I was trawling the net with my name in a search engine and came across this wylam genealogy forum.
My name is John Arthur Wylam, born 3 Aug 1943 in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have two sisters, Marjorie b 1938 or 39 i always forget, and Elaine b 1945. I grew up in Easington, County Durham, but one way and another have ended up in Scotland (Edinburgh). My mother Margaret (Peggy) Wylam (b 1912) was a Siddle, and lives with my sister Elaine and her husband Ken (Rutter) in County Durham. My father Percy Wylam, also b. 1912 (in Littletown, County Durham, which is only about five miles from Shadforth, which someone mentioned in the messages) died in 1988 I think (amazing how bad my memory is getting). He had about 5 brothers, no sisters. There was John Wylam (a pharmacist), Ralph Wylam (Sea-going engineer I think), Cecil Wylam (he was maybe the eldest, actually) and Fred Wylam was the youngest (another pharmacist), all dead now. My Dad, Percy, was a teacher. His father before him was school-master too, but I don't remember his name, it might have been Robert. My Dad had cousins and what-not but I don't remember them at all either. My mother was also from a large family, the Siddles; brother Robert, sister Betty, mam, sister Edith, brother John, brother Arthur. Her brother Robert and sister Betty died but the others are still alive. So that gave me two Uncle Johns. Uncle Ralph and Aunt Clare had twin boys, and called them Ralph and John. So I have a cousin John Wylam (he's a vicar), same name as myself, if you forget about middle names, and a cousin Ralph Wylam. Ralph lives in Brighton, England, last I heard; John in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. Uncle Fred and Aunt Peggy had two girls, my cousins Anne and Rita; Anne is married and in Manchester, England; Rita ditto and living in Middlesbrough, England. I was married, to Joan (Samuelson), and we had two girls Jenny, and Paula, both living on Tyneside, England, with their fellas. Joan and I divorced, and I am now with new partner (another Joan, fancy that). So that's about all I know, off the top of my head, so to speak. I know nothing at all about any Wylams any further back than my grandfather, and am amazed (nicely) at the depth of knowledge and research of the American descendants; it's absolutely fascinating.
Regards and best wishes,
(Just look at the time; I should have done this off-line.)
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