Surname Saturday : Timmins (WOR, STS, CHS); Hayes (CHS); Williams (FLN, CHS); Benyon (SAL, CHS)

I’m concentrating this post on the surnames of my grandparents.  Timmins and Hayes are my paternal side, whilst Williams and Benyon are my maternal side.

My aim (wishfull thinking!) is to find all my living cousins that descend from these lines.  So here goes with a list of my grandparents, their siblings and spouses; hoping that my cousins see this post at some time and get in contact.

Children of Albert TIMMINS and Hannah Jones:
Joseph Timmins (1883 – 1955); married 1907
Mary Jones (1884 – 1957)
Frances Timmins (1885 – 1942); married 1915
Frank Tibbetts (  – 1966)
Albert Charles Timmins (1887 – 1967); married 1910
Ethel Maud Simmonds (1889 – 1975)
William Timmins (1889 –  1971); married 1913
Annie Hayes (1887 – 1958)
My Timmins’ are mainly found in the Dudley and Wolverhampton area’s of the West Midlands (Worcestershire and Staffordshire).  My grandfather moved to Chester (Cheshire) around 1911.
Children of Edward HAYES and Jane Smith:
George Edward Hayes (1879 – 1943); married 1905
Charlotte Fish (1883 – 1959)
William Hayes (1881 –  ); married 1909
Edith Basnett (1883 – 1950)
James Hayes (1884 –  )
Mary Jane Hayes (1886 –  ); married 1907
John William Cobb (  –  )
Annie Hayes (1887 – 1958); married 1913
William Timmins  (1889 – 1971)
Joseph Hayes (1889 – 1950); married 1927
Ada Cox (  –  )
Elizabeth Hayes (1890 – 1890)
Thomas Hayes (1892 – 1917)
Sarah Hayes (1894 –  ); married 1920
Robert Hancock
John Hayes (1896 –  ); married 1923
Alice Goodwin
My Hayes clan are all found in and around the Chester area (Cheshire) from the end of the 18th century.
Children of William WILLIAMS and Mary Ann Thomas:
Emma Williams (1874 –  )
John Henry Williams (1875 – 1925); married 1897
Martha Benyon (1876 – 1954)
Mary Jane Williams (1879 –  ); married 1899
George Tattum (1879 –  )
Isaac Williams (1880 –  )
William Owen Williams (1883 –  ); married 1918
Elizabeth Humphries (1886 –  )
Margaret Ann Williams (1886 –  ); married 1904
William Thomas Smith (1878 –  )
Llewelyn Williams (1889 –  ); married 1912
Ruth Ellen Morgan (1889 –  )
Robert Thomas Williams (1891 –  ); married 1909
Mary Elizabeth Parry (1890 –  )
Alice Ann Williams (1894 –  ); married 1915
James Thomas Henry Blythin (1888 –   )
Sarah Elizabeth Williams (1897 –  ); married 1919
Francis Thomas Hughes (1890 –  )
My Williams’ are centred around the Holywell area of Flintshire.  My grandfather moved his family to Chester (Cheshire) about 1900.
Children of Robert BENYON and Mary Fennah:
Thomas Benyon (1868 –  1936); married 1892
Alice Amelia Povey (1870 – 1952)
John Benyon (1870 –  ); married 1892
Mary Jane Vickers ( – )
William Benyon (1874 –  ); married
Martha Evans (1880 –  )
Martha Benyon (1876 – 1954); married 1897
John Henry Williams (1875 – 1925)
Robert Henry Benyon (1879 – 1934); married 1903
Alice Underhill (1879 – 1937)
George Benyon (1882 – 1884)
Joseph Benyon (1884 – 1916); married 1905
Lorna Grace Harris
Sarah Ann Benyon (1886 – 1947); married 1921
Charles Bent
Mary Benyon (1890 –  ); married 1919
Philip Woollam Baker (1892 –  )

               Florence Benyon (1893 – 1893)

My Benyon ancestors originally came from the Wem and Ruyton-IX-Towns area’s in Shropshire.  My 2xgt grandfather moved his family to Chester via Birmingham in the middle of the 19th century.
I wish that more descendents of my ancestors would use LostCousins it would save me all this Blogging!

Direct Ancestors from my Timmins Family Tree

As you will know from my previous posts, blogging is a new weapon in my genealogy armoury.  To help me move forward with this technology I am seeking out tutorials, tricks and tips wherever I can get them.  Last night I listened to Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE from the Legacy Family Tree Webinars page.  I can highly recommend this webinar, even if you already have some experience of blogging you will still find this really interesting.  DearMYRTLE is a great presenter with an easy to follow approach.  Listen to this soon as it will be lifted from the site on 2nd March.
Thanks Myrt – I have registered for your next webinar – More Blogging for Beginners.  Follow the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog for “down to earth advice for family historians”.
Well let’s get started with some surnames.   
First off I would like to share those surnames of my direct ancestors, namely my grandparents through to 5th great grandparents, with you.
As you can see from the list below I am only missing one 2nd great grandparent.  This  was my first brick wall and has remained so for the past 12 years!  I will deal with this missing person in a future blog.
To keep it simple the list just states the surname, this is followed by the locations (i.e. towns, parishes and counties) that my ancestors lived in during their lifetime.
TIMMINS – Kingswinford, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Dudley, Worcestershire.

HAYES – Great Boughton, Chester, Cheshire.
WILLIAMS – Holywell, Flintshire, Hoole, Chester.
BENYON (BENION) – Ruyton XI Towns, Wem, Shropshire, Birmingham, Chester


  Dudley, Worcestershire
SMITH – Great Boughton, Christleton, Chester
THOMAS – Holywell, Flintshire and Durham
FENNAH – Churton, Aldford, Bruera, Hoole, Chester


BROMALL – Willenhall
SMITH – Dudley
LEDSHAM – Great Boughton, Chester

PLATT – Erbistock and Overton
WILLIAMS – Holywell
EVANS – Ellesmere
WELCH – Hoole, Chester

3rd great-grandparents…….

HICKMANS – Kingswinford, Staffordshire

SMITH – Willenhall
PRICE – Baschurch, Myddle, Shropshire
WILKINSON – Farndon, Great Boughton, Waverton, Chester
OWENS – Tattenhall
ELLAMS – Mucklestone
DAVIES – Aldford

4th great-grandparents (many more of these are UNKNOWN) …….

ELLIS – Myddle

HEWITT – Waverton
LEVER – Churton
HARDEN – Plemstall, Hoole
ADSHEAD – Chester
DAVIES – Overton

5th great-grandparents (again many UNKNOWNS) …….

DAVIES – Waverton

PARKS – Ruyton XI Towns

Being a bit of a gadget geek means I love to try anything new, especially if it relates to my main hobby of genealogy.  So thanks to Mark Tucker for highlighting the web site on his cool techy blog site ThinkGenealogy.  Mark shows how to use to embed a zoom-able image into your blog.  See his post Interactive Online Family History Photos.

Marks tutorial explains how to zoom and pan a photograph.  I was looking for a way to display my ancestor chart on this blog, I realised that this application could just as easily be utilised to display a zoom-able family tree.  So here is my direct ancestor family tree for you to explore.  Let me know what you think.

Using the Interface:
The four buttons that appear when you mouse over the image allow you to zoom in/out (you can also use your mouse scroll wheel to do same), goto home view, and toggle full page view.  You can also zoom in by clicking on the image.  Panning the image is achieved by a click and drag action.
The Ancestor Chart was created from my Family Tree Maker 2010 database by Charting Companion.