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I'm trying to find out more about the person whom I believe to be my 3g-grandfather, namely John Harris, locksmith, who I think was born in Lye Waste c 1794. His son William was born c 1829 in Birmingham. I would be very grateful for any information that might shed light on William and his family before he moved to Leigh in Lancashire as a single man c 1850. I'd also love to know more about the life of locksmiths in Worcs and Warwickshire. I assume this was a trade that called for a lengthy apprenticeship: is this correct? Mary Sayers (Rec'd 10th Dec 2013)
Arthur Ludd Angel Roberts. We are looking for Ludd,my grandad.He was born in 1866,in Liverpool,but came to live in Birmingham,and then Stourbridge in the late 1800s. He lived at 1 clifton Street for years,married to Ada nee Williams.We have no info; on Ludd before the 1901 census.I am trying to complete our family tree. Any info: would be marvellous.Many thanks, Val Hampton (Rec'd 22 Nov 2013)
looking for info on howard mathews b 1832 m 1859 mary ann webb 1838-1898 he father edward webb may have been in partnership with howard, howard was in the coal & brick trade around cradley/ lye.
[email protected] (Rec'd 4th Nov 2013)
Dear Stourbridge Residents, I am researching the Evans family history and have established a long line of glass-blowers/ makers from my grandfather James Evans born @1879 back to a William Evans b @ 1814. All the male ancestors are listed in the 1901-1841 Censuses as either glass blowers or makers. Virtually all have birthplaces listed as in and around Stourbridge. One has a birthplace as Coalbourne Hill (where I believe a glassworks was. Sarah is a frequent wife\'s name as are James, William, Eleanor, Hannah and Ann for children. I have a number of addresses: 1851: Union Street Stourbridge 1861 Waterloo Inn, Upper Swinford 1871 Cobden Street, Wollaston, 1881 Brettell Lane Kingswinford. More recently, I have addresses in Birmingham. I should value enormously any information/ light that you might be able to provide. For example, I would love to find out where any of the glassworkers were employed and if at all possible, what kind of product they made. Any clues as to where I might find any employee records would be also gratefully received. My grandfather, James Evans was a glass blower, born in Stourbridge @1879 He and his wife Louisa moved from Birmingham to Reading (where I was born in 1940) soon after 1901. It would be great to hear from anyone with any information etc. and I thank you in hope and anticipation!
Sincerely, Des Evans (Rec'd 21st Oct 2013)


Hello, Trying to trace family records of my grand father. Alfred William Packwood born 1871 Oldswinford Worcestershire. Looking for is mother and father and any other relatives. Alfred married Ada in 1905 in 1911 they were living in Dudley. Also looking for my grand mothers maiden name family. My grand mothers name was Ada born 1888 Clent worcestershire don't know her maiden name she passed away in 1948. Many thanks if you can help. Kind regards Peter (Rec'd 10th Oct 2013)
I am trying to find information about my great-grandfather, Henry Moody, b. ~1866 in Stourbridge. He was admitted to the Stourbridge Union Workhouse in 1871 and lived there until he was apprenticed to a shoemaker in 1877. I cannot find any record as to who his parents were. He claimed to be related to Arthur Hatfield Moody (b 1875 and later mayor of Stourbridge) and Dr. Charles Harry Moody (b. 1874 in Stourbridge and later organist at Ripon Cathedral) but I can\'t find any proof of this. I am also trying to find his grandson (my mother\'s cousin) Brian Parkes (b. 1932 in Stourbridge to Frank and Marjorie Parkes (nee Moody)) or his children to see if they have any more information. I believe Brian lived in or near Stourbridge most of his life. Thanks! Joanna (Rec'd 14th Sep 2013)
Hi I am looking for any information on Ada Smith who was born in Stourbridge in 1881, parents Charles and Ann Smith. In 1891 Ada aged 9 and her mother Ann aged 42, are living on Doldy Street in Worcester and in 1900 Ada marries Arthur Dupree at the register Office in Worcester.
Nick Loomes
(Rec'd 13th Sep 2013)

Hello, my Mountcashel relatives were from Kilmallock, Limerick, Ireland some of whom emigrated to New Zealand in the 19th century. I am trying to trace Patrick Mountcashel who is the grandson of William Mountcashel and Meta Hawthorne of Kilmallock. I understand Patrick J Mountcashel moved to Stourbridge and died there in 2009. I would very much like to contact his family and his son Patrick or daughter Gerrie Moore nee Mountcashel. If anyone could assist me in this quest, I would be very grateful. Many thanks, Carolyn (Rec'd 11th Sep 2013)
Trying to find records of the william Ashton family born around 1694 his wife Jane Jackson both christened on old swinford. William christened on July 5, 1701. Jane Jckson born 1698 christened oct 25, 1699. Family : tracing Peter Stead who\'s wife was ann Ashton. Stead or Steed Mathon, worchestershire Ron Steed (Rec'd 31st Aug 2013)
Dear anyone, can you please help me I have a number of distant Relatives that had an occuption as: NAILER, is there a reference book on this occupation. one relation was a Joseph Fleming died 16th June 1844 at the LYE in the Sub-district of Stourbridge and his father was also a Nailer. George Fleming (Rec'd 23rd Aug 2013)
Hopefully looking for descendants of Yates and Bourne families from Wollaston area. Richard Yates married Laura Mabel Bourne in 1901. Richards brothers and sisters were Ernest Albert, Robert, Harriet, Sarah Ann and Caroline. Robert managed a grocery shop in Stourbridge area and married Alice Hill. Laura Mabel\'s father was William Bourne and she had 3 sisters, Phoebe Ellen who married Walter Perry, Phoebe Louise who Married Walter Cookson and Rose who lived in Bromsgrove. Yates family seemed to live in and around Withy Bank area, and attended Wollaston schools. Would very much like to hear from descendants and specially if any old photos exist.
Thank you, Jean (Rec'd 21st Aug 2013)
In May 2004 I wrote to you about my 6xggf - Charles BLOUNT [1655-1691]. He had two children - Elizabeth Blount christened 20th March 1686, and Peter Blount christened 3rd March 1687/88. This Peter Blount [1688-1765] became clockmaker in Cleobury Mortimer after serving an apprenticeship with Edward Willcocks/Willcox the Clockmaker of Old Swinford. Edward Willcox was christened 19th November 1662 at Old Swinford. In 1715 he was \'convicted of swearing two oaths and paid four shillings to the Poor Box and sat in the stocks two hours, being his first conviction\'. He took Joseph Lyddell as an apprentice in 1730. I estimate he took Peter Blount as apprentice about 1702. Since then I have found that Charles Blount’s father, Walter Blount lived in Amblecote in a house called BLUNTS. Any reference to Blount or Willcox welcome. My email has changed since 2004; now [email protected] Cyril D. Blount, Huddersfield UK.
I am trying to get information about my grandfather Arthur E. Firmstone. He and my grandmother lived in Stourbridge in the early 1900\'s. My grandfather was a glass cutter and was brought to America by Christian Dorflinger to cut glass. He was the last cutter Dorflinger had. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My grandfather setteled in White Mills Pa. Paul Schwartz (Rec'd 10th Aug 2013)
I am trying to find out about my grandmother Rita Rachel Reade who lived at 148, Malt Mill Lane, Hill & Cakemore. Born about 1916, father was William Lowe and related somehow to a Howard Lowe. She married Thomas Reade of Long Lane, Hill and Cakemore,March 9th 1935 at Stourbridge Registry Office. He was born around 1912, his father was Frank Reade and is related somehow to a Doris Reade. Any information would be gratefully received, thankyou in advance. Sarah Dutton (Rec'd 31st July 2013)
Dear anyone, Can anyone send me information ref the following address: Court Lane Stourbridge in the year of 1841, the reason is that I am trying to trce a possible Gt X 3 time grand Mother Sara Flemig aged 70 in the 1841 Census possible Husbanr of William Fleming. I live in Mkt. Harborough, Leics, but I was born in Handswoth,1936. George Fleming (Rec'd 23rd July 2013)
I live in Florida but am originally from Canterbury Kent,. Back in 1875 my grt grt grandfather was killed , His name was Alleyne Rogers and he was a reverend who resided in Stourbridge and is buried there somewhere. I am trying to find out where and more about him. This is the newspaper story excerpt:

"On August 15 the Rev Alleyne Rogers, for many years rector of Brockmoor, near Dudley, but recently residing at Stourbridge, was killed on the Great Western Railway, Mr.Rogers, who was 73 years of age, had been to bmethwick, near Birmingham, to preach some anniversary sermons, and on reaching Stourbridge station in the evening he attempted to leave a first-class compartment before the train had stopped. His foot slipping from the carriage step, he fell between the edge of the platform and the running carriages, and was carried along for several yards. In order to extricate him it was found necessary to raise the carriage several feet by means of a " lifting jack" Life, however, was then extinct, the legs and arms having been literally torn from the body, and many of the rib bones broken."

I would greatly appreciate any information on him and where I might get more, also any relatives still living, thanks in advance, Sincerely Sylvia (Rec'd 19th July 2013)
Looking for any information about the Edwards family from Stourbridge. Charles Ernest Edwards 1866 - 1941 married for the second time to my great aunt Laura Gertrude Smith 1878 - 1954 in 1925 in Stourbridge.
His first wife was Elizabeth Adeline Bell and they had 5 children:
Hilda Maud 1892
Arthur William 1893 - 1939 married Henrietta Eugene Lashford and had 3 sons.
Percival 1898 - 1924
Ida Marion 1899 - 1988
Lawrence Charles 1906 - 1977 married Isabella Bashford and had 1 daughter. if any one has any information about this family I would love to hear from you. Thank you for reading this. Rona (Rec'd 13th July 2013)
Hi, I'm trying to find information about a Sarah Forrester who married William Whittaker in Stourbridge in 1916.
Thanks. John C (Rec'd 4th July 2013)
Hello I am tracing the MILLS family of Stourbridge. Zanty Mills (male) born approx 1836 and his father Henry Mills who had passed away by 1858. They were both spade / shovel makers, Zanty married Sarah Lavender in 1858 and by 1861 had moved to my home city of Sheffield. I have Zanty\'s 1851 census where he is a visitor to a house in Summer Street, Stourbridge, but so far no 1841 and no Henry census at all (I have no idea of his mother\'s name) ... all help appreciated Peter Ellis (Rec'd 1st July 2013)
Hi, I'm looking for any information on Matthew LAWLEY born c1877 to Mary Lawley (father unknown). Census records say he was born in Brierley Hill/Stourbridge. I can't find a birth certificate and so I would appreciate any information on his date of birth/baptism. He married Christiana Maria SMITH in 1896 and died in 1939. His children were Matthew and Charlotte. Emma Rowlands (Rec'd 1st Jun 2013)
I am trying to find out any information on the Warwick family who were originally from Quarry Bank but who I believe had many connections (some Civic) with Stourbridge. My grandfather was John (Jack) Warwick and he had two sisters, Doris and Madge. Their father was John Warwick and he was one of a numbers of sons to again I believe another John Warwick who was born in the 1840s or thereabouts. I believe he had a business making tinware but can anyone else provide any more information on this or the Warwick family and its connections to Stourbridge.
Many thanks Michael Lake (Rec'd 29th May 2013)
My father was born on 18th February 1902 at 41 Thorns Road, Quarry Bank. His parents were Charles Henry PEARSON and Maria PEARSON (nee LYCETT). I would like to know if there is any other members of the family still in the area. I remember going to visit relatives (Fred and Beattie PEARSON) at 40 Hill Street, Stourbridge in the 1940s. Fred was a firemen. John Albert Pearson (Rec'd 20th May 2013)
Hello I am from Warwickshire and researching the Harrington family tree. Denis (Dennis) Harrington and wife Julia who arrived from Ireland sometime before 1861 and settled for a time at Wheelers Hill, Stourbridge, with their children Mary, Margret & Catherine all born in Ireland, there last child Fanny was born c1864. When they were residing at 6, Hemplands in 1881 there was also a Grandson Alfred Jones aged 4 living with them at the time. Their only son Cornelius (My Great, Great, Grandfather) who was also born in Ireland, was married at the Catholic Church in Stourbridge to a Mary Agnes Brett (Britt) in 1866.There subsequent children John William (b Seven Houses), Margaret, William, Ellen (b Coventry Street) and Cornelius (Died aged 3) were all born in Stourbridge. Sometime after 1881 but before 1901 they had moved to Kidderminster and had two more children Thomas and Kate. The men in the family were predominately Bricklayers Labourers or Labourers. Any Information would be greatly appreciated Mike Harrington (Rec'd 16th May 2013)
Hi I am researching the Crumpton family from Halesowen. I have a copy of parish records for St John\'s Church. In the records my Gt, Gt, Gt, Gt Grandfather is shown as being buried 25th March 1801. The entry reads \"John CRUMPTON alias CURRIER. What I would like to know is exactly how old he was when he died, do any other burial records exist? Terry Smith (Recieved 10th May 2013)
My granddad was Percy Harris, and I would dearly like to have a copy of his birth certificate but it\'s difficult as I don\'t know where he was born. He and my grandma Annie Garbett married on 15th Aril 1917 and had three children, Albert, Percy and Gertrude my mother. When they parted he went to live with a lady called Polly. They lived at 21 Highfield Crescent Halesowen in 1968 at the time granddad died aged 75. I do have a copy of his death certificate. I don\'t want to encroach on anyone\'s life, but I really would appreciate this little bit of help. Thankyou. Joan Baggott (Rec'd 11th May 2013)
Hello, I am researching my G grandfather Frederick Newton Fisher who had a daughter Pearl, with Annie Kennedy. He died in 1932 Launceston Tasmania. We never knew him or our connection. He was born in 1854 and went to Australia at about 25 according to newspaper. Can someone help me find something about the family? Annette (Rec'd 20th Apr 2013)
I am researching information on family history and want any in formation on Charlotte Geary she was born in 1785 and for some reason did not live with her family and lived with a Mr and Mrs Eades? I would like to hear of anyone who is related to Geary's from Stourbridge Kingswinford and who would have any information. Charltte Geary later married and became Cook and lived in Mansfield Notts.
Debbie Massey
(Rec'd 15th Apr 2013)

Re: George Pearson christ. 1841, Elizabeth Lawrence christ. 1841, Old Swinford, Married 1861 Old Swinford,
1881 census 5 children born in Stourbridge, Residence Delph Lane, 1871 census family not located yet
I am writing from Oak Island, N. Carolina, USA. The above couple are my great great grandparents. Their third child, Sarah Pearson, born 1869 is my great grandmother. If Would like to discuss this family with anyone who has informatiion and would like to share and would like info how how to ascertain George and Elizabeth\'s christening and marriage record; and how I would begin to search a birth/christening record for Sarah and her siblings: Francis, Elizabeth, John and William. George emigrate to US in 1881 and Elizabeth emigrated with Sarah, John and William emigrated sometime between 1884 & 1885. Sincerely, Susan (Rec'd 3rd Apr 2013)
Anyone know anything about the Worrell family (various spellings). Several generations lived in the Kingswinford/Brierley Hill and Enville areas. All appear to have had connections with the glassmaking industry in one way or another. In particular John Worrell born 1707, married Elizabeth Smitheman born 1705 his wife. They were married in 1731. Thank you. Alec (Rec'd 23rd Mar 2013)
Looking for records of my great granfather Henry (Harry Bridgens) born circa 1888, forman glassblowe, Stuarts. Marred Marry Anne (Polly) Sutton of Wollaston. Saw a Sutton famiy tree on Ancestry, unable to access it. Have photos of them. Kind Regards. Nick (Rec'd 22nd Mar 2013)
i am trying to find about my gr.gr.grandad\'s parents and possibly siblings.his name was joseph toy and was born in stourbridge.all i know is he was a glass blower and moved to scotland when he job moved.he married a scotish girl.in 1839.had children then moved to Barnsley yorkshire and had 3 more children.he died in 1877 aged 65.his first son was named james so wondered if it was his fathers name.would be glad of any help,after 10 yrs trying. Carole Taylor (Rec'd 8th Mar 2013)
For many years now I have tried to find more about my third great grandmother. Sarah Jones born 06 June 1785 Stourbridge,Worcestershire,England. Sarah had two brothers that I know of named William and Benjamin/e. Can anyone help? From Marion (Rec'd 7th Mar 2013)
I am looking for any information on my Great Uncle David Tivnann and his family. He was born in Stourbridge in 1884 and didn't leave there till 1911. Where he went to Canada . I am looking for parents and other family members. Any help would be appreciated. thank you Dianne Adair Austn, Texas. Rec'd 27th Jan 2013)
I'm looking for information regarding Thomas Brooks, born 1652 in Old Swinford and died February 6, 1734/35 in Kempston. Married Mary Gust (Guest?)? Would love to be able to find this branch of the family. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Keith Brooks Ankeny, Iowa USA (Rec'd 25th Jan 2013)
I am still trying to locate information on James Rule. - He was born in Glasgow in 1843. - Moved to Brierley Hills with family around 1862. - He worked in one of the area factories as an iron worker. - Married Phoebe Drewry in 1879. - They parted ways approx 1885. - James was in and out of the Dudley Union Workhouse during the 1890's. - Last record was 1901 when he checked himself out.Peter Baker (Rec'd 11th Jan 2013)
James P Mathews (1828 - 1901) was a proprietor of the Stourbridge Fireclay Works and a well known amateur flute player. I am preparing an article about Mathews and would welcome any information especially regarding his professional work and the whereabouts of his descendents
Roz Trubger (Rec'd 4th Jan 2013)

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