My KELSALL family is from Buckley in Flintshire, North Wales. Eight generations of Kelsalls have lived in Buckley from the mid 1700s to the present. Most of the Kelsall men have been coal miners, although the last mine closed in Buckley in the 1930s. My father, Charlie, played professional football for Wrexham.I grew up in Buckley and attended Lane End Infants, Buckley County Primary (the “Board School”), Mold Alun Grammar, and Imperial College, London. I am currently living in Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

Our Kelsall family can be traced with reasonable certainty to James Kelsall and Johanna Short who were married in Audley, Staffordshire in 1563. James moved to Audley from Cheadle in Cheshire sometime before 1539 and died in Audley in 1583. James’ son, William was Vicar of Audley at the time of the English Civil War. From James to my children, we can trace 14 generations of the Kelsall name. An article, The Kelsall Family of Audley, has been published in the Audley Historian, Number 5.

The Kelsall history in Buckley, Flintshire is traced back to the late 1700s through family records, the Hawarden parish registers, and the 1841 to 1881 censuses. It appears that the family originated in Buckley with Richard Kelsall and Mary Birks who moved with their children from Staffordshire to Buckley most probably between 1750 and 1755. Richard Kelsall was involved with coal in Audley and it is likely that the family moved when new coal mines were opening in the Buckley area.

I am also interested in these other names:


BIRKS: Mary Birks married Richard Kelsall at Newcastle under Lyme January 19, 1734. Mary was born in Newcastle under Lyme and died in 1791 in Pentrobin (Buckley), Hawarden Parish. Fred Birks, a descendant of one of Mary’s brothers, won a posthumous Victoria Cross at Ypres in 1917. A Birks family history is presented here.

IREDALE: My grandfather, John Iredale was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in 1881 and lived in Oldham. I have traced his family to William Iredale, born about 1775. An Iredale family history is presented here.

SHONE: My grandmother, Lily Shone was born in Buckley, Flintshire in 1879. I have traced her family to John Shone, born about 1740. A Shone family history is presented here.

BLOOR: My great-great-grandmother, Esther Bloor was born in 1821 in Hanley, Staffordshire. Her parents were Enoch Bloor and Elizabeth Pool. She married Samuel Shone on December 15, 1839 in Hanley. My Bloor family history is presented here. Additional information on the Bloor name can be found at the Bloor Society web site.

EVANS: My grandmother, Margaret Evans was born in Buckley in 1886. My Evans and Parry family history is presented here.

BECKETT: My great-grandmother, Hannah Beckett was born in 1857 in Great Mollington, Cheshire.

FENNAH: My great-great grandmother, Mary Fennah was born in Buckley in 1827.

PARRY. My great-grandmother, Eliza Parry, was born in Buckley in 1862. My Evans and Parry family history is presented here.


Also in Huddersfield and Oldham: ANELEY, BURLEY. See the Iredale Family History.

Also in Longton/Fenton: SHUFFELBOTHAM, POOL

Also from my wife’s family: WITTBECKER, SCOVILL and MOHR (Freeport, Illinois), ROITZ and BUTLER (Pueblo, Colorado). The SCOVILL line traces to the 1600s in Dorset.