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18/7/2006

BATES family research plea

Peter B. Bates writes:

Hello everyone. I would be very grateful if any of your readers can help me with furthering my quest with family history.

From my own knowledge and from other family members I have the following information.

I was born (1935) on a small farm at the top of what was then Bate Street, Lanesfield. The farm itself was compulsory purchased by the govt prior to WW2 but I can still remember looking west across fields to the Sedgeley Beacon. My Great Grandfather was James Bates( 1822- 1898) who apparently lived in what was then called Rookery Hall, Lanesfield or Ettingshall. He owned the James Bates Brickworks which was located in what is now Spring Road I believe.

Both my G-Grandfather and his wife Charlotte are buried (I believe) in the churchyard of Ruiton United Reformed Church Upper Gornal.

My quest is to find more of my roots and would welcome any advice as to where further information may be found. I would be pleased if anyone wants to drop me a line and additionally, I plan to spend 2/3 days in the Gornal area in September. Can anyone advise where local parish records may be kept etc etc??


Contact Peter at batesandcoATbtinternet.com (replace AT with @)