SURNAMES

ARCH Family
of Walsall formerly Warwickshire

William and Maria ARCH

WILLIAM ARCH 1842-1911
and wife MARIA MASON born DURHAM

photos from my grandmothers album

GO TO - MASON page
New MASON Family info
- May 2010

There is a JOHN MASON c Lichfield 20 Feb 1814
Father John - Mother Mary in IGI

1851 JOHN MASON 37 (1814) b Lichfield Staffs
Lvg Bromsgrove St Kidderminster
+ SUSANNAH 35 b B'ham
  • James 13 (1838) b Kidderminster
  • John 11 b Kidderminster
  • MARIA 4 (1847) b DURHAM
  • George 2 b Durham
  • Mary 1 month b Kidderminster
another MASON researcher writes:
  1. The Mason's were not afraid to travel.
  2. His son, GEORGE, (1851-George 2 b Durham) - (my g.grandfather) immigrated to PHILADELPHIA, PA the following year in October 1885 to work as a carpet weaver in the Philadelphia Carpet Mill.
  3. His wife, LOUISA, and four daughters followed him in January 1886.
  4. His son, JAMES, (my grandfather) was sailing in the Merchant Marine Service, and followed them to Philadelphia in Dec, 1888.
  5. GEORGE's brother, ELIJAH, also immigrated to Philadelphia after the death of his first wife, and was also a carpet weaver.
  6. Their sister, LOUISA MASON HAYCOCK, immigrated to Worcester, MA. Her husband, JOSEPH HAYCOCK was also a Primative Methodist Preacher in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

1861 JOHN MASON
widower 47 b Lichfield
Lvg Blakenhall, Walsall
Store keeper & primative lay preacher
  • dtr Mary Ann 15 b DURHAM - the census taker could most likely have taken her name down incorrectly.
Maria was mrd Mar 1867 Walsall and if this is her in the census it would explain that she was born in Durham, but lvd in Walsall when she mrd.

1871 JOHN MASON 58 Widr b Lichfield, Foreman,
now back in Kidderminster, which is a stone's throw from Walsall and heart of the carpet trade
dtr Mary 20 seller carpet trade

LOUISE HAYCOCK of Kiddeminster
a carpet weaver - aunt of ANNIE ARCH d/o MARIA (nee MASON) sister of Louisa
JOSEPH & LOUISA HAYCOCK (nee MASON) went to Massachusetts, JOSEPH was a preacher, LOUISA was into Carpet weaving there. Maybe JOSEPH was too - he was from Kidderminster, a carpet weaving centre, Worcester, England.
Daughters BEATRICE & MAUDE HAYCOCK
BEATRICE m MONK
  • Info from Constance Benson
    Rector's secretary
    Episcopal Church downtown UTICA, New York
  • son FRED MONK was an organist -
  • UTICA, New York downtown Episcopal church
  • later - FRED MONK - organist at
    National Cathedral, Washington, DC


MAUDE m Claude DICKENSON - Worcester, Mass.
No children

as appearing on my grandmother's birth certificate
1881 - LIVING at

16 Blakenall Lane
BLOXWICH, Staffordshire

formerly of ESSINGTON and EXHALL, Warwickshire, latter 1700s WILLIAM ARCH
wife MARIA (nee MASON)

Parents of ANNIE ARCH 1868-1964, my grandmother.
They were Salvation Army folks

MARIA MASON'S FAMILY, possibly of MIDDLESBOROUGH, Yorkshire
near mouth of River Tees and North Sea on England's east coast.
WILLIAM ARCH died 1911 at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire

From this area of Yorkshire came
Captain James COOK
whose mother was Grace PACE
click here

also including
Maria & Ann

MARIA ARCH
ANN (Annie) ARCH 1868-1964

PHOTOS taken in 1890's
Photographer - G.Parkin, WAKEFIELD, Yorkshire

WILLIAM ARCH
+ MARIA MASON

  • GEORGE HENRY ARCH 1867-1924
    Born 1867 in BLOXWICH
    Died 23/07/1924
    buried at Rycroft Cemetary WALSALL

    + RUTH PENRICE 1873-1967
    BORN 18/04/1873 HALESOWEN Stourbridge Worcester
    MARRIED 03/08/1896 in the Salem Chapel WAKEFIELD in the presence of JOSEPH HARGRAVES, WALTER F. BLANCHARD, ABIGALE PENRICE and ANNIE ARCH
    DIED 19/03/1967 buried in Rycroft cemetary WALSALL Father Samuel Penrice, Mother Anne Gill.

    2nd Husband JAMES AMOS Married 17/04.1928

  • ANNIE ARCH 1868-1964
    + CHARLES VICARAGE PACE 1870-1926
  • THOMAS ARCH
  • MARIA ARCH 1880-
    + ALFRED LESTER

Ruth Penrice and George Arch

RUTH PENRICE 1873-1967
GEORGE HENRY ARCH 1867-1924

GEORGE HENRY ARCH 1867-1924
+ RUTH PENRICE
1873 to 1967

A letter from a descendent
I have only recently started to research the Arch family tree, and I was pleased to find the Arch's of Exall web site. I offer the following information regarding GEORGE HENRY ARCH and his wife RUTH PENRICE.(not Penrick ) my grand parents.

GEORGE HENRY ARCH
Born 1867 in BLOXWICH
Died 23/07/1924 buried at Rycroft Cemetary WALSALL
Married RUTH PENRICE 03/08/1896 in the Salem Chapel WAKEFIELD in the presence of Joseph Hargraves, Walter F. Blanchard, Abigale Penrice and Annie Arch. Vol. 9c Page 98 His Father William Arch & Mother Maria Mason born in Durham.

RUTH PENRICE Born 18/04/1873 Halesowen Stourbridge Worcester
Died 19/03/1967 buried in Rycroft cemetary Walsall.
Father Samuel Penrice, Mother Anne Gill. 2nd Husband James Amos Married 17/04.1928

They had two children.

GEORGE BRAMWELL ARCH
born Sept. 1900 MIDDLESBOROUGH (VOL 9d Page 650)
Died 22/02/1983
Married LUCY PRITCHARD
Three Children Freda, Bramwell, Hubert.

EVA ARCH
Born 19/03/1906 GRANGEMOUTH Yorkshire. Died 19/02/2002 Buried Normanton Cemetary Derby. Married to
EDWARD PRITCHARD
30/07/1927 at Walsall Staffs.
in presence of George Pritchard & Alfred W. Lester

My mother said that she had cousins in Canada and we have found a photo of three young ladies which may be them. She also said that our family was related to the Barford Arch, Joseph Arch founder of the National Agricultural Workers Union. Do You know if there is a connection and where it might be?

I trust the information above is of some use,
Regards and best wishes, ....

can you identify this couple
from my grandmother's album ?


from grandmother's album
could they be JOSEPH ARCH 1812-1871
and Elizabeth?

who is this couple?

The Arch's were Salvation Army folk.

Below is my grandmother's ARCH family of 16 Blakenall Lane, Bloxwich

(1881 census)
WILLIAM ARCH age 38
labourer b Bloxwich, Staffs.
+ MARIA 35
b Durham nee MASON, & Yorkshire
  • GEORGE 13 Chainmaker b Bloxwich
    ...married RUTH PENRICE
    (photo above)
  • ANNIE 12 Scholar b Bloxwich
    ...mar. CHARLES VICARAGE PACE
  • THOMAS 4 b Bloxwich
  • MARIA 1 b Bloxwich
    ...married ALFRED LESTER

who is this couple?

ANNIE ARCH with MARION & VIOLET PACE
of Montreal


who is this couple?

FRANCES, VIOLET, MARION PACE
of Montreal

JAMES ARCH & MARY GOODE of EXHALL Warwickshire

click here - ALBERT GOODE - Pte 9894 South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of Isaac and Georgina Goode

JAMES ARCH & MARY GOODE
... William's ancestors from Warwickshire
as far back as I've got, and work forward.

Descendants of James ARCH

1 JAMES ARCH - EXHALL Warwickshire
+ MARY GOODE
wed 2 Nov 1772 EXHALL Near Coventry

  • 2 JOSEPH ARCH
        b 01 Jul Chr 11 Jul 1773 EXHALL Near Coventry
        d Jan 1823 Essington, Staffordshire

    + MARY HANDS
        Marriage: 11 Feb 1794 Saint Lawrence, FOLESHILL

    • 3 MARY ARCH
         Chr 20 Apr 1794 EXHALL Near Coventry
    • 3 THOMAS ARCH
          Chr 2 Jul 1797 EXHALL Near Coventry
    • 3 MILICENT ARCH
          Chr 7 Jul 1799 EXHALL Near Coventry
    • 3 ELIZABETH ARCH
          Chr 2 May 1802 EXHALL Near Coventry
    • 3 JOSEPH ARCH
          b: 1812 d: 1871 BLOXWICH, Staffordshire

      + ELIZABETH

      • 4 HANNAH ARCH
      • 4 ANN ARCH
      • 4 MARY ARCH

      • 4 WILLIAM ARCH
            b: Sept 11, 1842 in BLOXWICH, Staffordshire
            d: Nov 27 1911 MIDDLESBOROUGH, Yorkshire

        + MARIA MASON
            b 1845 in County DURHAM
            d October 05 1919 WALSALL, Staffordshire

        • 5 GEORGE HENRY ARCH - b 1867 in BLOXWICH, Staffordshire - Father WILLIAM ARCH & Mother MARIA MASON born in DURHAM.
              d July 23 1924 bur Rylecroft cemetary, WALSALL

          + RUTH PENRICE 1873-1967
          Born 18/04/1873Halesowen Stourbridge Worcester
          Father SAMUEL PENRICE Mother ANNE GILL - m 03/08/1896 in the Salem Chapel WAKEFIELD
          in the presence of
          JOSEPH HARGRAVES,
          WALTER F. BLANCHARD,
          ABIGALE PENRICE
          and ANNIE ARCH.
          Vol 9c Page 98 -
          2nd Husband of Ruth Penrice - JAMES AMOS
          Married 17/04.1928

          • 6 GEORGE BRAMWELL ARCH
            born Sept. 1900
            Middlesborough, Yorkshire
            Died 22/02/1983
          Married to
            + LUCY PRITCHARD
            Three Children

          • 6 EVA ARCH
            Born 19/03/1906
            Grangemouth Yorkshire.
            Died 19/02/2002
            Buried Normanton Cemetary Derby.
          Married to
            + EDWARD PRITCHARD
            30/07/1927 at Walsall Staffs.
            in presence of
            GEORGE PRITCHARD
            and ALFRED W. LESTER

        • 5 ANNIE ARCH
          b: 1868 in WALSALL, Staffordshire
          d: 1964 in MONTREAL, Quebec

          + CHARLES VICARAGE PACE
          b Dec 18 1870 LANEY GREEN, Staffordshire
          d 1926 LETHBRIDGE, Alberta Canada

        • 5 THOMAS ARCH b 1876

          THOMAS ARCH

        • 5 MARIA ARCH
          b 1879 BLOXWICH, Walsall, Staffordshire
          + ALFRED LESTER
          b abt 1882 WALSALL,
          Staffordshire

    • 3 JAMES ARCH
          born 1822 ESSINGTON, Staffordshire.

      + CHARLOTTE ARCH
          Wife M 29 F Ribbon Weaver b Exhall-War
      • 4 JOSEPH
            b 22 Nov 1840 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 WILLIAM
            b 29 Jan 1843 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 JAMES
            b 24 July 1849 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 THOMAS HENRY
            b 28 Apr 1850 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 GEORGE
            b 06 Jun 1852 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 CHARLOTTE MARIA
            b 05 Nov 1854 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 ABBOT
            b 19 Dec 1858 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 ARTHUR BRUCE
            b 14 Apr 1861 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 MARY ANGELINA
            b 19 Apr 1863 Exhall Near Coventry
      • 4 EMILY
            b 01 Nov 1865 Exhall Near Coventry

        also in JAMES household
        at the time of the 1851 census:

        MARTHA DAVIS Serv U 16 F Ribbon Weaver Foleshill-War
        MARTHA GOODE Serv - 11 F Ribbon Weaver Foleshill-War

  • 2 JEREMIA ARCH - Chr 3 Nov 1774 EXHALL Near Coventry
    + SARAH PARKER - Marriage 13 Nov 1792 Bedworth
NOTE that

Joseph ARCH - born 01 Jul 1773 Chr 11 Jul 1773 EXHALL, who wed
Mary HANDS 11 Feb 1794 Saint Lawrence, FOLESHILL Warwickshire, in the present day city of Coventry.

Joseph moved to ESSINGTON Staffordshire and died there in Jan 1823.

The youngest son, James ARCH was born 1822 ESSINGTON but returned to EXHALL, some time later. Obviously JAMES had an ongoing connection with the GOODE family of his grandmother Mary GOODE as later in the 1851 census, he had in his household, a Martha GOODE 11 years old, as a servant, in 1851.

The GOODE and HAND surnames
were also to be found at ESSINGTON - BLOXWICH
as noterd by Essington Historian Jim EVANS, who has often kept me informed on PACE and related family historical facts.

click here - ALBERT GOODE - Pte 9894 South Staffordshire Regiment
Son of Isaac and Georgina Goode

click here - GOODE families page of EXHALL Warwickshire

1851 census Warwickshire Address: Waddshire Green, Exhall, Warwickshire

JAMES ARCH Head M 29 Ribbon Weaver b Essington-Stf
Charlotte ARCH Wife M 29 F Ribbon Weaver b Exhall-War

  • Joseph - b 22 Nov 1840 Exhall Near Coventry
  • William - b 29 Jan 1843 Exhall Near Coventry
  • James - b 24 July 1849 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Thomas Henry - b 28 Apr 1850 Exhall Near Coventry
  • George - b 06 Jun 1852 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Charlotte Maria - b 05 Nov 1854 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Abbot - b 19 Dec 1858 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Arthur Bruce - b 14 Apr 1861 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Mary Angelina - b 19 Apr 1863 Exhall Near Coventry
  • Emily - b 01 Nov 1865 Exhall Near Coventry

1851 census:

  • Jasm. ARCH Son U 10 M At Home b Exhall-War
  • William ARCH Son - 8 M At Home Exhall-War
  • James ARCH Son - 5 M At Home Exhall-War
  • Thomas H. ARCH Son - 1 M At Home Exhall-War
Martha DAVIS Serv U 16 F Ribbon Weaver Foleshill-War
Martha GOODE Serv - 11 F Ribbon Weaver Foleshill-War
Carol, Gord & Landrover

LONDON to CAPETOWN
ADVENTURE TOUR story - CAROL & KEITH LESTER's trip through EUROPE & AFRICA
- Carol drove, Keith navigated.
Photo of CAROL & me & Land Rover they travelled in.

WHITE's Trades Directory
of BLOXWICH, Staffordshire - 1851

lists the following ARCH folk:
  • THOMAS ARCH - Farmer of Lower Farm, Little Bloxwich
  • THOMAS ARCH - Shopkeeper, Short Heath
  • In nearby Walsall there were:
  • ROBERT ARCH - Plater & Harness Manufac., Upper Hall Street
  • WILLIAM ARCH - Plater & Harness Manuf., Dudley Street
  • ROBERT ARCH - Beerhouse, Upper Hall Street

Any ARCH or GOODE information, would be appreciated.
email - webmaster - G Pace, Ontario, Canada.


1881 census
THOMAS ARCH Head M Male 44 Bloxwich
...Farmer 150 Acres Employing 2 Boys 3 Labourers
Eliza ARCH Wife M Female 40 Hednesford
  1. George ARCH Son Male 12 Bloxwich Scholar
  2. Alice ARCH Daur Female 11 Bloxwich Scholar
  3. Eliza ARCH Daur Female 9 Bloxwich Scholar
  4. Carrie ARCH Daur Female 7 Bloxwich Scholar
  5. Mary ARCH Daur Female 6 Bloxwich Scholar
    ...+ FREDERICK JOSEPH TUSTIN
  6. Thomas ARCH Son Male 4 Bloxwich Scholar
  7. Ellen ARCH Daur Female 2 Bloxwich
  8. John ARCH Son Male 6m Bloxwich
In this 1881 census along with this family was mention of ELIZABETH COWLEY servant. I am interested in COWLEY because in my grandmother's ANNIE PACE nee ARCH in MONTREAL was JIM COWLEY always at our family get-to-gethers. Jim was another uncle to me and I remember him taking me out when I was just old enough to start remembering stuff. JIM was Chief of Police Montreal Harbour and helped get my father a job on a ship back to England about 1939. I was born there in 1940. So I have an interest in COWLEY and suspect he was connected to the Elizabeth Cowley who was a servant at this THOMAS ARCH farm. JIM was also a wrestler and taught at the Montreal YMCA - Gord Pace
another researcher writes:
MARY ARCH above is my great-grandmother, and I am named for Caroline Hannah ARCH (Carrie above) who appears on your site. MARY ARCH married one Frederick Joseph TUSTIN, and we will be going to a TUSTIN family gathering next weekend, so hope to meet some other people with information on the ARCH family then.

Subject: The ARCH FAMILY - Bloxwich
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 From: Glyn Haynes glynanpoll@skynow.net To: STAFFORDSHIRE-L@rootsweb.com
One of my books has a black and white photo of LOWER FARM, LITTLE BLOXWICH, home of the ARCH family. I thought I saw a reference to someone on the list researching ARCH. Any takers?

Glyn Haynes


Dear Researcher,

Just got notified of your reply to my request for information on Elizabeth Arch and Jonathan Richards I will put down what I know.

Elizabeth Arch b. Bloxwich about 1857 Father Joseph - married Jonathan Richards from Brereton b 1855 married 1876 Stafford 29/10/1876 Elizabeth aged 19 Jonathan aged 21.

Picked up Joseph Arch and Frances Arch
1881 census Dwelling 66 (High St) Private House Census place Wallsall Foreign, Staffordshire Source FHL 1341675 Pro Ref RG11 Piece 2821 Folio 4 Page 6.

Think this may be My Elizabeth Arch 's family. Another Fanny Arch Unmarried age 20 B. Bloxwich Union Workhouseborn Bloxwich with Emma Maria Arch aged 7 weeks b 1881 Walsall Staffordshire. Picked up IGI Joseph Arch Married Frances Taylor 12/10/1856 batch no 7904333 sheet 36. Also picked up Robet Arch 1822 Walsall Stafford Batch no C010304. Elizabeth and Jonathan moved to Yorkshire West Riding by the time my Grandfather was born in 1897 I Havent found out when they died as yet.

"Maree Sudholz"


Re: PACE & ARCH.
I have ancestors of both names only PACE is in Shropshire and ARCH is in Inkberrow, Worcestershire

I can trace both back many generations.
Best wishes
Len Perry

Note - webmaster GTP

Len is a descendent of JOHN PACE b 1665 Wrockwardine - JOHN was a brother of my GEORGE PACE b 1670 Prees, Shropshire
Click here - to see Len's PACE connection in Shropshire


Letters from
ARCH researchers

Dear Sir I have ancestors whose surname is Arch and they are from Warwickshire. I don't know a lot about them except that Hannah ( Ann ) Arch refers to herself as on her marriage certificate as 'Hannah Sabiner Arch' and on her daughter's birth certificate as 'Sarah Hannah Sabina Arch'.

She married Thomas Marshall in Sheffield in 1862. Her father was listed as William Arch, a labourer. He age keeps changing. In 1862 she was 18 thus born in Birmingham 1844. In the 1881 Census of Leeds she was 34 yrs, thus born in Birmingham in1847.

I have found an Ann Selina Arch born in Birmingham to a William Arch in 1836. The witness to her marriage was Ellen Arch. I was hoping that you may have come across some information or these names from that part of the family during your research?

Yours Sincerely,
Geoff Place - Melbourne Australia


Subject: ARCH surname
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 From: "Colin Nichols" colinb@nichols1.freeserve.co.uk To: gordpace@eagle.ca

I see from the Staffordshire page that you are researching the ARCH family. So is my wife. Her family passed from Northants [NORTHAMPTON] in the 15th century through the BLACK COUNTRY in the 19th and so into BIRMINGHAM in the 20th. TIPTON was the main area of interest in the 19th, as her family were miners there.

About 1805 her NATHAN ARCH moved from BEDWORTH Warwickshire to TIPTON.
He had 7 children:
  1. Mary Ann (1808-
  2. John (1811-1839) who died in Armidale NSW
  3. Nathaniel (1814-1825)
  4. David (1816-1830)
  5. Isaac (1819-1860) wed Ann PARTRIDGE 1842
  6. Jabes (1821-1824)
  7. Dorcas (1824- )
ISAAC ARCH 1819-1860 and his brothers and sisters were born in Tipton between 1808 and 1824. He married Ann PARTRIDGE in 1842 and their children, NATHAN, ELIZA, DORCAS, DAVID, MARIA AMELIA, MARY JANE and ISAAC, were born in TIPTON, DUDLEY and DARLASTON between 1842 and 1860. They married into the DUNN, PATCHETT, PHILLIPS and CLEAVER families.

She has been in touch, about your people, with Harry ARCH,
who runs what is virtually a ONE-NAME ARCH STUDY and has records going back centuries.

He has a record of your family.
His records show your Maria 35, b Durham, is actually Marah and George, her brother, married RUTH PENRICK and they lived at 16 Blackenall Street. Does that mesh with your understanding?

W.H. ARCH, 60 The Bury,
PAVENHAM, Bedford, MK43 7PY, England.
Unfortunately, Harry has passed on June of 1999

Any possibility of a link, do you suppose?
email - Colin Nichols - colinb@nichols1.freeserve.co.uk
web site: click here - visit Colin's web site


Note - Webmaster GTP
From HARRY ARCH,
I learned that my grandmother's ARCH ancestors came from EXHALL, Warwickshire - EXHALL and BEDWORTH, both Warwickshire, are a mile or two apart. A connection looks likely, at this point...GTP

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