John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

by Verda R. Murphy, Foreign Researcher

We sent an ad to the Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England during May which read as follows:

“The late John Rowley, his wife Sarah Wright and 4 children, Sarah, Mary and twins Abigail and Joseph of Fenton and Hanley early 1880.

Would the descendants of the above please write Mrs. Verda Murphy, Chinook, Montana, U.S.A.”

We were very thrilled to have had a reply to this ad. The reply goes as follows:

Mr. Arthur Wright
3 Woodville Place
Meir, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, England

Dear Madam,

I have just read an advertisement in the local newspaper, Evening Sentinel, where you wish to get in touch with descendants of the late John Rowley and his wife, Sarah Wright, who resided in the Hanley and Fenton area in the early 1800’s.

Well, it is rather way back but nevertheless, very interesting. That is why on impulse, I am writing to see if in any way I could possibly help.

It might help if I tell you a little of my own family tree. I and my brothers and sisters were born in Hanley. So was my father who is 68 years and, incidentally, in the hospital, so I am unable to ask him too much. His brothers were also born in Hanley. My grandfather and his brothers and sister lived in Fenton and he was born in 1866.

I am given to understand that one of my grandfather’s brothers went to the U.S.A., but when, I can’t say. Anyway, it might be of little help writing to you. I would like very much if you would acknowledge this letter and let me know how you have progressed in your inquiries.

Faithfully your,
Mr. Arthur Wright

We were thrilled indeed to know that someone who had read our ad had taken the time to write me. We hope that through further correspondence we may progress in our attempts to research in England.

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