Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Staffordshire Needham's

1. I've put the BBM data for Leek, Alton, Rocester, Kingsley & Checkley. Rocester, Kingsley and Leek Trees have been put on.

2. New wills data has been obtained and is ready for the Staffordshire wills web page to be updated.

3. Origins pages have been written for Rocester/Alton  and Kingsley/Rocester and put on the nons site

4. Further work has revealed that the whole group of Needham's appear to be linked

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Rylands Library

Spent two half days last week at Rylands looking at the archives of Thomas Ashby Needham. The man is a marvel. I've taken several hundred photos of his work. I've concentrated on the summary pedigree files. I've already uncovered much new info on gravestones at longer and data on wills. The slog has started and wasn't helped by a trip to Twikkers to watch England squeeze past South Africa. The All Blacks next

Monday, 22 October 2018

Staffordshire Update and others

1. Staffordshire: After Uttoxeter, I've pulled the baptism, burial & marriage data for Alton, Rochester and Checkley. There is a noticeable lack of family continuity. The question is where do the parents come from and where do the children disappear to? Answers on a postcard please.

2. Dorothy Needham After correspondence with Patrica F. on Dorothy Needham b 1787 in Chesterfield she pointed out that a Queen Ann prayer book exists with information on the Needham family line starting with Elias Needham b 1707 in Chesterfield. I'm going to do an article on this book. Additionally I found articles on Dorothy's husband Thomas Macdonagh showing he was a wine  merchant who went bankrupt

3. Wilson family tree. Have started to pull the family tree for CW. Looks very interesting

4. Cliff family tree. Pulled info on JC's family. Her father was asked to forge the first ingot of stainless that Harry Brearley produced

5. Carlton memorial : finished looking at the history of those named on the Carlton war memorial

Should have kept the blog going as I've done a lot in the past few months

Friday, 14 September 2018

Staffordshire Needham's

1. Quanford: Have looked again at the Quarnford data and can link all the families to Hartington families except those of James & Mary. According to Sarah Wardles will she has brothers Robert & James  but I cannot find a family with James, Robert & Sarah Needham:

Known facts:
1. census info James was born about 1780 in Derbyshire, and Mary was born about 1782 Staffordshire. In 1841 & 1851 they are at Far Barn, Flash, Longnor Staffs
2. Most probable marriage is 17 Dec 1807 Hartington James Needham & Mary Bestwick
3. Children of James & Mary are: Joseph 1808, James 1813, Thomas 1815, Robert 1817 (died 1834) Dolly 1819, John 1824 all bpt Flash Quarnford Staffs
4. A will of Sarah Wardle (1850) who names her brothers James Needham and Robert Needham and also the children of her brother James - all the ones I have found plus a Sarah.
5. Robert is listed as unmarried, born in Hartington in the h/h of nephew James jnr in 1861

Have downloaded all the baptism data in UK between 1750 & 1790 for James, Robert & Sarah Needham & can find no family or common parent who has all three as children! Either the data is not on the internet or the will is wrong or a child was not baptised

2. Uttoxeter; Got all the BMD data and can link most of the families

Sunday, 9 September 2018


1. Started on the Uttoxeter Needham's
2. Put Thomas & Martha;s headstone at Alstonefield on website
3. on walk round Dovedale took photo of Hanson Grange & put on website

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Start Up

Forgot to start up the blog after holiday. Will now keep a daily blog going.

Just updated the Barlow tree and baptism and burial data on nons

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Medieval Records Update

The 13th to 15th century records have now been updated on nons. What a job. The 15th century list is so long I've had to split the page!
Additionally I've updated the early records page and expanded the Needham's of Hertfordshire page. There is a lot more to do in analysing these records. I've yet to look at the 16th century where I know there are a lot more records. One area of concern is that I've found hardly any references to Needham Grange!