From Here you can explore Dians paternal line which originate in Staffordshire and Northamptonshire
Dian’s father was Reg Smith , he married Joan Petti 19 April 1941 in sawston Cambs. Joan was the younger daughter of Ruth Stallan and Edward Pettit . Reg was the son of John Archer (Jack) Smith and Helen Whitney .
Reg’s family originated from North Staffs , Butt Lane and they were miners . Reg was born 14th April 1914 to John Archer Smith and Mabel Whitney a tailoress . They had married in Wellingborough Northamptonshire 24 April 1916 . Wittnessed by her father Daniel Whitney a labourer .
Reg’s brother Tom – – — – – married Iris
Jack was a Railway man starting as a Cleaner . At the time of his marriage John ( Jack ) was a locomotive fireman living at 83 Church Street, Butt Lane ,Talk ,Staffs. Also witnessing was John’s father Thomas Smith a miner.
Jack and Mabel lived in Uttoxeter when he worked as an engine driver on the North Staffordshire line from Crewe to Derby and the Churnet Vally line to Buxton until his retirement in 19 //
Jack,s Brother Tom was killed in France 1914 in Ypres
Dian’s paternal grandmother, Helen Whitney was born in Wellingborough Nothamptonshire April 1889 . her father was Daniel Whitney.