James Miller in Canada

Remarkable. Only possible on the internet.

I have found and not found descendants of James Miller, whose emigration with his family I traced from Shropshire to Canada in 1884. Searching for a lost copy of a photograph of Donnington House, and discovering that the original site from which I downloaded the copy was no longer live, I did a wider search. Continue reading

Revisiting Great-Great-Great-Grandparents Edwin & Jane Parr

Been spending sometime with my Great-Great-Great-Grandparents Edwin (1801) and Jane Parr. Mainly checking and re-checking facts and assumptions, but also re-writing parts of the ‘story’. I have now some sort of account of all their ten children (nine boys!) with the exception of Henry Alfred who was born on 31 Jan 1831 and of whom there is as yet no further trace. I have acquired a number of, mainly death, certificates which have been helpful in identifications.

Children of the Sampler – Murkin

In the possession of my cousin Hilary is a “sampler”,  embroidered by Ruth Spooner in 1838 with the names and dates of birth of her brothers and sisters, the children of my Great-Great-Great Grandparents Elizabeth (nee Murkin) and Robert Spooner.

On the reverse, handwritten, is a list of names and dates of birth of Ruth’s aunts and uncles, the brothers and sisters of her mother Elizabeth Murkin. It is a most unusual and remarkable record. Continue reading

Who was William Cooksey?

Christmas is a time for family games and puzzles. Mine centred on William Cooksey, the second husband of Hannah Miller (nee Mallin), who was himself a widower. Having trawled trade directories for Staffordshire (concentrating on West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Tipton), I had begun to develop a theory about William’s business activity as, at first, a Nail Ironmonger and, later, a Grocer and Tea Dealer.  There were other Cooksey businesses, too: Samuel Cooksey and Joseph Cooksey. Were they all three related? Continue reading