A main object of this site is to make contact with people overseas and in the UK who will tell me what they know about their ancestors and the places they came from. I shall then compare that with what I have on my database and in turn supply details of their branch connections, as far back as I am able.
In the UK almost everyone I know of was in three English counties:
Cheshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire.
Astbury is so close to the Cheshire boundary with Staffordshire that early movement between them does not reflect a significant migration. Cheshire and Lancashire are also adjacent but the distance between the Gidman settlements indicates a desire to set up home in a new area where more work was available as the industrial revolution gathered pace. A branch which is still a mystery to me was in Kent around 1790 and later there is movement between there and Staffordshire but I do not know whether the two are related.
Several families went overseas. The ones I know of include:
USA. Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Alabama and Virginia.
In the 1880 census an unnamed single man in Wisconsin says his parents were from Holland and Caroline in Delaware states hers were from Germany but I have not found out anything about their origins. Nor do I know anything more about Joseph who in 1852 “patented a [roller] skate with coupled wheels in the middle and single wheels at each end”.
Canada. Alberta and Ontario.
New Zealand, Holland and Sweden feature in more recent years.
In Stockholm, Sweden Family Search.org [formerly IGI] gave a marriage on 21st March 1805 between Peter and Johanna C LINDBERG in Maria Magdalena church.