I am researching several families who migrated to the Chester/ Deeside area, between the 1870s and 1918, from different regions. Tracing their histories through censuses and registrations has been possible, discovering their motivation for moving here is sometimes more elusive.
Why did Thomas OWEN (1851-1925) come to Flintshire from the Telford area, marrying in Mold in 1877? They were in Sunderland in 1881, but presumably failed to settle, and came back to Flint by 1883.
Why did Louis CHARE and Martha Amelia MARSHALL, both from Birmingham, marry in Nottingham in 1909, move to Llandudno in 1911, then Deeside in 1916? Louis was killed in WW1. Martha Amelia later had twin daughters with George STREETER.
George STREETER was posted to the PoW camp in Sandycroft at the end of the war, so at least I know why he was here!
Why did William Symmonds MILTON move to Dodleston Cheshire from East Brent Somerset in the early 1870s? In 1871 he was an agricultural labourer in East Brent, by 1881 he was managing a cheese factory in Balderton, Cheshire. In 1870 a cheese factory had opened in East Brent (Rooksbridge), did he learn his trade there? How did he hear of the opportunity 180 miles away in Cheshire? His father had moved 30 odd miles from Culmstock Devon to South Brent Somerset in the 1830s, and married there. Why?
John Walter GRASS was from a family of gamekeepers from Brandon Suffolk, although he was born in Walton Norfolk, where the family was working at the time. He and his brother moved to Leicestershire, where they married sisters from Thorpe Arnold, then moved around various estates in England before settling in Cheshire, working for the Duke of Westminster.
Names being researched include:
OWEN from the Telford area (Wellington, Withington, High Ercall).
MARSHALL from Lichfield, Aston and Birmingham.
CHARE from Small Heath, B'ham.
MILTON from Somerset (East Brent, Lympsham, Brent Knoll, Rooksbridge) and Devon (Culmstock).
GRASS from East Anglia, Brandon Suffolk and Walton, Pentney, Thorpe Acre and Castle Acre in Norfolk, and Cheshire.
CLAYTON from Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire.
STREETER from Croydon Surrey and Kent.
WILLIAMS from Withington Shropshire and Much Wenlock.
BASHFORD and YOUNG (UUINGS), Kent.
RIGBY, Lichfield and Birmingham.