I thought that I would repost details about my family in the hope that someone out there can make a connection with any one individual and we can share information..
The earliest person we have conclusively identified is one Paul Kay who died in Holmfirth 1818 - he had a son Simeon born 1785.Simeon was a miller and he married Ruth. Their children were Joseph (b 1806), Lydia (b 1812), Charles (b 1815), Maria (b 1816), Eliza (b 1818), Ann (1820) and Paul (b 1822).All in and around Holmfirth or Austonley.They were all Wesleyan Methodists.
I have most interest in Simeons son, Paul who is my great grandfather.Paul was born in Choppards and worked as a journeyman millwright.He married Sarah Moorhouse (from Upper Thong) and had children Simeon (b 1845), John (b 1848), Charles(b 1850), Joe (b 1853) and James (b 1856).Sarah was a weaver and her father Joseph was a clothier.On the 1850 birth record of Charles they were shown as living at Booth House. Also by that time the Kay had been converted to Kaye - this could have been an accident as the flowery swirls at the end of Kay could easily be interpreted as Kaye however unusually Paul could write and sign his own name so maybe it was a conscious decision.
After the death of Sarah (in childbirth ? in Boothhouse?) , Paul moved to Sheffield and married Jane Longden.Further children born of Jane were George, Amos (b 1869), Walter (1871), Frederick Edward (b 1872), Gertrude (b 1878) and Sarah (b 1880).They had moved to Hull by the time Paul died in 1880.Frederick Edward returned to Sheffield where he married his landlady Eliza Brookfield and moved to Stainforth (where my father was born) and then to Adwick where he met my mother.
Beyond the simple details of who was born to who, where and when - we are interested in the history of the times and would be interested to share any references that would give a perspective.At the local libray in Holmfirth we found a number of useful information sources which helped us to understand a little of what was happening during the early and middle part of the 1800's.By that time many of the local population were on poor relief, partly due to the creeping effects of the industrial revolution and partly due to the changes after the Napoleonic Wars when France refused tobuy cloth produced by West Yorkshire.We think that is why Paul moved to Sheffield to seek work in the new steel industry - certainly there were good turnpike roads leading to Sheffield and also a new canal system which led to Hull.
Please post if you have any information about my family or any information about what was happening in and around Huddersfield from the early 1800's onwards..