Sunday, October 29, 2006
Evans & Oakley of West Bromwich
Eliza Beatrice Evans was the mother of Elsie Wilkes - my great-great-grandmother.
She came from West Bromwich originally, but moved with her husband John Thomas Wilkes to Castleford at some point after the turn of the last century.
Her father was Thomas Evans and her grandfather William Evans. They were all miners from West Bromwich, but perhaps from Wales before that.
Her mother was called Mary Ann Oakley, and her father was called John Oakley, also a miner.
I have pieced this together from marriage certificates, but I do not have much census information as the names Evans and Oakley are very common names in the census and I cannot be therefore completely sure of uniquely identifying them.