Hi Richard, My husbands family of Tonks, some of whom were boat people, come from the Wolverhampton area, but we have also found that several of the family were born in Womborne, Staffs. In the 1881 Census of Henhull the family were on the boat "Eliza" showing William the head of the family along with his wife Elize, children Elizabeth A., Emma, Eliza, William and Selena.
If this is linked with your research, perhaps we can swap notes. Regards. Jean.