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My father's family name is, of course Heap. His great grandfather was Enoch Heap, born near Padiham, Lancashire. He moved to Crawshawbooth and his descendants moved to Newchurch, Rossendale.

My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Mary Jane Speak. Her father's family came from Stansfield, Todmorden. Her maternal grandfather was Henry Walls from Colkirk (also Whissonsett) in Norfolk.

My maternal grandfather was Joseph Bedford. His mother was Isabella Murphy, daughter of Joseph and Catherine (or Catharine) Murphy (maiden name Catherine Hill) from Chorlton-upon-Medlock. Other family members are Hiram Bedford and Samuel Bedford.

My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Mary Ellen Philbin, daughter of Patrick Philbin. Other family members are Dominic Philbin and Michael Philbin.

Both sides of my mother's family came to Haslingden in the 19th century, the Bedfords from Rochdale and the Philbins from Kilmactigue in Ireland.

If any of these families is of interest, please feel free to share your knowledge with me (see Home Page for contact details).