The ancient township of Over, now part of modern Winsford, is from where our Walker family ancestors come. Charles Walker, born about 1750, had a son named Richard who was born in 1772. Richard married Mary Burgess on 24th December 1799 in St Mary’s church, Whitegate, and their son Charles was born in 1806 in Whitegate. Whitegate is an ancient parish about 3 miles north of present day Over. On 27th September 1830 he married Jane Wrench in St Chad’s church, Over. The 1951 census shows us that he was a pansmith, as was his second son John, aged 16. His eldest son Charles, aged 19, is listed as a salt boiler. Winsford was, and still is, a very important centre for the production of salt and a pansmith was one who made and maintained the huge iron pans, some of them over 30 feet wide, into which brine was pumped and then evaporated to produce salt. A salt boiler was one who oversaw the heating of the brine in the pans, which was done by burning low grade coal, giving off large volumes of black smoke. Another son Thomas, aged 11, has his occupation recorded as bone cutter, which was associated with button making and the manufacture of bone handles for knives. Their sixth son, Samuel, was born in 1843 in Over and in 1864, in Congleton, he married Jane Walton who was born in Sandbach. The 1871 census shows us that by that time they had two children, Charles born in 1864 and Sarah born in 1869. There had been another child, Frances born in 1868, but she had died soon after birth. Sarah was my maternal grandmother and in 1898, at St Mary’s church, Cheadle, Cheshire, she married Peter Charles Hollingworth who was born in Altrincham in 1868.