My wife's Family History research is more difficult than
mine in that most lines are not local to Warwickshire, my home county. So far I
have mostly researched on her father's side, as her mother's side has been
already done by another family member.
The main GREGORY name has been traced back to the
early 1700s in the areas around Shawbury, Shropshire, her ancestors later moving to Wellington and
Oakengates, Shropshire where they worked in the tough environment of the
Limestone mines and furnaces. We were lucky to make contact with another
Gregory researcher of many years experience who who has provided some fantastic
Pat's grandfather William Gregory and 2 brothers,
Frederick and Samuel, moved from Shropshire to Leyland, Lancashire
between 1915 - 1920, where William met and married Elizabeth Cookson. They
later moved to Coventry for work.
Also on the Gregory line my wife's CROSS and
BOORE ancestors are from the lovely hills of central Shropshire around
Bishops Castle and Clun near the Welsh border, while the
WOODFINs lived in the Wellington, Shropshire area. The
EDWARDS were Furnace workers from villages of Lilleshall and
Kynnersley north-east of Oakengates. (For more details of these industries go
With the COOKSON name in the Leyland area of
Lancashire we have been lucky to team up with a
COOKSON expert who has provided the records back to the mid-1700s. Other names
here are SUTTON; HARRISON; and MITCHELL from Longton, near
Further back my wife's gt.grandmother Elizabeth
FERRIE was a Cotton Bleacher from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. In her early 20s she and several
other young women walked from Scotland to Leyland, Lancashire for work
sometime between 1881 and 1884.
The earliest I can trace this line with certainty is in
Glasgow with Edward Ferrie's father James Farey, who married Mary TORLEY
a Fish Seller. Mary was born in Leith, Edinburgh in about 1830.
Pat's gt. grandfather's was William Branston
MALTBY. He originated in the Southwell area of Nottinghamshire, where the family had lived for several
generations as had FOSTER; HOLLAND and possibly BRANSTON which appears
as a middle name several times. Other names in his ancestry are NELSON;
MUNDAY; ANDREWS; BROCKLESBY; CAVILL; STORY and WOODALL ( all from the
farming communities of north Lincolnshire). Pat's
gt.grandmother was Kate Nelson from a farming family in North Lincolnshire near
the River Humber. Kate came from at least 3 generations of farmers in north
Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
Pat's maternal grandmother was Annie HARRIS from
the Dursley area of Gloucestershire whose ancestors were mostly agricultural
labourers. Other names are HIGGINS and BRAZINGTON all from the
Dursley area. The families have been traced to the late 1700s at Maisemore on
the bank of the River Severn in north Gloucestershire.
There is an Index of all names discovered in my
research, together with details of where they fit into my wife's history.
My pages also show Family Trees,and Descendant Charts of the
main names together with links to Profiles of some individuals.
Research is still
continuing and these pages will be updated.
Now choose Names List from the side menu and then find
the name you are interested in.