Mary and Joseph Forrester
Harold Arthur’s Grandparents
Joseph and Mary Forrester had 8 children, one daughter and seven sons.
Joseph was born in Oldbury in 1859 and married Mary Cropper in 1886, Joseph was 27 and Mary 21. Joseph’s occupation was a joiner and he died in 1920 at the age of 61. Mary was born in 1865 and she passed away in 1955 at the age of 89.
Their one daughter Selina was born in 1887, though we have been unable to find her date of death.
The seven sons of Joseph and Mary were :-
Freeman born 1888, he died in 1944 aged 56
Joseph born 1890, he died in 1918 aged 28
John born 1894, he died in 1953 aged 58
Frank born in 1898, he died in the late 1940’s.
George born in 1902, he has died but we have no records
Harold, father to Harold Arthur, was born in 1903 and he died in 1975 aged 72
Henry, known as Harry was born in 1905, he has died but we have no records.
The modern day family tree commences with the marriage of Harold to Lillian Longden in 1924, the parents of Harold Arthur Forrester
Lillian and Harold Forrester
Harold Arthur’s Parents
Harold Forrester, Born in 1903, married Lilian Longden in 1924. Harold was a steel wire cleaner and he died in 1975 at the age of 72.
Lilian Forrester (nee Longden), was born in 1904 and she died in 1931 at the age of 27. Lillian’s father was Arthur James Longden, a blacksmith who died in 1931 at the age of 68.
Harold and Lilian had two children, a daughter Theresa Lillian Forrester who was born in 1924 and died in 1969, a son Harold Arthur Forrester who was born in 1927 and is head of the family.
Theresa Forrester (married Lawrence Metcalf), she died at the age of 45 in 1969. Alan Metcalf is currently head of the Metcalf Family Tree
Harold Arthur Forrester was born in April 1927. He started is working life as a draughtsman, working his way up to being a Works Engineer.
Harold continues to live in the family home in Sheffield.
Joan Forrester (nee Taylor ) was born in March 1931, the youngest of the three sisters, Winifred and Vera.
Joan met Harold when she was 16, marrying Harold four years later, Harold was 24 and Joan was 20.
Joan sadly passed away on the 29th February 2016 at a grand old age of 85.
Left to right :- Winifred Allen(sister to bride), husband Albert, Theresa Metcalf (sister to groom), husband Lawrence ,bridesmaid (?) is cousin to the bride, Harold Forrester (Father of the groom), Alan Metcalf (grooms nephew), William Rusling (friend of the groom),Gladys Smith (close friend to the father of the groom), Eric Pickering (best man),Groom and Bride, Wilfred Taylor (Father of the bride), Grandmother (Taylor) to the bride, Charlie Wheatley (friend to the bride and groom),Ethel Taylor ( Mother to the bride), Grandmother (Shaw) to the bride, Jean Hibbard ( daughter of Mrs Smith), Gilbert Hibbard (husband to Jean), Janet Hibbard ( daughter to Jean), Betty Wheatley, nee Marriot ( friend to the bride and groom), Vera Franklin , nee Taylor (Sister to the bride) and husband Douglas.
Born July 1957
Born April 1964