We all have brickwalls in our family history - people that we can't resolve or are just a plan mystery.

Added here will be those that exist within the Halstead/Halsted study with the hope that someone out there may well have the answer.

John HALSTEAD (1835-bef 1891) married Elizabeth Ann THOMAS (1835-1898) in Burnley Register Office in 1856. They had four children Betsey Matilda (1859-1877), William Edward (1861-1862), John Thomas (1863-1947) and Benjamin Lambert (1866-1954). I can find no trace of him before his marriage and who was his father?

John HALSTEAD (1841-?) married Nancy CUNLIFFE (1842-1869) in 1863 in a Registrar Attended marriage in Haslingden. They had three children Elias (1863-1864), Robert (1865-?) and Mary Elizabeth (1867-?). Following the death of Nancy he then married Hannah GRAHAM (1834-1890) in 1870 in a Registrar Attended marriage in Rochdale. They had two children Hannah Maria (1872-?) and Alice (1873-?). Hannah and Alice and living with their step sister Martha E GRAHAM after the death of their mother. What happened to John and who was his father as I can find no trace of him prior to his first marriage in 1863.