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You know, I had always assumed that until recently, people did not move around the country very much. After starting this research I have discovered the opposite. My family, particularly, seem to have had itchy feet! Was this area of west Cheshire/ east Flintshire a land of opportunity in Victorian times, or were these people chance migrants? I hope to find out...

I am tracing the family of Martha Amelia CHARE (nee MARSHALL), who arrived in Flintshire in 1915/16, originally from Aston in Birmingham.
Also George STREETER who arrived around 1918, with the army. He was from Croydon.

William and Fanny (nee BAKER) MILTON came from South Brent in Somerset. They arrived in Balderton, Cheshire in the mid 1870s, where William was a cheese-maker (a trade followed by his son and grandson, who won a prize at the Cheshire show).

John Walter and Mary GRASS arrived in Eccleston, Cheshire also in the mid 1870s, where John was a gamekeeper for the Duke of Westminster. The GRASSes were a large family of gamekeepers from Suffolk. John was born in Norfolk, and Mary CLAYTON was from Thorpe Arnold in Leicestershire.

Thomas OWEN was born in High Ercall, Shropshire in 1851. He had arrived in Flint before 1878.
Katie TURNER's family were from Mickle Trafford in Cheshire, and are the only branch of my family that were local to the Cheshire/ Flintshire area.

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The Deeside MILTON / OWEN family tree
Updated June 13, 2009

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