Current Research

The web is a wonderful research tool and a great means of reaching a wider group of people, who nearly always seem willing to help. At present there are two main areas of research I am currently involved in, and would appreciate any help you may be able to provide.

The first area I'm interested in is any information on William Richardson born circa 1758 and his father John Richardson who may have been born circa 1736. So far I've been unable to get any further back with my Richardson family than this, so any help that would enable me to progress further would be much appreciated.

I believe they were both born in the Parish of Birkin, possibly in the village of Chapel Haddlesey. This is based on the following information I have come across...

John oldest son of William Richardson of Carlton farmer (son of John of Haddlesey par: Birkin by Sarah his wife dau. of John Bussy of Birne par: Brayton farmer) & Ales dau. Of Thomas Swain of Carlton farmer by Sarah his wife dau. Of William Cooper of Lincoln) born 06 Jul 1778 bap: 13 Jul 1778.

My second area of interest is regarding my great-grandfather Richard Firkin. As I've already said, the web is a wonderful tool. It has put me in contact with a branch of my family I never knew existed and enabled me to find out a little bit more about my great-grandfather. However, I have so far been unable to track down any photographs of him. I know they existed and would really love to see what he looked like, so, if there is anyone else out there who knows anything about him, especially if you have any photos, then I would really love to hear from you.

Richard Firkin was born in 1892 in Nottingham. His parents were Richard Firkin and Elizabeth Scott. He worked in the Lace Industry for a while and also served with the 1st Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. Sadly, in 1915 at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle he was killed, his body was never recovered and there is no known resting place for him. His name, however, is recorded on panels 26 and 27 of the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

My latest area of interest is regarding George Claybrough, an ancestor of my wife's.

According to the 1851 census, George is aged 10 and in the household of Philip Yorke Savil, rector of Methley. I strongly suspect that George maybe some relation of Philip's. George's great-grandmother was called Martha Savil and the Savil name, under various spellings, crops up as the given name for a number of Martha's descendents.

I would love to hear from anyone who has traced Philip Yorke Savil's family tree to know whether ther is a connection or whether this is just coincidence.

If you can help me on either of these areas of interest, or in fact any other individual that appears within my family tree, then please contact me.