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Redhead/Reedhead of Cheshire/Canada/ California
Posted by: Merle Reedhead (ID *****0764) Date: August 29, 2004 at 16:49:11
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I am looking for descendants of William and Marry Ann Redhead who are listed in the 1891 England census in the parish of St.Peter, County Cheshire and are aged 43 and 39 respectively. There are two sons listed at that time and they are Raymond E. (aged 2) and Leslie (aged 1) There is also an Ellen Edith Redhead aged 17 listed, a servant named Florence Downes and another person whose name appears to be Elizabeth Nellie aged 14, but I canít find more details. I believe that William and Marry Ann were my great-grandparents and Raymond and Leslie were my Grandfatherís brothers. I believe that Ellen Edith was Marry Annís daughter from her first marriage to someone named James Yates who died. I believe that William and Marry Ann went on to have three more sons, Norman (birth registered in September 1891), Cecil (birth registered September 1893) and Alec (birth registered June 1895) I believe that Norman was my Grandfather and he emigrated to Canada at some point and married Agnes Maynard. My fatherís name was Raymond Elliott Reedhead and he died in 2001 at the age of 82 in Thunder Bay (used to be called Fort William) Ontario Canada. (Some members of the family changed the name from Redhead to Reedhead at some point.) My Father has one brother (Wallace) who is still alive and living in British Columbia and who has been able to give me some information to help in my search. I thought I had found the correct Norman Re(e)dhead a few weeks ago and someone on the message board named Judith was kind enough to help me out. But I now know it was the wrong Norman based on additional information I received from my Uncle.

Alec Redhead was a Consulting Engineer with offices on Bridge Street in Manchester in 1931. I believe his private address was (itís hard to read on the letter) ďCharlecote, Moss Lane, Timperley, Cheshire.

I know that my father had relatives in California and that the son named Raymond E. moved to California. He was born on July 20th 1888 and died on July 7th 1954 in Los Angeles. I believe that Leslie Elliott Reedhead who was born in Washington on August 21st, 1915 and died in Los Angeles on December 5, 1980 according to his California death record index was the other brother. I have a picture of a headstone which reads "Leslie Reedhead 1891-1916 From the Goodfellowship Assn of the American Film." There is another small word after the word film but it can't be deciphered as there is a tree branch in the way. He was a silent movie actor. The dates donít agree but that isnít really surprising I guess

I also have letters from Alec Redhead to my Grandfather Norman from 1931. Alec spent many years in Africa and returned to England and married someone named Eileen in 1929. Cecil was living in Wallasey in 1931 at 52 Withens Lane I believe. I know that neither Cecil or Alec had any children at the time but I donít know if they did in the future.

I also have letters from 1950 to ďUncle NormanĒ (my Grandfather) from a Fred Jones who was the son of Nellie Pryce Jones. Fred was living at 5 Genesta Road, Plumstead, London S. E. 18 at the time. He states that his Mother died on February 19, 1950. My Grandfather was already dead by then (My Uncle Wallace says he died in 1937) so Wallace corresponded with Fred. Obviously Fred Jones is a very common name so Iím having a hard time finding him and how he was related.

If anyone has any information/connection I would love to hear from you!!!!!

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