I have researched back as far as my great grandfather James Abbott born 1852, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, as it was then. He was an inventor, ironfounder & mechanic. I tracked him down to Ince, Lancashire, then he moved to Abercarn , Monmouthshire, Wales UK. (His wife was Emma.) There he owned an ironfoundry. Our family have completely lost touch with any of his descendants, are there any out there? Also has anyone any information on his parents? On the patents list he was described as James Abbott junior, so I take it that his father was also James. James & Emma's children were Tom, George, James (my grandfather) Lilian, Gertrude Emma, John Edward and Florence. One of his best inventions was coal cuttting equipment. Thankyou, Rachel Skevington, nee Abbott.