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Hugh HOWARD - wandering son of a stray family

 
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BrianG



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Hugh HOWARD - wandering son of a stray family  Reply with quote

Hugh HOWARD (c1834) is  distant 3rd cousin 3x removed of mine on my paternal grandmother's side.

He was actually born in Halsall. His parents, Hugh HOWARD (c1800) and Margaret (c1802) (nee HOWARD!) moved there from Blowick not long after their marriage in 1824. He starts off as a farm labourer then turns his hand to gardening. In 1862 he marries a young Welsh lass, Eliza Oldfield from Nerquis (Nercws), Flintshire, who is working as a maid at the rectory.. 1871 finds them in Hoole, Cheshire with 3 children (born in Scarisbrick, Ashton-in-Makerfield, and Warrington). By 1881 they are living in Llandrwog, Caernarfonshire, and in 1891 Brynffordd, Flintshire. However they subsequently moved to Liverpool where Hugh died in 1898. In 1901 Eliza is runing a grocer's shop in Everton.

Now for a really spooky twist - when I saw the name Oldfield and Nerquis I really could not believe my eyes. A great-great-aunt on my maternal grandmother's side married an Oldfield from Nerquis. I had always thought that the chances of any overlap whatsoever between my four grandparent branches remote to say the least, each traces back to completely different parts of the country. But a little digging revealed that Hugh's wife Eliza was the first cousin of my great-great aunt Susannah Thomas's husband William Oldfield. How weird is that?


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