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I can trace Black Country family back to 1678

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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DUE to my Black Country roots (I was born in 1949 in Wolverhampton) I have been a subscriber for many years to The Bugle.

Like many folk I have researched my family tree and have been particularly interested in your recent articles on the Hingley families (December 26 edition). I am not sure if the enclosed is of interest.

My twice removed Great Grandmother on my maternal side of the family was Martha Maria Hingley who married Septimus Joseph Grainger in 1863.

They are shown on a chart I have and I can trace the Hingley line back to 1678.

On Martha's marriage certificate her father is shown as Barzillai Hingley, chain manufacturer. The name Hingley is clearly shown again when Martha Maria Grainger, nee Hingley, registered the birth of their first daughter, Alicia Emmeline, in 1863.

Back in 2001 I was in touch with a gentleman who kindly sent me details of Barzillai Hingley and Sons of Cradley Heath. I have a letter heading from 1991 and a photograph too. I'm not sure if it is still in existence now.

Finally, I have a copy of the will of James Hingley, 1766-1846, along with a brief plan of the properties he owned and left to his family.

I have other names such as the Weston family who link into the Hingleys. The Westons lived at 1 Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, opposite St Luke's Church. They were the family butcher's shop.

Hope this is of interest.

Mrs Chris Lanfear,

18 Elm Road,

Alresford, Hampshire.

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