I am a direct decendant of Alfred and Sarah Wood Sykes - their son John Thomas was my great grandfather who I met in the 1960's. He died in 1969.
Alfred's father was called Jabez Sykes and he was born in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield 1811. Somewhere along the line he moved to Greenfield, Saddleworth. He married 3 times. His first wife was called Sarah Garside (or Gartside) and they had 5 children Mary 1835, Thomas 1836, Sophia 1837, Samuel 1840 and David 1842. In 1850 he married Mary (Whitehead?. Mary was a widow and had 2 children called Mary Matilda and John Whitehead. She and Jabez and had a further 4 children Alfred 1852 Sarah 1854 Clara 1857 and Jabez 1858. Jabez snr died in 1886.
Alfred and Sarah married in 1872 had 11 children. John Thomas 1873 was the eldest and Herbert 1896 was the youngest. John Thomas married Harriet Holden in 1899 and they had 3 children Frank, Dora and Jack. Frank was my Grandfather.
Alfred started the Sykes family business - they were Corn Merchants and Grocers in Saddleworth and they had shops in Greenfield, Uppermill, Delph and Shaw. The Corn Merchants operated from a mill in Dobcross, Tame Bridge Mills. I have more info if you want to get in touch.
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