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I am researching my family tree. My father's family name is, of course Heap. His great grandfather was Enoch Heap, born near Padiham, Lancashire. He moved to Crawshawbooth and his descendants moved to Newchurch, Rossendale. My paternal grandmother's maiden name was Mary Jane Speak and her father's family came from Stansfield, Todmorden. Her maternal grandfather was Henry Walls from Colkirk (also Whissonsett) in Norfolk.

My maternal grandfather was Joseph Bedford. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Mary Ellen Philbin, daughter of Patrick Philbin. Both families came to Haslingden in the 19th century, the Bedfords from Rochdale and the Philbins from Kilmactigue in Ireland. If any of these families is of interest, please feel free to share your knowledge with me (see Home Page for contact details).