I realize that with today’s technology mailing lists are past their prime and less
significant than they once were. But back in the early days of the internet Lancsgen and
some of the other companion lists were invaluable for getting advice and sharing
information with likeminded researchers. Being from the States, I was also able to make
connection with third and fourth cousins that I didn’t know I had and, by comparing notes,
confirm and/or correct much of the information that I had accumulated.
This brings me to my current need for advancing my research. On several occasions I have
made posts regarding my grandfather’s illegitimacy and futile efforts that I have made
attempting to learn the identity of his father. A year or so ago, I submitted to an
Autosomal DNA test and through cousin matches I have determined with great certainty that
my great grandfather was descended from Robert and Alice Speakman who raised their family
in Ashton in Makerfield in the mid 1800’s.
I would like to make contact any descendants of Robert and Alice, especially anyone who
may be descended from their daughter Jane who was married to Hezekiah Cottam. At this
point, the evidence leans toward one of their three sons being my great grandfather.