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From: "Elaine Polshaw" <>
Subject: [BC Diaspora] Surname Interests
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 06:32:38 +0100
Hi, I am new to this list, so I thought I would send in my surnames
STANLEY - I have John STANLEY born 1780s married Agnes FELLOWS , had 1 son I think Joseph born 1811 in Sedgley. He married Mary NORTHERN and had , Theresa, Agnes, Ann and John. John married twice I think, second wife Elizabeth.
John and Elizabeth and 1 child migrated from Sedgley to Swinton/Pendlebury in 1880s to work in Andrew Knowles coal mines in the area, where they stayed . I am related to John's son Alfred by I think his first marriage. Alfred married Elizabeth BIRD in Swinton.
SHEPHERD - My SHEPHERD line originated in Bilston I have John SHEPHERD born approx 1854, his father was Isaac, not sure of his mothers name as I have been unable to find a birth certificate. John migrated to Pendlebury in 1870s with I think his sister Emma and her husband, again to work in Andrew Knowles coal mines. John married ELiza Ann Peak in 1877 ion Pendlebury shortly after he arrived there. my grandmother was born to them as well as many other children. the area in which they lived was known locally as Little Bilston because so many miners from that area lived there. I was born in that area also in 1953. According to my mother who was also born in Little Bilston in Pendlebury in 1923 even in her time there was still some animosity from the original locals to the "Staffordshire Folk" because apparently Andrew Knowles was a cruel mine owner even for those times, he wanted the miners to take quite a large reduction in their wages and the local miners went on strik!
e, so he sent agents to Staffordshire to recruit miners from there. He payed for them to be brought here, then he evicted the local miners and families to house the Staffordshire miners. As you can imagine, this caused a lot of ill feeling.
If anyone recognised these tqo family names, please let me know. I think a quarter of the population of Swinton and Pendlebury must originate from Sedgley/Bilston areas.
>From sunny Pendlebury in Manchester