I am hoping you can help me. I live in Berkshire but am originally from Sheffield. Moving back through my family history has taken me from the Ironworks of Sheffield, preceded by a move from Kinver, Staffordshire circa 1870 [Henry William WILKIINSON b. 16 Oct 1843 Kinver, m. 18 Jun 1865, Jane CASWELL], Henry Williams' father being Benjamin WILKINSON b. abt Oct 1809 Caynham, Shropshire.
My problem lies with moving back a further generation from Benjamin WILKINSON to his father. I can see from Parish records that his parents were William WILKINSON and Mary. The only sensible marriage is between a William WILKINSON and Mary TYLER, he being baptised in Barrow and she in Higher Maesbrook [base child of Elizabeth TYLER]. Has anyone else researched this, as it seems a bit of a large geographical jump? Perhaps I just doubt my own findings!
Assuming that William and Mary are the parents of Benjamin and working back a further generation, I get to William WILKINSON and Sarah BIRD m. 14 May 1781 Buildwas and from William to his father John WILKINSON b abt 1725 Buildwas.
Earlier this week I visited the Holy Trinity Church at Buildwas and found 3 very interesting graves that I hope you may have more info on.
1. John WILKINSON d. 28 May 1808. A brick epitaph with an iron cover. Is this in tribute to John 'Iron Mad' WILKINSON?
2. Francis WILKINSON and wife Sarah. A similar brick epitaph to 1. but with a stone cover.
3. Francis WILKINSON and wife Sarah [a headstone]. Are 2. and 3. the same people?
I couldn't see anything in the graveyard that directly relating to those people mentioned in my lineage above. Although many of the stone pieces were unreadable.
Sorry about the rambling nature of this post but any clues or info you may have would be gratefully received.
With kind regards