The Westwood family were from Gornall in Staffordshire.
Living at Millstone Hill, Aston Cum Aughton, in 1881 were John Westwood born 1835 at Gornal, Staffordshire, a Coal Miner. his wife Elizabeth born 1836 Gornal, daughter Mary Westwood, unmarried, born 1861 Gornal and grandson Benjamin age 3, born Aston.
In 1891 living at 104 Bole Hill Lane, Treeton was John Westwood,age 34, a Coal Miner, his wife Rose (Nee Baugh) age 30, from
Ruspidge Gloucestershire and children:
Mary E Westwood, born Aston
John Westwood, born Wales married Annie Taylor in 1905
Enoch Westwood, born Treeton, moved to Gillingham when he was young, and died there.
Joseph Westwood, born Treeton
The 1901 census shows the family living at 44 Mill Lane and John and Rose had daughters Charlotte b. about 1893 and Jane b. about 1894 who married Ernest Goodwin. Another daughter was born in 1901.
One of the sons of this marriage, Joby Westwood, died in the Great War, and is commemorated on the Treeton war memorial. His details can be found on the web-site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
John Westwood died at 44 Mill lane, Treeton, in April 1907, of injuries sustained in a mining accident at Treeton colliery 11 months earlier.
The boys were all were good footballers, but were forbidden from taking positions with professional clubs as their father considered it a dishonourable way to earn a living, compared to going to the pit!
Left - right:
Mick Whitham, trainer, Jim Pilgrim, Charlie Cooper W. Elmhurst, Scott J. Merryweather, Frank Pepper Bob Leather, Assistant trainer,
Maurice Haigh, Tom Kettleborough Reg Hounsfield, Bunky Merryweather, Ike Meakin John T Ripley
Fred Taylor, John Westwood
John Westwood and Annie moved to Maltby where son Fred was born in 1907. They later moved to Goldthorpe where John was a hewer at the pit and now enjoyed playing cricket. The family house in Goldthorpe, supplied by the colliery, was a substantial semi-detached house. These houses were normally allocated to managers or officials. As John was only a hewer, it is family rumour that he was offered this house to get him to go to the colliery to play for their cricket team. Their son Fred played football, and moved to Peterborough on the promise of a slot on the team, but proved to be not quite good enough.
Annie was the sister of Fred Taylor who played for Chelsea from 1909 to 1919, when he moved to Brentford Football club. In 1934 Fred was appointed groundsman and trainer at the newly formed Peterborough United Football Club and became manager in the 1936/1937 season.