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I have just joined the forum, because I wanted to contact a member who seems to be a distant cousin....very exciting.

I am researching my 3Xgreat grandparents - Mary Jane Carlton and John Ashton who lived in Sheffield. Their firstborn child , Lucilla Carlton Ashton (b 1838) was my great great grandmother. I have some information on the family from the 1841 - 1881 census. However I do not know any earlier information aout them. The story in the family was that the family name was originally Carlos and that they changed it to Carlton when they came to the UK from Bilboa, Spain in the late 1700s. Does anyone else have this family story?