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Where did MOSES HALL go?

I have hit a brickwall trying to find information on my great great grandfather MOSES HALL . He was born in Stalybridge in 1826 (parents names Samuel & Ann) and became a stonemason. In June 1846 he married Hannah Carter from Roughtown, Mossley at Saddleworth Church. From 1870 - 1877 he was licensee of the Drovers Inn on Mottram Road and, according to a local trades directory, at the same time he was also a brick manufacturer near the Gun Inn, Hollingsworth and a stone merchant at Old Harpley Quarry. I believe Hannah died in 1874. In January 1877 he auctioned off the contents of the inn and lots of his personal effects as his lease had expired. From that date I can find no trace of him and no record of his whereabouts or his death - he seems to have vanished off the face of the earth!! Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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message posted 8 December 2008

Moody .. Sherratt.. Penketh ..Peace.. Evans

I had a Great Uncle named Charles Moody who came from Cheshire (Holmes Chapel ) born 1851 Holmes Chapel. He then moved to Ashton-u-Lyne as a " travelling tailor" to find work. He met Eva Evans, a local girl, who lived on Birch street (Guide Lane) and married her in 1904.

His parents came from Holmes Chapel, Charles Moody and Emma Sherratt

His Granddad came from Wybunbury (Cheshire) Charles Moody and Charlotte Booth 1815 and I do know that Charlotte Booth mum was Mary Penketh and dad was Thomas John Booth His Great Granddad Charles Moody is from Cheshire but his Grandma Margaret Peace came from Manchester in 1790.

Can anyone relate to these people please??

Contact: Margaret Jackson:
message posted 6 December 2008

Stafford and Cleminson & Flowers

Any information including photo's of STAFFORD, CLEMINSON, FLOWERS, families of Ashton-u-Lyne, Waterloo, Dukinfield;

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message posted 28 November 2008

In researching my family line (Hampson) I discover a publication in the Stalybridge Library. “The Friendly Societies of England 1815-1875”, PHJH Godsen, Manchester University 1961.

This book contains a short history of Friendly Societies and includes a print with portraits of 9 of the Chief Shepherd’s of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Ashton Unity)

I have scanned this page and created a separate jpeg image of each individual. These individuals are:

chadwick nield hampson
smith adams farron
wild scott lyne

Thomas Chadwick-1830, John Nield-1831, Solomon Hampson-1841, George Smith-1843, Samuel Adams-1845, James Farron- 1850, James Wild-1854, Daniel Scott-1864, Peter Lyne-1865.

(contact information)Harry B Kidd:
message posted 28 November 2008

Walker or Bramhall families

Which surnames are you researching in Tameside: Walker, Bram(h)all, Hague

I am looking for members of Walker family (especially ancestors of William Fitton b 1860s in Ashton or his grandfather Joseph b 1812 Cheadle) or Bramhall family (b Dukinfield & Ashton). Also for any information on my grandmother, Dora Partridge. She moved to Stalybridge in late 1910s & worked for a solicitors there before marrying & moving to Ashton around 1921. Does anyone recall her?

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message posted 8 November 2008

I am currently researching the history of the Goodier Family of Newton and the Turner Family of Godley.

Betty Goodier ( parents John Goodier and Sarah Wrigley) born in 1811 and died in Dec 1888 married Thomas Turner ( parents Joseph Turner and Sarah Chadwick) born in 1800 and died in 1878. Betty and Thomas Turner had two children Sarah Jane Turner ( my great,great Grandmother) and Henry Goodier Turner who later became Alderman Turner and was Lord Mayor of Hyde from 1896-1898. I believe his sister was his Mayoress as he never married.

Sarah Jane Turner married the Reverend William Merrell White( who I believe was a curate at Newton St Mary at some stage) and they had 2 children

My great grandfather Thomas Turner Frederick William Goodier Merrell White ( I believe he was called Goodier) and Phoebe Irene White who married Charles F Shaw.

I would be very grateful for any information regarding these two familes but I would particularly like photograph of Harrap Edge House, any information on what happened to Goodier House ( stood where Goodier House Fold now is on Victoria Street and Phoebe Irene White's family.

According to Henry Goodier Turners obituary it also claims he had documents recording 700 years of residence on the family estates in Godley. If anyone has any further information on this I would be really grateful.

(contact information) Lucy Clegg Email: Please email me at
message posted 28 October 2008

Ward Family

I am searching for the daughters of William (Willie) Ward, born circa 1885 in Stalybridge/Ashton. His daughters were Doris, Lily, and May. During WW2 they lived on Huddersfield Road Stalybridge. William was the eldest son of William Ward and Sarah Ellen Shepley, Sarah Ellen was born in Luzeley to Squire and Ellen Shepley.

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message posted 28 October 2008

Descendants of Thomas Chadwick born circa 1798 in Stockport

Seeking information about Thomas Chadwick b: 1798 in Stockport Cheshire, and his wife Harriet (nee Grundy) b: 1795 in Stockport Cheshire. Married 29 DEC 1816 in St Mary's Cheadle, Cheshire. Had the following children:

In the 1841 census they are living at Katherine St, Ashton-under-lyne, Lancashire And in the 1851 census (Name mis-transcribed as Chawick) living at 164 Old Street, Ashton Town. Can't find them in any census' after this date.

Also seeking information regarding Elizabeth Everingham (daughter of John & Sarah Everingham) who was born 1837 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. She married John Chadwick in 1859, in Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Would like to know if her and John travelled to Australia together, as I suspect that they knew each other in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

In the 1851 census Thomas occupation is listed as Cotton Spinner employing 50+ men, does anyone know anything about his business???

Living where they did, what school would the children have attended ???

Looking forward to hearing from anyone with any information, thank you.

(contact information) Debbie Hughes, NORTHAM, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Email:
message posted 1st October 2008

Descendants of Thomas Chadwick born circa 1795 in Stalybridge

I am researching the Chadwick family of Stalybridge. Thomas/Anne Chadwick circa 1795 had four children that I know of – Nicholas, John, Thomas & Mary (all christened at St Michaels, Ashton). Thomas Chadwick snr was a clothier of Stalybridge. I don’t know much more about them other than John Chadwick married Betty Taylor who was the daughter of one of the Whitworth doctors. They moved to Spotland after inheriting land from one of the Whitworth doctors but I am interested to know what happened to them between their marriage in 1823 & their move to Spotland circa 1830. I suspect that they may have lived in Manchester but would like to find out John’s occupation & how ‘a lady’ such as Betty Taylor would have married the son of a clothier.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about the Chadwick family.

My email address is
message posted 1st October 2008

Platt Family


I am hoping to find some relatives.My paternal grandfather,Ernest James Platt married Amelia Andrew in 1891.They came to the US later that year with their son Claude.His mother was Hannah Platt,daughter of John Platt and Ann Cheetham.Her siblings were Priscilla,married to Hugh Allen,and Robert Platt married three times that I've found..His spouses were Ann Walmsley,Eliza Cadman and Eleanor Holloway..Of his children,Grace Platt married a William Broadbent,came to the US and lived in Middleboro,MA..Another child Sarah married John Davenport also came to the US.His other children were,Mary Ann(1875),Hannah(1879) and John(1881)..I haven't been able to find any information on these children..

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

message posted 27th September 2008

The Potts Family from Dukinfield

My name is Lynda van den Adel (nee Potts) and I am researching my POTTS family from DUKINFIELD.

Thomas Potts born approx 1820 in Poynton Cheshire married Sarah (nee Lamb from Northwich born approx 1830) in 1854 at Witton believed to be Thomas's second marriage Thomas & Sarah had a Saddler Shop in Dukinfield

Their children:

If anyone has any knowledge of any of these people I would be most grateful to receive information at:

Lynda & Jan van den Adel McDowall Queensland Australia:
message posted 27th September 2008

Newton Moor CC (Badge) HELP!

Both of my mother's parents lived in and near Tameside. My grandmother, Annie Phillips, was born in Droylsden in 1886 and lived with her adoptive parents Samuel and Sarah Shaw in Ashton-under-Lyne and my grandfather was born in nearby Ardwick in 1885. They immigrated to Canada with their parents in 1905 and 1902 respectively.

After her death, I found among my grandmother's possessions a badge which I think has a Tameside connection. It is 1 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches and made of silver coloured metal in a starburst shape. Superimposed upon the the starburst is a circular yellow metal band painted sapphire blue and inscribed Newton Moor C.C. Towards the bottom of the circlet is a cross, four small circles and a figure which looks like an upside down turret. Inside the circlet is a yellow metal coloured shield decorated with a red dragon facing left. The pin on the back is very sturdy as is the badge. The back includes cleaning instructions -- "To clean this badge use palogen" and is incised with a maker's mark which seems to be WWORTON&SONS (the first few letters are not clear) and then BIRM (which I assume means Birmingham).

I would like to find out more about this badge and Newton Moor C.C. ( a club of some kind?) and any records which might relate to it.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Gloria Hersak, Canada:
message posted 29 July 2008

Walter Hetherington who lived in Sand Street, Staleybridge

My grandfather was Walter Hetherington and he lived in Sand Street, Staleybridge and due to a very acrimonious divorce, my mother destroyed all photos of him. My sisters and I would love to have any photo's of our grandfather who was a lovely man. He was born in Staleybridge and married Mary Jane Thorpe who was born in 1879, they married on the 17th July 1909. I would be more than happy to pay any costs involved if there is anyone out there who has photos of Walter, here's hoping, with thanks.

Carol Hill. My email address is
message posted 8 July 2008

Edmund Beaumont born 1880 in Stalybridge.

Looking for any information on Edmund Beaumont, born 1880 in Stalybridge his father was Darius and his mother Sophia Hallett, think he had a brother called Leonard. He married in 1904, would love to know what happened to him.

Barbara Turner:
message posted 21 June 2008

Sam WILSON and family from Denton

I`m looking for living relatives of Sam WILSON born 1879 died 1926. He lived in Denton all his life and had six sisters all born in Denton. I am trying to contact living descendants:

Sam WILSON married Roseann BRADWELL in 1909 and they had two children: Thomas my father and Ethel who married Peter Gill in 1939.

If anyone has any knowledge the WILSON family or Roseann BRADWELL's family please get in touch.
message posted 13th May 2008

Kidgers from Park Bridge and Ashton-under-Lyne

I'm researching the Kidger family who arrived in the Park Bridge / Alt area around 1800 . Kidgers lived in that area until my father , Jack Kidger , moved with his parents to Ashton around 1930 . My mum still lives in Cockbrook .

Has anyone out there got any memories of Kidgers?

John Kidger:
message posted 20th April 2008

Researching William Nield born at Stalybridge circa 1796

Researching William Nield born 1796 in Stalybridge to James and Hannah Nield. I have found him on the 1851 census living at Chapel Street, Stalybridge.

Cannot find his death. I have loads of death certificates for "William Nield", but do not have the correct one - can anyone help?

Or is anyone wanting a death certiciate for "William Nield" as I have eight!!!

G Bartle:
message posted11th April

Looking for Living Relatives of CHARLES GREEN

I am trying to trace my Grandfather CHARLES GREEN he was born in Liverpool in 1865ish lived in Stalybridge in the 1880s and Married MARY HANNAH WILDE in 1892, had 5 children (Ethel, Harry, Charlie, Lizzie and Annie). Lived in Swallows yard ,Stalybridge. Was there in 1901 but what happened to him after that I wished I knew. Any body help?? He had a sister SARAH REBECCA who married a JOHN DAVIES IN 1895 - any decendants of her ??

Malcolm Wood:
message posted 3rd March

Looking for Living Relatives of ROBERT CAMPBELL

Is anyone on the List researching the CAMPBELL family originally from Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancs?

The following was sent to me by the owner of the Ashton Pals website. I have her permission to reproduce it here. The whole description of the family is rather long to copy here but other names mentioned as brothers and sisters of Robert are Thurston born c1866, Mary Jane born c1876, Herbert and Alice. All Campbells and all going at various times from Ashton to Falls River, Mass in the US.

"I have received an email from a man in the USA. He has in his possession hand written letters from a Pte Robert Campbell of the 1/9th battalion. The man is trying to find living relatives of this family so that he can return the letters to them. I have discovered that Robert Campbell, although born in Ashton, went to live in the USA (Fall River, MA) in 1906, but returned to Ashton at the outbreak of the war and enlisted in the 9th battalion. He was killed in action in April 1917. I've checked the Genes Reunited website, but there is no link to any living relative for this Campbell family. I am now going to try and locate living relatives in the US. I have asked for copies of the letters that Pte Robert Campbell wrote and sent to America, so that I can add them to my website. Hopefully living relatives will stumble across the Ashton Territorial website, and then the original letters can be returned."

If anyone is researching this family and wishes to take this further please let me know and I'll pass your message on to Linda of the Ashton Pals Website. Or alternatively contact Linda direct via the website at Whether or not you have Campbell interests I would urge you to take a look at the website, especially if you have ancestors who were from the area and served in WW1.

Sandra Martin:
message posted 24th February 2008


Any information about the BLOCKSAGE family generally in the Stalybridge and Dukinfield areas 1800-1920s (and earlier if possible) would be helpful. I can trace their origins back to Rawmarsh in the 1790s but not before.

Also searching for details of Edward CLEMINSON born around 1813 who married Mary Ann HARRISON and had several children in Ashton between 1836 and 1846. He was a miner living in Ashton in 1841,1851 and 1861 censuses. Unable to trace birth marriage or death details of him and his wife. Can anyone help?

message posted 6th February

Ralph Bower Harrison 1793-1855

am researching the Harrison family of Mottram specially Ralph Bower Harrison b 1793 d 1855 he settled in Shefield South Yorkshire 1822 until his death, if anyone can help, between those dates I would be very grateful.

Thankyou Christine

message posted 30th January

Searching for Sarah Jones born circa 1833 Dukinfield

I am looking for any information about my Gt Grandmother Sarah Jones. She was born in Dukinfield, Cheshire abt 1833. She went on to marry my Gt Grandfather Joseph Mason born in Denton abt 1830. He was a mine worker they went on to live in Denton where they had several children.

  • Phebe MASON (b.1852)
  • Elizabeth MASON (b.1854)
  • Isabella MASON (b.1858)
  • Martha MASON (b.1859)
  • Joseph MASON, jr (b.1864)
  • William Frank MASON (b.1865)
  • John MASON (b.1868)
  • Robert MASON (b.1871)
  • Lucy MASON (b.1875)
  • Mary MASON (1879 - 1942)

This is the only information I have on Sarah, but would be interested if any Jones's from Dukinfield, Cheshire have a Sarah that tallies with mine. Would be interested to hear from you or any of the Mason family

Karen Buley:
message posted 2nd January 2008

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