This family now has its own site with some interesting stories. I have so enjoyed putting it together.
I guess its an example of people's ingenuity and energy in immigrating to a new country and building something for the next generations. So many have done this in New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the US. Maybe they didn't really want to move out of their home districts but faced too much grinding poverty to stay.
Britian before the dawning of the Industrial Revolution was a pitiless place if you weren't in the money class. Some third world countries are still like this in our time. At least immigration can still give the ones with 'the get up and go' the chance to do just that.