Parry Family Origins

Parry is not an uncommon name and untangling the number of records is not an easy task. We are currently starting with John Parry, born in Denbigh in 1827. John had seafaring connections as he is described as a mariner on his son’s birth certificate.John married Ellen Roberts in Llansannan, Denbigh, in 1853. They produced 6 children before Ellen died in 1873 and John later remarried to Catherine Jones and they added a further child to the family.

John and Ellen moved away from Wales to the Liverpool area where son John jnr was born in 1856. He too was associated with the sea and in 1871 was an ordinary seaman but 10 years later was master of the vessel “Jane” in port on Anglesey.

John married Mary Ellen Bracegirdle but far from being the best of husbands and fathers, tended to spend a good amount of time in the local hostelries. Eventually, in 1909, he suffered a heart attack, reputedly after he had just left a public house, and died. Mary Ellen was unable to cope with the family and they were accepted at the Seaman’s Orphanage.

John’s younger brother Hugh, born in 1866 in Runcorn, married Margaret Foulkes. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Foulkes and Jane Parry, and whilst there may have been an existing connection to our Parry family, this is yet to be proved. They had 6 children and our direct line continues with Thomas John Parry.

Thomas married Gertrude Maud Bolton. Thomas was born in Colwyn Bay but Gertrude was a Manchester girl. Thomas was a carriage driver and Gertrude had taken a position as a servant to a family in Rhos-on-Sea. They were married in Sept 1912 and went on to have 8 children, one of whom being daughter Edith born in 1926.

The Parry family merged with the Bagshaws when Geoff Bagshaw married Edith Parry in June 1954.

Notables in the Parry family were Edward Parry who became a professional footballer playing at full back for both Liverpool FC and Wales during the 1920s and his namesake Edward “Ted” Parry who was awarded the DFC while serving in the Second World War as the rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber squadron before losing his life in 1943.

Rhos on Sea
Runcorn Bridge
Merchant ship c1870
Hugh Parry
Edith Parry and Geoff Bagshaw
Colwyn Bay