I'm butting in to a message you left for Alison Hockaday.I replied to Alison earlier in the year and never got a reply.
From her message I think her father and my mother are cousins.
Anyway my mothers grandfather was called John Hockaday and she tells me that he came from Devon or Cornwall, England and moved to County Durham in England to work in the coal mines.I guess he moved there as a young man to find work but I don't have a year.He was born about 1866.
He married Bess Walters who was born around 1867 but I don't have any other information on her.
I would dearly like to know if my Great Grandfather [John Hockaday] left any family in the south of England when he came to the North East of England to work and I wondered if any of them emigrated to Amercia.
If anything here makes any sense to you I would love to here from you.