Hi Bryan. Very pleased to hear from you. I have found out a great deal about our family since last posting a message. The simplified version is:
Joseph married Mary Ann and they had five children, one of whom was my grandfather George.Then Mary Ann died and Joseph remarried Ellen and they had four children one of whom was Fred.So George and Fred were half brothers.Joseph and Ellen went on to become very involved with the Wesleyan Methodists in New Mills and there are photos of them in abook (available in reprint because I managed to get a copy last year.)
George married and moved to Nantwich in Cheshire where all their children were born including my father Robert.From there they moved to the Midlands, where I was born.I am now 64yr old and a brother 62yr old.My brother and male cousin had only daughters so the name will soon fade out here!
I have photos of Ellen, Joseph and George.
Now tell me how Fred's family came to emigrate?That's the really interesting part!