An interesting contact through Ancestry – Lynn S contacted me about Elizabeth Willshaw (or Wilsher), my great-great grandmother. She is descended from Elizabeth’s sister, Ann Willshaw, so I’ve been able to add in some family members there.
Elizabeth was born in 1828 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. She married Reuben Austin, and their eldest daughter, Mary Ann, was my great grandmother. Reuben was a brickmaker and farmer.
Her sister Ann was born in 1823, and died in 1906. Ann married George Holland, and they had eleven children. Lynn is descended from their daughter Fanny, who married Thomas Passant. He was a coal miner, as was my grandfather. There is some interesting information on the recent coal mining history of north Staffordshire at the North Staffordshire Coalfield site.