The Openshaw Genealogy Archive

The Openshaw Crest


My research in to the Openshaw family history has truly been a labor of love. Of all of my various genealogical pursuits, none other has led me to so many new and meaningful relationships. Here in the United States the name Openshaw is very much an oddity, but with the aid of this web site, we have gathered into quite a respectable gang from all over the world. Without the help of Peter Duxbury, Nigel Openshaw and Roy Openshaw, as well as various other contributers, this project certainily would have never amounted to much of anything. But now it can be properly refered to as "the authentic world-wide Openshaw site". (Thank you Peter for the title!)

My personal focus at this time is finding where John Openshaw (b. abt 1790) of Oldham, Lancashire, fits into the larger Openshaw family tree. Our Openshaw branch came to Newport, Rhode Island in 1860 from Cheshire, England with James, b. 1839 at Ashton, Cheshire, (picture at right) being the immigrant. He became a very successful plumber in Newport, Rhode Island, outfitting many of the mansions created in America's victorian age and during the industrial revolution. His descendants are scattered over the eastern seaboard with a large proportion of them around Washington, D.C.

Other Information at this site:
History of Openshaw Family from the Bury Times - 1893 (263 k) Text Version
Who's Who in Rhode Island (148 k)
History of Rhode Island (67k)
Newport Burial Grounds (72 k)
Roll of Honor (27k) (New)
Compiled Openshaw Email (65k)

Other Openshaw Genealogy Resources Online:
The Openshaw Genealogy by Peter Duxbury
A Descendancy from Thomas Openshaw of Walmsley, Lancashire

Other Miscellaneous Openshaw Material:
The Manchester Marriage 1858

Compiled Openshaw Genealogy at this site:
John Openshaw of Oldham, Lancashire with lines followed to the US
The Openshaw Pedigree by Joseph T. Openshaw; 1893

Please send me contributions to fill our virtual research center!


Ross D. Andrews
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Manassas, VA 20109

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