My Wigleys originated in Wirksworth with James Wigley moving to Nottingham and his son, Charles Wigley being born in Radcliff. I have more specific details at home.Charles worked in the lace making industry and made a statement in a Royal Commission into child labour when he was about 11.There is a family legend that they moved to France at some stage. James had apparently stolen the plans for a lace making machine which he then sold to somewhere in France and which today make Valenciennes lace - certainly the family spoke French. Around 1949, James and his family movedtoAustralia - Adelaide firstly, where they mined for copper and then onto Bendigo to mine for gold.
Charles Wigley married in Australia and had 11 children. It was clear they were communicating with Wigleys in Sheffield but I do not know what the connection might have been.Perhaps they are descended from brothers of James Wigley.I have those names at home.Charles' grandson, Alf Wigley born early 1900's was writing to a cousin, Joseph Wigley in Sheffield - could be anywhere from early 1900's to 1940's.
I was wondering if you have in your records a reference to Joseph Wigley in Sheffield who could have been around the same age as Alf. Alf was born around 1905 and died 12 or so years ago at 96.
I have extensive records on Wigleys in the UK until the early-mid 1800's but not much after that period.