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Expert in new leads on Halesowen U.S. Civil War link

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

By John Butterworth

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AN EXPERT has shed new light on our story on page one of The Bugle last week about a couple's chance meeting leading to them discovering a link between Halesowen and the American Civil War.

Brian and Dorothea Fletcher, of Manor Abbey Road, Halesowen, were visiting a Savannah mansion in Georgia in the American Deep South when they read that it had been owned by Charles Green who had arrived there from Halesowen in 1833.

They were so intrigued that they began researching the English roots of Charles, who had founded a cotton empire and then had been imprisoned in Boston accused of carrying secret papers for the Southern forces.

Our story prompted professional genealogist Gay Hill to write to The Bugle to say her research showed Charles may have lived in Pedmore as there were some Green baptisms there around the time Charles's father, Josiah, lived in the area. She also discovered Charles's mother's name was Mary.

Fay suggested that Brian and Dorothea visit the new Dudley Archives to look at the original baptism registers, as they may give more details about the family.

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