My father is John Brian Westwell, he is the son of Charles Westwell,and the grandson of Lingard Westwell who was born in Ramsbottom.
My father was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1937, the only child of Charles Westwell and Marion Taylor.He had a cousin called Charles (as an aside, my parents almost named me Charles Arthur but finally settled on Karl Alexander).
My father's father, Charles, passed away when my father was 7 years old (1944).After his father's death, my father and his mother had no further contact with any relatives on the Westwell side.
I was born in Billinge, Lancashire in 1963.My family moved to New Zealand a few months later.In 1967 we moved back to England, then South Africa and then to the USA in 1972.One of my sisters remained in the USA and another was back in England, when in 1980 my parents, my brother and myself moved back to New Zealand.
In the early 90's my parents moved back to California where they still reside.My brother and I still live in New Zealand, he on the South Island and I on the North Island.One of my sisters lives in California and the other (Sue Rattigan who has posted on this forum) in England.
It was quite exciting receiving your response to my posting, as I had completely forgotten about it.
I think it is a sign of my ageing that I am becoming more interested in my roots.