ school might be kept as I think they may have attended this school?

Posted by noreen oliver on 10th August 2019  

I am helping a friend who does not have a computer with her family history.

Her main interests are her WALL and LEA ancestors who lived in Wigan, mainly in the 19c. In trying to sort out the different families she is trying to find out who was the Town Clerk of Wigan in 1918.

I have tried many sites without success for her and have just found you! If any one could help she would be very grateful.

The Town Clerk was thought to be a brother-in-law to Edith Lea, born 18/9/1883, daughter of Richard and Ann Lea.

Noreen Oliver

Posted by Julie A on 10th August 2019  

For Sheila Martin
Re Thomas and Mary Ann (nee Moran) Rowe and children

I think I may have followed up Thomas and his mother Mary Ann as far as 1919, and the siblings LEP 1950 found for you. Please let me know if you still need more info - there's a lot to post!
Best wishes Julie

Posted by Renee Rasanen on 2nd August 2019  reneerasanen@gmail.com 

Hello. Researching paternal Grandfather and family.
GGrandfather, was a bobby called Charles Edwin George and was from Cornwall. His wife was Margaret Grounds. My Grandfather, their son was James Joseph George who was born on 364 Wigan Road.

Posted by John Griffiths on 25th June 2019  Griffitjo4@aol.com 

We are just starting out finding out more about our family connection with Wigan,and I particular Bryn and Ashton. My mother has some good information on the Smalley/Howarth/Eaves families however we have very little on the Griffiths side of the family.I am keen to know more about the Welsh connection and the history of mining in the area .I am also looking to find out more about my Grandfather ,John Griffiths,who was from Ashton and died in an accident at Compton Engineers around 1935,any advice on where I might be able to find more details on the accident would be very helpful as would any information on the Griffiths family in the area.We intend to come back to Wigan in the summer and would be happy to share any information we have.

John Griffiths