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Looking for WOODHEAD of Lancashire, England

Query by OssieLass

I have been researching the Woodheads of Oswaldtwistle/Church/Accrington in Lancashire, England. I have got back as far as Thomas Woodhead who married Ellen (Nellie) Whalley at St James, Church Kirk, Lancashire, England in 1811 (online parish records). However I can't find where or when either of them were born.

Also, I have a Selina Woodhead(c1856), unmarried, and her daughter Mary Jane(b 1879)who disappeared after 1881 along with Selina's sister Margaret (Maggie) and her husband John Dooley.

I have hit several other brick walls and would be very grateful for any info on the Lancashire 'Woodheads'.

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on 2011-02-05 16:36:34

OssieLass has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2011. is researching the following names: WOODHEAD, TOYER, ECCLES and 13 other(s).

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by OssieLass on 2011-02-05 17:40:33

Indeed I will, edmondsallan. Thank you for the tip. I am relatively (sorry - just realsed the pun, I'm sure you've heard it many tmes) new to this but have spent quite some time looking for Thomas, Ellen, Selina etc. Will follow your path and see where it leads. Thanks again.


by markav on 2011-02-19 06:50:08

I found Maggie on the 1881 census with john living 11 Bradshaw st Accrington, as John was from Ireland maybe they went there? I will keep looking

by OssieLass on 2011-02-21 15:42:09

Thank you for that Markav.

There have been a couple of developments. I have perhaps made the beginners mistake of making assumptions - I never imagined any of my ancestors had crossed 'The Pond'.

There is a Margt and John Dooley on the passenger list for the maiden voyage of the Catalonia arriving New York, 22nd August 1881. The ages are right, but she is recorded as having been born in Ireland. I haven't yet tracked them down after they arrived. Again, the Margarets who are married to Johns are listed as Irish, whereas my Margaret was definitely a Lancastrian. Could this be a mistake?

I have also found the death of a 2year old Mary Jane Woodhead in Fylde, Lancashire, England, in late 1881. This is a coastal area where many people went from our area went to work as servants. Then I found a Selina Woodhead (liisted as 'servant')on the passenger list for the British Princess arriving in Philadelphia 4th May 1884. She promptly disappears again! So, as with the Dooleys, I have no way of confirming that this is my ancestor.
The Woodheads certainly knew how to fly under the radar! Any ideas, please?

Thank you again, Markav, for your reply and research.

by OssieLass on 2011-03-14 04:56:41

Hello there,
Stiil looking for the above but to no avail. Does anyone know of any good sites in the where I might find them in the U.S. I have tried various sites such as Ancestry, IGI, Castle Garden database, Philadelphia, marriages (for Selina Woodhead) and census reports, but they just seem to have vanished from the face of the earth! I would be very grateful for any ideas of where next to look - it's becoming something of an obsession! Thank you in anticipation.

by OssieLass on 2011-03-23 16:48:27

Still looking for the above, again to no avail. Does anyone out there have any ideas please? This brick wall is worthy of defending a castle!

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