My Family History…How It Was Researched And What It Revealed

Richard Clarke

I have been able to trace the family history of my father, back to the early 1800s, when they were cattle dealers in Macclesfield, Cheshire. You will find references on how I researched my family history at the end of this post.

At that time England was on the brink of an Industrial Revolution following the invention of the spinning jenny by James Hargreaves in 1764. Samuel Greg built one of the first cotton mills on the River Bollin at Styal, Cheshire in 1784…..just a few miles from Macclesfield.

A huge labour force was required to man the cotton mills, which were being built throughout the North West of England at that time. Poor farm workers and their families moved to the new cotton towns to seek their fortunes.

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