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Ancestors of Rob Rushton of Stoke on Trent, b 7 April 1960

Updated August 30, 2001

About Our Family Research

This homepage is dedicated to the search not only for my father's fathers, but for all the families which merged to make my family. I now have all 16 of my grt grt grandparents' names, and 19 grt grt grt grandparents. Hopefully this will prove of interest to distant family members and if it is, it will make my hobby that little bit more worthwhile. I have a lot of fun doing this research and I don't take myself very seriously. Enjoy!

My parents and grandparents were raised in the area of North Staffordshire, England, known as the Potteries, and there are enough of us for me to have set up a database quite quickly, and which I am adding to all the time.

If anyone recognises their ancestors in my homepage, drop me a line, and if anyone identifies places where I've gone wrong or missed something out, please let me know.

I'm eager to prove/disprove a couple of family legends:

1) before WWI, some of my family, (Skelding), probably two brothers and one wife migrated to Canada, and their families may have been visited my Uncle, Wilfred Rushton when he was doing his RAF training during WWII. One of the migrants became an architect and there is possibly a link to the Edmonton and Calgary areas of Canada. One of the sons(?) became a boxer and may have been called Jack. Anyone out there in Canada for whom this rings a bell or who knows that their ancestry harks back to Worcestershire in England?

2) Similarly, we believe we have relatives in Australia who have been lost in the mists of time. Anyone out there for whom anyone in this family tree appears relevant?

I'm also very keen to ingratiate myself with any distant relatives who happen to be extremely rich!

If you are looking for info, feel free to contact me directly, but PLEASE do not ask me about coats of arms. "We" don't have one. If any of the family ever did, we would know about it, and if I had one, you lot couldn't use it, so there. Ha! (BUT, if you are extremely rich, (see above) this is a point we could negotiate on!) A coat of arms is granted to an individual and not even their closest relatives are allowed to use it, so unless you've recently been to Buck House for tea with Liz and Phil, forget it.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Ancestors of Rob Rushton (72 KB)
    this tree contains all 8 of my grt grandparents and I'm adding to it all the time: names include Rushton, Abberley, Skelding, Edge, Tyler, Scragg, Eccles, Phipson.
Family Photos
  • taken in Canada, probably 1950s (103 KB)
    This lady knew my grt grandmother as 'Ada' and was possibly the sister who migrated to Canada. Can anyone name this lady? On the back, it says: "Ada this is me took in our drive way"
  • Jack? (153 KB)
    This appears to be the person in the later, full length photo
  • Canada, 1950's? Who is she? (107 KB)
    On the back, this photo has "Ada this is me on the land". Name that lady, win a fortnight in Stoke on Trent.
  • Canada 1950s again? (103 KB)
    Nothing written on this one, though it's clearly the same lady seen in previous photos, the car registration plate is just out of view
  • on the back of this: "from Jack...... brother" (158 KB)
    Whose brother? Is he the boxer? The photo is mounted, but the name and address of the photographer is torn off
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