My name is David Parker and I live in
Newcastle under Lyme. I AM SO EXCITED BY YOUR WEBSITE!!!
Many years ago around 1980's I started to
trace my family tree, thinking that my family would live around the local
area. When I got to my Great Grandad, John Thomas Parker (who died of 'flu
in 1900) I found that the family originated in Cottingham.
Excited I drove to the village and the
Reverend G.E. Ward opened the Church and there was still some Parish
registers in the church. Incredibly I found the Marriage certificate of my
Great Great Grandad, Thomas Parker (b1843) and his wife Sarah West
On their marriage certificate, Thomas Parker
is shown as a labourer and Sarah "with her parents" father is John (occ.
Baker) and her father William West (occ. Sawyer). One little bit of
interest, the two witnesses were George Smith (wasn't there a family of
Smiths there around that time - 1841?., and the other was Elizabeth
Perkins who, from the date would be a part of the family that contacted
you, Bernard Perkins from Leamington Spa.
Thomas's father my Great Great Great Grandad
was the baker John Parker named on your website and shown on the 1841
Census in King Street, and I noted it down from the records at Delapre
Abbey as between Chamberlain's Grocers and John Spriggs Shoemaker.
Trying to get further back has been more
difficult, and it would appear that John Parker who was living there at
the time with his wife Ann, and their daughter Emma (13). John would have
been born around 1789. I shall be studying the website in more detail at
every possible occasion, and it is wonderful to be able to see the places
and names in my own front room after searching for so long Thank you so
I have been on The Big Quiz on the Steve
Wright Show on radio 2 today talking about family history. Little did I
know then that I would find your marvellous website. If anyone knows of
the Parker's please let me know.
John Thomas Parker had a brother and sister
Charles William (bap 1846) and Sarah Ann (bap 1849). I think the brother
followed him to Silverdale in Staffordshire where they found work in the
local colliery. Many descendants still live here.
Please do get in touch if you can help in any
way, I am fascinated by everything Cottingham....
Thank you again
13 May, 2004
The information about the
witnesses is really interesting. There were Smiths living in Middleton on
the 1841 Census, but no George. There is an Elizabeth Perkins listed on
this Census - she was 15 at the time, so this could have been her! I've
passed your details on to Bernard Perkins to see if he can make the
Thanks so much for getting in
1 June, 2004
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