Saturday 11 September 2010

The descendants of James Halstead (1812-1870) and Jane Holden (1814-1889)

I was recently contacted by Andrew Halstead initially because I had the date of death of his grandfather James Thomas HALSTEAD (who was himself the grandson of James HALSTEAD (1812-1870)).

The initial email also contain the details of the James Thomas HALSTEAD's family from his marriage to Edith LANCASTER. Now whist that email had the dates for the four children it contained no places of birth and I could not find them in the GRO indexes.

Ethel HALSTEAD (1909-1998) married William Herber HEYWOOD (1905-1978)
Ernest Taylor HALSTEAD (1912-1998) married Ruby Esther TUNSTALL (1916-?)
Jean HALSTEAD (1915-?) married John Edgar HUMPHREY (1912-2009)
James Lancaster HALSTEAD (1917-1941)

It transpires that all four children were born in South Africa, where James Thomas HALSTEAD was a Wesleyan Minister. It appears that James spent quite some time in South Africa between 1903 and 1924 and Andrew is very lucky in having access to his appointment diaries that he kept from 1900-1966! and which still exist.

The tree has been extensively updated and the additional research has meant that we have been able to amalgamate a number of trees and as such a new chart 16 has been created.

This new chart and the other information will be included in the next website update.