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In June 1867 William Robert Renshaw was married  to Rachel Martha Davies in the Parish Church of St Thomas', Mow Cop near Kidsgrove in North Staffordshire.

The 1881 census reveals the Renshaw family living at 19 Paradise Street, Wolstanton, near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. In addition to William Robert Renshaw and his wife Rachel, there are two sons (William and Arthur) and four daughters (Sarah, Alice, Ethel and Drusilla), of whom the youngest, aged 3 months, is my grandmother Drusilla.  The village of Wolstanton lies about a mile away from my childhood home in Bradwell. Paradise Street no longer exists, but my guess is that it was located where a a shopping precinct has now stood for many years.

The 1901 census show the same family living at 2 Cemetery Rd, Hanley. By this time, Sarah has left home, a further son (Arnold), and daughter (Adele), have been born, and there is also a grandson (William) who is probably the child of the elder son (William) who has been married and widowed.