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Posted by Anne Fairhurst on 2nd May 2021  annef49@btinternet.com 

I have been told that someone on Ancestry is looking for my great grandma Elizabeth Mary Foster or Mary Elizabeth Foster. She lived in Ontario Canada and died on 26 March 1948. I have been trying to find out about any children she had. We have been told that she did have children in Canada even though she left 2 in England around 1909. Any help would be much appreciated

Posted by Helen H. on 16th April 2021  

Further to my above message (12 April), my family have now found information on our 'mysterious Aunt Agnes' of 12 Holborn Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, thanks to a wedding card from 1961. Signed at the back of the card was M. Lowerson. That surname pointed us to Thomas Lowerson who Agnes (Winstanley) married in 1925. We now know that they had a daughter Marjorie who married Eric Whittle (a name my family knows well) and a son (Reginald) who married Brenda Anderson. Hoping one of our cousins or descendants of George & Ann Winstanley of Enfield Street, Pemberton see this message as our family would love to get in touch.

Posted by Helen H. on 12th April 2021  

Do any residents on or near Holborn Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, remember Agnes who lived at no. 9? We don't think our relative (Agnes) married so would be known under the family name Winstanley. We know Agnes was living in Holborn Avenue in 1938 until she died. Her married sister (Margaret Holland) lived round the corner on Poolstock Lane. Any help would be appreciated as we cannot find any records other than her Birth one (born 1896).

Posted by Linda S Coates on 5th March 2021  LindatheC@talktalk.net 

I'm looking for any descendants of Thomas Priestley of Winstanley, who's father was Joseph Priestley born 1908.

Posted by kaylene on 27th October 2020  kpassmore97@gmail.com 

Hi I am needing help finding the death of Esther Twiss (nee Entwistle) wife of Ralph Twiss. (Ralph Twiss died 1841, buried All Saints Hindley) I can not find a record of Esthers' death. (please note there is a baby listed as dying in 1853) Thanks

Posted by Phyllis on 30th September 2020  

I need help with a family tree.

I'm looking for the father of James Prescott, baptized 15 Jul 1770 at All Saint's in Hindley. Parents: Edward Prescott and Mary of Hindley. Father's occupation: Weaver.


Posted by Eunice Barber on 4th September 2020  basil.barber@btopenworld.com 

Hi there-Does anyone know anything about Orrell Hall, Orrell? I believe it was possibly built in the 1700's. My great grandfather Joseph Thompson, a mining engineer, lived there with his wife Elizabeth, together with their 3 children in 1871.Joseph & his brothers were all working in mining but I cannot find out which pits they were in.

Posted by chrissie on 29th August 2020  

Hi ,I tried looking for a while for my grandmas grave at st thomas the martyr . only to find out she never had a headstone . i requested a copy of the grave plots , but was told they hadn't got one . when i requested thor a plot ref so i could funfpd the grave .I was told i would have to fill in a form with a fee .i think it was around £40 ,which i said was ridiculous . and was told that's all they could do .true christians ! or what

Posted by christsie on 29th August 2020  ladychrissieofdunan@yahoo.co.uk 

Hi ,I have been researching my gggggrandffather Richard walker born Approx 1869 Upholland married a ellen Gaskell of upholland . according to a geneologist forum . There family was first made to leave the pemberton township they moved to upholland where they were also made to leave . Eventually i found richard living in Blackrod at aberdeen farm he was in ihis seventies . i believe his wife ellen died suddenly . prior to that . any help would be gratefully received

Posted by anita lyon on 27th August 2020  

Hello I am looking for information for Alice Fairhurst born 1873 Wigan , her parents are John Green born 1853 and Elizabeth Lucas born 1849 Wigan I am looking for information on their marridge could anyone help thanks

Posted by Judith Bell on 23rd August 2020  Gr8ffuts@gmail.com 

I wonder if anyone has done any research on the Parrin Family of Wigan. I am intrigued because back in the late 18th Century my x3 great grandparents moved between Wigan and the somewhat distant Maidstone in Kent. I am pretty sure that I have the correct family as the name of my x2 great grandfather was unusual, i.e. Thomas Elgar Parrin (Elgar being the maiden name of my x3 great grandmother). The details are as follows:
Thomas Elgar Parrin (x2gg) christened Wigan All Saints 19.02.1757. Married Ann Seager 29.01.1783 All Saints, Maidstone, Kent. Occupations - 1806 Clerk; 1807 Grocer; 1830 Tallow chandler - all Maidstone. Death date unknown.

Parents of above: Andrew Parrin (x3 gg) baptised 16 or 18.08.1734 Wigan All Saints. Married Ann Elgar (born 1730) 17.04.1755 All Saints Maidstone. 1757 birth of son Thomas Elgar Parrin (above) in Wigan. Death date unknown.

Parents of above: Andrew Parrin (x4 gg) born Wigan 1710. Married Alice Wigan 17.05.1733 at All Saints Wigan. In 1737 Andrew was recorded as a barber of Market Street, Wigan.

So....if anyone can shed any light on the move from Wigan to Maidstone, Kent (was it just that this is where his wife came from, or was there an established trade between these two centres of population?) or any other information on the Parrin family, I would be very grateful.

Thank you!

Posted by JBrown86 on 7th August 2020  jbrown.toros@gmail.com 

Hi again,
I'm now researching what seems to be a staunch Catholic line of my family, from Wigan - surname MARROW.

My direct ancestor Peter Marrow' baptism-

Baptism: 5 Oct 1811 St John RC, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Peter Marrow - Son of Betty Marrow
Born: 3 Oct 1811
Godparents: George Bibby; Mary Bibby

This Elizabeth seems to never marry. But has at least three other children - William 1814, Mary 1818 and Mary Anne 1822 (possibly an Ann who died young, too).
This seems highly unusual to me, this many illegitimate children over such a long period, and makes me wonder if for some reason her marriage and husband were hidden? Though they are all baptised under her maiden name.

I strongly suspect John Marrow and Ann Bibby were Elizabeth's parents, and that she was one of five, herself born 1789. If this is the case she is with sis Alice in 1861, both listed as unmarried. Alice is much easier to track through the Censuses than Elizabeth (who I can only find in 1861).

Would love help with 1) confirming Elizabeth's parentage and
2) what can I do to find the father of my ancestor Peter?

Thanks heaps!

Posted by Phi!omena on 11th July 2020  philomena42000@yahoo.co.uk 

How can I find out where the grave is of my ancestor buried in 1866 in St Thomas graveyard Upholland

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.