I never realised how many Arblasters there were living in Staffordshire until stumbling on this website a few days ago.
My branch of the family can be traced back to the death of Edmund Arblaster in 1878 (he was a very old man when he died) and he lived at the Clayhangers Farm, Walsall Wood.He had many children, some pre-deceasing him including my great, great grandfather George Arblaster.According to the oral history in the family, we are reputed to be related to the Arblasters of Lyswys Hall Longdon, Rugeley. In a volume of books called 'Shaws History of Staffordshire' there is family tree of the Arblasters' of Lyswys from the 1300s to 1740 approx.The last Arblaster (whose name I believe was John) left to live at Over Stonnall which is very near the Clayhangers at Walsall Wood. However, nobody in the family has ever been able to tie the two branches of the family together so far.I do have a copy of Edmund Arblaster's Will already typed onto the Computer if this would be of any interest to you and could send it by e-mail if you can let me have your e-mail address.
My mother also told me that many years ago a family from Australia contacted my Grandmother to ask for information about an Arblaster buried in Longdon Church.They believed that he had part of an arm missing and had red hair.My grandmother could not help them with this but my mother did say that a grave was exhumed in the church when alterations were being done and the remains did have part of an arm missing.I cannot, however, vouch for how accurate all this information is as the members of my family who would have known about this have all passed on, and I was told all this as quite a young child.