John Duppa and Judith Green of Loxley

Tell anyone your hobby is researching your family tree, and one of the most common responses is ‘How far back have you got?’ Here is my answer to that question.

On all of my lines, I have gone back at least 4 generations, i.e. to my great-great-grandparents. Going further back depends on many factors, but I have found that the most important is whether a family stayed in the same area. The line I have provisionally got furthest back with stayed in one village for 6 generations, about 180 years!
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The Dagnells (sometimes Dagnalls) of Denaby Main

James Dagnell and Priscilla Bourne were my great-great-grandparents. Priscilla is one of my ‘brick wall’ ancestors, who I haven’t so far found any information on. James came to England from Ireland in the 1840s with his parents & 2 siblings, at the time of the Great Famine. After marrying, James & Priscilla lived for a few years in Whitwick in Leicestershire, before moving to Denaby Main in the mid 1870s, where they stayed until they died.

Denaby Main was historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, although now it is in South Yorkshire. The Denaby Main Colliery Company was formed in the 1860s, and Denaby Main Colliery Village was built to house workers and their families. The colliery closed in 1968, and all the terraced houses where mine workers like the Dagnells had lived were demolished and replaced by semi-detached houses. Continue reading

David Eades of Galveston, and George Eades of Kansas

This post is about people I’m not even sure I’m related to.

My great-great-grandfather, Joseph Eades, had a brother George. On the 1861 census, George was living on Bell Barn Road, Birmingham with his wife Elizabeth & 4 children. In 1871, Elizabeth is living on Bishop St South with 2 children. She is head of the household, but is shown as married, not widowed. So, what happened to George?
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Joseph Eades and a meadow in Worcestershire

I’ve always been a bit stuck getting anywhere with the Eades family, but the recent release by Ancestry of Birmingham parish records prompted me to have another look, and this time I’ve made some progress.

My great-great-grandfather, Joseph Eades, was born c. 1829 in Birmingham. From around 1860 to 1881, he lived in Lee Bank Road, Birmingham. From his marriage certificate, I know his father was also called Joseph and was a gardener. Continue reading