A life in Sheffield

I have spent the last few months buried deep in the coal mining and smelting industries of Yorkshire as I have tracked my mother’s family back through time. I have discovered that my great great grandfather, Daniel Chisholm, was a coal miner and furnace manager in the 19th Century, living in the industrial town of Sheffield. To read more about him click here.

Biggs family in 18th Century

Over the past few weeks I have been completely immersed in all things 18th Century. From rereading some of Austin’s novels, lots of historical records and the most wonderful treasure of a book Mary Bacon’s World: A farmer’s wife in eighteenth century Hampshire , it is written by Ruth Facer and is based on and includes many extracts from her diary. So now I have “receipts” for every thing from curing an argue to pickling walnuts.With the past couple of rainy cold days I have taken a step back in time or climbed another limb on the family tree to put together my 3 x great grandfather, James Biggs’, story who was born in 1764. If you would like to read about him click here.