This site is a way of sharing the information on my ancestors and other relations, which has been gleaned over decades of research.
My father was from Pontypool and my mother from Dundee - they actually met half way in Manchester and married in 1958. They moved to West Wales, and a family grew up there ... myself and my two sisters along with mum and dad.
My father's Aunt had made an attempt to trace her ancestors, in the days when genealogy was just starting to grow as a national obsession! After she died in 1978, an outline family tree was passed on to my father, and as a family, we started to piece it all together.
I kept up the interest and nearly 35 years later, this web-site summarises my main finding to date. I have tried to be careful regarding sources - however, there is always the possibility of human error, which can send you up completely the wrong path. On some of the less direct branches of the tree, I have relied on the work of others. If you want to know the sources of any of my records, please do email me and I'll let you know.
I have also published information on my wife’s family, who are from the North of England in the main, with branches from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and India.
Either have a look at the NAMES page, or click on one of the names below to start.
WELSH ANCESTORS (my direct lines)
PITT - from Pontypool, Glascoed, Wiltshire (Chelworth?) or Gloucestershire
JENKINS - from Abersychan, Birmingham, Risca
LEWIS - from Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire
ARNOLD - from Glascoed, Llanishen (Mon) and Llandenny.
WATSON - from Aston, Moor Street, Birmingham and Clerkenwell. Supposedly from Scotland by oral tradition, though I have yet to find the link.
WILLIAMS - from Glascoed and Cwmbychan? near Crickhowell
JONES - from Llanishen (Mon), Tregirog and Llanelly, Breconshire.
LICHFIELD - from Birmingham, Kidderminster and Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.
STEVENS - from Caerleon
DAVIES - from Llansawel, Carmarthenshire
MORGAN - from Glascoed (possibly previously from Prioress Mill, Llanbaddock)
SCOTTISH ANCESTORS (my direct lines)
FISHER - from Dundee and previously from Hatton of Cargill, Perthshire
MILNE - from Dundee, Dun, Easter Skichen in Carmyllie, Panbride, Arbirlot, (all in Angus)
STEWART - from Glasgow, and previously West Kirk, Edinburgh
GAIR - from Auchrennie, Mains & Strathmartine, East Balgillo, Cortachy & Clova and Crathie & Braemar
CANNING - from Crevagh, Donegal.
McDONALD - from Crathie (Aberdeenshire)
ANOTHER McDONALD family from Edinburgh, and also England (probably London)
LAWRIE - from Ireland (possibly Donegal)
VALENTINE - from Brechin and St. Vigeans, Arbroath, Forfar
WHYTE - from Guthrie
FORBES - from Farnell
RUTHERFORD - from St. Vigeans, Arbroath
ALLARDICE - from St. Vigeans, Arbroath
GIBB - from Aberlemno and Guthrie
GREIG - from Aberlemno and Guthrie.
RITCHIE - from Panbride
WALKER - from Panbride
CAITNES - from Panbride
CLARK - from Panbride?
BARRY - from Arbirlot?
WHATELEY - from Scotland
ROBERTSON - from Mains & Strathmartine and Kirkmichael
DARGIE - from Tealing,
HUNTER - from Tealing and Inverarity
SMITH - from Tealing?
WHITE - from Inverarity & Methy?
MY WIFE’S ANCESTORS
Grieves - from Bolton, West Derby (Lancs), Knutsford and Scotland
Staniforth - from Stalybridge (19th and 20th centuries). Previously from Sheffield (early 1800s).
Hubbard - from Hilborough, Norfolk. Later lived at Stockport and Gee Cross.
Jones - from Ashton, Dukinfield and Stalybridge. Previously at Ashton on Ribble (Preston). Originally from Gwersyllt, Denbighshire.
Hill - from West Derby (Lancs). Previously from Derbyshire, Bristol and Silverton (Devon).
Sumner - from Woodley, Oldham, Russia, Farnworth and Little Hulton (Lancashire)
Farrar - from Stalybridge and Saddleworth.
Gaffney - from Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield and previously from Leitrim, Ireland. One ancestor born at Clifton while father in Army.
Welsh - from West Derby (Lancs) and Liverpool. Previously lived at Greenock and Dublin. Earliest known residence: Argyll, Scotland.
Lock - from Backwell, Somerset. Later lived at Bristol, Derbyshire and Liverpool.
Connare - Lived at Hilborough, Norfolk. Also lived at Fort William, Calcutta. Originally from Ireland.
Riley - from Stalybridge, Stockport and originally Leeds.
Bamforth - from Stalybridge, Oldham and originally from Slaithwaite.
Penrith or Pennereth - from Over Darwen, Kirkham and other parts of Lancashire
Boshell - or Boshill. From Dukinfield. Originally from Dublin (reputedly born on O’Connell Street, Dublin).
Musgrave - from Knutsford and previously Cockermouth and Embleton (Cumberland).
Galbraith - from Ireland and later Greenock, Dublin and Liverpool.
Ford - Lived at Backwell, Somerset.
Preston - from Stalybridge, Ashton-under-Lyne and Stockport.
Sleddon - from Stockport and originally Heaton Norris.
Longdin - from Saddleworth. Later at Stalybridge.
Johnson - from Ulverston. Later lived at Preston, Over Darwen, Bradford and Bootle.
Daly - from County Mayo, Ireland and also lived at Clifton, Gloucestershire and County Roscommon.
Carroll - from Dublin.
Barlow - Originaly from Stockport. Later lived at Manchester and Nether Knutsford.
Wilkinson - from Embleton, Cumberland. Died at Knutsford.
Worthington - from Stockport.
Holmes - from Calcutta, India
Norris - from Little Hulton, Farnworth and originally from Over Darwen.
Foster - from Lancashire