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Darlaston family history mystery

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: May 04, 2006

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Peter Nicholls of Padfield near Glossop, Derbyshire, has sent in these two old photographs with a request for information on his Black Country relatives. Peter writes:

“I have been researching my family tree for some time now, but have recently encountered something of a mystery. I wonder if any of your readers can help me with my research?

The first picture is of my great-grandmother, Sarah Prudence Hammond (1877-1953). She lived in Booth Street, Darlaston but I can find no trace of her birth. On her marriage certificate to Henry Hammond in 1897 her maiden name is also Hammond. However, I now suspect that she was born Sarah Hocknull in Hill Top, West Bromwich. She herself had at least six children, one of which was my grandfather, Joseph Henry Hammond, a pigeon expert, so I am led to believe.

"Also of Darlaston was my maternal great-grandfather, Harry Alfred Tomkins Yarnall (1873-1946). He lived in Edward Street, although he originally came from West Bromwich.

"I would very much appreciate any information regarding these relatives, particularly as I have little information about what they actually did, and I myself no longer live in the area. Although my childhood was spent in Darlaston, my paternal line originally come from Wednesbury and Hill Top. I would love to hear from any Nicholls out there who may have relatives from that area.”

Peter can be contacted by email at pnicholls@robbyarts.co.uk

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