It's been about ten days since my last post. In that time I have been working mainly on my Culshaw line - the first time I've done so for quite a time.
Last January I received a really great family tree from a Culshaw researcher. It adds a new chunk to my existing tree - showing the line down from Benjamin Culshaw (c1828-aft 1900) and his wife Barbara Blackwell (C1828-Aft 1891). Benjamin was a son of Thomas Culshaw (c1788-1864) and his wife Margery Cheetham (c1789-1876). He was also a brother of my direct ancestor - James Culshaw (c1834-1923).
I have had great fun studying the new information, looking for more information about the people concerned, and adding the new data to my tree. I've not finished the job yet, but will hopefully be able to do so in the forthcoming days.
My Culshaw research has been stuck at the same point for the best part of 20 years. I know that John Culshaw was born c1760 in the Ormskirk area of Lancashire, that he married Ellen Hesketh at Ormskirk in 1787 and that the couple had at least five children between 1788 and 1798. The family moved to Leyland some time before 1820, and later my direct forebears moved the short distance to Farington.
My problem lies in identifying the parents of John Culshaw (b c1760). There were quite a number of Culshaws in the Ormskirk area at the time, and generally speaking they were quite humble folk. I have not yet been able to find any records that enable me to identify the next generation of my ancastors. I have tried a search of the Culshaw wills, but that did not yield any useful information.
A further development this week was a contact from a Richards researcher who may well prove to be a cousin of my wife - Jan. This research is centred on Carmarthenshire. The omens are looking quite promising that her Margaret Richards who married David Simpson and lived at Glantowy, Llanegwad before dying in the 1840s may well be connected to our Richards clan, which also had associations with Glantowy, Llanegwad in about the same period.
If, by any chance, you think that you may be able to help us solve this conundrums, I would be delighted to hear from you.