interest of mine is family history, an enthusiasm that I shared with my
late father. I have traced, with enormous help from numerous
other members of my family - especially my wife who is
particularly expert in this field, ancestors and their families back to
the 18th Century, including the Holfords of Manchester, the Plants of
Sandbach and Holmes Chapel, the Burgesses of Nantwich, the Holts of
Whitby, the Harrisons of Liverpool, the
Hurditches of Worcester and London and the Baineses of Yorkshire..
personal way of storing information about my family history is to write
individual little biographies (biogs) which tell their story, and seek
to add a bit of contemporary context. Please click on the surname you
are interested in, this will take you to a list of names and links to
the relevant biogs. These pages are being added to bit by bit.
So far I have only posted the Holts of Whitby; but it is early days...
reason why I should be Stephen Holt and not Stephen Baines is that my
gt-gt-grandfather in the direct paternal line was John Holt, whose
father (also John Holt) died on a whaling voyage on the William &
Ann in 1815, leaving three children of whom John was the youngest. His
mother Elizabeth (née Miller) married again, and in time young John
took the surname of his step-father Matthew Baines.