My interest in researching our family history began with the stories I remembered my grandmother telling me about about my great-grandmother Ellen Wilson Hemingway, who was known as Ellen, daughter of John Wilson. “She was a mannequin – she was disowned by her family – her family were wealthy mill owners – her mother had a servant and she was driven about in a carriage”.
Account of a tragic mill fire in a cotton mill, that shook the nation and contributed to the first change in the law in the employment of children.
Richard Wilson of Ossett’s long walk to sell his woollen cloth at Leeds Cloth Market.
Account of one man’s war – how a soldier in a Bantam Battalion found himself at Passchendael.
The origins of the Hemingway family in Southowram and a connection with the writing of Emily Bronte.
The origin of the Archer name and the the first known Archer family of Dewsbury.
Harold Archer’s own account of his service in the Royal Army Service Corps in WW2, from training to the Normandy landings, the push through France, Belgum and Germany including Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp.
The advances in education opportunities over a century and how they affected one family.
The Luddite uprising in West Yorkshire and a possible family connection.