I was born and grew up in Ilkeston but left when I was 26 in 1962..
I have many fond memories of Ilkeston and still have friends and acquaintances there that you may know. Among them are Garth Newton of Ilkcam game and Joe Cahill. Danny Corns who died last year was a boyhood friend, who also later served as apprentice to my Dad, Bill Wasley at Stanton.
Ironically, although my parents moved from Nottingham to Ilkeston when they got married in 1934,  so most of my relatives (that I knew of) were around Nottingham. However, my paternal Grandmother had been born in Shipley/Cotmanhay in 1872 to quite a large family. Her birth name was Matilda Knighting and I noticed a ‘”KnightonFamily” on your site. Ironically, in the photograph that accompanies the Knightuon Photo, one lady is identified as being married to someone called Beecroft! Now, I remember that we had some relatives in Ilkeston called Beecroft/Beecroft. although I don’t know whether they were cousins of my Dad or Granny. One was a man called Ferdinand Beecroft, who was Managing Director of the Coalmine on the Jeanie Rd ( Shipley or Crosswalk?) And I only met him once. The other family was Arthur and Edith Beecroft and they lived on Heanor Rd just where (I think) Cotmanhay Rd comes up to meet Heanor Rd. They must have been reasonably well off as they had a car in the 1940’s! I also remember going to Simpson’s Sweet shop and meeting my relative Mabel, who worked in Simpson’s Sweet shop .for many years. Looking at genealogy sites I can trace my Ilkeston “Knighton” forebears back to the 1600’s.but of course just know names and dates. I would love to know more about them  and who knows, perhaps I still have living ‘unknown’ relatives still living in dear ole Ilsun. Any information you or your site members can provide would be much appreciated.
Best regards
Jan Wasley

Dear Dave
I have recently started trying to trace my family tree, part of which is rooted in Ilkeston. Having embarked on this journey I have discovered your website, which has been very interesting indeed. Sadly, I can find no reference to my family on your website but I wonder if you or your website readers can help me with any information for my search. To this end, here is a brief overview.
My name is Adrian Sawyer and my father was Frank Sawyer, who was born on 21/7/21 and lived with his parents and siblings at 42 Shipley Common Lane. His father and mother (my grandparents) were John Sawyer and Winifred Sawyer nee Mooney. I am having success tracing the Sawyer side of the family but the Mooneys are being more elusive.
I know that Winifred’s parents were Patrick Mooney and Anne Lally who were both born in Galway, Ireland in around 1857 and 1861 respectively and I have found them living at 15 Oxford Street, Ilkeston in the 1891 census. By the 1901 census Patrick has moved to 4 Extension Street and is shown as a widower and Anne is obviously not shown, but I can find no information about her date or cause of death. Patrick has 5 children including my grandmother Winifred, or Winnie as she is shown on the census. Patrick appears again on the 1911 census at 9 Extension Street, but there are now only 3 children at home, including Winifred or Winney as she now appears. After that Patrick disappears and I can find no trace of him or reference to him at all.
Any information about Patrick and Anne’s arrival in England from Ireland plus details of Anne’s death and Patrick’s life beyond the 1911 census would be gratefully received, not to mention anything else at all that you think may be useful.
Many thanks in advance.
Adrian

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