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Bradfield Yorks. Wood Family disappears

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Helen Report 29 Jun 2013 17:26

Follow-up - I "may" have found them. A lot of my bunch has historically located at Onesacre. Onwer - Stead family. Thomas Stead (possibly 1619-1686) is buried at Cawthorne. Large assortment of BMDs for Wood also at that location. Still conjecture - haven't done the research yet - but the theory sounds like it might hold.
Thanks again, Wisechild.


Helen Report 29 Jun 2013 16:00

Ah. Good suggestion. I couldn't figure how the entire family would move. That comes from thinking in today's terms, rather than in historical terms. I will investigate. Thanks much for the idea.


wisechild Report 29 Jun 2013 07:24

I have a family who originated in Trentham, Staffs very early on, then disappeared completely.
After a lucky find in the Parish Records I found that a whole army of estate workers from Trentham had been relocated to their employers other home in Lilleshall Shropshire.
In the early days, most families were "tied" in some way to the big estate owners & were treated as commodities to be moved back & forth along with the furniture.
If you can establish who the landowners were, you can usually trace their movements. Less easy with the workers.
Godd luck.


Helen Report 29 Jun 2013 02:20

I've come across something with the Bradfield Archives in Yorkshire that I cannot explain. I have BMD Wood family entries (variety of spellings), from 1562 through 1629 (for Births), where they stop. Then they start up again 1643. Stop again 1685, and start up in 1701. Apart from these gaps, there's a Wood birth every couple of years or so. With Marriages, most troublesome gap is 1618 - 1653, Main death gap is 1649-1666. I have tried Bolsterstone, but I don't find records there early enough. I'm missing a couple of generations, and cannot connect one bunch to another. Can you suggest somewhere else to look for the lost generations? I'm thinking perhaps they moved for work, but can't think what to try, to determine that. Any help would be much appreciated.