Hi Bernard, the similarities are interesting between your people and mine. Recently, I was able to find a little more information, and am hoping to get more soon. We keep chipping away at the walls. We both, as so many others do, have the James BRINDLEY connection so I am sure we are distantly related. It will be fascinating when all this is unraveled.
One thing that we found out recently, from the 1871 census,(they were living at 12 Prospect Place, Borough of Chelsea, Kensington) was that 'Minnie' or 'Millie' was actually 'Amelia. There were only three children; Amelia, Mary Ann, and Annie. Their mother Martha (nee BRINDLEY) LEACH gave her birthplace as Windsor, Berkshire.
Martha's father, John BRINDLEY was a soldier. I suspect that's how he ended up living in this area. We do not yet know where he was born. Martha was born C 1839.
It would be fascinating to find out which regiments were in Windsor around that time. We do not know yet the name of Martha's mother but hope to find that soon. Also I don't know if Martha had any siblings.
Martha married Stephen LEACH, a bricklayer, whose father was also Stephen LEACH, bricklayer. We were unable to find them or John BRINDLEY (so far) on earlier censuses in the areas where he might have been, around London. I think this points to his having been born elsewhere such as further North. Stephen LEACH jr gave his birthplace as Buckenham, Norfolk.
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