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    Hello everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post. I've always been curious about my family on my grandfather's side, I've been told that his family was well known and had many members so I'm trying to find some. I hope this place can help.

    My grandfather was from The Wirral, Birkenhead, Merseyside. His name was James Hopwood James.


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    I hope someone knows something that can help me, thank you for your time.

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    Hi Jay, A little more info would help, such as approximate date of birth, his wife's name, etc. Was Hopwood a forename or a linked surname (ie- Hopwood-James)?
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    I'm not to sure when he was born. His wife was Brenda Marjorie James (Madien name Arnell). Hopwood was his middle name, I was told it was the last name of a 'rich uncle' and he was given the name as a middle name because of that. I know he had many brothers and sisters and that apprently the James family in the Wirral is quite well known. Thats all I really know.

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    Hi Jay,
    Working backwards.
    Marriage Harold James to Margaret J Massey 1922 B,Head your g/grandparents
    Children
    1) Harold J S 1923
    2) Richard H 1925
    3)Benjamin H 1928
    4) James H 1931 ( your grandad )
    5) Frank H 1939
    Margaret J H 1943 all born B,Head

    1901 census your gg/grandparents
    Joseph James 1860 Iron Driller b Liverpool
    Jane 1871 b Wolverhampton maiden name Hopwood your grandads middle name which was quite usual to give maiden name to offsprings
    Jane 1892 B,Head
    Gertrude 1894 B,Head
    William 1897 "
    Harold 1899 "
    + 7 Lodgers including Richard Hopwood 1839 b Wolverhampton Janes father your ggg/grandad retired Puddler
    Residing
    10,Wilkinson St B,Head

    1891 census
    Joseph James 1861 Liverpool Carter
    Jane 1871 Wolverhampton
    Joseph 1891 B,Head
    Sarah James 1877 Bebington ( Josephs sister )
    + 7 Lodgers
    24, Mount Grove B,Head

    1871
    John James 1833 Baker Ireland ( widowed )
    John E 1858 Liverpool
    *Joseph* 1862 L,Pool
    William 1864 L,Pool
    Mary E 1868 L,Pool

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    1861
    John 1834 Baker Ireland
    Sarah Ann nee Steel 1836 L,Pool
    John Edward 1858 L,Pool
    * Joseph * 1861 L,Pool
    Mary F Steel sister-in-law servant L,Pool

    2, Hill St L,Pool

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    Dot, do you work for MI5 ?

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    Ha no Mart i just like a challenge thats the enjoyment of being retired no living by the clock and alarm calls - heaven

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    Good work Dot

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    Hi Lindy,
    Providing it,s all correct LOL which i am sure it is.

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    Just read what you put Dot, its all correct, thank you ever so much.

    Do you think you could find the offspring of my grandfathers brothers, my extended family?

    I know some of the names of them.
    Frank had two sons called Michael and Tony.
    Harold had 13 children, I don't know any of them.
    I don't know how many children Richard had but I know he had a son called Richard or Richie, I've met him before.

    If you or anyone is able to find out anything more for me about this I would be deeply grateful as I already am with the information Dot originally found.

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    Hi Jay,
    Could you give years of birth and where born etc and i,ll see what i can find out.
    Dot

    ---------- Post added at 07:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:23 PM ----------

    Typing fingers are not in gear with my brain they are the B,Head born children of mum Massey.
    Dot

    ---------- Post added at 08:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:27 PM ----------

    Hi Jay,
    Marriages and children
    Harold J S to Winifred Moran
    William James 1946 B,Head
    Sheila 1947
    Carol A 1949
    Maureen 1950
    Leslie B 1951
    Margaret 1953
    Susan 1958
    Julie 1960 All born B,Head

    Frank H wed Beryl A Picton Wallasey.
    Anthony F 1963 Wallasey
    Michael L W 1965 "

    Richard H wed Margaret R Giddings 1953

    Margaret V 1954 B,Head
    Richard H 1957 "
    Helen 1963 "

    The earliest marriage i could find for Benjamin was 1966 for Cheshire that would make him 38yrs old, too many for the rest of the country as with Margaret if the J H was down that would have clinched it
    Dot

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