Welcome to the story of my family
The history of my Mosley ancestors with documentary evidence to back up the research. You will also find some of the family stories and myths which inevitably get handed down from one generation to the next. There are some personal histories which help us to understand past lives and personalities.
I’ve tracked my families to many countries around the world. That said, my earliest proven ancestors mostly come from a relatively small area of the English Midlands. Many family members remain there to this day. Others travelled surprising distances for a variety of reasons, to places which might seem surprising to us today. The evidence for these locations, near and far is documented here, and where possible I show how, when and why individuals or families moved from one place to another. This evidence shows that travel is not only a modern phenomenon.
Working lives have changed beyond recognition even in my own lifetime. This site covers more than 500 years of family history, and we can see how work occupations have evolved over those centuries. For many generations, only very slowly. Then, with the Industrial Revolution we see new occupations and professions which changed the course of so many lives. The changes can be seen clearly in the documents still available today.
The final resting places of most ordinary folk have been lost through the mists of time, however, in many cases we are able to track down burial records, or if we’re lucky, memorials. These often tell us much about the families concerned and are an important part of our heritage which I try to record on this site where possible. Even modest individuals often left a ‘Last Will and Testament’ some of which survive from even many hundreds of years ago. They can be among the most personal insights into an individual character and his or her living conditions. Where possible I aim to provide transcripts or even images of these precious documents.
I encourage you to browse my ever growing content, and if you are linked to anyone, or to any of the events recorded here, then I’d love to hear from you.
The Hill Family
My mum’s family originate in Derbyshire and now extend around the world.
The evidence for all these families requires that the story be told as fully as possible.
The Mosley Family
The story of my families and their history with documentary evidence to back up the research. Also some of the family stories and myths which inevitably get handed down from one generation to the next.
There are some personal histories which help us to understand past lives and personalities.
Brampton Old and New
The history, a photographic record and above all, the people who lived and worked in the parishes of Brampton.
A study of the ancient parish of Old Brampton and it’s newer neighbour.
Meet some of my family
There are 8,000 individuals recorded on this site. All the details are supported by documentary evidence. We’re fortunate in having photographs of a few of them.
I invite you to meet them..
Roll of Honour
Walter Mosley 1892-1918
Walter grew up in difficult circumstances around the dawn of the 20th century. He was destined for a hard working life as a miner.
The Great War changed everything and he served from Dec 1914, being posted to France where first he was injured and finally killed in action during the spring of 1918.