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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.

Father's side

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 records.

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 to:

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 Preston.

Scottish ancestry:

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.

Mother's side

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.

Web Pages

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.