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This is your page to advertise the names of families you are researching and missing ancestors in Tameside. You can also include photographs and links to your own websites etc. The only stipulation is that the families must have lived in one of the towns that make up Tameside. Please e-mail me at:, and put MESSAGE BOARD in the subject line. You must also let me know what contact details you want to appear on-line.

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Needham, Garside, Knott, Schofield, Hyde, Sampson

Please could you publish the following on your Tameside website:

"Mary Jane Needham married Joseph Garside in 1870 in Tameside. Their 4 children were Sarah Hannah, Allen, Albert and Dan. I've now gone thru Cheshire BMD, FreeBMD and 1901 Census, and found the marriages and children of these 4 Garside children.

Dan Garside married Gertrude Knott and their son Albert was born in Staleybridge in 1900.

Sarah Hannah Garside married Ernest Schofield and their son Joseph was born in 1896 and daughter Sarah Jane in 1898. Both born in Staleybridge.

Allen Garside married Elizabeth Hyde and daughters Ethel born in 1894 and Anne in 1896. Both born in Staleybridge.

Albert Garside married Florence Sampson and son Fred born in 1901 in Newton, Cheshire.

All these people were distant cousins of mine. Would love to find their descendants!

Contact:Shirley at:
message posted 30 December 2005

Alice and Aaron Howard

Searching for information about Alice Howard and children , Ashton-Under-line, who appears in 1861 and 1871 as head yet declares herself married. In the 1881 she is living with her son, Aaron, and is listed as widowed. Aaron is direct paternal line for my two sons and I would like to solidify this line for them. Alice has sons Aaron, Joseph, Charles and Randall. I would like to learn the father (or fathers?) of these children. A birth record for Aaron would be wonderful. From the 1881 census his birthplace was Dukinfield in Cheshire as was his mother, Alice's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Contact:Gail at:
message posted 19 December 2005

Looking for Selina KEELING

I am looking for my grandmother Selina Keeling, born 1889 at 94 Church Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne and died in 1971. She had five brothers.

She was not married when my father Frederick was born 1916

I would love to hear from anyone who has any connection with those names.

Contact: Carol Ann Smith (nee Keeling) e-mail:
message amended14th March 2006

Looking for John and Salome HAMER

I am searching for descendants of John and Salome HAMER who lived in Dobcross most of their married life.Salome Hamer nee Redgwick was my GGGrandfathers sister she was born in Holmfirth and married John in Saddleworth in 1852. Her death was registered at Ashton in 1895.

Contact: Judith Varley:
message posted 6 November 2005


I am researching the TIPPING - TALENT - YOXALL-GARSIDE families who were all living in Ashton between 1800 and 1900. Any help or contact by others interested in these surnames please contact.

Contact:David Bowers at
message posted 6 November 2005


Thanks for your e-mail, Gay, and here is my notice for your message boards. I am Gwyneth Davies, nee Taylor, and my families are in Oldham in the 19th century. My e-mail address is mail@

John Moorhouse, b 1744, shopkeeper "of Ashton" (will of his uncle William, a butcher of Salford), and wife Dorothy, had William, 1774, James 1777, Robert 1779, Anthony 1781, Dorothy 1783, Elizabeth 1786, Edward 1788 and Sarah 1779. All born in GARGRAVE, nr Skipton , Yorkshire, but the extended family were also butchers in SALFORD and OLDHAM

William b 1774 married Betty MILLS in 1804 in Prestwich and they lived in Redtomnook Oldham. Her brother Abraham, "auctioneer and publican of Salford", owned property in Oldham and "a pew in STALEYBRIDGE CHAPEL" (will of 1822) Any information on these families welcome.

Contact: Gwyneth Davies :
message posted 6 November 2005

Charles WHITHAM born 1878 in Manchester.

I am searching for information on my grandfather, Charles WHITHAM born 1878 in Manchester. He married my grandmother, Sarah (Sally) ARCHER in 1910 in Manchester and moved to Mossley. I do not know the year but my mother was born in Mossley in 1911 so I assume they moved in that year. Why move to Mossley to be a self employed barber? They lived above Stamford House which stood where I remember vacant land towards the top of Stamford Road with the barbers actually on Stamford Road. Can any give me any information? My mother was the District nurse in Mossley, Lily Fox.

message posted 6 November 2005

Looking for TEMPLETON

Robert born abt. 1831 Prescot, Lancashire. His daughter (my g.g.grandmother was born in ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE about 1855 (Bapt found at for Lillie Templeton 9-12-1855 at Ashton-under Lyne. In the 1881 Census Robert is described as a Widower, Theatrical Manager, living in Halifax, York with his sons:

The only information I have on Lily Templeton's mother is that her first name is Isabella.

message posted 3 November 2005


Trying to find some of my granddads brothers who were born in Hyde.

Would like to find some information on these people please if possible

I have them on 1891 Census living at Pendle St Hyde Father William then dead , Mother Hannah Leah/ne Whittle Would like to find out if any of these people married and had a family? I have Joseph and William boarding with the Walbank family on the 1901 census Living at 16 Francis St Hyde Said William and Joseph were coal Miners

Appreciate if anyone at all could possible help with any information


Contact: Barbara Mcvey
message posted 2 November 2005

Looking for Shawcross relatives:

My Shawcross ancestors move from Gorton to Ashton 1878/79 originally to 13 Albion Street.

As their family grew they moved to 179 Hope Street between the 1881 and 91 censuses. Over the years the growing families owned several houses on Hope Street no's 20, 177, 179, 157, 153, 143, 127, 118 and 106 and possibly on Princess Street and Queens Road.

In Ashton they married into Sharples, Ashworth, Rawlinson, Taylor, Wright and Shallcross families

In Stalybridge the Wilson, Leech/Buttly and Hartley families

In Dukinfield to the Clayton family

In Manchester Cathedral the Weston, Wilkinson families and in other Manchester churches to Burns, Douglas and Wigley families

In Gorton the Dugan, Donaldson, Charles, Fitton, Rose and Houghton families.

In Stockport to Eller family and in Denton to Pattenson family.

One member of the family, Mark Shawcross, was hanged for murder in Strangeways in 1909.

David Shawcross who played football for Manchester City in the late 60's and then moved onto Huddersfield Town and Dregheda has also been given as a relative by his cousin but I cannot as yet fit him into the tree.

Any contact with other members of the Shawcross or related families will be gratefully appreciated.

message posted 18th October 2005

The Mysterious Joseph Needham (one of the brothers of my 2 x great-great grandfather)

It appears that Joseph had 3 wives (not at the same time!) - the first was Hannah Marsden and they married in Manchester Cathedral in 1846. Mary Jane was one of their children.

Eliza Cook was the 2nd wife and she married him at Stayley, St Paul, Tameside in 1863. On 1861 census she appears at Newton, St Marys, aged 27 and born in Derbyshire.

The 3rd was a Sarah A, I haven't found her maiden name yet. Joseph's other children were Sarah, Betsey, Hannah, another Joseph, Ethel and Fred. I haven't yet fully sorted out which ones belonged to which mothers.

I'd love to find some connections to Joseph.

Shirley in Australia:
message posted 28th September 2005

I am researching the Ratcliffe/Radcliffe Family

I am looking for information regarding Joseph Wm. Ratcliffe who married Annie Elizabeth Wragg they had two sons Wilfred born 1889, Gilbert born 1892, and a daughter Mona born 1900.

Also James Ratcliffe born 1876, Walter Ratcliffe born 1878 all in Ashton-under-Lyne and Esther Ratcliffe born 1884 Ridgehill Stalybridge.

Can anyone help? <

message posted 15th September 2005

Barbers and Buckleys in Saddleworth, Mossley and Dukifield

A wonderfully clear and easy to navigate site. Thank You.

Seeking any information on a JOSEPH BARBER - Shoemaker (Dukinfield ?) and SARAH ANN BUCKLEY (Saddleworth)

I am seeking information on a WILLIAM BARBER born c1833 Mossley (?) son of JOSEPH BARBER a Shoemaker.


William gave abode as Brunt Hill and SARAH as Sand Beds, both were Cotton Weavers. A son SAMUEL BARBER was born in 1857 and shortly after this the family of three emigrated to America.

At the time of Samuel's birth address is given as Mossley Brow. If this rings any bells with you I would be very pleased to hear from you.

contact Jane at:
message posted 28th August 2005

JOHN POLLITT Headmaster of St Lawrence/Denton Old School

JOHN POLLITT Headmaster of St Lawrence/Denton Old School died 1854 after which the school closed down. His wife Mary (nee Yates) was Headmistress who died 1884. Both are buried at St Lawrence. I am interested in learning more about this old school and the lives of John and Mary. Any news would be most welcome, no matter how insignificant.

Thank you. Ray Crosby.
message posted 16th August 2005

Susannah Grainger (Waterfield)

I am trying to find out about my Great Grandfather/Grandmother Stephen and Susannah Grainger. They lived at 2 Stanley Street. Ashton- under- Lyne. Stephen was interred at Dukinfield Cemetry in January 1918. They were born around 1842 approx. My Grandmothers maiden name was Waterfield. I have come to a dead end in trying to find out any details of my Gt Grandmothers death. I know the place and time of Grt Grandfathers. Does anyone know of Graingers in this area please

Thank you

message posted 16th August 2005

Buckley & Newton Flour Millers

I am looking for info on 'BUCKLEY & NEWTON' they were flour millers from Stalybridge/Dukinfield, time zone 1800-1920 onwards, as yet nothing else known,so anything would be good. plz

message posted 5th August 2005

Looking for the Marland Family from Mossley

Congratulations on a lovely site -- you have added "personality" to the names and places of my family.

My Great-great-grandfather is Hugh Marland, b. about 1839, who married Ann Lockett in Mossley at Holy Trinity Church, Castle Wall. The two worked in the mills, had two children, then emigrated in 1867 to Massachusetts, US. A Marland Mill was built in that colony, but I am not sure of Hugh's relationship to the principals there.

Hugh was one of nine children born to Harriet Marland, the widow of James Marland who died before 1851 census. Harriet was just 44.

My aunt remembers a relative named Neigh Marland, but I have not found a reference to him. Does anyone have any information or connection to these families?

Diane Marland Grooms of Lancaster, in Southern California:
message posted 10th July 2005

Hanford/Handford family Ashton and Stamford St Methodist Connexion

Samuel Hanford later known as Handford was born in March 1799 and baptised in the parish in April 1799. The I G I index refers to Stamford Street Methodist Connexion. He was the son of Fanny Hanford and no father is shown in the records. In later life Samuel was a hatter and moved to London. Has anyone come across the Handford name in connection with Ashton, and does anyone have any knowledge of the Stamford St Methodist Connexion? Is the church still in use? Any information would be very gratefully received. BC

message posted 23rd May 2005

Wanting to contact Lomas Families

I am researching my Lomas Family history From Ashton-u-lyne, Hooley Hill, Guide Bridge, Audenshaw, Hurst and Waterloo. Is anyone else? I have some information to share.

Christine Lomas e-mail:
message posted 18th May 2005

Searching for SAMUEL ROYLE and BETTY REEVES (and connections) families from Stalybridge.

Samuel's father may have been John Royle a stationer and his mother Mary Royle.

I think Betty’s parents may have been Hannah Reeves and William Reeves.

Sherree Haring e-mail:
message posted 1st May 2005

Searching for SINGLETON/ TOBIN/QUEST and HARNEY (and connections) families from Stalybridge.

My grandmother ELIZABETH SINGLETON (nee ALDRED, formerly HEATON) was living at Moulders Yard, Vaudrey Street, Stalybridge in 1916 when her husband JOHN SINGLETON was killed in France. She was left with four young daughters. ETHEL who married TOM TOBIN, ISABELLA, my mother, who emigrated to Australia in 1928, MAY who did not marry, and LILLIAN who married GEORGE HARNEY and lived in Stalybridge in the 1930 and 1940s

In 1945 Ethel and Tom Tobin , together with May Singleton, are listed in the Electoral Roll as living at 79 Crossleach Street, Stalybridge.and remained so until1951 when only Tom Tobin is listed at the address and is listed as living there until 1956 .

In 1918 ELIZABETH SINGLETON was remarried to DANIEL QUEST, a widower, with a young son TOM.

ELIZABETH QUEST died in 1941 aged 69 years. The following is a excerpt from her funeral notice.

"The funeral has taked place of Mrs Elizabeth Quest of 79 Crossleach Street, Stalybridge, who died on 3rd April 1941. The mourners were MR TOM and MRS ETHEL TOBIN (her daughter). MR and MRS G. HARNEY and daughter LIllian, MR JOHN and MR PETER ALDRED (her brothers) MRS BACKINSALE and MRS DUCKWORTH, MRS WILKINSON, MR T. ALDRED, MR HARRISON (brother in law) MR JOHN QUEST, MR and MRS TOM QUEST, MRS JOE QUEST, and MRS L HARNEY

Floral tributes were from - Tom and Ethel, Lilian and George and family, Isabella (Australia), May, Grandson Norman and Rose and family, Grandchildren Joyce and Joan Keeley, Mrs Healey and Hannah and family, Mrs Mercer and Margaret, Mr and Mrs G Harney Snr, Olive Harney, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Glover and friends at The Stop and Rest. "

Hoping some of these names may ring a connection.

Patricia Pitt in Australia: e-mail:
message posted 1st May 2005

Thomas Hyde - Schoolmaster Stalybridge

I am seeking information about my great great grandparents,Thomas Hyde born 1795, died about 1865, married to Mary Lawton baptised 9.6.1811, ? died 1871 in Liverpool.

Thomas was a school master at The Wesleyan Methodist new School in Staley Bridge.

Thomas and Mary were very much involved with the General Baptist Chapel especially with Robert Abbott – Baptist Minister

They had 4 children;

Information on any of the above would be most welcome.

Please e-mail Val Bowler
message posted 17th April 2005

Does anyone remember Alfred Hill?

My Grandfather Alfred Hill died in June 1959, aged 53. Alfred lived at 353 Market St, Droylsden above a dress shop owned by his wife Nellie (formerly Jebb).

Alfred worked at the Clayton Aniline Dye Works and played Green Bowls for the Clayton Aniline Team and the Openshaw Club.

Alfred previously lived at Shelley Grove, Droylsden, his first wife Doris (nee Goodlock) and her mother died after being hit by a bus on Manchester Road, Droylsden on Boxing Day 1933.

If anyone remembers Alfred or any of his family, I would be happy to hear from you.

Diane Sanders:
message posted 2 April 2005

Has anyone more information about my Bromley. McKerracher and Hooley Families

Hi, I have just landed on your site after several fruitless searches for relatives.

I am Mary Gordon, nee Mckerracher, whose family all came from Tameside. I would love to know if anyone has knowledge of the Mckerrachers who lived at 34 Taylor Lane, Denton. My father, Arthur Mckerracher lived there with his parents, Alexander and Gertrude(nee Bromley) and his brothers Alex, William and Duncan. I think my grandfather was born in Falkirk in the 1880's. I don't know when he died but I never knew him and I am 63! Grandma died around 1960. I think she was born in 1885, probably locally but there are several Gertude Bromleys in the official records. I've been told by a cousin that there were possibly some Mckerracher relations in Oldham?

I'd also like to know if anyone knows of any Hooleys who lived in Droylsen. My mother Mary was born Hooley and was a child of a second marriage. I've a feeling that my grandad Hooley originally came from Nottingham. I don't know what Grandma Hooley's first husband was called but I recall my mother telling me that her mother came from Congleton.

Can any-one help? I have only just started this and am shooting off in all directions.

I have some knoweldge of the Mckerrachers and would be happy to share this with other interested relatives that I have yet to meet or to rediscover.

message posted 12th March 2005

Has anyone more information about my Aspland/Affland/Hoffland Family

John Bates married Elizabeth (Hofland?). In 1839 they lived in Compstall-Werneth. That's what it said on the birth certificate of their son, John (my gt grandad). Stockport Registrar seemed to think Elizabeth's name was ASPLAND. He explained that the "f" was the old way of writing "s", and that the name could be Aspland , a name found in the area.

I thought about this. If "f" was "s" then there would not have been a "p" and the name would have been ASSLAND. No such name exists and, in any case, I could not find, anywhere, a birth of Elizabeth ASPLAND to match the age required.

I re-examined the copy certificate. I then noticed that the name could have been AFFLAND. No sign of any AFFLANDs anywhere but HOFLANDs and HOFFLANDs existed. A wrong spelling/pronunciation by Elizabeth or Registrar could account for AFFLAND instead of HOFFLAND (HOFLAND).

If in right district, to begin my query:-

I searched IGI for a marriage between John BATES and a female Elizabeth, starting 1839 and working backwards. Only one record had a wife named Elizabeth, the marriage taking place at Manchester Cathedral Church, 18 June 1832.

I searched IGI for the birth, between 1800 & 1820, of Elizabeth. No trace in England, UK, or British Isles. However, I found 2 births of Elizabeth Hofland, in 1801 & 1806.
No. 1 - Christened 22 Nov 1801 in Beverwijk, Noord Holland. No connection clues.
No. 2 - Seemed more favourable because Elizabeth's maternal grandmother was named Lysbeth. Details:- Christened 25 Nov 1806 in Westwoud, Noord Holland. Father - Klaas HOFLAND. Mother - Tryntje or Catharina KIEFTENBURG. (they were married 22 Apr 1804 in Blokker, Noord Holland).

Father, Klaas, was christened 10 Dec 1781 in Oosterblokker, Noord Holland, and died 27 Jun 1857 in Oosterblokker. His parents were Theunis HOFLAND & Jannetje Adriaensz KONING. Mother, Tryntje or Catharina, was christened 4 Aug 1785 in Wester, Blokker, Noord Holland. Her parents were Pieter Jansdr KIEFTENBURG & Lysbeth Claasdr BAKKER.

I was surprised to find, in IGI site, several HOFLANDs in England, especially in 19th century around Ashton-under-Lyne and Cheshire. If anyone knows anything about the above families, or indeed, about HOFLANDs in general, I would be very grateful.

Contact: John E. Rutter: e-mail:
message posted 10th March 2005

Has anyone more information about my ANDREW Family

Looking for FRED ANDREW son of Edward b1875 & Ruth Andrew (nee Jones) b 1876 and any other information re; John J Andrew b1848 who married Mary Barr b1848 and lived at 96 Park Street, AuL.

message posted 21st February 2005

Hoping to get in touch with OUSEY descendents Anywhere
William Ousey & Family

I would like to find out more about the Ousey family. They lived in the Ashton Under Lyne area and were associated with Heyrod Hall as far as I understand. I know the property was sold at some stage but I would especially like to see some photos if possible of family members. I have attached a photograph of my great grandfather William Kershaw Ousey as he was the one who left England and came to New Zealand so if there are other family members in the area maybe they might recognise him from the photo. Hope this is of some help.

This my direct line:

James Ousey

Thomas Ousey a.k.a Owsie / Oozey son of James Ousey b. c. 1659 m. Rebecca Dewhurst 16 Jan 1682, d. 17 April 1729

James Ousey son of Thomas b. 1683 m. Mary ? d.1729

James Ousey son of James Ousey b. 24 Nov 1717 m Mary Dean/ Deane 27 Dec 1737, d. 30 Sep 1777

John Ousey son of James Ousey b. 2 Mar 1741 m. Sarah Buckley 9 June 1764, d. 1797

Thomas Ousey son of John Ousey b. 5 April 1767 m. Hannah Farrand 7 May 1797, d. 8 Jan 1838

Roger Farrand Ousey son of Thomas Ousey b. 29 Jun 1800 m. Mary Kershaw, d. 1852/3?

William Kershaw Ousey son of Roger Farrand Ousey b. 25 March 1839 m. Sarah Jane Booth 10 Nov 1874, d. 2 May 1890

Percival Shaw Ousey son of William Kershaw Ousey b. 20 June 1879 m. Mary Ellen Janet Sim, 24 June 1903 d. 16 Dec 1943

Percival William James Ousey son of Percival Shaw Ousey b. 14 June 1904 m. Sophie Violet Guard 28 October 1936, d. 29 June 1960

Me daughter of Percival William James Ousey Emmie ( Myrtle) Shaw nee Ousey Emmie has evolved from M for Myrtle.

Emmie Shaw:
message posted 21st February 2005

Searching for information about a local artist George Wain

Could I ask anyone for information about a man from Hyde. His name was George Wain and he was a local amateur artist. He may have been a teacher at a local school. I also believe he made some film recordings of Spain in the 60s for Granada TV. I would like to know more about this man as I have bought some of his paintings over the last 25 years.

Graham Horrocks:
message posted 5th February 2005

Can anyone help with the Horrocks family from Waterloo?

Could any please help me with tracing my family history. I am stuck when it comes to my grandfather, he died in the late 50s. His name was Allen Horrocks and the family came from Waterloo he was born in 1904. He married Lizzie Kershaw in 1932 and they had 5 children Edith, Allen, Cath, Beryl, Graham. I wish to know more about him and his ancestors if poss. I also would like a photo if at all possible.

Graham Horrocks:
message posted 5th February 2005

Any links to Luke Nield's Family from Oldham

What a brilliant site? <

I am researching the family of Luke Nield who lived in Olham Lancashire in the 1800's. He emmigrated to USA in 1854. I have quite a lot of info on his descendants.

Gillie: e-mail:
message posted 5th February 2005

Searching for information of Charles William Bell and his daughter Minnie

Looking for info regarding my Grandparents: Charles William Bell and Alice Ann Bell (Hunt) they were married in 1899 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. They had 3 children Minnie (b.1900), Charles (my father b.1901) and Elizabeth(b.1907).. My Grandmother(Alice) died in 1915 and my Grandfather remarried in 1918 to someone called Piggot but that is all I know about his second marriage. Also I have know idea what happened to "Minnie".

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

John Bell: e-mail::
message posted 5th February 2005

Hello there from New Zealand.

I am trying to trace my great great grandparents whose daughter was Clara Stanley. She married William Strangeway of Dukenfield on 21 Feb 1885 at Christ Church Prestwich in Bradford.

Look forward to hearing from you one way or the other and a happy New Year to you too!!

Jean Osten:
message posted 15th January 2005

Has anyone got connections to Harper Jackson form Gee Cross?

I have done some research on the Jackson family of Gee Cross from around 1880 to the present. I would like to contact others who may have some shared information. My grandfather and his father, both named Harper Jackson, are both buried at Holy Trinity Church, Gee Cross.

Tony Jackson:
message posted 15th January 2005

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