Hi I'm a new poster to this community and although I now live in Cumbria I hail from
Doncaster. My mother and cousins still live in and around the Doncaster area. If anyone
has an interest in the GANNON, FARRAR AND VAUX names I'd welcome contact.
My generation of GANNON grew up in Doncaster. My father JAMES MATTHEW GANNON b.1911South
Shields, his siblings and parents moved to the South Yorkshire coalfields in & around
Doncaster in the 1930s from Co Durham (South Shields).
My paternal ggfather PATRICK GANNON abt.1836 (and his wife BRIDGET abt. 1848 and first
born CHRISTOPHER abt.1865) was a migrant from Co.Sligo and worked in the mines in Ryhope
(now part of Sunderland).
In April 1901, my gfather MATTHEW GANNON abt.1871 married EMMA FARRAR abt.1883 at Richmond
Hill, Leeds. Emma's father JOHN FARRAR abt.1856 was a miner from Wakefield I believe,
her mother ELIZABETH (nee WILDSMITH?) might have been from Lancashire. They appear to have
migrated to Ryhope sometime between 1901-06 and are there at the death of my ggrandmother
BRIDGET GANNON in Sep 1906.
The maternal ancestoral line is via GEORGE VAUX b.1847, my ggrandfather, who was from
Crowle in Lincolnshire and moved in the 1870s to Doncaster with his wife MARY JANE b.1849
(nee JANNEY) where he and his sons including my gfather CHARLES EDWARD VAUX (Charlie)
b.1891 worked at the Plant (Railway) Works.
An earlier ancestor, JOHN VAUX 1779 was pressganged into the Royal Navy from his Crowle,
Lincolnshire background and served as an ordinary seaman with Nelson's Newcastle born
second-in-command Vice-Admiral Collingwood on the Royal Sovereign at the Battle of
Trafalgar. After his discharge from the Navy John lived in the Pontefract area of West
Yorkshire where he was a miller.
Look forward to hearing from some of you.
Kind regards Martin Gannon