James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

'Wilf' Minshall Returning to the children of Isabel and John Minshall, their son, (John) Wilfred Minshall (right), was born on 18 November 1917. In 1939 Wilf was a house painter and decorator living with his parents and some of his siblings at 186 Bebington Road, Birkenhead. 'Wilf' married Clara Hollingworth [Birkenhead 1940, 1st qt]. In 1939 she was living with her parents and twin sister at Beckwith Street, Birkenhead, and for Clara, under occupation was written "incapacitated"; the twins were born on 15 July 1920. Sadly Wilfred and Clara's daughter Cecilia E Minshall, born the following year [Birkenhead 1941, 2nd qt], died aged one [Birkenhead 1942, 2nd qt]. Clara herself died, aged twenty-four [Birkenhead 1944, 3rd qt] and a few months later 'Wilf' remarried. He died on 14 January 2010 at Grange Nursing Home in Heswall. He is survived by his second wife, two daughters and two grandchildren.

Wilf's sister Isabel Minshall was born in Birkenhead on 28 January 1921. In 1939 she was living with her parents and some of her siblings at 186 Bebington Road, Birkenhead. She and her sister Victoria were both working as 'Sales Ladies to Shop Assistants, Mantles'; presumably Mantles was a local store. She married [Crewe 1943, 1st qt] John Lucas (b 27 March 1920, Congleton, Cheshire), the son of Peter and Lily (née Kennerley). John was a cowman at Mossley Farm, Congleton in 1939.

I believe Isabel and John had two sons, the first, born in 1944 [Crewe 1944, 3rd qt] who married and tragically his son survived only a short while, and the second, Geoffrey David Lucas, born in Congleton, Cheshire, on 23 May 1948, who died on 13 June 2006, in Nantwich, Cheshire. Geoffrey is survived by his widow, two sons, a daughter and grandchildren.

Isabel Lucas died on 3 March 1986, aged 65, at Nantwich, Cheshire [Congleton & Crewe, Mar 1986] and John died on 15 July 1995, aged 75, at Nantwich [S Cheshire, July 1995].    >>>>