The O’Hara – Bagshaw Family Tree

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Meet the Parrys

Untangling our Parrys has been quite a complicated and time-consuming job as the surname is by no means uncommon to North Wales.


Hence we are not quite as far back in the family as one might expect. John Parry was born in 1827 and according to his son’s birth certificate, was a mariner by trade. His union with Ellen Roberts produced 6 children and they moved away from North Wales to Liverpool. John junior also went to sea to earn his living, beginning as an ordinary seaman but after 10 years experience he had elevated himself to the master of the vessel “Jane”, an 83ft wooden coaster plying her trade out of Liverpool.

In maybe what was a common lifestyle for seamen, John could be found in an alehouse probably more often than he should have been and on his death from a heart attack in 1909, his wife, Mary Ellen, was forced to take her family to the Seaman’s Orphanage for support.

Liverpool Seamen’s Orphanage opened in 1874 at Newsham Park, Liverpool, to care for children whose families had perished at sea. Date: 1905

Our direct line of descent continues via John’s brother Hugh, who married Margaret Foulkes. Interestingly, Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Foulkes and Jane Parry but as yet we have not established whether she was already linked to the family (2022). Hugh and Margaret had six children and would have struggled on his wages as a labourer. Thomas John Parry was the eldest child.

Thomas married Gertrude Maud Bolton. Thomas was born in Colwyn Bay but Gertrude was a Manchester girl. Thomas was a carriage driver and Gertrude had taken a position as a servant to a family in Rhos-on-Sea. They were married in Sept 1912 and went on to have 8 children, one of whom being daughter Edith born in 1926.

The Parry family merged with the Bagshaws when Geoff Bagshaw married Edith Parry in June 1954.

Notables in the Parry family were Edward Parry who became a professional footballer playing at full back for both Liverpool FC and Wales during the 1920s and his namesake Edward “Ted” Parry who was awarded the DFM while serving in the Second World War as the rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber squadron before losing his life in 1943.

Edward Parry of Liverpool and Wales
Sgt Edward Parry DFM

Families in More Detail

To take a look at some of our individual families in more detail just click on the photos below and we will take you to a more detailed story of that family as we know it including the locations associated with the family.

Meet the Heads of the Family

The O'Haras

From Ballina, County Sligo (Mayo) as far as Pennsylvania in the USA and south across the Sottish border to South Yorkshire.

The Rynns

Originally from Ireland, Richard Rinn had emigrated to Scotland after 1828. The spelling of their name mutated in their new land.

The Pridmores

With a large concentration in Bourne in Lincolnshire, their saddlery skills were easily transferred to Sheffield in the mid-19th century

The Temprells

The Temprells were a Nottinghamshire family that settled onthe South Yorkshire border. A mining family.

The Bagshaws

Strething back many generations to the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border, the Bagshaws appear to have had little wanderlust.

The Parrys

Inhabiting Denbighshire and the North Welsh coast, they spread their wings into Merseyside but not too much further.

The Hopkinsons

Our Hopkinsons show a presence in Derbyshire going back to the mid-18th century with continuity there for at least 3 centuries.

The Allsops

Another family with a Derbyshire pedigree back to the early 1700's. Ashbourne, Hognaston and Brassington being favoured.


Copyright Chris and Jill O’Hara 2022