Hi there Norman!
Thank you very much for the generously detailed reply!
We are of similar ages - I am 61 and in keeping with my mother's side of the family, short: 5'5". I once had brown hair, but both my parents - Eveline Rishworth and William Carter Reeves, both of whom had dark brown hair - started greying in their early forties, and I did too. My sister, Evelyn was born in 1955 and has two grown children and two grandchildren. She and my brother, Mark Rishworth Reeves born in 1961 (he has the tall gene: he's 6'2"), both live in North Yorkshire. He has two girls, one at college, the other working as a chef.
At present I am living (with my spouse) in Mexico. We arrived here (Tampico, on the Gulf coast) last August from working for two years in Turkey. Before that we were living in Louisville, Kentucky (my spouse is American; used to teach Sociology for the University of MD in Europe, now teaches high school history), where I finally got to go to university and get my degrees. Better later than never! I haven't lived in the UK since 1988.
I don't know about famous Bruntons (although I do believe that there was a William Brunton, a Scot, who was an engineer) but the William Brunton who married Louisa Rishworth was a Wool Sorter in Wakefield (a Rugby Union city) as had his father been. Louisa's father George Townend Rishworth was, by the time Louisa was born, a Law Stationer in a small township on the outskirts of Wakefield. His father, Thomas Rishworth, born about 1773 in Hemsworth Yorkshire, was a banker (until it failed in 1825). Thomas's father, James Rishworth, had been a Tanner (in fact, the family, in Hemsworth, were Tanners, Skinners and Fellmongers as well as hill farmers). There is a digitized image of one of his banknotes available on a Wakefield website. I've forgotten exactly which, but I downloaded it - it's rather neat, has his signature and so on. He was in partnership with a Wentowrth and a Chaloner. There's also quite a bit about him and some of his other sons and their various bankruptcies over the years in the London Gazette archives. This is online and free.
If you plug Thomas Rishworth into google you'll get quite a bit of stuff, more again in google books and the National Archives, UK. He would be one of your great-great-great-grandfathers - I think I have that right...
If you are in the least interested I can send you an invitation to look at the family tree on ancestry.com.
I have to leave off for now - I 've to get dinner ready! All the best, and thanks again, Anne.
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