Monthly Archives: April 2015

Water, fire and fever: The trials of Thomas Atcherley

INSCRIBED ON A PRESENT OF PLATE. To Mr. George Hilditch: PRESENTED, WITH OTHER ARTICLES OF PLATE, BY HIS FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCE, IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR ADMIRATION OF HIS INTREPID CONDUCT, IN SAVING MR. THOMAS ATCHERLY FROM DROWNING, WHILE BATHING IN THE RIVER PERRY, JULY 5TH, 1839. The above words were reproduced in John William Bythell’s anthology Salopia, The news-room, and… Read more »

Who Do You Think You Are? Live, 2015

One of my 10 Genealogy Goals for 2015 was to attend the “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” show, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 April. That goal has now been achieved – I attended all three days and immersed myself in the full WDYTYA? experience! Note that larger versions of all the photos… Read more »

The lives of Henry Atcherley, his wives, and their families – Part 1

I love the fact that even after spending many hundreds of hours researching the Atcherley family, its members can still surprise me. One such surprise, a bombshell in fact, came when I looked at the expanded collection of London Workhouse records at Ancestry this week. In one of the Porters Admission and Discharge Registers for Christ Church Workhouse, Southwark, was… Read more »

Bride and Joy: Celebrating an Atcherley marriage

The day on which “Minnie” Caroline Frances Amherst Stacey became a member of the Atcherley family was a very special occasion – and not just for Caroline and her new husband. In the Shropshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire villages where David Francis Atcherley was ‘squire’ there were feasts and festivities arranged for many of the local inhabitants. Saturday 10 February 1866… Read more »

Brothers in Arms: Four Atcherley siblings in World War One – Part 1

< More Atcherley stories from World War 1 The patriotic action of four brothers in joining the Royal Engineers should be a fine example to the young men of the city. These brothers are William Clive Atcherley, Clifford Robert Atcherley, Eric Graham Atcherley, and Major Cecil Atcherley. ‘These four brothers,’ says the medical recruiting officer,‘have all joined during the past… Read more »

The mothers of the Moortown Atcherleys

Moortown, in the Shropshire parish of Ercall Magna (or High Ercall), was home to several generations of one Atcherley family for a period of around 150 years. The ‘founding fathers’ of this line Atcherleys were Samuel (1687 – 1731) and his son John (1715 – 1750). It was however the wives of these two men who had the strongest connections… Read more »