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Richard Whitehurst ()
Date: Wed 05 Dec 2012 04:00:30 GMT
Subject: Whitehurst clockmakers, coal miners.

My great Great Grandfather Charles Whitehurst was a Congleton coal miner who supposedly bit the finger off a policeman in a bar brawl. His family hid him out until they could pull enough money together for passage to the USA, where he died in a mining accident in Iowa only a year or two later. His Son Ivan Whitehurst was also a coal miner in Iowa here. Ivans son Ivan Jr. is a retired accountant and I am a retired school district employee. Not sure if we go back to The well known clockmaker/geo-scientist John Whitehurst of Cheshire. I'm all over the web looking for clues. Would love to visit one day... I dont drink or bite.


C Pownall ()
Date: Thu 18 Oct 2012 16:10:14 BST
Subject: 'Fanny Balls'

Dear Sir/Madam I am currently writing some social history, which includes my attendance at the Congleton Secodary School for boys in the 1950s. I have very fond memories about a sweet shop that was located in Wagggs Road, down from the school. As I recall the shop was known as 'Fanny Balls' but whether that was the true name of the proprietor, I cannot be sure. I should like to make contact with any family descendants from the shop owners of that period, if anyone in the area can possibly help. Regards Chris


Sheelagh D'Singh ()
Date: Thu 10 May 2012 11:29:53 BST
Subject: Family History

I am looking for any information about Veronica O'Grady formerly Stansfield, born Murray. Her father was John Murray of Leicester. She married Matthew O'Grady in 1943. Matthew died in 1945 and Veronica married again in 1948. She married Wilfred Follows in Congleton.

I am also looking for my uncle's grave. He was buried at Mossley Church on 19th November 1947


george barsby ()
Date: Sat 07 Apr 2012 06:38:01 BST
Subject: tracing my father

hi there im trying to find any information or anyone who worked at industrial plant and structures ltd also known as ips ,in timbersbrook in the mid to late 60"S ,my mom used to work there her name was anne johnson who lived on hurdsfield rd in macclesfield then moved to timbersbrook for a while ,any information would be great
many thanks george


Sarah McLeavy ()
Date: Wed 04 Jan 2012 16:18:51 GMT
Subject: McLeavy Family

I live in Hampshire now but have just made contact with some of my family in the local area. I am told that the McLeavy family were well known in Congleton. As I am compiling my family history I saw this site and wondered if anyone could tell me if there are many more McLeavys to be found in the town. I am married now and go under the name of Lucas but my father, Frank was a son of Frank McLeavy who went into politics. Can anyone help?


Malcolm Hughes ()
Date: Fri 09 Dec 2011 14:32:27 GMT
Subject: The " Cosy Corner Cafe " - 1, Antrobus Street,

My late father's name is Eric Victor Hughes - Born 26/10/1926. He was born at the Cosy Corner Cafe and his parents were Leonard %26 Frances Hughes, they owned the cafe.
I am researching my family history and that is all I know so I thought to post on here to see if any senior citizens who remember either the cafe or my descendants or both could supply me with any information or point me in the right direction.
I do know that the cafe is now a Asian Takeaway.

Malcolm Hughes.


Tom Wallace ()
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2011 00:23:43 GMT
Subject: Wallace Family of Congleton

Little did I realize, until I found Cogleton on the map, that I was so close to my ancestral stomping grounds. In mid 50's I was stationed at Burtonwood USAF Base near Warrington. If only I had been interested in genealogy at that time. Too late we learn.


Tom Wallace, San Francisco ()
Date: Sun 04 Dec 2011 07:06:06 GMT
Subject: Peter Wallace of Gongleton

One of my ancestors Peter Wallace is listed in late 1871 thru 1891 Congleton Census as a manufacturer of brick and tiles. He had a son George who married a Margaret Venables. Would appreciate any information on these families.

Tom Wallace
San Francisco


george barsby ()
Date: Wed 16 Nov 2011 06:36:35 GMT
Subject: trying to trace

hi there
im trying to trace the williams family that lived on derby street in congleton between 1967-69 not sure if they still there ,
also any info on a factory that was open in the timbersbrook area between 1967-69 ,i have been told there was a tragic accident there in 68/69 ,trying to find anyone who worked there or a name of the factory


george barsby ()
Date: Thu 29 Sep 2011 18:59:31 BST
Subject: searching for info

hi there im looking for any info on a buisness that was in the area of timbersbrook in the late 60s ,im led to believe it was called IPS or something similar ,it was an engineering /manufacturing sort of company ,my mother used to work there in 1969.
or would anyone know where i could look for local buisnesses in that area in the late 60s ,
im also trying to trace the williams family that lived on derby street in congleton or anyone who knows them


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