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Louise (
Date:Tue 16 Mar 2010 11:26:31 GMT

Your site is fantastic, brilliant in fact. I Grew up in Cotteridge in the 70s - late 90's. My Gran lived on the Pershore Road for 60 years . The names you mention really connect with me My mother has only strayed 200yrds away and knows upmost of the people of francis road. I might have more photos for you. how do I get them to you?


Adrian Lanchester-Hale (
Date:Thu 25 Feb 2010 22:16:21 GMT
Subject:The Stokes Family - Charles Stokes - Ann Ledbury (Ladbury)

Hello Jan,
What a wonderful website. I came across it while looking for information about Charles Stokes b1827, who was my 3time great grandfather on my mothers side. My grandfather was brought up in Oxford Street Stirchley by an aunt (Hill) after his parents passed away through TB in 1910/11.

Again many thanks it all helps.
Kind regards,
Adrian (1962 vintage)


angela herron sansam (
Date:Mon 11 Jan 2010 11:16:33 GMT
Subject:census transcription

I note that you plan to put details of Hampsthwaite records on internet. To save your time, I thoght I'd let you know it has already been done via H. village wqebsite. Cheers, A


louise flynn (
Date:Sun 13 Dec 2009 02:06:10 GMT
Subject:frances road

found it really interesting, to read some of the history of our road.


Carl Stanton (
Date:Tue 08 Sep 2009 23:37:38 BST
Subject:The Morris Family Nuneaton

My wife appears to be a Gt/Grandaughter of Joshua Morris.
Do you have more on this family.
Carl Stanton


Karen Parker (karen.[private]
Date:Thu 06 Aug 2009 14:37:37 BST
Subject:Hi Jan

Finally got round to reading - very interesting and well done you!!!


michael marsden (
Date:Tue 28 Jul 2009 15:26:37 BST
Subject:william hayton

Through Google I found your site. In Gildersome cemetery near Morley on the outskirts of Leeds is the grave of William Hayton, who was buried on 19th January 1881 aged 61, which of course indicates 1820 as his approximate date of birth. Apart from the documentation for the cemetery I cannot locate him in any census records. Interestingly in the 1841 census there is a William Aton (spelling for Hayton?) aged 20 yrs living in Thirsk. I noticed the town of thirsk cropped up in one of your information sheets on your site.
I guess the crunch question is . . . . could the William Hayton in Gildersome cemetery be a relative of yours?


Sandra Wadhams (nee Wells) (private[@]
Date:Thu 23 Jul 2009 00:26:39 BST
Subject:Francis Road and Lifford Lane

I came across your site by accident. I was looking for information on Grants (Builders) on the Pershore Road. My great-grandmother Elizabeth Mason and her youngest daughter Beatrice (known as May) lived at 20 Lifford Lane. The eldest daughter Martha (Dolly) was my grandmother. Martha married Jesse Wells in 1923, who she met whilst he was staying with his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Alice Wells, a few doors away. Auntie Alice was blind and I am sure she lived in her apron and felt hat!

I believe one of Uncle Bill's sons eventually lived round the corner in Francis Road, I don't know which number, but as I recall it was close to Lifford Lane end.

Do you recall any of these people?


Robin Hutchinson (
Date:Wed 01 Jul 2009 10:15:59 BST
Subject:Elizabeth Hutchinson

Dear Jan,
I attempted to post a message on this site several months ago but it never appeared. Never mind ! Hope this one does. Anyway I book-marked it and found myself looking at it again today. We are distant cousins. My great great grandfather George Hutchinson was the older brother of your g g grandfather William. I have been doing a bit of research myself and came across your site. I have enjoyed looking at it very much and was amazed and delighted to see the pictures of Henrietta and Elizabeth Hutchinson. I would be extremely interested in any other info you have on the Hutchinson part of your family.
Regards - Robin.


Peter Simoens (
Date:Thu 25 Jun 2009 20:40:24 BST
Subject:John Henry Lovesey

It's a beautiful website, not only for the content but also for the nice presentation !
I would like to ask you if you could tell me something about John Henry Lovesey, who was borin in Hale in October 1887. He married Sarah Ellen Ratcliffe on the 28 April 1914. He attested for the ASC on 11.12.1915, and served with the 29th Field Ambulance. I'm particularly interested in this brave man, because he got a Military Medal for Bravery in the Field for an action in Ypres.
Kind regards, Peter (Ypres, Belgium).


robert sheldon (hidden[@]
Date:Wed 27 May 2009 10:55:54 BST

Smashing website. The Taylors at 81 Frances in 1901 were my G Grandparents. John came from a line of farmers, became a mason and then bricklayers. Can supply many more details if anyone needs them.

The eldest daughter Agnes Mary had a child Elsie May Taylor in 1906. She named the father as Arthur Taylor. Elsie May is the only one who slipped off the radar. Telling you we are looking 'just in case!'

Thanks again for the website


Andi Hickey (hidden[@]
Date:Tue 26 May 2009 21:22:15 BST

Im ten years old and my grandad is Vincent Hickey and my father is also Vincent Hickey. My uncle is Alan Hickey and my nan is Anne Hickey. I found your website interesting as they all lived at Frances Road when they where younger.I have two older cousins Laura and Amy who are Alans daughters. My last uncle is Brian and he also has two sons James who is youger than me and Shaun who is older like Amy and Laura. My dad found the website not me. Many thanks, Andi Hickey


Andi Hickey (
Date:Tue 26 May 2009 21:22:14 BST

Im ten years old and my grandad is Vincent Hickey and my father is also Vincent Hickey. My uncle is Alan Hickey and my nan is Anne Hickey. I found your website interesting as they all lived at Frances Road when they where younger.I have two older cousins Laura and Amy who are Alans daughters. My last uncle is Brian and he also has two sons James who is youger than me and Shaun who is older like Amy and Laura. My dad found the website not me. Many thanks, Andi Hickey


maxine ancil (bluenose4488[@at]
Date:Thu 23 Apr 2009 19:18:49 BST
Subject:grantham builders - stirchley

hello - i am trying to find out any information on a family called Grantham - the father ran a builders firm in the 1950`s in stirchley and had a son called peter - any information you may have would be marvellous - maxine


ojaegpx (
Date:Mon 20 Apr 2009 10:17:03 BST

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Sheila Griffin/Faulkner (@dandsfaulkner[@]
Date:Sat 21 Mar 2009 22:20:07 GMT
Subject:Griffin/Evans family tree

I have had a look at your family history and see that you have alot of details on Pershore Road, do you have any details of number 393 Pershore Road where my grandmother Bearice F V Evans lived in 1912 she married my grandfather Edwin Charles Griffin in Kings Norton

regards Sheila


Shane Bywaters (oliverfamilyhistory[@]
Date:Sat 21 Mar 2009 17:48:31 GMT
Subject:Oliver %26 Warrior Family Connection

Hi Janet,

I'm Shane Bywaters, I live in Oxfordshire and I'm currently researching my 'Oliver' ancestors.

Firstly, congratulations on such a great website.

I found it whilst researching one of my ancestors who I discovered moving from Oxfordshire to Marske-by-the-Sea in the early 1870's where he eventually married Margaret Warrior, who you have identified in your research.

Just today I have published some of on my research and findings on an Oliver Family History website, you may like to have a look as it contains some information on the Warrior/Oliver marriage that you may not have uncovered yet - the site is

Best Wishes for your future research,


Colin Clarke (
Date:Wed 11 Mar 2009 18:47:46 GMT
Subject:James Baldwin

Just visited your excellent site.
One obsevation you may wish to correct re James Baldwin, in 1891 the address was Breedon House. The Baldwin family were Paper Manufactures at Sarehole Mill, near the House. James's father also James occupied the house before his son.
James Baldwin snr. was Lord Mayor of Birmingham in 1853.


Paul Cooper (
Date:Fri 06 Mar 2009 00:10:43 GMT
Subject:Lifford Lane

Brilliant site which has helped me locate my grandmother and her parents and solve another family mystery. Another gap filled in my story of the Cooper's. Thanks Jan


A Underhill (
Date:Tue 10 Feb 2009 21:30:27 GMT
Subject:Stephens of Rowheath Rd

What an interesting website! Lovely to see my family, the Stephens who were all over Cotteridge and Kings Norton, from Worcestershire also. They are listed on your Cotteridge 1901 at 196 Pershore Rd, but my Grt Grandfather moved to Rowheath Rd eventually, where my Dad can remember visiting.

Interested to see that its a locality to call a place "the..." as it drives my husband mad when we talk about "the Rover" and "the Longbridge" as its where grandad/grt grandad and most men worked!!



Emma Harris (
Date:Thu 08 Jan 2009 06:56:35 GMT
Subject:Searching for my UK family

I am searching for an ancestor from the UK. His name was George Harris and he was born about 1850. He came to America at some point in time. I have found him in an 1870 Laramie, WY. census. He married my great-great grandmother who was Native American. We have been unable to trace any of his family from the UK. I have seen a listing of a George Harris on your website born in 1850. Do you have any further information on him?


Alan Hickey (
Date:Fri 14 Nov 2008 20:38:40 GMT

I have found this extremely interesting. It has taken me way back to my childhood at 32/52 Frances road. I have nothing but fond memories of the Hickey/Lovesey families and in particular your dad, Uncle Len, and your mom the lovely Auntie "Roey". 52 was a house filled with happiness and love and of course the irrepressable "Granny-great" who could never hear a word I said to her. Of course my grand parents, your great uncle Vince and Aunt Molly lived at 32 Frances road where I spent much of my childhood.
Can I congratulate you on a wonderful web-site, and thanks again for the memories.



Derek charles Hickey (
Date:Thu 23 Oct 2008 00:13:38 BST
Subject:Could be related

hi derek here from Longbridge, Father was Jow and mother lillian, Joe, vincent and nancy was all brought up in francis raod cotteridge, no 33 is i recall grandma molly a fearsome redheaded lady. Would be interesetd if you ahve any informations as we havent been part of the family directly for 30 year splus bit would love to know any of the history or root im sure were all related all of the hickets from francis road are. im marrie dwith 2 children and siste josie i salso married with 2 children im 48 josie is 52.
please drop us aline if you wish (alternative mail is (**private**) best wishes



Dave Tucker (
Date:Wed 22 Oct 2008 12:31:11 BST

nice site Jan - very impressed and well researched too


Neil Brown (
Date:Mon 22 Sep 2008 22:14:45 BST
Subject:Frances Road

Hi Janet,
Recently discovered your site and was very pleased and impressed with what I found.
As a family we lived at Nr 54, next door to your Great Gran and I remember members of your family very well.
I was delighted to find pictures of my mother, Lois, and also my eldest brother, David, on your site.
My aunty who is now 95 still lives at Nr 58 and was able to identify a number of people from the picture on the site of the coach trip.
Thank you for making the effort to produce the site.


carolynne hall nee hymas (
Date:Sat 30 Aug 2008 08:25:53 BST
Subject:hymas family

Hi, My grandfather was the cousin of Alfred Hymas of Ripon, I was born in 1958, my father, Henry Norman Hymas died in 2000 he was one of 9 including triplets. Anyone interested in my family?


Hannah (
Date:Fri 15 Aug 2008 15:55:21 BST
Subject:correction of spelling

Sarah Amelia Lovesey is the correct spelling of the name


Hannah (Hannahsturdy@'
Date:Fri 15 Aug 2008 15:53:35 BST
Subject:Sarah Amelia Lovesey..?

Hello My name is Hannah and I my great great great gran was called Sarah Amelia Lovesay and her mother called Sarah Amelia married a John Lovesey.

Sarah was born in 1861 and her mother about 20 years earlier

I am about to order the birth cerificate.

The daughter Sarah Amelia was born in Strand.- St Giles in the feild

and her mother was born in Barnstable in Devon,

Sarah Amelia had a brother called Gearge and Herbert Lovesey..probubly also born in St Giles in the Field- Strand

Sarah Amelia whom was born in 1861 was the mother of Maud Mary Disley

and Maud Mary Disley was the mother of Maud Amelia Little

Maud Amelia was the mother of Kathleen Madge Gee

Kathleen Madge Gee is the mother of of my mother Jeanette

Please contact me if you think you might be related.


Rory (
Date:Fri 04 Jul 2008 21:06:57 BST
Subject:Hickeys et al

Sorry Jan my mistake. This address should work. I am looking forward to the photos. Thanks in advance.

Bye Rory


Jan Lovesey (
Date:Fri 04 Jul 2008 15:46:11 BST
Subject:Message for Rory O'Connor

Thanks for the message Rory; I've tried mailing you on the email address given in the above message but failed so I've sent you an email on your old address... hope you receive it...

It was just to say that I haven't forgotten about the Hickey photo's I promised you - I just haven't got around to it yet!



Rory O'Connor (
Date:Thu 03 Jul 2008 22:08:16 BST
Subject:Family History

Congratulations on the updated website. I've recently begun to do research again after a year or more. I enjoyed reading about Francis Road and the Hickeys. Well done.


greg bell (
Date:Sat 21 Jun 2008 15:45:02 BST
Subject:Halfpenny family from Manchester

I found a link to lily halfpenny which led to this site. My mum is Irene Halfpenny from Clayton Manchester whose mother was also an o'neil. Any links?
Greg Bell


Jan Lovesey (
Date:Fri 20 Jun 2008 00:07:10 BST
Subject:Guestbook Test message

Just trying this out to see if it actually works... if it does, please feel at liberty to contact me... I would be especially happy to receive information and personal memories from anyone who cares to drop me a line...



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