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My father was Samuel William Croxall, have just begun the task of researching his family tree which was something he was always interested in. he was born 1915 in Walsall, Staffordshire, UK. He had two sisters, Irene and Agnes. I hope to make contact with some relatives. Good site !
Camille O commented
I am Carolines daughter of Lucy Jean and Ronald Arthur Orgill(Died 1991)Baptised Pleck Staffs DOB 13/4/22 Walsall Staffs to Lily Martha Nee Weals and Arthur Edwin (?Edwin Arthur)Born 1890 in Pelsall,(died 1965).His father was called John born in Pelsall on4/11/1873 to a Henry Orgill of Pelsall and Ann Nee Holt.My quiery is why do I hold the papers of a burial plot of a cemetery in Newport Lincoln from July 1944? paid for by a John Orgill of Monks Rd Lincoln.WhatI do know is Dads brother was a John known as Jack who also lived in Dudley and his sons are a John and Ron Orgill.Dad was deserted by his father in 1926, to live with his mistress.To be brought up in Dudley with Jack by their mum and paternalgrandfather.I think it was mentioned his dad
ill try to give as much detail about my immediate family as I can remember.
Grandfather:-- JOHN ORGILL. Born about 1870, birth would be registered in Lichfield. Died about 1942, death would be registered in Lichfield. His wife was Mary Ann Mortiboy. John had 5 children. George, Horace, Beatrice, Mary, Ann.
George was born in Brownhills about 1897 and his birth would be registered in Walsall. He served in the 1914-1918 war and when he was demobilised he moved to Rainworth, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. I know that he started a new branch of the family there, I have no further knowledge of him or his family.
Horace was born in 1900 in Brownhills and would be registered in Walsall. He died in 1946 in Brownhills and this would be registered in Walsall. He had 6 children, 3 of whom died at birth or soon after. Alive are Ralph (me), I was born in 1924, Doreen who was born in 1926 and Keith born 1936. We were all born in Brownhills. His wife, my mother was Dora Roberts. Beatrice, Mary, and Ann of course don`t carry on the Orgill name.
Ralph, I have 4 children, Patrick born in 1949, Jill born in 1955, Sally Ann born in 1958, Malcolm born in 1960. All were born in Brownhills and were registered in Cannock. My wife`s name was Hazel Challinor.
Keith is unmarried and has no children. Doreen doesn`t carry the Orgill name.
My Grandchildren. Patrick has one child aged 13 name Daniel. Jill has one daughter aged 21 name Michelle. Sally Ann has one child aged 8 name Mark. Malcolm has two children Amy aged 6 and Sam aged 3.
I trust that your sister will find the above of some use Joe, I`m sorry that it`s not more precise but if she requires any more information I will do my best to supply it.
Best Regards, Ralph
Enjoyed your site I to was born in heath hayes so was my father. both in the same house in bank st dad in 1915 myself in 1938 my great grandparents also lived in the same st. My husbands family also came from Heath Hayes his grandfather a driver for Harpers buses
I spent nearly 21 yrs being brought up in Pelsall.
Most of my childhood was at the local schools,and brought up on the Clockmill rd est.
Did one of the largest paper rounds,streching from mouse hill up the the finger post.
I really loved my time in Pelsall,and still pass it on my way to work in Bloxwich every day
Debbie wilkins commented
Does anyone have any information about Joseph Follows from Pelsall. I was told by family that he died in WW1 but there is no record of this. I think he lived on Chapel Street. His sister was Rosanna Follows who was my grandmother.
I would love to find out more about him.
Please get in touch if you know anything about him.
Kenny Clegg commented
I came about this great website purely by accident and loved reading about the history of Pelsall. I myself grew up in High Heath from 1965-1981.
I would recommend two another great read about the history of Pelsall in the two books by Flora Pearce called "No Work Today" and "Essie"
My aunt, Mary Gallagher, was the cook at Little Wyrley Auxilary Hospital during the war. I have 2 autograph books filled with comments and thanks from service men 1941- 1943, mainly dutchmen, but some british. After the war she went to work for Lady Brenda Hickman (mentioned in your narrative about Dorothy) at her home in Farnham Royal near Slough...this might be of interest to someone! Nice website, thanks. Veronica
I'm in Bristol. My Great Grandfather in Pelsall had the rather amazing name of Joshua Bloomer Davis. He left left for Yorkshire (Fryston) about 1928 with Clara SIMPSON (nee Wood) plus children. I must have loads of Simpson ancestors and their descendants still in/around Pelsall. My homemade 'tree' shows Enoch , Hannah (Skyte), Harriet (Wood), John, James, Sarah Ann (Windsor), Priscilla (Morris), Joseph, George Henry (killed), Maria and Thomas. (Not in order).
If any names ring a bell (especially Thomas Simpson, the real father of some of Clara's children), please e-mail me and post on here. Thanks.
I am trying to trace the address of a house, which in around 1929 was called Glengairn, and was used by a doctor. It was somewhere on Pelsall Common, and had bow windows and an orchard.
I have been researching the Astley family tree ,in particular Enoch Astley. During a recent visit to Walsall local history one of the researchers told me that a lady from Pelsall history group (wendy stanway) was researching the same name of Astley ,i would be very interested if anyone has any information about this family.
3 different breeze members played for pelsall cricket team in
1920s . are there any Ernest breeze's still living in pelsall?
Stuart harte commented
Nice to read some facts of Pelsall,that even after spending 21 yrs in Pelsall,I didn't know myself.
Very interesting to look back from my childhood to adult hood,
And most of my enjoyable times spent here.
Keep up the good work of collating such an interesting read.
Wonder if you have a photo of the one room school which used to be somewhere on the Walsall Road in Gt Wyrley, please. I went there, c. 1955, with my cousin [Gerald Sharp] and my brother [John Maiden] when we lived with my aunt and uncle [Percy & Ivy Sharp]. I have vivid memories of it. Aunty could hear me screaming to be let out when she had walked some distance back home! It was a gallery school and years later I discovered that these were abolished by Act of Parliament in 1880. I think my grandparents had attended the school and I wrote on the wood edged slates they must have used.
You do not list any publications. I wondered how I can l see the cemetery records, for example.
Thank you for your help
Thank you for taking an 82 year old back in time,to relive so many memories and an age where things seemed to matter more,fell in love with the premier line many years ago,at that time I never in my wildest dreams could see me on the footplate of a super D,but we had one shedded at monument lane shed,that seemed to spend most of its time at Soho Pool sidings,with a nightly trip to bescot yard and back to the shed to finnish,strange thing about this duty,we were issued with bus tokens,so we could relieve the morning crew,other than walking,there was no other way to get there,except by bus,thank you again and while we have dedicated people who spend many hours searching the past,it will always be with us,
Your page is fantastic. Only just found it. Born in 47. My haunts were the Casino in the arcade. I was 15 at the time. Saw Spencer Davis group there and the Moody Blues when Denny laine was the lead singer. I was a mod in those days. Later the Ship and Rainbow in Wolverhampton. Didn't know it at the time but met Sharon Osborne there she was with her day. Not very old, she wore white ankle socks which looked so out if place. Later into the Dirty Duck and the Soders Web in station street
Only just discovered your site. Absence of transport meant I stayed local to the west midlands.
1968-69 coffee bar in walsall the Del Rio, with the most fantastic juke box. Was 15 at the time, soon I was discovering clubs all over the area. In Walsall There was the George Hotel,later to be shut and reopened as the 'Femina', never the same again, the Caves, the Cavern, the Speakeasy,........etc.
In Brum, Barbarella's and Rebecca's. No such name as 'northern soul' then of course. But my favourite place was the Catacombs in Wolverhampton, Great DJs like Alan S and the late Bob Crocker not to forget Blue Max. main regret is that getting married, fatherhood etc etc etc I lapsed and lost touch with the scene, still had all my sounds though, bet they're worth something now.
1989, went to a Catacombs Reunion in Wolverhampton and heard so many records that I'd not heard before, including Frank Wilson, and when it came on there was a flood of people onto the floor, and i said to my mate, "don't remember this one."
I now know people of about my age (56) who never stopped going and I hear tales of places like the mecca and casino and wish I'd experienced those places.
This should be considered by now ??
Sam Young commented
My Grandma and Great Grandpa were Phoebe and Joseph cliffe Master Bakers from Penkridge 1980s. I know Joseph died and Phoebe remarried. Are there any photos or any other information about them or their children
I am researching the history of the creation, from 1818, of a large country estate on Exmoor in Somerset by John Knight, ironmaster, of Wolverley, Worcestershire. Mr Knight's Land Surveyor, was a "Mr Bright". I suspect this might be John Bright (1781 - 1844) who was later Lord Hatherton's Steward at Teddesley (mentioned in Lord Hatherton's diary on 6/2/1840). I wonder if you can point me to anything that might help me confirm (or otherwise) this connection? Thanking you in anticipation