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Sean Dennis (
Date:Tue 22 Aug 2017 19:22:51 BST
Subject:Dennis Family


I am from the Dennis family that lived in Burton Leonard near Ripon.
I have been trying to find where my family originally came from but I have hit a brick wall.

My fourth great grandfather was John Dennis born circa 1777 and his father also John, but I cannot find anything on them or where they may have come from? If anybody could help me I would be really grateful.

Thank you


Sarah Amela lovesey (
Date:Thu 15 Jun 2017 01:14:47 BST
Subject:sarah amelia

Do you know if a a Thomas Lovesey who married a Sarah Amelia Bowden and had a daughter called Sarah Amelia Lovesey married Elias Disley


Michael Walsh (
Date:Fri 09 Dec 2016 23:13:26 GMT
Subject:History of Ashton under Hiil

I have many pages of the history of Ashton under Hiil if anyone would like a copy.


michelle brown (
Date:Tue 05 Jan 2016 02:14:42 GMT
Subject:francis road

I was interested in your site my mom came from Frances road her name was betty ross.used to love coming up to nanny ross and going down the shop at the bottom of the road for nans paper and some sweets.


kayleigh (
Date:Tue 02 Jun 2015 12:30:23 BST
Subject:culwick family

I was looking in to my grandmothers family and I know that they mainly come from the black country however I have found a email archived online sent to a aunt that says that a the family has roots in kings Norton. I was wondering if you had come across them. the only name I have is Samuel cullwick born around 1846 in kings Norton. I have also found out the cullwicks have roots in Shropshire. the name has also been transcribed or spelt as culwick


Sean Dennis (
Date:Wed 01 Apr 2015 16:29:29 BST
Subject:Dennis Family %26 Hullah Family.


My family originally are from both Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard, they married into each other. Im just finding out who's who and im finding it all very interesting. I live in Harrogate but my family left the two villages and moved to Otley and the north east in the industrial revolution way back. I have traced my gggg grandfather to 1774 John Dennis.


kay (
Date:Thu 26 Feb 2015 17:25:34 GMT

when collecting and putting up the data on the website did you come across the records of the atchinson family. this is my family and I know that they were residents of kings Norton at the time.


Margot SCOTT (
Date:Thu 29 May 2014 22:05:24 BST
Subject:HANCOX family at 45 Francis

Hi Jan,
Love all the work you've done on your site. I appreciate greatly that you are keeping great memories alive.
Our family is from George %26 Annie HANCOX of 45 Francis. George, Annie and some of their kids came to Canada in 1913 (seems that older kids stayed in England). Arthur stayed in England and became a golf pro at Sandwell Golf Club. Albert was a golf pro in USA and Canada. Harry settled in Australia. Story goes that father George left Annie and returned to Birmingham "because he didn't like Canadian beer". Might not be true, but the story has survived generations!
Anyway, keep up the good work - and thanks again. Margot


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Diana (
Date:Wed 18 Dec 2013 17:22:23 GMT
Subject:Cotteridge francis road

Wow, your cotteridge site is amazing! I have been trying to find out more about the family at 120 Francis Rd in the 1901 census. Eliza is my great grandmother. Her "husband" Charles Chadwick died a week before the 1901 census. I know Eliza came from Manchester but can you suggest how I find out where Charles Chadwick came from. I know he was a cycle tyre repair man - may have worked out of 111 pershore road. Any help or pointers would be really appreciated. My last hope is some descendents in Francis road may remember the family???


Steve (
Date:Mon 04 Nov 2013 08:29:42 GMT
Subject:Forever grateful

That I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing your wonderful father. I look back on those days with fond memories, pint in hand, slight bend at the knees as acknowledgement and then the words "I see Wolves lost today".
The place was never the same on his passing.


lynn (
Date:Sat 21 Sep 2013 10:03:35 BST

Hi, love the site, my family, the tippings resided in francis road, and a quite a few were born there. My great grandfather walter tipping lived at 52, and at some point moved to 86. It was his daughter, who ran the corner shop. Also my nan gave birth at no 33, to her eldest son, who sadly dies 3 weeks later.


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Date:Sun 28 Jul 2013 17:15:11 BST

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Date:Sat 27 Jul 2013 05:27:14 BST

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Date:Fri 29 Mar 2013 09:49:47 GMT

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Gillian George (nee Oakley) (
Date:Tue 19 Feb 2013 20:52:13 GMT

Addition to previous entry and apologies for any typing errors.

My memories of Stirchley are very happy ones. Early school years from 1942 to 1948 were spent at Stirchley Primary School. The teachers in the Infants Department were Miss Packer, Mrs Trealor and Miss Pillinger. Junior Department were Miss Phillips, Mr Trealor and Mr Burroughs, and Miss Lane a lovely lady who taught us young girls to knit and sew. Miss Cull was headmistress she took morning assembly each day. At the end of assembly we would march out of the school hall Miss Cull accompanying us on the piano playing Percy Grainger's arrangement of English Country Gardens and another piece which I believe was Handel in the Strand.

Some of the pupils I remember who were in the same class as myself were:
Nancy Pearson, Jimmy Nicholls, Donald Wood, Joyce Wright, Reggie Smith, Meryl James (who sadly died in 1986) Alan Greenwood, Marjorie Wyatt, Elaine Steele, Harry Hibberd and Irene Jackson.
Alan Greenwood and Harry Hibberd were the two brightest in the class, so much brighter than the rest of us.

I wonder how these names from sixty five years ago have fared.


Gillian George (nee Oakley) (
Date:Tue 19 Feb 2013 16:49:31 GMT
Subject:Memories of Stirchley

I read with interest your memories of the Lovesey and Hickey family.
My late husband's Mother Queenie (nee Butler) lived at 17 Francea Road, Cotteridge, beforemher marriage. she moved to Fordhouse Lane when she married Albert George.
I was born at 1 Victoria Road, Stirchley on 25th March 1937, the second of five children (only four surviving) to Jessie and Robert Oakley.


Gillian George (nee Oakley) (
Date:Tue 19 Feb 2013 14:32:10 GMT
Subject:Memories of Stirchley

I read with interest your memories of the Lovesey and Hickey family.
My late husband's Mother Queenie (nee Butler) lived at 17 Francea Road, Cotteridge, beforemher marriage. she moved to Fordhouse Lane when she married Albert George.
I was born at 1 Victoria Road, Stirchley on 25th March 1937, the second of five children (only four surviving) to Jessie and Robert Oakley.


Terry Powell (
Date:Tue 15 Jan 2013 18:27:29 GMT
Subject:Family History

Hi Janet
You've done a lot of work on this. Excellent stuff. I'm researching my lot and Dad was one of 13 Ma was one of 7 paternal Grandfather is from Princes End, large family Wolverhampton, his wife from Tipton, large family. Maternal from Peckham, London, another large family (no TV in thse days) so how the history emerges thanks to Ancestry and other sources is fascinating. One day I'll try and get mine on a website.
By the way, I'm from Pontypridd, South Wales
Terry Powell


Ernie Hendricks (
Date:Thu 16 Aug 2012 00:27:11 BST
Subject:Stirchley Junior and Infants

Hi Janet .... Just read your family pages, after coming to them by accident. Quite remarkable actually. But I just wanted to check if you're the same Janet Lovesey I went to school with? Didn't you end up going to Damo too?

Best wishes....

Ernie Hendricks


kenneth thomas hayton stephenson (
Date:Mon 06 Aug 2012 02:24:38 BST
Subject:family tree

looking for conections pictures history of haytons. regards


Gina Maddison (
Date:Wed 27 Jun 2012 19:05:27 BST

Hi Janet

I am doing my family history - I am originally from Bham - and was reading your website with interest.

I visit my grandparents' grave at Witton monthly. A few graves down ther eis a lovely headstone headed A gifr from Mother and dedicated to the memory of Alfred Ernest Turland, Hilda Kate Turland and John Turland, killed in enemy action December 1940. On the side is a memorial to Harriet Jane Turland, died 1959.

At Christmas I put some holly on it as it was about the time they died and it is such a sad memorial.

I thought you might like to know of this as there was something on your website about the Ellen St Bombings (I am from Aston and my mother still lives there) and I realised you must be related.

I grew up not far from Hockley and we had an air raid shelter in the back yard. Have you seen the Birmingham Air Raid Association website as it list all the victims of the Blitz.

Best wishes



Viv (
Date:Sat 14 Apr 2012 12:46:08 BST
Subject:Burton Leonard

Thanks for the very informative section on your Yorkshire forebears which has helped us sort out some interrelationships. The Burton Leonard History Group is holding an exhibition of life 100 years ago in the parish church 6-8 July 2012. Members of your extended family have been involved in the group so we hope that you can attend.Please contact me for more information.
Best wishes
Viv R


Sally (
Date:Sun 18 Dec 2011 12:39:05 GMT
Subject:Correction and Brimham Rocks

Correction on previous entry. (I am going mad with all these great great's!)
It should read,
"Sorry, I thought she was your great grandmother too" (not
great great, which is correct for you)

Also Janet, I have pictures of my Mum at Brimham Rocks (always her favourite place) as a young girl, prob. 1920s, with relatives I don't recognise. It could be Lizzy and Thomas. When did they move to Cardiff?



Sally DeBono (
Date:Sun 18 Dec 2011 12:25:12 GMT
Subject:Related to Hymas and Hutchinson

Hello Janet, I am writing to you yet again, now linking us together through a second blood line. Thanks to this/your site, I have found my Hutchinson ancestors. I knew only William Hutchinson, the blacksmith and had a photograph of his wife, which I now know as one of my maternal great grandmothers and your great great grandmother,Henrietta Hutchinson, nee Todd. (Our relationship here is revised yet again to 2nd cousins once removed. Sorry, at first I thought she was your great great grandmother too).
At first I did not think too much about the name Hymas,which was my other maternal great grandmother's maiden name, as I had already traced this line back to 1799. Incredibly, I now realise that she, Hannah, was one of the daughters of John Hymas b.1828 and therefore a cousin of John Watson Hymas; as their fathers were brothers, we also have the same great great great grand parents (for me - and GGGG for you)i.e. John Hymas and Esther. I now find that my grandfather, Fred Hutchinson, married one of Hannah's three daughters, Mabel, ten years after his sister, Lizzy, married Thomas Watson Hymas. So Hannah and Thomas were 2nd cousins and the families must have known each other very well.
I have also seen Carolyn Heywood's message and thanks to her, I have looked up the circumstances of John Hymas, my great great grandfather's suicide. How sad he must have been to do that.
I am happy to receive any messages from any possible relations.
I live in Beverley, East Yorkshire. My mother was born in Harrogate and my father, in Oldham, but brought up in Halifax.
Thank you for this web site and as relatives, I hope we may meet up one day.


sally (
Date:Thu 15 Dec 2011 01:11:10 GMT
Subject:Hutchinsons: the family of William and Henrietta

2nd comment. I had not read your other messages when I first wrote.
I think I am probably your 2nd cousin (not once removed as previously though)since we have the same great grand parents, i.e. Henrietta and William.
My grandfather was Fred and I am astonished to learn that he had all those siblings. I have a photo of him if you would like to post it on your site Jan? As two of the youngest, I think he and Elizabeth must have been close.
In the meantime, I am happy for you, Robin Hutchinson and Angela Jefferson to contact me by e-mail if any of you would like to, since we may also be related. I am interested to know anything, however little about that family. Could I ask Robin if his gg grandfather, George was born in 1836 or 1863?

Thank you


sally De Bono (
Date:Wed 14 Dec 2011 14:32:19 GMT
Subject:The Hutchinsons: My great grandparents too!

Thank you for all your information and to know that we may be 2nd cousins, once removed?
Hope we can get in touch.


angela jefferson (
Date:Sun 30 Oct 2011 11:23:00 GMT
Subject:Todd Family

Could you help me? Is the photograph of Henrietta on your site the sister of Alice (named on grave stone) I have found 12 children belonging to Thomas Todd and Elizabeth (nee) Bolten. Alice and Henrietta being two of them. My GG Grandfather was William Todd 1839-1896 who was one of the 12 children .
Many Thanks


Diane Jordan (
Date:Sun 09 Oct 2011 19:41:35 BST
Subject:1901 census

Hi Janet
Found your website while searching My great grandad James Cashmore who was listed with his family at 109 Pershore Rd. Upon revisiting the site I found my other great grandad John E Mander at 18 Lifford Lane with his parent and siblings. It has been a great help with my family tree.


Laura stephenson (
Date:Mon 25 Jul 2011 21:43:51 BST
Subject:John Watson hymas

Hi Janet, I am the great granddaughter of John Watson hymas (who i never met but would have loved to have known) my grandmother was Netta Young (Daughter of Bert Hymas %26 Elsie) she was so much fun, loving, kind and creative, she talked and wrote always of bishop monkton and stories about her wonderful childhood and family- I feel I know them all in my heart because she kept their memories alive. Coming across your website was a great surprise and brought tears to my eyes seeing some of my own family history and my nanna as a young girl in one of your photos! I'm typing this on a mobile phone which is a bit difficult so I would like to write more when I get to a bigger screen!
Thank you for your lovely website,


Skip (
Date:Mon 16 May 2011 17:15:06 BST

Stands back from the keyboard in amazement! Tkhans!


Georgie Garrett (
Date:Mon 28 Mar 2011 20:48:58 BST

I have quite an extensive BUDD tree... my family had a Marquee and Tent business N.Budd %26 Son at 265 Aston Road, Aston, Birmingham. Also they were engravers in Wolverhampton. Do you think we have any connection. They originated from Fillongley, Warwickshire. Georgie Garrett


Harry Hibberd (
Date:Tue 15 Feb 2011 18:41:47 GMT

Have looked at your photos of Stirchley on your website and I am very interested. I used to live at 97 Charlotte Road from 1943 to 1955 with my grandparents Mr and Mrs J T Baldwin. I believe that John Baldwin was at that time a senior employee of TASCOS bakery. I attended Stirchley Street school until about 1948, and my aunt Lou Baldwin taught there from about 1950 to 1965.
I know that the Baldwins used to live at 1501 Pershore Road before they moved to 97 C. in about 1930. Please do you know the road number of the TASCOS shop that you show, as this could be it? I remember teachers' names at Stirchley School: Miss Cull, Mr Burroughs, Ms Phillips, also the Quineys who lived at the paper shop opposite the Church of the Ascension on the main road.
I look forward to your reply.
Best regards,


Dr Vincent Lien (
Date:Sat 08 Jan 2011 21:40:41 GMT
Subject:The Pratts in Melmerby, Ripon

Dear Jan,

I came across your website whilst researching the history of my current property, West View, Melmerby near Ripon.

"West View" is an old cobble and brick cottage built circa 1780 (according to our surveyor) on the main street of Melmerby. It is situated just round the bend from the Grange, travelling from the direction of Wath. Through my research, I came across a William Pratt who was described as a "tailor" in around 1840, and a Thomas Pratt who was entered as a "grocer and postmaster" in the 1890 census.

I am wondering if they were the same people as listed in your family tree from Melmerby. Did they live in what is now "West View"? If they were, I would dearly love to know everything that you know about their lives in "West View". I would also love to learn the history of "West View".

I look forward to hearing from you, and many thanks in anticipation.

Yours sincerely
Vincent Lien


Carolyn Heywood (
Date:Sat 04 Dec 2010 17:18:40 GMT
Subject:John Hymas b1828

I have some newspaper articles about John's gruesome suicide.
John was the brother of your ancestor Thomas and my ancestor Robert.
If you send me your email address and will send you copies


Susan Shirley (
Date:Mon 18 Oct 2010 23:02:09 BST
Subject:Shirley family

I was pleased to find your pages as my husband is also decended from your branch of Shirleys his great grandfather was William Henry Harrison Shirley.

I also have North Yorkshire family so I will watch your site and see if we have any connections
best regards susan Shirley


Darryl Lovesey (
Date:Tue 28 Sep 2010 00:31:56 BST
Subject:Lovesey Family

Hi janet i was wondering how far you have been with the family tree .....i was born in daventry northampton and was wondering if i was part of your tree


Sue (
Date:Tue 07 Sep 2010 03:01:47 BST
Subject:Esau Saunders in 1901 Cotteridge Census

Thank you so much for doing this work. Esau and Elizabeth are my Great Grandparents with Andrew as my Grandfather (whom I never got a chance to meet).

Sue Saunders
Kamloops, BC


Elizabeth Jones (maiden name Sims) (
Date:Sun 05 Sep 2010 19:09:45 BST
Subject:Your wonderful website!

What fantastic photographs, I knew your Aunt Vera Lovesey when I was a little girl, I lived just a few doors away from her 19, Bosbury Terrace, Warren Road. She was a lovely woman. I am at present trying to do my own family tree with great difficulty as my Mother died when I was seven years old followed by my Father two years later. I have very few photographs but can remember very clearly all the neighbours that lived round about. I had an Aunt that lived next door to me, Clara Field and an Aunt that lived in Plymouth Road, Maud Ottley. Your photographs bought back memories and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.
Best wishes
Elizabeth Beatrice Jones


Miss Gregory (
Date:Tue 03 Aug 2010 15:47:06 BST
Subject:Re.Timothy Gregory

I just wanted to say thank-you for all the hard work you have done regarding the history of cotteridge and setting the website up.

I was researching my family history and my g.g.g.grandad's was timothy gregory's brother.
I am very new to geneology and was relived to finally find something which confirmed my findings,
I come from Staffordshire, and have recently moved to birmingham. When discovering where Francis road is I realised it is only a 15 minute drive away.

Ironically I have even taken my children to the indoor playcentre near by and didn't realise how close I was to my own family's history.

Again thank you very much.
Miss.C Gregory


Miss Gregory (
Date:Tue 03 Aug 2010 15:47:05 BST
Subject:Re.Timothy Gregory

I just wanted to say thank-you for all the hard work you have done regarding the history of cotteridge and setting the website up.

I was researching my family history and my g.g.g.grandad's was timothy gregory's brother.
I am very new to geneology and was relived to finally find something which confirmed my findings,
I come from Staffordshire, and have recently moved to birmingham. When discovering where Francis road is I realised it is only a 15 minute drive away.

Ironically I have even taken my children to the indoor playcentre near by and didn't realise how close I was to my own family's history.

Again thank you very much.
Miss.C Gregory


Paul Chadderton (
Date:Sat 24 Jul 2010 21:31:48 BST
Subject:Francis Road / Holly Road

Hi, I was just doing a bit of research into my family ancestry when I stumbled upon your site, my Gt Grandfather "Arthur Chadderton (married to Francis)) lived at 93 Francis Road, they had 9 children. In 1910 my grandfather Albert Chadderton was born there.

Later my grandfather married Joyce Whitby Cole and lived at 18 Holly Road until the early 70s. They had three children Derek, Margaret and Kevin.

I wonder if any of your research has thrown up any of my family?


Christobel Knight [nee Salmon] (
Date:Thu 17 Jun 2010 20:23:36 BST
Subject:census of cotteridge 1901

I would like to thank Janet Lovsey for compiling this census.
I knew my Grandparents whereabouts but was surprised to find that they lived 52 Rowheath Rd at that time. Alfred Salmon and family eventually moved to 31 Midland Rd which became the family home until 1985. On the 1911 census my father Harold Salmon was 10yrs old. Janets family history was very interesting and I remember mentions of the Hickey family - I think one became the steward of my fathers club {cotteridge ex-service] Harold was a founder member there, and was a loyal member till he died in 1982.My Aunt Dora played the piano at the Grant Arms and the Salmon family were well know arounf Cotteridge. C P Knight 17/6/2010.


Marie Amiss (
Date:Sat 05 Jun 2010 01:46:54 BST
Subject:Francis Road

Hi, I came by your web page about Francis Road, Kings Heath and had to mention that I believe that my dad was born in one of the terraces on Francis Road. Unfortunately he has died and cannot ask him which house it was. His name was Brian Amiss and his parents were Herbert 'Bert' Amiss and Rose Amiss. Would any of your family or anyone still living in Francis Road know them? Would love to hear from you.

Marie Amiss


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